WALKS PROGRAM February – May 2014

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WALKS PROGRAM February – May 2014
FEBRUARY
CLUB MEETING Phyllis Hore room, adjacent to Kew Library, Cotham Road.
Speakers
Gillian Webb and Mike Dore: Trekking in Peru.
New edition of The Vagabond.
Wed 19 Feb
Sun 23 Feb
MURRINDINDI SCENIC
RESERVE: BOROONDARA
TRACK CIRCUIT
M
Walk area: Murrindindi Scenic Reserve
100km NE
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Nick
12km
Max walkers 14
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
The Murrindindi Scenic Reserve is situated at the northern end of the Toolangi State Forest and comprises 815 hectares of
mixed species forest. This walk covers some club history as the Boroondara track is named for the work our club members
did over the summer of 1991 – 92 clearing the track and building the original steps beside the Wilhelmina Falls. The route
is all on formed tracks with the path rocky and steep in places and a 320m climb.
Sun 23 Feb
LONDON BRIDGE TO POINT
NEPEAN
Pt Nepean National Park
Walk area:
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
Inez
Max walkers: 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
120km SE
12km
X
No
Beginning from London Bridge carpark, along Wilson’s Folly track, then rifle range walk and happy valley track to Cheviot
Hill lookout for magnificent views of the bay and ocean, then along Defence Road to Fort Nepean and the very tip of the
Peninsula for views of the Rip; return walk along Coles track to Quarantine Station which can be visited at the end of the
walk. Car shuffle required. nb assistance from a leader needed at Kew carpark as Inez will meet up at London
Bridge carpark Melway Map 166 A12.
Thurs 27 Feb
THE BRIARS MPRG
Social
event
Walk area: Mornington Peninsula Gallery
60 km SE
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Fran
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
6 km
X
Walk the circuit of The Briars including the new board walks to the bird hides and wetlands. Some grasslands, reed
swamps, manna and swamp gum woodlands. After lunch, visit the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery to see the
exhibition “Sea of Dreams: Port Phillip Bay” - artistic representations of Port Phillip Bay 1915 -2013. Meet at Victoria
Park at 8.45am.
MARCH
Sat 1 March
TANGLEFOOT TRACK- MT.
ST LEONARD-MYRTLE
GULLY WALK
MH
Walk area: Tanglefoot-Mt. St Leonard
67 kmsE
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Robyn
21 km
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
A circular walk that offers views of the Yarra Valley as we climb to the summit of Mt. St Leonard, as well as rainforest
gullies with Myrtle Beech and Blackwood that forms part of the walk on our return route to the cars. The plan is to leave
the Kew car-park at 7.30 am as this will allow us to commence the walk in the cooler part of the day.
Sun 2 March BLUE MOUNT – TOOLANGI
POTATO FARM
M
Walk area: Toolangi State Forest, near Healesville
64km E
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
PETER
16km
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
X
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
This is a new area to walk for the club through the Toolangi State Forest. It is classed medium as there is a one-hour hill
climb to begin with, but the descents are more gradual. It should be a pleasant walk through wet and Dry forest areas with
numerous views across the Yarra Valley. This is a circuit walk.
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Sat 8 – Mon
10 March
BAW BAW BASE CAMP
Labour Day weekend
Cathy
Lyn
Walk area: Baw Baw National Park/Ski village
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
km
X
Based at John Gardiner Ski Club lodge in Baw Baw Village, walks will include Mt Baw Baw to Mt St Gwinear, Mt St
Gwinear to Mt Erica carpark and shorter walks near the Baw Baw village. Great views, beautiful snowgums and interesting
geological features make this area very enjoyable walking country.
Sun 9 March
BURCHELL TRAIL
Part 1: Boar Gully-Stony Ck
Walk area: Brisbane Ranges NP
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
M
Chris
18km
Max walkers 12
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
80km west
The Burchell Trail is a 3 day walk through the Brisbane Ranges from Boar Gully to Steiglitz. We will walk part of the trail as
a day walk from Boar Gully Picnic ground south past the old slate quarries, through the Stony Creek gorge, to the historic
and little visited Stony Creek Reservoir. Car shuffle required. M grading due to distance only; no really difficult
sections.
Wed 12 March
BIRDSLAND
Walk area: Dandenong foothills
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
E
Lyn
10 km
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
40 km E
Starting in Birds Land reserve, the walk passes two lakes and continues along tracks in Lysterfield Park. Pleasant views
across the Dandenongs and back to Melbourne. A few hills but not too steep. Meet at Victoria Park at 8.45 a.m.
Sat 15 - Sun
16 March
CATHEDRAL RANGE BASE
CAMP & TRACK CLEARING
& SUNDAY DAY WALKS
EM MH
Walk area: Cathedral Ranges State Park
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Joslin
Chris
km
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
The club has agreed to be a support group for the Cathedral Ranges State Park under the auspice of Parks Victoria and
ranger Rhyl Shaw. Our first project will probably be track clearing (lopper work) on the southern ridgeline between the
Farmyard and Mt Sugarloaf. Parks Victoria will provide training, tools and gloves and will cover us against accidents under
their volunteers insurance. We will work on the Saturday and walk on the Sunday. Camp overnight on Sat 15 th (BYO
water) and bushwalk on Sunday .
Two options are available: Come for the weekend or come along just on the Sunday for a day walk –EM and MH .
Sun 16 March
EDWARDS LAKE AND
NEARBY CREEKS
Walk area: Reservoir & Coburg
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
E
Dorothy
12 km
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
15km N
Covers the creeks and waterways around Edwards Lake, which has been enlarged. All on flat paths. Meet at Flinders
Street Station under the clocks at 9.15am.
Wed 19 March
Sun23 March
CLUB MEETING Phyllis Hore room, adjacent to Kew Library, Cotham Road.
Speaker:
Erica Michaelson, Podiatrist Common Foot Problems for Walkers
BUNGAL STATE FOREST
Walk area: South West of Ballan
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
M
David
13km
Max walkers 10
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
103km west
This walk is through delightful open forest passing many old gold workings. The East Branch of the Moorabool River is
followed downstream on the ridges above, with some good views of the surrounding country. Gaiters are recommended
because of grass seeds.
Sun 23 March
SKETCHERS WALK
Walk area: Lerderderg Gorge
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
E
Diane
Max walkers 10
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
70 km W
5 km
X
A walk from Mackenzies Flat to Grahams Dam, with an opportunity to sketch magnificent trees, rocky outcrops, cliff faces
and river pools. List of materials required will be supplied on request.
2
Thur 27 March
BENDIGO GALLERY &
ROSALIND PARK
Walk area: City of Bendigo
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Social
event
Fran
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
150 km NW
4 km
X
A trip to Bendigo to see the exhibition “Genius and Ambition – The Royal Academy of Arts, London 1768-1918”. Afterwards
walk round Rosalind Park, central Bendigo, along Bendigo creek, including the historic fernery and conservatory. Meet at
9.00 am in the waiting room at Southern Cross Station ready to take the 9.11 train.
Thurs 27 March
MORLEYS TRACK
Walk area: Yarra Ranges NP
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
M
Joslin
9.3km
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
72km
Starting at Dom Dom Saddle, walk mainly downhill to Fernshaw picnic area though Mountain Ash Forest. Change of
elevation 440m. Short steep climbs, total climbing 220m. Some steep descents in the first half. Car shuffle distance 7km.
Meeting place TBA, Camberwell 8.30am.
Sun 30 March
POINT ADDIS TO
ANGLESEA
Walk area: Surf Coast
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
Sandra
10.5 km
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
112km
This walk goes down through quiet bushland to clifftops overlooking the ocean. We walk through tall ironbark trees and
past curious grasstrees together with silver banksias, correas and white daisy. We walk up the Point Addis Road to the
carpark and see the view from here, and then on to Black Bluff for lunch. There will need to be a car shuffle. The walk
ends in the township of Anglesea.
Sun 30 March
DARGILE FOREST / MT IDA
M
Walk area: Heathcote-Graytown NP
120 km NW
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Bernie
14km
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
Walk starts and ends at the Dargile Picnic Area. There is 280 metres of climbing. This National Park holds the largest
remnant of box-ironbark woodland in Australia. Given the driving distance and potential for very warm weather, the
plan is to leave the Kew car-park at 7.30 am.
APRIL
Thurs 3 April
LORNE WATERFALLS -
EM
Walk area: Great Otway National Park
150km SW
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Vanessa
12 Walking distance:
Max walkers:
X
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
11km
No
Visit Cora Lynn -Phantom The Canyon- Henderson, Won Wondah & Sheoak Falls. The walk is on tracks, some well
formed, others more uneven and steep in parts. Below Cora Lynn Cascades the track is rocky and a little difficult at times.
The track into the Canyon is scrambly and narrow, but becomes a formed track after that first part. Although autumn is not
necessarily the best time to visit waterfalls, there could be a fair flow over them. Much of the walk is in creek valleys, so
damp green conditions should be expected. Departure arrangements TBD closer to the date. Option to camp previous
night.
Sat 5-Sun 6
April
NEST BOXING
NA
Walk area: Lurg Hills, near Benalla
210km, NNE
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Joslin
Max walkers Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
-km
X
Annual check of nest boxes for evidence of use by Squirrel Gliders, Sugar Gliders & Phascogales, all of which are
endangered species in Victoria, & possum boxes which are part of mistletoe control program. Opportunity to practice
compass and GPS navigation to locate the boxes. Involves carrying aluminium ladders to the nest boxes through farmland
or remnant bush, usually not onerous distances. BYO everything: food, water, work gloves.
Come up for one day or the weekend. Meet at Regent Honeyeater Project Nursery, Sydney Rd, Benalla at 9.15am
Saturday & 9am Sunday. Free accommodation (mattresses only) at Benalla Scout Hall on Saturday night, or camp outside
the scout hall. Otherwise own accommodation arrangements. BYO BBQ on Saturday night.
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Sun 6 April
CAPE WOOLOMAI FAUNA
RESERVE /CHURCHILL
ISLAND
Walk area: Phillip Island
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
John
12 km
Max walkers 30
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure
No X
135 Km
We plan to walk along the spectacular Cape Woolomai ocean beach then on tracks within the Fauna Reserve with great
coastal scenery Lunch at the old Red Granite Quarry .The second part of the walk is around Churchill Island.
Sun 6 April
FERNTREE GULLY TO
MOUNT EVELYN
Walk area: Dandenong Ranges
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
MH
Roger
22 km
Max walkers 12
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
35 km
The walk starts at the base of the Thousand Steps and via devious paths, makes its way to Olinda, passing near to Kallista
and Sassafras. Then on through the Dandenong Ranges National Park, ending at Mt Evelyn. A car shuffle will be
necessary to return to the start.
Wed 9 April HISTORIC YARRA BEND
Walk area: Kew
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
E
Marian
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
8km E
8km
X
Geomorphology, vegetation, Wurrundjeri guardianship, European occupancy and other extraordinary features. Find out the
curious derivation of the local term ‘to go round the bend!’. Morning tea at the Convent. Meet at Studley Park Boathouse
carpark at 0945.
Sun13 April
A WALK THROUGH
HISTORY: COLIBAN MAIN
CHANNEL
Walk area: Taradale
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
Marian
15km
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
111km NW
In 1864 the brilliant engineer Joseph Brady, who had built reservoirs, bridges and harbours throughout Australia won a
prize for designing the best scheme for supplying water to Bendigo and Castlemaine. It involved channels, tunnels,
syphons and aquaducts following the high ridge line from the Upper Coliban River. It was finally opened in 1877 and has
flowed continuously ever since. Incl visit to Trentham Falls, drive following the upper reaches of the Coliban River and
historic Railway viaduct as well as an interperative walk along a pretty section of the channel between Malmsbury and
Taradale. Afternoon Tea: Coliban Foodstore, Trentham.
Sun 13 April
PORT MELBOURNE TO
WILLIAMSTOWN
E
Walk area: Metro
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Dorothy
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
8km
X
Starting with the 109 tram to Station Pier, walk to Port Melbourne to catch the ferry across the Yarra (note extra cost).
Walk to Williamstown on the other side. Meet at Flinders Street Station at 9.15am.
Wed 16 April
Fri 18-Mon
21 April
CLUB MEETING Phyllis Hore room, adjacent to Kew Library, Cotham Road.
Speaker: Anita Bye: A Walk in Tajikistan.
Buy Swap and Sell Night. A chance to get your bushwalking gear collection to
best fit by trading or selling unwanted items and buying anew. Some surplus to
requirement BBI equipment will be for sale.
FALLS CREEK EASTER
BASE CAMP
Walk area: Bogong High Plains
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Robyn
N/Akm
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
450km,NE
Enjoy Easter on the high plains. We will be camping in the national park, so come prepared for all weathers! The plan is to
arrange several day walks of different grades over the three days. Come along and enjoy the spectacular views of the
Victorian Alps..
4
Sat 19 April ST. ANDREWS
Easter Sat. MARKET/SMITHS GULLY
E
Walk area: St. Andrews-Smiths Gully
50km SE
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Glenys
10km
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
Walk will commence at St. Andrew’s Market where we can spend an hour or so browsing and having morning tea before
commencing with a short walk along the Heritage Trail to the old Queenstown Cemetery, then along rural roads and tracks
to the northern end of One Tree Hill Reserve. About half the distance is steadily uphill. An alternative section of the return
route can be taken which will involve a steep uphill-downhill section. Note 8.45 a.m. start at Kew Library.
Sun 20 April
Easter Sun
MOUNT BUNINYONG
Walk area: Central Highlands
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
Lyn
13 km
Max walkers 25
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
100km West
Buninyong was first settled in 1841, and the Mt Buninyong reserve around the top of an extinct volcano was set aside as a
public park in 1866. This circuit walk goes from the township to the top of the mountain (approx 250m climb) and back via
the von Mueller designed botanical gardens. On the mountain look for eucalypts, a 10,000 year old crater, koalas and 360
degree views over farmland.
Thurs 24 April
GEELONG
WATERFRONTS
Walk area: Geelong Waterfront
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Social
event
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
75 Km SW
5 km
X
Trip to Geelong to visit the Exhibition “Coastlines”- coasts are great for walking and as a subject for art. Then walk along
the coast around Corio Bay along the bollards walk to the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Meet 8.45 in the waiting room at
Southern Cross station, ready for the 9.00 am train to Geelong.
Sun 27 April
BELLARINE PENINSULA
RAIL TRAIL
Walk area: Bellarine Peninsula
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
Sandra
16km
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
75kms SE
This walk begins in Drysdale at the Railway Station. Opposite is Lake Lorne where black swans, swamp hens, wood
ducks and other birds abound. From Drysdale to Queenscliff, the trail runs beside the tourist railway. Alongside the tourist
railway are remnant strands of sheoaks and other indigenous vegetation. The rail trail ends in historic Queenscliff.
29 Apr - 12
May 2014
FLINDERS RANGES SOUTH
AUSTRALIA BASE CAMP
EM M
Carmel
Jan
Walk area: Southern South Australia
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Max walkers:
Walking distance:
X
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
Trip is now fully booked for 12 people.
MAY
1 – 10 May
approx
HEYSEN TRAIL PACK CARRY MH
Chris
– Parachilna Gorge - Wilpena
Pound - Hawker
Max walkers:
Flinders Ranges National Park SA
Walk area:
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Walking distance:
6
X
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
Sth Aust
122km
No
The Heysen Trail extends twelve hundred kms from Parachilna Gorge to Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula, in South
Australia. This walk is part 1 of that trail, aiming to cover 66km from Parachilna Gorge to Wilpena Pound and a further 56
km on to Hawker. This passes through the heart of the Flinders Ranges NP. It is also the most remote section of the walk
and food/water drops may be required. Info night will be arranged in Feb for those interested, to confirm details.
Sun 4 May
WATTLE PARK & ENVIRONS
E
Walk area: Eastern suburbs
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Dorothy
10km
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
Tram to Wattle Park, and then follow the Heritage walk in the Burwood area. All on made paths. Meet at Flinders Street
station under the clocks at 9.15am..
5
Sun 4 May
KEPPEL HUT
Walk area: Lake Mountain
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
M
Graeme
13 km
Max walkers 14
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
114 km NE
Keppel Hut is quite historic, now being in its fourth incarnation, all previous versions having been burnt down. The walk
starts and finishes at Gerratys car park, and is 'Q-shaped'. The 'O' and part of the '\' are on broad ski trails. The rest of the
long tail (corresponding to the out-and-back section to the hut) is a narrow footpad, which becomes quite steep. The 2009
bushfire killed all the snow-gums and alpine ash, so the green regeneration from the base of the former makes a striking
contrast to the bare white trunks..
Sun 11 May ADA TREE CIRCUIT
M
David
110 km E
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Walk area: Yarra Ranges National Park
Nearest town: Warburton/Powelltown
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
15 km
Start at the Ada Tree carpark and walk south along an old tram track to Dowey Spur Rd, and then west along the road for 4
km. before turning north along the track leading to Ada No. 2 Mill Site. Return along Federal Mill track past the Ada Tree
and back to the car park. Walk through actractive Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beach forests and along fern lined tracks
Wed 14 May
EASTLINK TRAIL
Walk area: Wantirna-Bayswater
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
E
Glenys
11km
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
20km E
Walk will commence at Koomba Park, Wantirna and will follow Dandenong Creek on the Eastlink Trail to Bayswater Park,
Bayswater and return. Flat walking all on sealed paths so well padded footwear is advisable. Meet at Victoria Park, Kew
at 8.45 a.m.
Sun 18 May RICHARDS TRAMLINE – BIG
PATS CREEK
Walk area: Warburton
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
M
David
10km
Max walkers 10
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
84kms East
This walk is in magnificent Mountain Ash forest requiring a shuttle to the start and may be overgrown. The line descends
towards Big Pats Creek with an interesting re-alignment lower down, where a substantial embankment on disputed land
was constructed then abandoned.
Sun 18 May
GOLDEN AUTUMN:
EXCURSION TO
CASTLEMAINE
Castlemaine
Walk area:
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Social
Event
Marian
Max walkers: 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
129 km NW
5km
No
Late morning walk through the urban landscape of historic Castlemaine in search of the rich stories from the past: Howe’s
survey tree, Gold Commissioner’s Camp/ Court House and residence, Tute's Cottage, a survivor of the heady days of the
gold rush; teetering on the edge of Forest Creek. Lunch at ‘Belles Vintage’ cafe. Afternoon guided tour of historic paintings
of the Mt Alexander goldfields at the Art Deco Art Gallery. Train 8.36 (Meet at 8.15 Waiting room Southern Cross
Station). Return on the 15.58 train. Don’t forget your MYKI card.
Wed 21 May
CLUB MEETING & AGM Phyllis Hore room, adjacent to Kew Library,
Cotham Road.
Speaker: Graeme Nyberg GPS apps for smartphones.
Sun 25 May MACEDON RANGES CIRCUIT
Walk area: Mount Macedon
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
Sandra
12kms
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
64kms NW
This walk takes in most of the Macedon Ranges Walking Trail. We walk through both indigenous and exotic trees. The
walk takes in views of farms nestling in the Ranges, the Mt Macedon Memorial Cross, Camels Hump and views to the
Melbourne Skyline on the horizon. We return via Orde Hill reservoir, which avoids a steep descent from Mt. Towrong.
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Thurs 29 May
BALLARAT
Walk area: Ballarat
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Social
event
Fran
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
120 km nw
5 km
Of interest to those with Scottish heritage – take the train to Ballarat to visit the Art Gallery, and the exhibition “For Auld
Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation” Then continue by train to Wendouree to walk to the
Ballarat Botanic Gardens and Lake Wendouree. Get a return train ticket to Wendouree. Meet 8.50 in the waiting room at
Southern Cross station for the 9.06 train.
Sat 31 May
DANDENONG SHORT AND STEEP
EM
CHANDLERS HILL
Lyn
6 km
Walk area: Dandenong Ranges NP
Max walkers
Walking distance:
40km East
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
Explore a lesser known part of the Fern Tree Gully park area, including Chandlers Hill and One Tree Hill. Lots of
great views back to the city. A quick morning’s exercise that allows you to be home for lunch.
JUNE
Sun 1 June
BURCHILL TRAIL – Part 2:
Stony Creek to Fridays.
Walk area: Brisbane Ranges NP
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
M
Chris
18 km
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
80km west
We pick up where we finished part 1 of the Burchill Trail, at Stony Creek picnic area. We walk past the historic reservoir
and its brick-lined aqueducts and on to the Old Mill camping area, finishing at Fridays picnic area, near the former goldfield
township of Steiglitz. A few ups and downs but nothing too difficult. M grade due to distance only.. Car shuffle required.
Sat 7 - Mon
9 June
CASTLEMAINE BASE CAMP
EM
Walk area: Castlemaine
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Lyn
Var km
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
Expressions of interest required for a base camp in Castlemaine on the June long weekend. The plan is to drive up Sat
morning and stay in cabins in the caravan park next to the Castlemaine botanical gardens. (The hardy can pitch a tent in
the cold and rain if they prefer!) Short walk Sat afternoon, then regular EM walks in the area on Sun and Mon before driving
home Monday afternoon. Nothing booked yet so please email Lyn asap if you are interested.
Sun 8 June
LITTLE KNOWN ASPECTS OF
MELB
EM
Walk area: City
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Dorothy
10km
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
Continuation of last year's walk round parts of the City Carlton and Docklands, not for viewing architecture, but small
monuments, plaques, and other items often overlooked but which have importance in the history of the place.
Meet 9.15 under the clocks at Flinders Street Station.
Sun 15 June
MT DANDENONG &
DOONGALLA
M
Walk area: Dandenong Ranges NP
47km east
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
John
16km
Max walkers 15
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
Starting at Kalorama, this walk visits Mt Dandenong and the TV towers, the Kyeema plane crash memorial and the former
Doongalla Estate, now a pleasant picnic area. Tracks have a number of short steep ups and downs..
Sun 15 June
GEORGE BASS COASTAL
WALK AND RAIL TRAIL
Walk area: Westernport
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
EM
Sandra
14km
Max walkers 20
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No X
123kmSE
The walk starts from the Punchbowl Car Park and the walking track follows the cliff-top towards Kilcunda. Views unfold
across farmland and beach from Cape Woolamai in the west to Cape Paterson in the east. We walk down to Sandy
Water-holes beach and re-join the main track until we reach Kilcunda. We will lunch at the well- known Killies Pub and
walk to the original old timber trestle bridge just past the township. We walk back along the old rail trail until we reach the
car park at Anderson. There will need to be a car shuffle..
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ADVANCE NOTICES
17June 11 July
LARAPINTA TRAIL PC/BC
M to
MH
Walk area: West Macdonnell Ranges NT
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
NT
Barbara
Max walkers:
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
231km
No
The walk will commence with a climb onto Mt Sonder at the western end of the trail. The trail then heads east towards
Alice Springs alternating between high rocky ridges, creek beds, plains and gorges. Where possible we will do day walks
with car shuffles and base camps. However there will be some overnight walks when it will be necessary to carry water.
This walk is now full. See Barb if you wish to be on a waiting list.
Sat-27- Sun MAJOR MITCHELL PLATEAU
28 Sept
PACK CARRY
H
Dorothy
Walk area: Major Mitchell Plateau, Grampians
Max walkers 8
Walking distance:
26km
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
300km west
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
On Saturday we will walk from Jimmy Creek campground up a series of hills to Stockyard Saddle and up on to the Major
Mitchell Plateau, camping at First Wannon campsite. (up 850m). On the Sunday we descend to Boundary Gap via the cliff
line, then to Mt William summit and down to Sheep Hills carpark. There are fabulous views, wonderful rocky terrain and all
the Grampians bitey bushes. This walk was closed for a long time after the fires and floods so hopefully this summer will be
kind to the Mt William Range and it will survive unscathed for us to enjoy..
Sat 10-Sun
11 Oct
GRAMPIANS BASE CAMP
Walk area: Grampians NP
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Dorothy
Max walkers 20
Walking distance: 10-20 km
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes X
No
300km west
We will probably CAMP at Jimmy Creek or Borough Huts campground. The walk plans include a circuit across Mt Sturgeon
and the Picaninny. It should be a perfect time for wildflowers and after the fires they might be at their best. Expressions of
interest sought..
Nov –
dates TBD
BLUE MOUNTAINS BASE
CAMP
M
Walk area: Katoomba NSW
Distance/direction from Melbourne:
Peter
Max walkers
Walking distance:
Overdue Walks Procedure Yes
No
km
Propose we stop at Katoomba Caravan park -hire cabins about 30-40 dollars a night per person and do 5 major walks
including 2 around Katoomba, Leura cascades, Wentworth falls and a magnificient walk through the Black Heath Gorge. If
there is enough interest I am prepared to lead these 5 all medium graded walks of between 12-17 km. we'd try and do
most of the walking early morning and leave ample time to explore and enjoy the surrounding towns.. Expressions of
Interest sought.
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