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21
Feb
2024

Kennett River base camp

Wed Feb 21st 2024 - Fri Feb 23rd 2024
Please book your own accommodation in tents or cabins at Kennett River Base Camp on the Great Ocean Road.
 
Wednesday 21 February
 
If it's not too hot, a possible 8km walk to Mt Meuron or just a walk along Grey River Road to spot koalas.  Meet at 3.00pm at the Caravan Park. Otherwise, time for a swim.
 
Thursday 22 February
 
A relaxing start to the day and maybe time for a swim?
 
We will take the 10.06 bus to Wye River.  Time for a coffee at the General Store before we do a beautiful 11km medium walk back to Kennett River on 4WD tracks.  BYO lunch.  Dinner back at the Caravan Park. Please be aware there are no dining establishments in Kennett River.
 
Friday 23 February
 
Another relaxing start, then we will take off along the new Kennett to Wye River walking track that follows the Great Ocean Road but is slightly inland.
 
At lunchtime, folks can either get the 12.38 bus back to Kennett River to make an early trip back to Melbourne, or do a 6.5km walk along the beaches back to Kennett following lunch at the Wye River pub.
 

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24
Feb
2024

Woodlands Park - Gellibrand Hill

Sat Feb 24th 2024

 

Walk Distance(s) 11km

Grade(s):EM

The Walk(s): Woodlands Historic Park. Totals over 700 Hectares (1730 acres). It was first established as a public park in 1980 end contains many physical links to the landscape of the set was in the 1840s including the re stored Woodlands homestead. There is valuable remnants of the most southerly Victorian extent of grassy woodland open forest. The homestead what are was established in 1843, it is a rare example of a large pre constructed timber kit house brought to Australia from Britain. Emigrating From Ireland with his family to seek a healthier climate, William Pomeroy Greene, a former Royal Navy officer, moved into the newly erected homestead on 9th of June 1843.There are also two other 19 century homesteads Cumberland and Dundonald. It also is home to retired , champion racehorses We will start the walk at the car park and walk to the Homestead. Gellibrand Hill great views ( 204 metres high).NB

Cancellation: Walk will be cancelled if a Total Fire Ban is in place, or temperature is over 30 degrees

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29
Feb
2024

Beaumaris - Golf, Modern Architecture and Coastal Art

Thu Feb 29th 2024 8:50:00 -3:00:00

This walk takes in the best of Beaumaris starting with a view of the many golf courses in the area followed by viewing a few of the mid century modernist homes Beaumaris is famous for and concluding with walking along the coast to check out the views Australian painters used as inspiration for some of our most famous paintings. We will meet on the concourse at Flinders Street station at 08:50 ready to catch a train at 09:00. On arrival at Cheltenham Station we will have a break for purchase of coffee and morning tea and head off from there. The route is flat with about 30 steps up and down towards the end and is about 50% in shade. The walk concludes on Beach Road Beaumaris where we will catch a bus to the train for our return journey.

 

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03
Mar
2024

Lerderderg - Whiskey Creek

Sun Mar 3rd 2024 9:30:00 -2:30:00

This walk - Whiskey Creek Circuit - is a 10.6km walk on the Western side of the Lerderderg River - descending into the gorge from near Mt Blackwood, upstream in the valley for a little over a km, then climbing back up to the cars along a different track.

Although the distance is not great, it's a medium/hard (at least) walk - generally rocky trails, 250-300m descent and ascent (twice), and 2 crossings of the river. (The walk is Walk 13 in Glenn Tempest's "Melbourne's Western Gorges").

Meet at 8am at Moonee Ponds for car pooling, or by 9.30am at the start of the walk - the intersection of Mt Blackwood Road and Square Bottle Track. There is a small car-park there.

The walk may be cancelled if very hot weather is forecast.

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06
Mar
2024

The Boathouse to Canning Reserve and return walk

Wed Mar 6th 2024 9:30:00 -1:30:00

A 14 kilometre walk starting at The  Boathouse (address -  7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds) and ending there for afternoon tea.  From the Boathouse we'll head down to the Maribyrnong River, enter the Afton Street Conservation Reserve and walk four kilometres along the river before stopping for morning tea at Canning Reserve.  We'll loop back with a short climb before descending to the river, do a lap of Aberfeldie Park, then return to The Boathouse. Boots are not essential but poles could be helpful for some of the hills.  

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13
Mar
2024

Twin Dams Paddock Circuit - Woodlands Historic Park.

Wed Mar 13th 2024 10:00:00 -12:30:00

Starting at Woodlands Homestead, the walk proceeds over Woodlands Hill to the Parks Victoria Office, and crosses Providence Road to visit the Twin Dams Paddock. Returning to Providence Road, the walk continues along the narrow horse riding trail, heading south towards Swain Street. Turnining north, we take a look at the disused grounds of the old Sanatorium/Hospital Site before heading back towards the finish  at Woodlands Homestead.

 Refreshments will be available at the Homestead.

Note:  This is a NQE event.

Meet at the Upper Car Park.  Melway 177 K9 by 10.00 am. Enter the park from Oakland's Road.

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13
Mar
2024

Barefoot bowls and finger food

Wed Mar 13th 2024 5:30:00 -7:30:00

Barefoot bowls is on again in 2024 after a successful event was enjoyed by members last year. Barefoot Bowls will commence at 17:30 sharp with finger food served during a break in bowls and drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. The event will  conclude at 19:30 with the March club monthly meeting to follow. 

The cost of bowls and finger food is $20 per member. The member cost is $10 for finger food only. 

To register for the event you need to book into the event online and pay your fee into the Essendon Bushwalking Club bank account. The bank details are:

Name of Account: Essendon Bushwalking Club

BSB: 083 437

Account: 177 923 003

Please reference your payment with your Name and BAREFOOT BOWLS.

If you wish to pay using cash, please pay at the next monthly meeting. 

Registration will close on the 6th March 2024 for catering purposes. 

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13
Mar
2024

Monthly Club Meeting

Wed Mar 13th 2024 7:30:00 -9:00:00

Meeting Held at Moonee Ponds Bowling Club, Mt Alexandra Road, Moonee Ponds

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16
Mar
2024

Mount Macedon walking trail

Sat Mar 16th 2024 9:30:00 -2:30:00

This is a solid  walk that takes in two distinct peaks: Mount Macedon and Camels Hump.  Starting from Douglas Road, we'll follow bitumen and gravel surfaced roads until the start of a 1.7 km steep  section (will get your heart pumping! to the summit of Mount Macedon and the Memorial Cross . We will stop here for a well earned morning tea before following the western flank of the mountain past some picnic grounds, the tea room and arrive at the base of Camels Hump. We then branch off to Days Picnic Ground where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we head down Zig Zag Track where we eventually join up with Anzac and Mount Macedon roads and return to where we started. There is a cafe nearby for refreshments!  Boots and poles recommended. 

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19
Mar
2024

Lorne

Tue Mar 19th 2024 10:00:00 - Thu Mar 21st 2024 6:00:00

Thought it might be time to revisit Lorne. I did the recce walks this week and it was lovely. Here's the plan:

Day 1 (Tuesday) : meet at Torquay for an easy 12 km walk along the waterfront to Bells Beach and return. Subject to tide, likely to include a walk along Jan Juc Beach. After the walk we drive to Lorne

Day 2 (Wednesday) : a very picturesque walk from Teddy's Lookout along St George River through Allanvale, Phantom Falls, Henderson Falls & return. 14km. Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3 (Thursday) :  another scenic walk along the Sheoak River taking in Sheoak Falls, Swallow Cave, Castle Rock, Kalimna Falls & return. 12km. Difficulty: Moderate. After this walk we drive back home or spend another night at your discretion.

More details to follow closer to the time.

Walkers are asked to arrange their own accommodation (there are several caravan parks) and transport. 

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