Events

For further details on how to attend our events as a visitor, and becoming a member, please contact our secretary at: secretary@essendonbwc.org.au.

22
May
2022

Silver Creek Circuit

Sun May 22nd 2022 8:00:00 -3:00:00

Just near Flowerdale there is a section of the Kinglake National Park that is infrequently visited.  Starting at the Silver Creek Trail head at the very end of Silver Creek Road this walk will take us on management tracks and old forestry tracks along the very edge of the water catchment.  While all on track some of the tracks are somewhat overgrown and recent wind events have blown over some more trees so there is a bit of climbing over and under fallen limbs and trunks.

Being Kinglake there are also a few hills to give the lungs a work out.  After the 2009 bushfires the regrowth in this area has been staggering and there are still a few tall old trees standing.  Tree ferns and lyrebirds are also present and our lunch stop will be a small but pleasant series of cascades.

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23
May
2022

Major Mitchell Trail Stage 10 based at Casterton

Mon May 23rd 2022 8:30:00 - Fri May 27th 2022 2:00:00

Walk is on roads and bush tracks with distance each day of 16-22km. Walkers to arrange their own accommodation with Casterton being the most suitable place.

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28
May
2022

Mount Macedon walking trail

Sat May 28th 2022

This is a full day walk that takes in 3 distinct peaks: Mount Macedon, Camels Hump and Mount Towrong.  Starting from Douglas Road, we'll follow bitumen and gravel surfaced roads until the start of a short and steep section 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 and walk on to stop for lunch at Sanatorium lake. After lunch we head down Zig Zag Track along the ridge of Mount Towrong.  The descent from Mount Towrong is quite steep and rocky. 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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01
Jun
2022

Leanganook Track Stage 4 Sandhurst Res. to Bendigo

Wed Jun 1st 2022 7:45:00 -5:45:00

This walk will complete the 4 stage Leanganook Track walk from Castlemaine Rail Station to Bendigo Rail Station. The Day will start with catching the 8:05 Bendigo train on Platform 3 from Watergardens to Kangaroo Flat. Please Bring you MYKI card, senior concession price is $8 eachway. I have organised maxi taxis to convey us to Sandhurst Reservoir (cost $5 to $8) The walk will take us through box-ironbark forest visiting remnant gold mining sites of Diamond Hill, (our lunch stop) Deborah and Sheepshead Mine workings. Our journey will take us through the Salomon Gully Flora reserve before hitting the streets that will take us to the Rail station, where we will have ample time to enjoy refreshments prior to boarding the 15 ;59 train back to Watergardens, arriving at 17:41 Only one moderate hill, track is in good condition, but boots recommended.


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08
Jun
2022

Melbourne historic city walk

Wed Jun 8th 2022 9:30:00 -3:00:00

Historic walk around historic city buildings

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08
Jun
2022

Club Meeting (Monthly)

Wed Jun 8th 2022 7:30:00 -9:30:00
11
Jun
2022

Balt Camp to Nolans Picnic Ground

Sat Jun 11th 2022 9:30:00 -3:30:00

Situated in the Wombat State Forest, this walk follows quiet tracks and part of the Great Divide Trail. Commencing at the historic Balt Camp ruins, we follow Mountainview Track east to Nolan Creek Road.  If it has been cleared after the damaging storms of 2021, we will use the slightly shorter Day Track.  Lunch is at the pretty Nolan Picnic Ground near the source of the Lerderderg River.  Using the GDWT we walk south to Stockyard Creek Track.  Here the tree ferns and blackwood trees are resplendent.  A short uphill returns us to the cars.  It is an interesting part of Wombat State Forest.  Balt Camp was a forestry camp for male refugees from the Baltic States after WW2 and the Adel Mine site is across the road.  Nolans Picnic Ground was once the site of a sawmill.  There are a few steep ascents and descents, some rocky surfaces and at times evidence of the recent storms.  Walking poles are recommended.

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15
Jun
2022

Lara Environs

Wed Jun 15th 2022 10:00:00 -1:30:00

This walk visits the outlying areas of Lara, including parklands, wetlands and Hovells Creek. The walk starts at Lara Station and heads south along the Hovell Creek Trail to the Hume and Hovell Memorial near the Princes Freeway. From there we cross over Hovells Creek and walk along a country road to reach the Lara Lakelands where we will see the result of recent work carried out to improve the wetland area.

From there, another short walk along suburban streets brings us to the Westlake Boulevard area to explore this southwest corner of Lara. Millars cafe is included in the tour of the lakes area for those wanting to buy refreshments ( toilets available).

After lunch, we make our way to Six Ways Corner (toilets), then walk along Flinders Avenue to Hovells Creek. A short walk along the creek will take us to the Kevin Hoffmann Walk for the short walk through the gardens before heading to the Lara Shopping Centre and the return to Lara Station.

Meet at Southern Cross Vintage Clock by 8.55 am. for the 9.10 train to Geelong. This train stops at Footscray, Sunshine, Deer Park and Tarneit to pick up passengers, or members can drive to Lara Station to meet the above train due at 9.58 am.

Covid restrictions are to be adhered to where applicable, and all walkers must be fully vaccinated.


 

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22
Jun
2022

Ballarat by train

Wed Jun 22nd 2022 8:00:00 -5:00:00

Walking from Ballarat Station for a circuit walk at Lake Wendoree, including a visit to the Bellarat New Cemetery.  More details to come about train timetables.

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26
Jun
2022

Coliban Water Channel and Fryers Ridge

Sun Jun 26th 2022 8:00:00 -2:30:00

Our meeting place will be the track intersection of Deardn Creek Track and Kemps Track Dummond North (just outside of Taradale.  The first section of the walk will take us along the Coliban Water Channel which borders the edge of the Fryers Ridge Nature Conversation Reserve until we get to the end of the dedicated walkng track.

Our return to the cars will take as through the Nature Reserve mostly following 2WD tracks and 4WD tracks. Early displays of wattle should be on show by this time and plenty of colourful fungi with the recent rains and more predicted.

There are some gentle ups and downs, but nothing too demanding.  This will be a Bob friendly walk.

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About Essendon Bushwalking Club

The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

The main theme of the club is to enjoy the great outdoors and through participation learn new skills and have FUN!