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26
May
2024

Trawool Reservoir from below

Sun May 26th 2024 9:30:00 -2:30:00

Trawool Reservoir was built in the 1890s as a water supply dam for nearby Seymour and the railway (now rail trail) below it. It is no longer used for water supply, but is still a tranquil site perched on the Northern rim of the Tallarook State Forest.

This walk takes the energetic (but shorter) route to reach the reservoir - we start in the Goulburn Valley beside the rail trail, and climb up 300m (in 2km) on a steep 4WD track to reach the plateau. Hard work, but we can allow a hour for that if needed. After morning tea at the reservoir, we follow Falls Creek gradually upward through some beautiful forest, then climb again (not quite so much this time) on a foot track towards Warragul Rocks, where we'll have lunch - sensational views across the valley. After lunch, it's ALL downhill back to the cars. Only 12km, but your legs will swear it's a bit longer!

The walk is nearly all on dirt 4WD tracks. Possibly muddy if it has been wet, although it mostly drains quickly. Poles very useful, boots perhaps also? We need to cross Falls Creek twice, possibly wet feet if it's been very rainy.

Meeting Place 1 (for car pool) is in the Airport West Westfield car-park to the west of Target - near corner Westfield Drive and Sexton Street.

Meeting Place 2 (for the start of the walk) is the car-park at "Trawool Estate" (a large brick building at Trawool, on the left (NE) side of the Goulburn Valley Hwy at Trawool. There is a (rail-trail) toilet nearby.

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29
May
2024

Burnley Gardens and environs 09 35am

Wed May 29th 2024 10:00:00
Burnley, Richmond

From Burnley Station it’s a short walk along Swan St to Burnley Park, where we’ll look at the Corroboree Tree in its evocative setting. From there we go through the park (toilets and snack), look at the house of John Scullin, the great Depression-era Prime Minister, then drop down to a lovely river stretch, circumambulating Melbourne Girls College before crossing over or under Swan St to the Burnley Gardens, and more toilets, and a good wander around this treasure trove of botanical delights and historical interest. If you want to leave at this point, the 70 tram will take you back to Burnley Station, or the CBD. The stayers will have our lunch in the Gardens, or when we drop back down to the Yarra Trail (toilets.) We return to the station via Cremorne. A point of interest on this route is the pedestrian crossing over the Monash Freeway. I plan to get the Lilydale 9.44 (platform 3), with Glen Waverley 9.48 (platform 2) as backup. 


 

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03
Jun
2024

Kingsville to Williamstown

Mon Jun 3rd 2024 10:00:00 -3:00:00

When we do this walk, Kings Birthday will be only one week away - but the current holder of the title is perhaps not well, and William is next in line! Under the circumstances, a walk from Kingsville to Williamstown is perhaps symbolic?? Hmmm

This walk will follow the various paths along Stony Creek, through Kingsville, along to the Stony Creek Backwash to admire the white mangroves and other flora. After that it's along the coast path into Williamstown. The path along Stony Creek is mostly quite pleasant, and the track along the coast from Spotswood to Williamstown will be familiar to most, but nevertheless is also a pleasant stroll.

This walk is best done making use of our train system, starting at Tottenham Station and heading home from Williamstown Station.

We'll start from near Tottenham Station, but it's a bit of a desert regarding Cafes to meet at. So, meet at "J A McDonald Reserve" - that's a little park one block South of Sunshine Road (and Tottenham Station) - in Aliwal St.

Coffee in Williamstown to conclude the walk. 

 

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08
Jun
2024

Tarilta Creek

Sat Jun 8th 2024 9:30:00 -2:00:00

This walk is in the Upper Loddon State Forest. (General area - between Daylesford and Castlemaine) It's a loop walk, along some quiet 4WD tracks, a little on the Great Divide walking track, and quite a lot off-track - either through open forest or along the valley of Tarilta creek. It's not particularly long or hilly, and in fact is very pleasant, but is rated medium/hard because quite a lot of the walk is off-track. Distance 11.5km.

The meeting point, and start of the walk, is a small car-park where the Dry Diggings Track (part of the Great Divide Trail) crosses Porcupine Ridge Road. (It's about 100m  N of the intersection of Loop Track (signposted with green post/sign) with Porcupine Ridge Road. Another marker is that the intersection is 2.2km after Porcupine Ridge Road turns to a dirt road, as you're travelling North. Meet 9.30am at the start point.

If car-pooling, meet at 8am at Airport West (Westfield car-park, to the West of Target).

Coffee after the walk at Glenlyon General Store, provided we can get there in time. Or Daylesford.

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12
Jun
2024

Point Cook Coastal Park

Wed Jun 12th 2024 9:30:00 -1:30:00

A short and flat walk in Point Cook Coastal Park. Some beach walking, the rest along walking tracks and a little suburbia. Distance is just over 10km, so people will have plenty of time to prepare for the Club AGM in the evening.

The start of the walk will be from the carpark/toilets etc at the seaward end of "Side Entrance Road", in Point Cook Coastal Park. Meet at/before 9.30am.

Alternatively, car-pooling from Westfield car-park, to the W of Target. Meet at 8.30am.

Coffee location TBA.

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12
Jun
2024

Monthly Club Meeting

Wed Jun 12th 2024 7:30:00 -9:00:00

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

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16
Jun
2024

Mount Hickey

Sun Jun 16th 2024 9:30:00 -2:00:00

This a repeat of a walk I led (on a Wednesday) in June 2023. It's a loop walk in the South Eastern part of Tallarook State forest. We visit Mt Hickey, the highest peak on the Tallarook plateau - that's on the Southern edge of the plateau, with some good views to the South, partly obscured by the forest.

The walk is just over 10km, mainly on 4WD tracks - can be muddy after rain. There is a 200m climb near the start, to Mt Hickey, then descending or undulating. There is also a short, but very pleasant, "off-track" section. Poles would be useful.

If car-pooling, meet at 8am at Airport West. If not car-pooling the meeting point and start of the walk is at "Freeman's Camp and Picnic area", in Tallarook State Forest. There is a car-park, tables and a toilet there. Meet at 9.30am.

Getting to Freeman's Camp - take the Hume Freeway; once past the Broadford exit, pay attention - you're looking for "Ennis Road" on the right` (it is a right turn, directly from the right hand lane of the freeway - be ready for it); the turn is just over 5km from the weighbridge you go past just beyond Broadford. Once on Ennis Road, follow it for approximately 12km as it climbs to the plateau. Ennis Road changes its name to Main Road near the end, but stay on it. After the 12 km, Freeman's Track (signposted) is on the left, and the Camp/Picnic ground is there.

Coffee in Broadford after the walk.

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19
Jun
2024

Fryers Ridge near Taradale

Wed Jun 19th 2024 9:30:00 -3:30:00

The 13.km walk starts out of Taradale where the Deardon Track meets the Coliban Channel.  It is mainly through forest and is on undulating tracks. The last section follows a pretty part of the Coliban Channel itself. 

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23
Jun
2024

New Zealand Gully and the Ivy Chimney

Sun Jun 23rd 2024 8:00:00 -2:00:00

This walk starts at the junction of Welcome Track and Shepherds Flat - Werona Road.  However it may be a bit tricky to find and parking is a bit limited, so it might be better to meet at Cricket Willow in Shepherds Flat which can be reached from Hepburn Springs on the Hepburn Newstead Road.

This is a delightful walk on 4WD tracks, 2WD tracks and a short off track section along a very pretty gully.  The walk takes in New Zealand Gully which is a long wide swaith of green and very beautiful this time of year.  There are ruins  and  an old puddling machine as well along the way.  We will make our way to the ivy chimney and then along Stringers Gully back to the cars. 

The walk is relatively easy, though gaiters and a pole is recommended.  The off track section is around 400 metres, but relatively easy walking.  Afternoon tea if we are back early enough will be in Hepburn Springs or Daylesford

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26
Jun
2024

Keilor Historical walk

Wed Jun 26th 2024

 

We start our walk with exclusive access to Harrick's cottage and the reconstructed 1860's Police station. Fred Ackerman from the Keilor Historical Society will provide some insights into these hidden gems.  A short distance away is the bluestone church of St Augustine's. Travelling via the Gnome village we make our way to the Keilor Cemetery.  Searching for tomb stones acknowleging the Pioneering families of the Keilor district. ( I hope you are ok visiting the cemetery)  We will cross into Brimbank Park and head south into the Maribynong valley to catch a look at the rail Trestle bridge, at the time of construction the largest trestle bridge in Australia. Our walk along the river valley will see us re-enter Brimbank park. We'll pass by the cafe and Dodd family farm house before crossing the ford to cross over to the next valley, picking up the river into Gumm's corner and exit into Keilor Village, we will visit a number of historic buildings and exit  the  Village via the hotel, Caroline Chisholm Shelter reserve and the cast iron  bridge. Making our way back on the path adjacent to the old Calder highway to our starting point. We'll finish with coffee at  a nearby location, for those interested. The walk is easy and comfortable shoes with good grip should be adequate. We do have one steep descent where walking poles could be handy and one moderate hill toward the end.  

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