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02
May
2021

Creswick in Autumn

Sun May 2nd 2021 8:00:00 -3:00:00

An opportunity to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours in Creswick and the surrounding country side.  Commencing at St Georges Lake we will be following the Great Divide Trail, through the Koala Park (spotting any koalas along the way) before arriving at Eaton Dam for morning tea.  The walk will then continue through the forest and into the pine planation before arriving at La Gerche forest which was planted in the 1880's.  The forest is full of oak trees, pines any many other exotic species which are now displaying their autumn colours and this is where we will break for lunch.

After lunch we will walk through the Creswick Forestry School admiring the historic buildings and beautiful gardens, before picking up the Creswick Creek trail and making our way back to St  Georges Lake.

The end of the walk will reward walkers with afternoon tea at one of the many cafes in Creswick before returning to Melbourne.

This walk is suitable for both new and experienced walkers as it offers plenty of interesting features and history along the way.  The walk is all on formed trails, and 2WD tracks with no difficult hills to climb

Another Bob Friendly Walk

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04
May
2021

Warburton Base Camp

Tue May 4th 2021 11:00:00 - Fri May 7th 2021 4:00:00

Arrive on the Tuesday.  Bring lunch & morning tea for when we're walking around the river.  Will start at the motel and do the walk up and around the river.  12k, Easy.

Wednesday's walk will be to an ancient rainforest where the Antarctic Beech are 5000 years old.   We will go to the Ada tree, and onto the Federation Mill, and return to the cars via a different track.  If there is time we will also go to the Seven Acre Rock with a terrific view.  Will return to Warburton for afternoon tea.

On Thursday will walk along the aqueduct, with really good views of Warburton, magnificent tree ferns, and lovely rainforest never before logged.  Will see the famous sequoia forest along the way, now a big tourist attraction in Warburton.   

Tuesday's walk begins at 11:00 - be at the motel carpark early.  On Wednesday and Thursday the walks begin at 9:00am.

When we depart the motel on Friday, will visit the free treetop walk in the rainforest half way up Mt Donna Buang, plus walk down the short track into the stunning rainforest.  Will then drive to the top of Donna Buang for a short walk near the lookout tower.  From the top of Donna Buang Ron will go home by following the direct gravel road going past a launching ramp for hang gliders where there are some incredible views, & onto Healesville, or you may return via the way you came.

On Thursday night dinner will be at the historic Warburton Hotel.  For other meals there are basic cooking facilities available, including fridges and toasters in the rooms, microwave ovens and electric jugs.  The motel also has a lounge area for our general use and meals at night time, including cutlery, plates and cups.

As at 14 April there still are vacancies at the motel - contact Ron to make a booking.  Also ask Ron about the possibility of sharing a car.  If you can't do the entire basecamp, you are welcome to come on any one day's walk.  Please advise Ron.

Phone bookings only. Contact Ron by phone to book in.  

Arrive Tuesday and depart on Friday.  Staying at the Warburton Motel.

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05
May
2021

Rescheduled Bike Ride Royal Park to Altona return 50 km (mostly flat)

Wed May 5th 2021 9:30:00 -4:00:00

We will meet at Royal Park Station near Melbourne Zoo Rear entry at 9:30 (Parking is $2.00 for 5 hours). Alternative meeting point 9:45 at the Bottom of the ramp at Flemington Bridge Station & Mt Alexander Road. We will ride along the Inner City Trail bike path then on the Footscray Road Trail to Yarraville then the Yarra River Trail to Williamstown for morning tea. Following the coast to Altona, we will stop for lunch at the outdoor dinning area in the closed off main street. (bring or buy lunch). We will return via Cherry Lake, Williamstown then along the Maribyrnong River trail, through New Market and back to Royal Park.

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08
May
2021

Basic Navigation Training

Sat May 8th 2021 8:00:00 -4:00:00

Learn and practice basic use of map and compass for off-track navigation. Suitable for novices and experienced navigators.

There are six steps to learning bush navigation: (1) Theory, then (2) Practice, then (3) More practice, then (4) Yet more practice, then (5) Teach it, then (6) Keep practising!

For club members only, no visitors. This is not a commercial course. It is put only only for the benefit of club members, and to assist with progression to leading events for the club.

Learn basic use of map and compass for off-track navigation. 2hrs theory session before field exercises in small groups. Experienced navigators are needed to help with mentoring and honing their own skills. Conducted within the former permanent orienteering course in the Lauriston Flora Reserve. Trainees will need to BYO (or else borrow) a base-plate compass, plus note pad, day pack, lunch & nibbles, plus picnic chair & picnic table.

Trainees will be sent some reading material in the days prior to help prepare for the event


 

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12
May
2021

Club Meeting (Monthly)

Wed May 12th 2021 7:30:00 -9:30:00

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15
May
2021

Kananook Creek to Frankston

Sat May 15th 2021 9:00:00 -3:00:00
Meeting at our regular Flinders St coffee shop area.
The walk starts at Carrum, the sky rail station having one of the best views of the Bay in town. If its windy you will know all about it from this lofty vantage point.   Its 1km down the road to the actual starting point of the Kananook trail. Its a typical coastal sandy tea tree lined track  that runs close to the creek  and at times we can peer into the backyards of properties and admire the gardens and riverside patios.   Morning tea at Seaford and back to the trail. The SE water people provide us with several artistic murals en route before we get to the Frankston CBD and the riverside Hall Of Fame.   Over the seagull bridge to the picnic area for lunch  then post lunch a 3km loop around the attractive Botanical Gardens which originally was the local golf course. From there back to the Frankston rly st but for those who wish to recharge there are no shortage of coffee shops around the picture theatre area.    Definitely an easy peasy walk with one little uphill to get to the gardens . Sneakers will be fine but if we have had rain the track could be a bit damp.  All up, its around 14kms for the day.

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16
May
2021

Introduction to bushwalking walk - Wombat Station circuit walk

Sun May 16th 2021 9:15:00 -3:30:00

A great introductory walk for persons new to bushwalking and who want to experience some of the history of our gold era.

Our walk will start on the corner of Barkstead Road and Sailors Falls Road, Leonards Hill.  A short section along a country lane, before joining a section of the Carlsrhue to Daysleford rail line.  We will walk past the birthplace of the Great Divide Trail before making our way to the remnants of the Wombat station, including an opportunity for a couple of short off track sections to look at some beautifully constructed brick culverts (19th century construction at its best.  The walk then follows the boundary of the Yoga Ashram before joining a section of the Great Divide Trail and then onto White Point Diggings, through beautiful bush land.  Nearly all the walk is on tracks on 2WD roads and is suitable for all persons who are new to the bushwalking scene. 

Another Bob friendly walk!

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19
May
2021

Black Hill Reserve Circuit

Wed May 19th 2021 8:00:00 -3:00:00

Blackhill Reserve, Kyneton 19 May 2021

12k, Easy medium

For car pooling meet at Hungry Jacks, Taylors Lakes, at 8:00am (Melway map 13, 12F), or Kyneton Info Centre on the main road into town at 9:00am.

The walk will start at Langley School along a dirt track to an ancient volcanic mecca for rock climbers.  Amazing granite rock formations where aboriginals once lived in the caves.  Can still see marks in the rocks where tools were sharpened.  Scenic views and wildlife.  Afternoon tea at Kyneton.

 

Phone Bookings Only.  Contact Ron Bell for Further Details.

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22
May
2021

Major Mitchell Walk Stage 9

Sat May 22nd 2021 8:30:00 - Wed May 26th 2021 2:00:00

This is the next stage of the Major Mitchell series of walks.  The average daily distance will be 18-20km mainly on bitumen roads.  Therefore bright clothing or fluoro vests (a limited number can be supplied) will be required on the busier roads for personal safety reasons. The walk will start from Culla and finish at Killara.


 

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26
May
2021

Moonee Ponds Trail Exploratory.

Wed May 26th 2021 9:30:00 -2:30:00
Westmeadows Reserve. Ardlie St. W

Starting at Westmeadows Reserve, the walk will wander around both sides of the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail using tracks that have not been used by EBWC before. A small circuit of the south eastern corner of Woodlands Historic Park is included in the walk. There may be some longish grass to walk through, so gaiters and/or long trousers are recommended. Also boots are recommended. Walking poles are probably not required as it should be hibernation time by then for Joe Blakes. HOWEVER.....

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