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13
Oct
2021

Club Meeting (Monthly)

Wed Oct 13th 2021 7:30:00 -9:30:00

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30
Oct
2021

Warrandyte Circuit

Sat Oct 30th 2021 9:15:00 -2:30:00

Please note:  All members must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (or have a medical exemption) before registering for this event - and be able to prove their vaccination status if requested by the leader.   Masks are not required for this event, but each member must carry one with them at all times.

If you prefer not to tolerate spending an hour in the car to escape to rural Victoria for the pseudo long weekend, then this walk may be a pleasant alternate.

We’ll meet at the car park near the roundabout on the corner of Yarra Street and Warrandyte road, Warrandyte.   This location is also at the end of bus route 906 – which leaves from the city and travels via Hoddle Street and The Pines shopping center.

There are some moderate hills, and most of the walk will be along formed walking tracks.   However, I haven’t walked this circuit for 5 years, so I’ve got no idea where we’ll have morning tea and lunch, and there may be some unexpected detours.  Toilets are at the start/finish and about 2/3 distance.

Under the revised COVID restrictions set for 6:00pm Friday the 29th of October, masks will not be mandatory for outdoor activities, but if you like wearing one, bring an extra mask just for fun.   It’s also the day before Halloween, so why stick to the traditional boring face masks?  I won’t be asking for proof of double vaccinations, but for consideration and safety of our fellow members, it is preferred that only fully vaccinated members attend this event.

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03
Nov
2021

Alphington and Kew Circuit

Wed Nov 3rd 2021 9:30:00 -3:00:00

Please note:  All members must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (or have a medical exemption) before registering for this event - and be able to prove their vaccination status if requested by the leader.   Masks are not required for this event, but each member must carry one with them at all times.

Starting 9:30am at Alphington station we walk to Darebin Parklands before following Darebin Creek towards Ivanhoe. We then walk along some suburban streets to Wilsons Reserve and a walking track beside the Yarra. At Burke Road, we cross under the Eastern Freeway, and walk through Hays Paddock to Bedford Road where we cross back over the Freeway. From there we walk along a shared path to which leads back to Alphington.

Part of the circuit has a rugged track and a short steep hill, and the circuit is partly shaded.   Walking boots, poles and gaiters are recommended.

Morning Tea at Darebin Parklands, and Lunch at Hays Paddock.

Toilets: Darebin Parklands and Hays Paddock (about halfway).

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09
Nov
2021

Walhalla Base Camp

Tue Nov 9th 2021 8:00:00 - Fri Nov 12th 2021 4:00:00

Phone bookings only. Contact Ron by phone to book in.  To attend this event, the club policy is that members must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or hold a valid medical certificate.  

Arrive Tuesday and Depart Friday.  Staying in Walhalla accommodation or Rawson

Walhalla is a picturesque village, located north of Moe and Traralgon. Nestled in a steep sided valley at the southern edge of the Victorian Alps, the town is surrounded by a national park, lush forests and fern gullies.  Walhalla is a historic gold mining town where in the 1860s onward the Long Tunnel mine produced 13.7 tonnes of gold. For more info see: https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/walhalla/

Tuesday: We are meeting at 11:30am at the picnic ground where we'll have lunch, and then do a walking tour around town, including the famous cricket ground and the cemetery, and it's possible to do a tour of the richest gold mine in Victoria if you wish.

Wednesday: Will walk the Alpine walking track to Poverty Bridge.  Then will follow the Thomson River for 10k to the old railway station - Ron says this was Victoria's most spectacular railway with 8 bridges. Dinner tonight at the old pub where there's great food.

Thursday: Drive to Thomson Station.  12k walk along the tramline to Cooper Creek. Walk down to Horseshoe Bend Tunnel built by Chinese miners.  Will look around Cooper Creek which has old copper mines.

Friday: return home.

To book your own accommodation you might try: 'The Mill House' 2br, 4 persons, ph 0427 899 709; 'Happy Go Lucky' 3br, 8 persons, ph 0414 789 488; 'Jacomb Cottage' 2br, 4 persons, ph 0450 385 483; 'Sancreed Cottage' 2br, 4 persons, ph 8373 4049; 'Windsor House' BnB 5 rooms 0407 519 215; 'Wild Cherry' BnB, 0427 975 042.

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10
Nov
2021

Werribee Gorge

Wed Nov 10th 2021 9:30:00 -4:00:00

To attend this event, the club policy is that members must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Meet at the carpark behind Hungry Jacks in Taylors Lakes (Melways P3 12F) by 8:15, or at Meikles Point Picnic Area, bottom carpark at Werribee Gorge, not far past Bacchus Marsh (exit Western Highway at the Pentland Hills Rd and turn left onto Myers Rd).

People come from all over the world to see 500 million years of geological history at spectacular Werribee Gorge where the river flows beneath huge cliffs and the path follows the rock face above the river with some clambering over the rocks. Look out for the chain along the cliff face. Up above it's possible to see Wedge-tailed eagles soaring on the air currents.

We start from the carpark and walk up the Werribee River, seeing many interesting features for about three kilometres. Then we have a steep climb to some great lookouts, including the Western Lookout. Onto an old tourist hut, and work our way to a terrific lookout unknown to most people, and then back to the cars. Afternoon tea at the Jolly Miller in Bacchus Marsh.

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10
Nov
2021

Club Meeting (Monthly)

Wed Nov 10th 2021 7:30:00 -9:30:00

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13
Nov
2021

EDGARS CREEK Merri Creek-EDWARDS LAKE

Sat Nov 13th 2021 9:30:00 -3:00:00

To attend this event, the club policy is that members must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or hold a valid medical certificate.

Meet: 09:30

Distance: M 16 km

Start and End:   Jackson Reserve Carpark. Melways 18 A11   Outlook Road

 Bring: Raincoat, Boots (walking off track along Edgars  and Merri Creek Trail) Hat, Water, Lunch, Afternoon Tea at Coburg Lake, BYO Thermos, Camera , Walking Pole, Hand Sanitizer,

We will walk to Coburg Lake and follow a trail  opposite the bike trail and towrds the end of the trail we will rejoin the Merri Creek  Bike reserve  to JT Connor resrve and  walk along Glasgow Road  and join t Edgars creek trail to Edwardes Lake for lunch and we will return via Edgars Creek Trail back to the cars Coburg was first surveyed by Robert Hoddle in 1837-1838. Prior to European settlement, the area around Coburg and Merri Creek was occupied by the Woiwurrung speaking Wurunderjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Hoddle recorded that a Mr Hyatt had a sheep station and hut on the East Bank of the Merri Creek, near present Outlook Road.  He marked out 327acre (1.3km square) village reserve with 2 roads for the district: Bell Street West and Pentridge Road, later called Sydney Road. Quarrying of bluestone began in the area 1850’s and by 1875 there were 41 quarries in Coburg. Coburg Lake: Prior to becoming a reserve, the site had its history as a bluestone quarry where Melbourne prisoners of the early 1900's were forced into hard labour, digging out the rocks. Many of those were used for the construction of Pentridge Prison. In the reserve, one wall of semi-quarried stone has been left exposed to demonstrate the park's former purpose. The land that became Lake Reserve was purchased in 1912. A weir was constructed in 1915 to form a lake and the reserve became immensely popular, with diving boards, wading pools, kiosk and gardens. 

 

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15
Nov
2021

Currawong Bushland

Mon Nov 15th 2021
Currawong Bushland Reserve

To attend this event, the club policy is that members must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or hold a valid medical certificate.

Highlight, Currawong Bush Park, Beasley’s Orchard, Tikalara Park, Templestowe Hill Climb, Mullum Mullum Creek Start the walk in the native bushland of Currawong Bush Park, this trail takes you through wildlife habitat, past wetlands, along narrow hill tracks, briefly through urban area, walk to Tikalara Park, Templestowe Hill Climb(1951 – 1987)The course was nine hundred and sixty nine meters in length, The Victorian Sporting Car Club planned, built and opened the course in 1951, Initially the road was unsealed for the first years event, but by the second year the Hill Climb section was sealed, but not the return down hill road, this made for some spectacular spectating.and  along the meandering Mullum Mullum Creek

Bring: Raincoat, hat, usual walking gear, morning and afternoon tea,lunch, camera, boots ,walking poles, hand sanitizer

Notify:  Marek Turski-Szendzielarz by on, 0401531450

        

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17
Nov
2021

Woodlands Historic Park Wander.

Wed Nov 17th 2021 9:30:00 -2:30:00

Starting at Woodlands Homestead, the walk takes us to the Moonee Ponds Creek near the Park entrance and from there we follow the creek in a SE direction, checking out the magnificent river red gum trees along the way. We leave the creek when it meets the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and head north across country to the Parks Victoria Office. From there we wander towards Providence Road before turning into the grounds of the now derelict Greenvale Hospital / Sanatorium. 

Leaving the area for a while we explore the area around the nearby Weeroona Cemetery before moving on to the Greenvale Creek Dam at the southern end of the Hospital grounds. This takes us back into the deserted area for a look around the southern section including the water tower(s) where one of the Sanatorium shelters existed.

Leaving this historic area, we make use of a horse trail alongside the sugargum plantation back to near the Parks Victoria Office and then cross country to Woodlands Hill and to the finish at the Homestead.

Some of the walk will be easy off track walking and boots are recommended.

An added bonus will be that the Park should be covered in the purple of Patterson's Curse which is out in abundance at this time of the year.

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


 

 

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20
Nov
2021

Upper Loddon Forest

Sat Nov 20th 2021 9:30:00 -4:00:00

This walk is just 10km but is medium grade as it involves some off-track cross-country walking which includes a stretch in long grass along the Loddon River with back and forth river crossing.  Good boots are a necessity, gaiters are recommended to ward off any reptiles which might be lurking, and walking poles if you normally use them.  There are several short hills as well.  Part of the walk is in an old gold-mining landscape. We largely follow Walk 16 in GDTA's Central Victorian Highlands Walk and Ride Circuits booklet.

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