• Tanglefoot Mountain

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    Tanglefoot Mountain
    Sunday 22nd September   2013
    Leader Virginia Olsen

    The alarm rings savagely at 5.00am, and it needs to – in order to be drawn out of the sound of heavy rain on the roof. What sort of a nutter am I?!

    Russell is picking me up at 5.40am and I’m heading to Healesville to tackle “Tanglefoot”.  Rumours are that it’s the ideal preparation for Kokoda. It’s also pitched against the Social Day at Red Hill. Short walk, swim, spa, food, bonfire… who wouldn’t choose that?

    As it turns out Eileen, Pam, Russell, Trevor, Andrea, Wayne and Ray have a similar “masochistic tendency” to Virginia. (It’s those happy smiling ones you’ve got to watch!!!)

    We pick up Trevor and arrive at The Jolly Miller Café, in Healesville, for a quick coffee before meeting up with the others. Then it’s a car convoy to Monda Track carpark. Waterproofs, coats, gaiters … and even Pam’s brolly – we’re prepared for the worst, but the light rain seems to be clearing.

    The walk takes us through impressive one hundred year old Mountain Ash goliaths fringed by the Myrtle, Beech, Blackwood and a plethora of magnificent tree ferns. We see two Lyre-bird and a kangaroo on the way up so we’re optimistic of good faunal specimen sightings. We hear them, and the call of a black cockatoo, but they remain elusive.

    Lunch is at Wirrawilla Carpark where our group divides into the shady characters(Russell, Trevor, Eileen and Pam) and the sunny set(Virginia, Andre, Wayne and Ray) in the choice of tables.

    After lunch it’s onwards and upwards to the cars. Approximately 15 kilometres, in beautiful country with delightful people.

    Turns out I’m not such a nutter aftersall.

    Ray B

  • Jamieson River – Exploration

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    Jamieson River/Exploration for Christmas Backpack

    Leader: Andrew Wallace

    Date: October 5&6 2013

    When you embark on an exploratory trip it is important to be flexible and able to change plans. This we did, before we had even started the walk! Seasonal road closures still in place meant that our Friday night camp spot was inaccessible, plan 2 was aborted when the Caravan park owner told us where we could free camp just outside of Jamieson. Not bad for somebody who is in business. This was at Doctor’s Flat about 5Km from Jamieson on the Woods Point Road, picnic table, fireplaces and a toilet providing ideal camping on the banks of the Goulburn River. This we did for both nights.

    Saturday morning involved a long drive along the Licola road to the Wren’s Flat turn off. We had decided to approach the walk Andrew had planned from the opposite direction, time was against us so a short walk by the keen members, Andrew and Lorraine, along Silvermine Spur road brought us up to lunch time. I had walked this track some time ago and I knew it went steeply up and down relentlessly for kms. Bird watching and talking to the Deer Hunters seemed a much better option.

    Returning to the Licola road we drove to Fergusons track, also seasonally closed, but we walked down this a short way  to check access for the vehicle for the Christmas backpack  which is to be camping by the river.

    Sunday we decided to drive to the car park of Tabletop mountain and climb to the summit. This walk, though a steepish climb, provides wonderful views across to Mansfield, and the Strathboggies to the west and the Jamieson valley and the Governors where  we had been the previous day and Eagles Peaks to the south

    June T

  • Mornington mid week walk: 18th July

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    Where: Mornington.
    When: Wednesday 18th July.
    Leader: Chris Spencer.

    Ten WWW’s met at Mornington Gallery in fine weather. We followed tracks and laneways through both suburban and bushland areas to the Briars where we walked a short circuit walk through wetlands to the lookout and back to the visitors’ centre.

    We retraced our steps to Benton’s Square for coffee then back to the gallery. A very pleasant morning walk through tracks many of us have never walked.

    Thank you Chris.

    Margaret Madge.

  • Two Bays Walk pt 2 – Greens Bush to Cape Schanck, Sunday 22nd July

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    Greens Bush-Cape Schanck.
    Sunday 22nd July.
    Leader Chris Spencer.

    Fourteen walkers met at Greens Bush in great weather- a contrast to last week’s first leg of the Two Bays Walk. One minor false start, it seems there was a lack of communication between the leader and the whip! The walk took us through deep fern gullies, extensive clusters of Xanthoreas and forests of tall coastal banksias. Lots of very tame kangaroos came out to just watch us passing.

    Beautiful undulating bush tracks and quite some steps particularly for those who ventured down to Bush rangers Bay for lunch. Only one walker was brave (mad) enough to go for a paddle across the very full-running creek – guess who? – Marty!

    Dave, that actually wasn’t a short landing strip that you saw on the green hill near Highfields! I won’t mention the slightly dodgie conversation overheard between two male walkers at the tail-end of the group!

    Thanks to Chris for organising a beautiful walk and to Helma, Louise, Greg and John who went early so that their cars were at Cape Schanck to carry us safely back to Greens Bush.
    Congartulations to Louise who was the only driver who kept within the speed restrictions through the road works-we thought we had lost you!

    Margaret Madge.

  • Two Bays Walking Track – McCrae to Greens Bush, 15th July 2012

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    Two Bays walking track – Episode 1
    McCrae to Greens Bush
    Sunday 15 July 2012

    Leaders – Chris Spencer and Marty Sakkeus

    This was the first half and the practice run, of the Two Bays walking track that was to be walked several weeks later by the fit, the mad and those with grandiose ideas of walking all the way to Cape Shank.

    We, the lesser mortals that wanted to do the track in two days rather than one, set out on a cold and windy day from McCrae lighthouse and headed towards Anthony’s Nose at a cracking pace.  I know that I should have stuck to my guns and given up puffing up Arthur’s Seat once more, but instead staggered behind admiring the colours of the sea and then of the plants as we walked up past Heronswood Gardens to LaTrobe Parade when any sensible person would have started.

    It is from here that you start puffing up towards the top of Arthur’s Seat and into the Seawinds grounds.  This climb is always a challenge, no less because of the recent rains that had somewhat damaged the track.  There are always views to stop and look at, the vegetation to stop and photograph as you climb up and up.  And then the pleasant walk through the stringy bark and gum forests with an under story of bracken and ferns.  This part of the walk is really beautiful, all damp and green with some orchids starting to germinate and acacias to flower.  Parts of this walk are really rewarding, but the up parts come too quickly.  Eventually we came to the grassy open area from where we were to descend down to McLarens Dam. This is a steep gravelly descent that tests knees, and the flat around the dam is really appreciated.  Too early for lunch so on we went to find the part of the track that winds through the back of Rosebud.  By now it was the second leader’s turn to lead, luckily some of the walkers were more familiar with the track and so we left the Park and ventured into suburbia.

    After wandering through some of the streets we found the track and followed it along the board walk and through the creek area.  The creek was running well, the board walk rather slippery and the walk through the vegetation rather damp and boggy.  But undeterred we walked on until we came to the track to Stephanie Rennick Hill where we all were pleased to stop for lunch and admire the view and the horses in a nearby paddock.  They obviously were also interested in lunch, but no one was forth coming.

    The track now descended down to the creek, but unfortunately we were soon floundering around in the mud and slush.  The track here was very wet and boggy and a diversion necessary.  Then came that long long haul up to Greens Bush, a deceptive hill that goes on for ever, and then a bit further.  But soon we were in Greens Bush and headed towards the cars, what a welcome sight they were nestled under the trees.  We had made it in good time indicating that those who were to do the whole of the walk to Cape Schanck should arrive there in daylight.

    Then came that dreadful OH NO moment when someone realised that they had left their car keys at McCrae after the car shuffle!  Soon we were sorted and headed back to McCrae for keys, cars and coffee.

    Thank you Chris and Marty for the walk, it wasn’t as bad as all that, and we all had a very enjoyable time.   Ros S

  • Kepples Hut backpack

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    KEPPLES HUT BACK PACK
    26/27TH. MAY 2012.
    Hike leader: Paul Bucknell, Party;- Micheal,Ray, Lorraine,and Julie.
    After a bus stop run picking up people on the way, we left Frankston at 4.30pm and drove through heavy rain and gale force winds, talking about sceptic comments from our friends during the week about going out in such weather??
    On our way to Marysville, Discussions ran around the car about options? :- The cold freezing rotunda on snowy Lake Mountain, or , the cosy heated cabins  with soft beds in Marysville,? All but one courageously said the Rotunda.
    However soon after passing through Marysville, snow appeared on the road. The further we drove up the deeper the snow became, and more branches across the road. The doubting  Thomas’s emerged. Finally we came upon a Ute stopped at a large fallen tree. Showing little resistance, we piled back into the 4×4 and headed back to Marysville and the cosy cabin. After a jovial tea around the table, we snuggled into bed with the storm raging outside.
    SATURDAY;-  Paul raised the reluctant crew out of their cosy beds at 7am. With various mutterings and request for cuppa ,s in bed.
    We prepared day packs and donned wet weather gear and set off in the 4×4 along Lady Talbot Drive, wondering how far we could drive before the snow stopped us. We soon had tree clearing down pat and coming upon a fallen tree we would hop out and cut and drag it of the road. Once we had to us the 4×4 to drag it away.
    We saw many “long tailed chooks’ (lyre birds) and rabbits and wallaby’s on the way up. We managed to get as far as the Upper Taggerty Road and park. There was 6” of snow on the ground by now. Our progress up the track was made easier because a 4×4 had cut groves through the snow. However when we stopped for a scroggin break three more sloshed past and muddied up the snow..
    By 10.30am. We had arrived at the newly built Keppel’s Hut nestled in 18” of snow, a fairytale picture. We rekindled the fire inside the hut, had brunch and took the group photo in the snow.
    Then to experience virgin snow, we took the Boundary Hut Trail for a kilometre. Julie and Lorraine fell into the powder snow to make snow angles (see picture) the deep snow meant that the lead person sank 18” into the snow and the following people stepped into their tracks.   We returned to the main road and quickly descended back to the car. We left our wet dripping  gear on because we were just going down to the river to walk around the Beeches Cuiciut Track.
    This was a delightful walk through rain forests with lot of bridges over the raging rivers. We walked down to where they met then up past the Cascades water fall the back up to the road. Here we had to decided again; – Down the road, or the saturated bush track? We bravely to the track and bashed our way the wet over-hanging branches brought down by the snow…
    Back at the car we took of our wet weather gear and piled back into the car for the short trip back to our cosy cabin. Hot showers and a dry change and hang things up to dry, then we walked up to the street and feasted at the bakery on hot pies coffee and decedant “Bee Stings”
    When we returned to our cabin we didn’t feel like much tea but managed to graze until late.
    Sunday.
    We awoke to the kettle going on for a cuppa at 7;15am. And sat around the table for a jovial breakfast. It took awhile to sort out the Chinese laundry of clothes hanging around but finally we were packed and the cabin cleaned. Then off to the Stevenson’s Falls. We had to force ourselves past the bakery  . We stopped at the first car park and walked down the “Ferny Gully “track and followed the river for 3kl. To the spectacular falls and the compulsory group photo.
    WE then shed some layers for the climbed up to the top of the falls. Impressive views of Marysville and the surrounding mountains.  Off then further up the mountain to the first lookout” De La Rue” to stop for a warm cuppa from the thermoses that Ray was carrying. The sun came out briefly which enabled us to see the view of Marysville and the Cathedral Range.
    On through the forest to the new steel platform at Keppel’s Lookout. The mist cleared briefly to see the view. Micheals craving for the bakery drove us down the trail with Michael leading the way. There was a lot of track maintenance in progress on the way down.
    Back at the bakery we indulged ourselves in coffee and many pastry delights. We then reluctantly drove home.  Everyone enjoyed the snow filled scenery and the great company.

  • Bushrangers Bay to Cape Schanck

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    Bushrangers Bay to Cape Schank
    Date: 15 April 2012
    Leader: David Minton

    It was a beautiful hot summer’s day, but in autumn, when we met at the Bushrangers Bay car park.  There were about 20 of us that set out at a spanking pace heading to the coast.

    You can usually guarantee as you walk along the Bushrangers Bay track that you will see hundreds of kangaroos, however this time only one was seem, much to most people’s surprise.

    As it was such a beautiful day whenever we came to a view of the ocean most people slowed down to admire the view.  Morning tea was taken near Elephant rock, after a leisurely stroll across the beach.

    Back on the track we headed towards Cape Schank, along the track that wanders in and out of the shaded, overhanging branches of the tea-trees, up and down a steep creek bank and out along the cliffs with a view of Cape Schank and the track to its tip.  Once there we descended endless steps to that tip, to have lunch on the pebbly beach and a well earned rest.

    After lunch and ice creams we headed back along the track to retrace our steps to the cars.  This time one snake was observed sunning its self on the side of the track.  On the section back to the cars from the turn off to Bushrangers Bay we passed numerous people going down to the Bay to enjoy the warm afternoon.

    Thank you David for a very pleasant walk, and for putting on such beautiful sunny weather.

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