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Saturday February 14, 2021


Rescheduled to Sun March 28

Bird Watching / Social Walk

Location: Seaford Wetlands

A volunteer from Birdlife Australia will meet us at the Seaford Wetlands viewing platform. From here we will spend up to 2 hours observing the birds who inhabit and visit this area. Our guide will also provide us with a history of the swamp, and the significance it plays for migratory species. He will bring a telescope, but if you own binoculars please bring them along.



Sunday February 21, 2021


Morning Walk

Location: Flinders & Shoreham Foreshore Reserves

Grading: Easy/Medium

Distance: 13km

Duration: 4 hours

Terrain: Start up steep stairs, grass & sand track, 10km of beach walking with hard sand, seaweed & some easy rock hopping.

Description:

The walk starts up 145 steep steps in about 10 sections to The Esplanade, with a grassy walk along the side, passing the Bass & Flinders monument (built in 1912) and both world war memorials, then down a sandy track to the beach. With a low tide, there is then about 5km of beach walking on hard sand, often covered with seaweed, with some easy rock hopping. At the start there are a couple of beautiful gardens on the downhill slope from houses to the beach. We will pass some stunning mansions on the clifftops with superb views to Phillip Island and see many water birds looking for food on the beach and in the seaweed. We should arrive at the Shoreham beach carpark and picnic area with toilets before midday for our lunch break, before retracing our steps back to Flinders.

Sunday February 28, 2021

Clean Up Australia Day / Social Activity

Location: Pebble Beach

Our annual clean up event will take place a week earlier this year to avoid being in the middle of a long weekend. As usual we will meet at Pebble Beach car park, Marine Drive Mount Martha (opposite Ellerina Rd). After a quick briefing we will clean up the car park, cliff top, walking track and beach for up to an hour. Afterwards we will walk down to Merilyn and Michaels house for refreshments on their balcony.

Clean Up Australia will provide us with rubbish and recycling bags as usual, and some gloves. I highly recommend you bring your own reusable gloves (e.g. gardening gloves), hand sanitiser and drinking water. All rubbish and recycling is left in a designated area for the council to collect. Any larger items are photographed and reported to the shire. There is parking on site, nearest public toilets located down hill at the Sailing Club, and along the foreshore.



Wednesday 3, 2021

Morning Walk

Location: Portsea National Park

Distance: 10km

Grading: Easy/Medium

What to bring: it will be windy and exposed whatever the temperature so you will need a hat, appropriate clothing, water, a snack for morning tea, camera, and binoculars if you have them.

Description:

Starting at the Quarantine Station, we will walk along the Coles Track enjoying coastal views of Port Phillip Bay. We will explore the Harold Holt memorial, ‘Eagles Nest’ and other structures built during WW1. The last section outwards, along Defence Road will afford us spectacular views of Bass Strait, the Bay and our world famous ‘heads’. This section is steep and exposed. We will spend 20-30 mins at Fort Nepean again exploring the tunnels and other defence structures. Returning via Defence Road, we will venture up Cheviot Hill. The walk will conclude back at the Quarantine Station.

Saturday 6 - Monday 8, 2021

Back Pack

Location: Mt Baw Baw

Grading: Medium Alpine

Description:

The first day is a hike to Talbot Hut Site near Mt Erica, camp here for the night,

Second day down hill to O’Sheas Mill Site, camp here for the night

Last day we will hike back to the cars at Thomson river station,

Approximately total 34km and mostly downhill.



Saturday 6, 2021

Day Walk

Location: Bass Landing to San Remo

Grading: Medium

Distance: Approx 7-8km (plus extension)

Walking Time: approx. 4+ hours

Meeting time: 9.00am


Terrain:

Mainly coast walking on sand, mudflats,

coastal saltmarsh, rocks and rough tracks.

Highlights:

Coastal scenery, mangroves, saltmarsh,

wildlife, relics of the historic local fishing

industry, views to French Island, Phillip

Island and San Remo if the weather is clear


Description:

The area is little explored by walkers and thus graded as ‘medium’, ‘exploratory’.

Following the coastline of Western Port from Bass Landing to San Remo we walk through mudflats, saltmarsh, muddy creek and drain crossings, sand, and mangroves. The distance is short but slow going.

Extension: If time permits we may extend the walk to include part of the shoreline around San Remo in the direction of Griffiths Point on tracks, sand and rocks and is a contrast to the first part of the walk.

The walk gives an insight into the coastal vegetation, the impact of mangroves, tides and inland drainage patterns, and the remains of fishing boats abandoned on the windswept shores.

March Friday 12, 2021 - Twilight Walk

Location: Dromana Pier – McCrae

Grading: Easy

Duration: 2 hours approx

Description:

Commencing from the Dromana Pier we walk to McCrae Lighthouse and return in approx 2 hours of walking/wandering and if hot, a swim at the end.


Wednesday March 17, 2021 – Morning Walk


** Full **

Location: Coolart Wetlands/Somers

Grading: Easy

Distance: 9km

Duration: about 2.5 hrs

Description:


The first section of the walk is in the Coolart Wetlands and follows Loop 4. The walk passes through coastal vegetation, bushland and wetlands. The second section involves some street walking and then follows the coastal trail, including about 500m of beach walking to Somers. Morning tea will be at Somers. The return walk will be through the streets of Somers and a reserve.



Saturday 20, 2021 - Day Walk

Location: Rye Ocean Beach to No. 16 Beach

Grading: Easy/Medium

Distance: approx. 10kms

Duration: 3 hours

Description:

The walk starts along the beach, with low tide and some rock hopping for about 2.5km, with spectacular ocean views and protected areas for the endangered hooded plover. Then a climb up stony & sandy tracks to the cliff tops over Orr point, before going down steep dunes to the beach for another 1km of beach walking to No 16 Beach for morning tea. The return journey is via sealed streets and roadside tracks back to the car park for lunch, followed by a coffee at a nearby cafe.


Thursday 25 - Sunday 28, 2021

Base Camp

Location: Wilson’s Promontory NP

Grading: Easy / Medium

Description:

Various Day walks will be offered on Friday and Saturday with a Morning walk on Sunday. Walks will possibly include Mt. Oberon, Sealers Cove, Little Oberon & Vereker Track.



Saturday 28, 2021

Morning / Social /

Bird Watching


** Rescheduled from Feb **

Location: Seaford Wetlands


Description:

A volunteer from Birdlife Australia will meet us at the Seaford Wetlands. From here we will spend up to 2 hours observing the birds who inhabit and visit this area. Our guide will also provide us with a history of the swamp, and the significance it plays for migratory species. He will bring a telescope, but if you own binoculars please bring them along.


Future Activities - April

Saturday 3, 2021

Bike Ride


Location: Bendigo to Axedale

Grading: Easy

Distance: 46kms


Description


We are planning an out and back ride along the O'Keefe Rail trail from Bendigo to Axedale. Planning to stop for lunch at the Axedale pub where there is likely to be outdoor dining set up. Last time we were there in the middle of 2020, they did take away and that worked all okay to eat by the Campaspe River which runs through the town. The rail trail continues to Heathcote but we will not be going that far.


Hybrid or mountain bikes needed. Not road bikes. Path is compressed gravel. The grade of the trail is fairly flate and we will go slow enough to accomodate all who want to ride.



Saturday 10, 2021

Day Walk


Location: Lysterfield

Grading: Medium

Distance: 14kms

Duration: 4.5 hours

Description:

We will be walking the Lysterfield Loop to Lysterfield Hill. As the name implies, there is a hill! Bring your camera, for birdlife around the Lake and the resident kangaroos are bound (get it!) to appear.



Friday 16 - Sunday 18, 2021 Base Camp

Location: Murrindindi Reserve

Grading: Medium

Description:

We will camp along the Murrindindi River.

Saturday is approx. 15 km medium circuit walk around the reserve and visits the spectacular Wilhelmina Falls. There are steep sections of the track and stairs. The tracks are well formed. On Sunday we will do an easy 12km river walk starting at the Cascades.

Camp fires are permitted in designated fire pits within the reserve.


Saturday 17, 2021 -

Day Walk


Location: Yarrabubba Track -

Bunyip State Forest

Grading: Medium

Duration : 4-5 hours.

Description:

Track follows numerous horse trails up and down the southern part of the Bunyip Park. Large granite boulders are a feature, with excellent views from the higher parts of the walk. All on track- no bush bashing. Some quite steep sections which can be slippery when wet.



Wednesday 21, 2021 -Morning Walk


Location: Kananook Creek/Seaford

Foreshore Trails

Grading: Easy

Distance: 12 km approx

Duration: 3 hrs


Description:


Starting at Oliver’s Hill, we will head along the foreshore and onto the Kananook creek Trail, which runs parallel to the shore and links Frankston to the Seaford Wetlands. We will follow this track to Seaford, where we will stop for morning tea. The return trip takes us along the Seaford Foreshore track, which is an oasis of remnant coastal vegetation and wildlife and boasts over 200 native plant species such as Coast Banksia, Swamp Gums and She-oak. We may include a bit of beach walking on this section of the trail. We then rejoin the Kananook Trail and head back to Frankston.


Saturday 24, 2021 - Bike Ride

Location: Knox City Wantirna South to Upper Ferntree Gully

Grading: Easy

Distance: 20kms

Duraton: 2hrs approx



Description:


The ride follows Blind Creek Trail, then beside the railway line via Ferntree Gully to Upper Ferntree Gully, all on sealed bike tracks. We then cross Burwood Hwy to return via the Ferny Creek Trail, then follow Scoresby Rd on bike tracks, to rejoin the Blind Creek Trail back to Knox City. The trail is mainly flat and very scenic, with lots of bush area and parkland.




Thursday 29 - Friday 30, 2021 BTAC Event - Track Clearing

Location: Aust. Alpine NP - Howqua River Area

Contact: Bob Edwards

Mobile: 0487 235 592

Email: bob.edwards18@yahoo.ca


Description:

Track Clearing along Eagles Peak Track. Working from 9 am Thursday and 8:30am Friday, finishing at 3:30 each day. The usual hedge trimming, chainsawing and brush cutting and raking will be needed. Sections of this track are steep. Please provide your own transport. a number of camping options are available near Sheepyard Flat. Parks Vic and BTAC will provide all the track maintenance equipment and PPE.



Friday 30, 2021 -

Twilight Walk

Location: Mt Martha to Lilo Cafe Return

Grading: Easy

Duration: approx. 2 hours


Description:

A wander along the cliff top track with views down to the sea and returning via the footpath and back before it gets dark.


For your knowledge I will commence at 5pm from crn Watsons rd and the Esplanade Mt Martha at the car park.


Future Activities - May

Sunday 2, 2021 –

Day Walk


Location: The Gurdies (on the way to Phillip Island)

Grading: Easy / medium

Distance: Approx. 12 - 14 km

Duration: 5 hours


Terrain:


Bush tracks, horse trails, management tracks, short beach walk depending on the tide.

Description:

Pleasant walk through remnant bushland area including great views of Westernport Bay, a ferny gully, an old cemetery, a walk along the mangrove lined beach depending on the tide, a jump and scramble across a creek. * No toilets at meeting place.

What to Bring: Usual day gear, lunch, nibbles, hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and water. Coffee money optional.



Friday 14 - Sunday 16, 2021 – Base Camp

Location: Daylesford

Grading: Easy / Medium

Description:

We will be free camping. Toilets & BBQ facilities available & fires allowed. No showers. BYO water. Fires are allowed.

Saturday

Day Walk: Dry Diggings Track

Distance: 18km

Grade: Medium

Duration: 6 hrs

Terrain: narrow, rocky walking trails with steep drop offs on the side. You need to be confident with your footing on narrow, unmaintained tracks. Undulating for the entire walk, getting steep for many sections. At least two steep sections of bush bashing. Walking poles recommended. It was very dry during the pre-walk, but after rain can be very slippery.

Sunday

Morning Walk: Sailors Falls Circuit

Distance: 8km

Grade: Easy

Duration: 3 hrs

Description:

Terrain: Mostly wide formed track on a flat track with a couple of small climbs. A small section of walking on an unmade road. There are stairs down to the falls at the beginning of the walk.

Saturday 15, 2021 –

Day Walk


Location: Lerderderg Gorge - The Scenic Rim.

Grading: Hard

Duration: 5-6 hours approx

Description:

Commencing from the Mackenzies Picnic Ground we walk upstream to Grahams Dam, then ascend via a very steep and rocky track to the top of the Gorge. We then walk down to the river crossing on a management track. Crossing the river again we ascend up the even steeper rough track to the opposite side of the gorge. After following another main track (part of the longer GDT thru walk) we ascend back to the river by a very rough steep track, landing back at Grahams Dam. The walk offers spectacular views of the gorge and surrounding countryside.



Wednesday 19, 2021 –

Morning Walk


Location: Merricks to Red Hill

Grading: Easy

Description:

Gentle incline to Red Hill, with one steep descent on the way (to be conquered on the way back!). There could be muddy patches along the track, so wear your waterproof boots!


Friday 21 - Sunday 23, 2021 – Base Camp

Location: Mt. Macedon

Grading: Saturday – Hard

Description:

On Saturday we will walk a 20km circuit around Mt Macedon. First we climb up quite a steep path with a lot of steps to Memorial Cross and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. We then continue on the western side of the mountain on a fairly flat path towards Camels Hump where you get further great views. Leaving Camels Hump there is a small amount of scrambling off track past the rocky outcrop. Here we are likely to see some rock climbers climbing up the Hump. We join the main trail again and head along a good track and reach Sanatorium Lake. We then descend along fire trails before ascending Mt Towrong. We then follow a rocky trail descending back to the beginning of the walk. A cold beer awaits us at the Mt Macedon pub.

Saturday 22, 2021 –

Day Walk


Location: Little Boggy Creek, Studio Park & surrounds of Langwarrin

Grading: Easy

Distance: 14km approx

Duration: 5 hrs

Terrain: Bush tracks, road walking

Details:

Pleasant walk through remnant bushland areas, beside creek and a lake. Some street walking. Toilets, tables and coffee available at lunchtime

What to Bring: Usual day gear, lunch, nibbles, hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and water.

Sunday 23, 2021 – Day Walk


Location: Baldrey Crossing to Long Point via Two Bays Walking Track

Grading: Easy/Medium

Distance: 15kms

Duration: approx. 4 hours

Description:

Starting from Baldry Crossing on Baldreys Road, Main Ridge, we follow the Main Creek Trail, before joining the Two Bays Walking Track heading south via Greens Bush. After crossing Lightwood Creek, we stop at the campsite with a toilet for morning tea. We then do a circuit to Long Point and back to the Two Bays Track, heading north back to the Baldrey Circuit track and then back to Baldrey Crossing. It’s a very scenic walk on good walking tracks, with boardwalks, and undulations.



Wednesday 26, 2021 –

Morning Walk


Location: Mornington

Grading: Easy

Duration: 2-3 hours approx


Terrain:

Some pavement walking, some uphill.

Description:


A circuit around Mornington, including Beleura Hill, Mills Beach, Mornington Harbour, Fishermen's Beach and Linley Point.



Sunday 30, 2021 – Day Walk

Location: Upper Yarra Goldfields Walk

Grading: Medium

Description:

About 14 km east of Warburton on the Woods Point Road is a turnoff to the Little Peninsula Tunnel Picnic Ground. There is a short walk to the Little Peninsula Tunnel which was created in the late 1860s by dynamite blasting to alter the water course so prospectors could scour the exposed river bed. The Big Peninsula is about 3 km further along the road. The Upper Yarra Goldfield Walk to McMahons Creek (12 km) is a loop track which passes some remnants of 19th-century goldmining activities, including the tunnel, some water races, open-cut mines, mine shafts and small dams, Mountain Ash, Myrtle Beech, Sassafras and Hazel Pomaderris

Future Activities - June & July

JUNE

Saturday 5, 2021

Day Walk & Indigenous Guided Walk


Location: Koonya Beach – No.16 Beach Rye

Grading: Easy

Distance: 15kms

Description:

We will meet at Koonya Beach car park and walk along the Life Saving Track via Bridgewater Bay to Number 16 Beach. Here we will join our indigenous guide for a 2 hour walk sharing knowledge about bush tucker, medicine, and the ancient landscape, before a digeridoo meditation. We will then return via the same scenic coastal route to Koonya Beach.


Booking and cost involved. (for website)


JUNE

Friday 25 - Sunday 30, 2021

Base Camp


Location: Rubicon

Grading: Medium

Description:

Base camp with walks around the Rubicon Valley, past historic Hydro Electric power systems, Dams, waterfalls, old trestle rail bridges, and old saw mill sites.


Saturday walk will be approx 16~18Km,

Sunday will be approx 12Km walk.



JULY

Saturday 3 - Sunday 4

Back Pack


Location: Fraser Block, Lake Eildon National Park

Description:


Two day Backpack to Mountaineer Creek Campsite, Fraser Block, Lake Eildon National Park. Mountaineer Creek is a remote lakeside campground, accessible only by boat or by hiking in. It’s a great place for self-sufficient campers to relax away from the crowds.