Calendar

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

Friday 4th - Day Walk

Location: Crossover Regional Park Reserve, Rokeby (just out of Warragul)

Grading: Easy

Duration: 14Km

Distance: 4.5 to 5 hours

Description


Rokeby is a small community 12 Km north of Warragul. This is a pleasant walk, the feature of the walk being the historic trestle bridge as Crossover. As the walk uses well maintained mountain bike trails it is better to walk during the week rather than weekends when more bikes are likely. Many family groups with young children also ride the rail trail at the end of our trail.


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)


Wednesday 16th, 2021 – Morning Walk & Brunch

Location: Mt Eliza Quarry and The Corner Pantry

Grading: Easy/Medium - short but steep

Duration: 2.5 hours

Distance: 6km

Description: Mt Eliza Quarry trail is a short but steep walk, with beautiful views from the top. After ascending, we will make our way to The Corner Pantry in Mt Eliza for brunch before descending on the other side of the quarry.


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.



Future Activities - 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.



Wednesday 21st, 2021 – Morning Walk

Location: Hastings to Jacks Beach

Grading: Easy

Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Description:


This is a return walk starting at the Hastings Pier and heading through Warrangine State Park, where we will follow the Bittern Coastal Wetland Boardwalk to Jack’s Beach. Enjoy views of Westernport Bay as well as the unique environment of the saltwater wetlands.