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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.



Future Activities - March

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)

WalkingTime: 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


**Re-scheduled from Feb **

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 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.


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.


Future Activities - May

Friday 14 - Sunday 16, 2021 – Base Camp

Location: Daylesford

Grading: Easy / Medium

Description:

Free camping at Hepburn Regional Park camping area 11km N of Daylesford. Arrive Friday at your leisure.

Saturday Day Walk: Sailors Falls Circuit, 18km, Medium, 5 ½ hrs

Sunday Day Walk: Wombat Station Track via Wallaby Track, 19km, Medium, 4 ½ hrs

Toilets & BBQ facilities available & fires allowed. No showers or water.


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.

Friday 28 - 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 approximately 16~18Km, Sunday will be approximately 12Km walk,