BUSHWALKS for 2015
Our walks are on Sundays, they are free and non-members are welcome. We meet at 9.30am outside 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine (Continuing Ed.) and carpool to the start of the walk. Bring water, morning tea and lunch. Walks usually finish mid afternoon although the shorter March and October walks should finish by midday. Walks are cancelled on Total Fire Ban days in the area.
For more information ring Bronwyn Silver on 5475 1089 or Julie Hurley on 5472 5082.
15 March Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve
Leader: Geoff Park 0418138632
The walk is easy going, following the nature walk route established by Newstead Landcare. Whilst it will no doubt be dry, there could be some autumn orchids starting to appear, especially if we’ve had a drop of rain. It may be a little early for Swift Parrots, but we could see some early arrivals with luck. The ‘shine’ is always good for woodlands birds, so expect to see a variety including robins, babblers, honeyeaters, treecreepers and flycatchers.
19 April Muckleford Forest
Leader: Neville Cooper 0401 319 659
A walk through Muckleford State Forest starting from the Red, White and Blue Poppet Head Mine. Hopefully birds aplenty as we visit Dunn’s Reef and surrounds.
17 May Nuggetty Ranges
Leader: Brian Cuffley 54 75 1556.
Loop walk in the Nuggetty Ranges component of the Maldon Historic Reserve. The walk will be through typical box-ironbark forest which has regenerated in the ranges surrounding Maldon, which were once reserved for timber and mining purposes. We will commence at the corner of Church Street and Davies Lane, north of the centre of Maldon.
The Nuggetty Ranges is part of the metamorphic aureole surrounding the Harcourt Granite to the north. The granite has heated and hardened the slate and sandstone bedrock and has produced a hard flinty rock called hornfels. Hornfels is very resistant to erosion, thus it has formed a range above the granite which has weathered away more rapidly. The contact zone between the hornfels and granite will be seen at the historic Nuggetty Gold Mine.
We will then walk westerly along the crest of the Nuggetty Range to The Rock of Ages, a scenic lookout on the granite contact. From this lookout the geomorphology / landscape evolution of the region can be explained (see attached map).
We will then return down the loop track to the starting point.
21 June Goughs Range
Leader: Bernard Slattery 5470 5161
This small [161 ha] state forest is little visited, but has some nice attractions: grey box woodland with understorey of Golden Wattle, and some dense stands of Varnish Wattle. There are great views from the top of the range across to Cairn Curran and beyond. Note: this little forest is down for a management burn this autumn. If the burn is severe we may have to reschedule the walk elsewhere. Check the website for updates.
19 July To be announced. Keep checking this website page.
16 August Tarilta Gorge (& Upper Loddon State Forest)
Leader: Richard Piesse 0448 572 867
Our circuit walk commences at the junction of the Goldfields Track and Porcupine Ridge Road. Approximately 2 km down the Goldfields Track we descend to a wide green valley leading to Tarilta Creek. After many stream crossings north we turn into a glorious long and wide valley leading back to the Goldfields Track and the start point.
20 September Fryers Ridge
Leader: Alex Panelli 5423 2041
A walk in the on the eastern side of Fryers Ridge in the Wattle Track, Telecom track area through some perhaps fairly typical/unspectacular bushland. We will find out together what it will be like in September. For most of the way we will be on reasonably smooth tracks but we may also follow some trail bike trails for part of the way and may pass directly through bushland for some short sections.
18 October Morgans Track
Leader: Elaine Bayes 0431 959 085
Come for a pleasant walk off track with local ecologists to see a stunning display of spring wildflowers and learn a little about their ecology. Or just stop and smell the “better than roses!”
Nature walk and activity for Pre-schoolers
Sunday April 26th
Meet at the end of Preshaw St, Castlemaine at 10am. Contact Naomi Raftery on
0422 585 585
Nature walk and activity for early Primary school kids
Sunday August 30th
Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Meet at the Tea Rooms at 10am. Contact Naomi Raftery on 0422 585 585
Youth Bush Walks
Sunday 24th May and Sunday 26th July
Meet at the Continuing Education Building at 9.30.
Both walks will be local and at least 5km.
Lunch is included. Contact Nioka on 5472 4609