Walks

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.

21 June   Goughs Range
Leader: Bernard Slattery 5470 5161
c.5k
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   Columbine Creek
Leader: Bernard Slattery 5470 5161
c.6km
This walk was going to be led by Doug Ralph. We’ve decided to mooch through a few of Doug’s favourite spots, including Sanger’s hut and Ray Bradfield’s flumes. Like Doug, we’ll indulge in a bit of off track walking, so there’ll be sections a little rough underfoot.

16 August   Tarilta Gorge (& Upper Loddon State Forest)
Leader: Richard Piesse  0448 572 867
c.6km
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
c.6-8km
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
c.4-5km
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
Clinker Hill
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 6th September
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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2 Responses to Walks

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  2. Frank Forster says:

    Another excellent program, again showcasing the wonderful diversity to be found in our environs.

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