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. Walks are cancelled on Total Fire Ban days in the area.
For more information ring Bronwyn Silver on 5475 1089, Jeremy Holland on 5472 4821 or Julie Hurley on 5472 5082.
2018 WALKS PROGRAM
18 March Fryers Forest, west side
We’ll take in a section of the Coliban Main Channel from the Fryerstown Road, before angling back through the state forest. With luck there’ll be a few birds. c. 6 km. For more information: Bernard Slattery 5470 5161.
15 April Castlemaine Diggings, south end
We’ll negotiate the upper catchment of Sebastopol Creek down to the Goldfields Track, which we’ll take into Brown’s Gully, returning via Loop Track. Plenty of great candelbarks, in one of the loveliest sections of the Castlemaine Diggings Park. c. 8 km. For more information: Ron Wescott 0425805447.
20 May Poverty Gully
Walk following Poverty Gully Channel east from the Chewton Fryerstown Road towards the railway line, where the channel goes under the line and the Pyrenees Highway. Return journey will be south of the channel through State forest and CDNHP. 8 kms. For more information: Richard Piesse 0448572867 or Elaine Bayes 0431 959 085.
17 June Tarilta Creek
From Schicer Gully Road we follow minor tracks to Tarita Creek, then downstream to the waterfall. From here off track to another little known waterfall and back to the cars. Walk involves numerous creek crossings and will take over 3 hours. Waterfalls probably dry. c. 8 km. For more information: Jeremy Holland 5472 4821.
15 July Gowar Forest
Focus of this walk be “Walking with Birds” – a soon to be released guide to bird walks around Castlemaine. Walk will follow a combination of two of the bird walks from the new guide. Starting at Muckleford Station we will head off into the Gowar Forest area. This is a fairly long walk of about 9 km, but there are no steep hills or rough ground. Length may be shortened if we have lots of stops along the way. For more information: Damian Kelly 0408037249 or Chris Timewell 5472 1553.
19 August Welsh Village and Water Wheel
A circuit walk starting from Chinamans Point Road, uphill to the Garfield Wheel then through more mining relics to arrive in and explore Welsh Village. Visit the Slate quarry then cross the outlet of Expedition Pass Reservoir to return along the Forest Creek Track. 10.5 km. For more information: Lionel Jenkins & Barbara Guerin 5472 1994.
16 September Fryers Ranges
A walk in the Fryers Ranges, starting at the edge of Taradale and following tracks to the Main Ridge observing wildflowers in bloom, including species only found in this forest. Some steeper ground but nothing too strenuous. 8 km. For more information: Christine Henderson 0466004628.
21 October Muckleford Forest
A meandering ramble of about 6-7 km, mainly off-track, through a variety of vegetation types in the vicinity of the Red White and Blue mine with local Geoff Nevill, focusing on orchids, other wildflowers and some mining remains. For more information: Geoff 54752853.