BUSHWALKS for 2017
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.
19 March Mt Alexander West Walk
This walk explores the west side of Mt Alexander. Mostly off-track, walking across grasslands and through open Manna Gum Forest dotted with granite boulders. We will visit an abandoned granite quarry with its associated infrastructure. There will be up-hill sections with some scrambling across granite, rewarded with great views back to Castlemaine. 8 – 10 km. For more information contact Lionel Jenkins & Barbara Guerin on 5472 1994.
16 April Geology around town
A walk around the town viewing the best geological outcrops and the evidence for the deep marine origin of local rocks. Also a look at the most common building and paving stones and their origin. For more information contact Clive Willman on 5472 2878.
21 May A walk on the wilder side of the Mount
We’ll take in one of the lesser known corners of Mount Alexander, on the east side of the Mount, passing one of the biggest Red Gums in the district on the way, and angling back to our start via the Ballantinia Track. c. 7 km. For more information contact Jeremy Holland on 5472 4821.
18 June Campbells Creek walking & cycling path
A walk through Honeycomb Bushland Reserve and along Campbells Creek. Members of The Friends of Campbells Creek and McKenzies Hill Landcare Groups have been working for 30 years to restore the area. The route will traverse hill country bushland, flood plains and the Campbells Creek waterway. 4.9 km. For more information contact Ian Higgins on 0418 539 670.
16 July Country Lanes
A walk through Faraday, taking in some interesting vegetation corridors with lovely remnant trees, and the shire’s only stand of Narrow-leaved Peppermints Eucalyptus radiata. Easy walking, but about 11 km. Check the website for precise route details later in the year. For more information contact Bernard Slattery on 5470 5161.
20 August Chewton’s mines and bushlands
Walk from Eureka Mine site along Campbells Creek Channel and Poverty Gully Reservoir Track and back up Poverty Gully. Easy to moderate in difficulty. c. 8 km. For more information contact Richard Piesse on 0448 572 867.
17 September Crocodile Reservoir and surrounds
A walk along Crocodile Creek near Fryerstown taking in Crocodile Reservoir. At least six species of ferns can be found along this relatively undisturbed waterway. More details to follow on website.
c. 5 km. For more information contact Elaine Bayes & Damien Cook on 5473 4014.
15 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 contact Geoff on 54752853.