BUSHWALKS for 2014
This year we have three walks programs: (1) the traditional walks on the third Sunday of the month, (2) Family Forest Walks, and (3) Youth Forest Walks.
Walks are cancelled on Total Fire Ban days in the area. For more information ring Bronwyn Silver 5475 1o89, Julie Hurley 545472 5082, or the numbers listed under the Family and Youth programs.
(1) Third Sunday of the Month Walks
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 for all walks. Walks normally finish mid afternoon. People of all ages and non-members welcome. No cost.
16 March Forest Creek – a changing landscape
Starting at the Chewton General Store, this 10kms walk will follow the historic Forest Creek Track to Expedition Pass Reservoir and return via the Great Dividing Track past the Welsh Village, the Garfield Wheel and the large Yellow Box tree. For more information contact Marie Jones on 5472 2892.
27 April Poverty Gully Circuit and Eureka Reef
This walk is through an interesting cross section of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Starting near the Castlemaine Secondary College it includes the Poverty Gully water race, a marvel of goldfields engineering, Campbell’s Creek water race and the Eureka Reef Heritage walk. Approximately 100m climbing. A varied walk full of interesting mining archaeology. c. 12kms. For more information contact Marian Letcher on 9819 9568.
18 May Mount Alexander
Starting at the Oak Forest in the foothills of Mount Alexander, this 10 kms walk will pass along the West Ridge and Dog Rocks. We will take in granite quarries and grand old trees as well as observing the Blackberry and St John’s Wort infestations on the Mount. c. 10kms. For more information contact Doug Ralph on 5470 5407.
15 June Mystery Geology Walk
On this walk, we will look at the effects of gold-mining activities. We will consider how can we adequately preserve these relics in our parks and reserves, so that they may continue to fascinate future generations. Also whether alluvial gold panning and metal detecting should be permitted. Destination to be revealed on the day. For more information contact Julian Hollis on 5470 5002.
20 July Muckleford South
We’ll have a look at some of the bush at the south end of the Muckleford block. It’s a bit exploratory, and some scrambling and climbing may be involved. c. 8 kms. For more information contact Bernard Slattery on 5470 5161.
17 August Fryers Ranges Mineral Spring
This walk of approximately 9 kms will be in the southern end of the Fryers Ranges State Forest. Starting at the junction of Fryers Ridge Road and Irishtown Track, we will walk in or close to the Columbine Creek valley. The Mineral Spring is west of Hunters Track on Stony Creek. For more information contact Richard Piesse on 0448 572 867.
21 September Muckleford Forest
Walk amongst the Ironbarks in the Muckleford Nature Conservation Reserve, starting at the Poppet Head mine. The walk will go through old mining areas, and forest rich with woodland birds and wildflowers. c. 8kms. For more information contact Neville Cooper on
0401 319 659.
19 October Fryers Ridge
This walk in the usually quiet (apart from birds and insects) area between Sugarbag Track and Irishtown Track will follow creek-lines and cross dry ridges. There will be some short but fairly steep climbs – but we will go slowly – and there will be more creek-lines and fewer ridges if the weather is hot. Please note that a 20 minute portion of this walk may be conducted as a “sound walk” during which (without speaking) we will listen to the soundscape to which our own passing will contribute. 6 to 8kms. For more information contact Alex Panelli on 5423 2041.
(2) Family Forest Walks
These walks are for children up to the age of 12 with their families. The walks will begin with an introductory talk followed by a walk at child’s pace and then a cuppa. There will be informal chats along the way with people who have local plant and animal knowledge. Bring sunscreen, hats, snacks, and sturdy footwear and a thermos of your favourite walk drink. The sessions will take place between 10am and midday. For more information contact Naomi Raftery on 0422 585 585.
23 March Kalimna Park
Meet at the Park entrance at the end of Doveton Street at 10 am.
28 September Kaweka Park
Meet at the Hargreaves Street Park entrance at 10 am.
(3) Youth Forest Walks
There will be two walks specifically aimed at young people. Led by Nioka Mellick-Cooper, these walks are for people able to walk several hours unaided. Young people over 12 years of age may come without parents/carers as long they have a signed parent permission form. Everyone is welcome, especially those with information to share with young people. For information about where and what time to meet and to obtain a parent permission form, contact Nev Cooper on 0401 319 659.
30 March Muckleford Forest
This 5 km walk to the Red White and Blue Mine will take in an old mine shafts and diggings. An exciting bushwalk with some interesting gold mining history.
7 September Poverty Gully
This 5km walk in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park will partly be along the old viaduct, ending at the reservoir before returning.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2014 FAMILY & YOUTH FOREST WALKS WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE SOON.