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 contact Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046 or Bronwyn Silver 0448751111.
2019 WALKS PROGRAM
17 March Burns Hill – a recovering landscape
Starting at the Chewton Shop, Pyrenees Highway and following Forest Creek to the Monster Meeting site, the walk will show the changing landscape of the goldfields of the 1850s. The view from Burns Hill shows Chewton in a different light and the loop track then follows the reef to Trapps Gully before heading back down along the creek. c. 5kms. For more information contact Marie Jones 5472 2892.
21 April CHANGED PROGRAM: Salters Creek
Starting at the Hunters track dam, we’ll do a 5 km walk, partly on tracks, some through bush along the Salters creek bed; there’ll be a couple of rough steep climbs. We suggest if people usually use walking poles they’d find them helpful. As it’s Easter Sunday and a short walk we plan to be back in town by 1 pm. For more information contact Julie Hurley or Rex Odgers 0427 002 913.
19 May Stones Gully
We’ll angle towards the gully across a ridge on one of the few blank spaces left on our maps, starting on the Glenluce Road. Return will be via a figure 8 route above Sebastopol Creek. Some off track walking is involved, and it’s pretty hilly. c. 7 kms. NOTE: There’s been a bit of storm damage on this route, and we’ll have to negotiate some fallen trees. For more information contact Bernard Slattery 5470 5161.
16 June Whisky Gully, Mount Alexander
From the old Koala Park we’ll visit the Silkworm Farm before heading down to meet Whisky Gully near the park boundary. It is then a steady climb up this beautiful boulder-strewn gully to Dog Rocks and back along the Great Dividing Trail to the cars. Distance is only about 6 km but there are some steepish off-track sections. For more information contact Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046.
21 July Chewton Bushlands
Starting near the Chewton Cemetery, we will walk through Trust for Nature covenanted land to observe revegetation and regeneration over the last 16 years. Looping through the Bushlands, we will be partly on roads, explore two Reserves, one of which was subject to a recent cool burn. With great views to the west at the high points, this is a hilly walk of approximately 9kms. For more information contact Karen Baker 0439 714 665.
18 August Beyond The Res
A walk on and off track that explores the hills north of The Res, then crosses Expedition Pass to return via the southern ridge and Forest Creek Track. Forest and old farm land. Mining and settlement history. 8km For more information contact Lionel Jenkins or Barb Guerin 5472 1994/0402 427 162.
15 September Wewak Track
A loop walk near the Wewak Track including a section of the Great Dividing Trail where it passes one of Charlie Sanger’s huts. This southern part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park has wonderful native flora and hopefully the spectacular Matted-bush Pea will be in flower. For more information contact Frances Cincotta 5476 2691 or Elaine Bayes 0431 959 085.
20 October Railway Dam to White Gum Track
An 8 km walk in bushland between Railway Dam and White Gum Track. Hopefully plenty of spring wildflowers. For more information contact Richard Piesse 0448572867.