BUSHWALKS for 2016
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.
20 March Strangways
This walk is a slower and shorter affair than usual, as we will have a special focus on woodland birds and their habitat. It will take place at Andrew Skeoch and Sarah Koschak’s property which is a woodland bird wonderland, with a lovely grassy understory and grand old eucalypts. This walk is a joint Connecting Country FOBIF event, and part of the first Feathered Five Festival. Led by Andrew Skeoch, Tanya Loos and Asha Bannon. Enquiries: Tanya Loos 5472 1594.
17 April Exploring Yapeen and the Guildford plateau
Guided by host Max Kay with guests Julian Hollis and Maurie Dynon, this walk of about 5 km will include Koori sites, early white settlement, geology and natural history Yapeen and the Guildford Plateau. Starting at the red gum koori scar tree beside Campbell’s Creek the walk crosses the creek flat to a substantial outcrop of conglomerate rock, follows uphill to “Strathloddon” the 1840’s site of the first non indigenous settlement in the Castlemaine district by William Campbell and continues to the top of the Guildford Plateau. En route identifying nest boxes housing Tuan and Sugar Gliders and significant Koori scar trees. Enquiries: Max Kay 5473 4419.
15 May Cobblers Gully, Herons Reef
This walk visits old mining sites and relics of the Castlemaine dry diggings. We follow the Goldfields Track from The Monk down Cobblers Gully then use tracks, water races and some cross-country to explore Herons Reef and then complete the circuit. 8–10 km. Enquiries: Lionel Jenkins & Barb Guerin 5472 1994.
19 June Sailors Gully and beyond
From Vaughan Springs along Italian Hill Track then off-track along the ridge before descending to Sailor’s Gully. Follow Sailors Gully south, then cross to meet the Goldfields Track at the Tubal Cain Mine. Return to Vaughan Springs on the Goldfields Track passing some interesting stone huts and other mining relics. c. 8km. Enquiries: Jeremy Holland 5472 4821.
July 17 Ridges and Gullies
We’ll have a look at some isolated ridges around Sailors and Stones Gullies in the southern section of the Diggings Park, skirting around Tubal Cain mine site. Some off track walking, so sections are steepish and a bit rough underfoot. c. 7 km. Enquiries: Bernard & Deirdre Slattery 5470 5161.
21 August Walmer
This walk will take in some noteworthy roadsides, a recent revegetation site, a vineyard from the 1850s and several private landholdings where the bush is making a remarkable comeback. Paul will provide a detailed commentary. c. 8-10 km. Enquiries: Paul Hampton 0408 566 909.
18 September Monks, Tracks and Orchids
A 5–6 km ramble on and off track through spring orchids and wildflowers with local keen naturalists Elaine Bayes and Damien Cook. Walking from Chewton’s highest mountain, ‘The Monk’, to Doug Ralph’s favourite long term unburnt bush near Eureka Mine. Enquiries: Elaine Bayes & Damien Cook 5473 4014.
16 October Fryers Ranges
A walk in the country to the west of Taradale, with some off track walking. About 8 km. More details later on the FOBIF website. Enquiries: Alex Panelli 5423 2041.
Information about walks for teenagers and for young children and their families will be available later in the year.