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.
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
Click on flyer at below for all the information on this walk.
(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 walk will start with the Eureka Reef interpretive trail and walkers will make our way up to the Monk for some wonderful views, and then back down to walk along the Poverty Gully water race, and through the Box and Ironbark forests of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Click on flyer below for more information.