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Walkers ascend Mount Alexander

In perfect Autumn weather seventeen people joined in the second FOBIF walk for the year last Sunday. The loop route on Mount Alexander involved some hard sections including a solid climb from Forest Creek up to the Goldfields Track. Views … Continue reading

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Dog Rocks Circuit – April 17 2022

West Side Story This walk is completely different to last year’s walk and is both shorter and easier. However there is a reasonably solid climb from Forest Creek up to the Goldfields Track, all of it off track. Bring plenty … Continue reading

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The Cascades: sculpture park or work of nature?

The Cascades at Metcalfe – is this a sculpture park or a work of nature? The answer is obvious but you would be forgiven for thinking the former. Here at this mesmerising stretch of the Coliban River, organic curves and … Continue reading

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Grevillea: check out a local speciality

Malmsbury Landcare and the Threatened Species conservancy have devised a project to map the distribution of our local rare Grevillea species, Grevillea obtecta – the Fryerstown Grevillea. The project uses a mobile phone app to capture and save data whenever … Continue reading

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‘Nature in time’ show starts Saturday

The ‘Nature in time: images from Central Victoria‘ show at the Newstead Arts Hub is starting this Saturday, 5 March, 10am – 5 pm. The opening event will take place on Sunday, 10.30, 6 March. There will be refreshments and … Continue reading

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Take a closer look!

The Newstead Arts Hub is hosting a photographic exhibition, ‘Nature in time: images from Central Victoria‘, in March. The exhibition starts on the 5 March and will be open all weekends in the month as well as Labour Day, Monday … Continue reading

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Mind-boggling force, rocks that bend

Some people think the world is a messed-up place. I prefer to stay optimistic but, I have to admit, when it comes to the rocks beneath our feet, it’s a pretty accurate view. These anticlines are just a selection of … Continue reading

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Cootamundra: it looks great, but it’s getting to be a menace

Cootamundra wattles: they’re all over the place. The species is native to a small area of NSW around Cootamundra, but has been planted widely in Victoria. It’s become a bit of a weed, and is capable of suffocating areas of … Continue reading

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Looking down into the distant past

Geology creeps into everyday life in the sneakiest ways. Take Castlemaine’s gutters and buildings; they exhibit a gallery of local rocks. At Stonemans Bookroom corner, deep gutters are paved with sandstone blocks and a dash of Harcourt granite along the … Continue reading

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2022 walks program

The 2022 FOBIF walks program is now on the website. The first walk is on Sunday 20 March. All walks start at the Community House in Templeton Street at 9.30am apart from the July 17 Long Walk led by Jeremy … Continue reading

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