Our walks are on Sundays, they are free and non-members are welcome. We meet at 9.30am outside 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine (Castlemaine Community House) and carpool to the start of the walk. Bring water, morning tea and lunch. Walks are cancelled on Total Fire Ban days in the area. Please check the website on the day for possible alterations.
For more information contact Bronwyn Silver 0448 751 111 or Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046.
21 March Geology tour
A car excursion around the Guildford Plateau and Mount Franklin, an area shaped by the ancient Loddon River and recent volcanic activity. More info: Clive Willman 0419 384 336.
18 April Waterway and gully: Middleton Creek
We’ll revisit this magic if rather neglected waterway at the far end of the Diggings Park, returning via Brown’s Gully, the jewel of the local bushlands. About 8 km. More info: Bernard Slattery 5470 5161.
16 May Pilchers Bridge Nature Conservation Reserve
This Reserve is 30km NE of Castlemaine. Clear felling in the1930s has heavily modified this Box-Ironbark forest. However today it has moderate habitat value with minimal weed invasion and a number of remnant old trees with hollows. Several threatened species are said to be found here. A 7km loop walk along Huddle Tk and Ridge Tk. Huddle Tk is lower in the landscape with the chance of damp conditions and fruiting fungi before a gentle climb into Ridge Tk. Here drier conditions and poorer soils dictate different eucalypts and associated understorey species. More info: Joy 0403828566 or Di 0429861192.
20 June Choose between a long walk (12 km) and short walk (4-5 km)
Long walk: This is a walk for the more adventurous members to really get to know this area.. From Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road we roughly follow the park boundary before a very steep ascent via the spectacular Black Wallaby Rocks , then cross over to Langs Lookout and descend to the start. Sounds easy enough but expect to spend about 5 hours (with breaks) walking about 12 km with 600 m total ascent through a brilliant area. More info: Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046.
Short walk: This walk will take in a wonderful central section of the Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve. Plenty of time for plant observation and identification. More info: Frances Cincotta
0491 108 766 or Bronwyn Silver 0448 751 111.
18 July Beyond the Res (II)
An 8 km walk on and off track that explores the hills north of Expedition Pass Reservoir. We go through bush and across high paddocks with wonderful views, on private and public land. More info: Lionel Jenkins or Barb Guerin 5472 1994 or 0402 427 162.
15 August Dog Rocks Circuit
From McQuillans Road we go off track to follow the park boundary, cross the infant Forest Creek , then take a convenient ridge up to Dog Rocks. From there we join tracks and make a circuit via West Ridge Track before descending on the Goldfields Track. About 8 km (350m total ascent). More info: Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046.
19 September Muckleford Forest
Starting at the Red White and Blue Mine, the walk will be 5-6 km, taking in both natural history and cultural history points of interest. Hopefully there will be some orchids in flower too. More info:
Geoff Nevill 0490 483 869.
17 October Fryers Ridge
The walk will be in the forest on the eastern side of Fryers Ridge, including the main ridge in a circular route on DELWP tracks with some off-track sections. About 8 km. We’ll be on the look-out for lilies, orchids, native peas and more. More info: Christine Henderson 0466 004 628.