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.
2022 Walks program
20 March Fryers Ranges
Walk in Red Box/Red Stringybark country in the Fryers Ranges State Forest southwest of Elphinstone township. Some of the walk will be off-track and steep so moderate rating. About 6km. We will carpool to Mike Reeves’ place in Sarah Court and walkers are welcome to stay on there for lunch at the end of the walk.
More info: Mike 0439 500 050.
17 April Dog Rocks circuit
From McQuilllans 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 and the Goldfields Track. About 8 km (350m total ascent). More info: Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046.
15 May Tarilta: south end
After a 30 minute drive we’ll enter the valley from the Sawpit Track end. There’ll be steep ascents and descents, uneven ground, possible wet creek crossings, fallen logs to traverse, and some annoying gorse to negotiate–but, of course, it’s worth it. About 7kms. More info: Bernard Slattery 0499 624 160
19 June Fryers Ridge
Starting at the junction of Upper and Lower Kangaroo Tracks, we’ll take a 5-6km walk both on and off track, enjoying the midwinter season and exploring some of the mysteries of this old alluvial gold-harvesting area, deep in the Fryers Ridge forest. It’s a 6km drive from Taradale town to the start of the walk, partly on forest tracks, so carpooling will be advisable. More info: Christine Henderson 0417 529 392.
Long walk This walk is loosely based on the “Golden Gullies” walk south of Vaughan Springs. Some extra off-track sections replace the road walking for added variety. Approximately 16.5 km (5-6 hours walking). The distance is greater than last year’s long walk but more is on tracks with less hills so difficulty is similar. Depending on the outcome of the burns planned for autumn in this area this walk may have to be replaced with something of comparable standard. This long walk will leave the Community House at 9am, not the usual 9.30am. More info: Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046.
Short walk A 5km loop in Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve a few kms west of Taradale. We will be looking at various heath species. The walk is all on wide, well-formed tracks with some up and down but nothing steep. Bring morning tea and lunch. We will get back to Castlemaine approximately 1.30pm. This walk will leave the Community House at 9.30am. More info: Frances Cincotta 0491 108 766.
21 August Metcalfe Nature Conservation Reserve
A loop walk cross-country through attractive mature Box forest and grassy understory, returning along a ridgeline track – 8km in total, fairly constant elevation. The Reserve is about 20 km east of Castlemaine. More info: Lionel Jenkins and Barb Guerin 5472 1994 or 0402 427 162.
18 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.
16 October Through Sugarbag country
Alongside Sugarbag Track there is some high, quiet country that drops on its southern side down to Nuggetty Creek. This sometimes scrambling off-track walk will lead us through this country with its flowering, its glimpses of mountains, and its patient holding of the past. 6-8 km. More info: Alex Panelli 0468 818244.