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 walk will be just under 12km which doesn’t sound very long but the majority is off-track negotiating rocks and other obstacles so is fairly slow going. In addition there is a sustained climb up past Black Wallaby Rocks and a short but steep descent from Langs Lookout, both of which require reasonable balance and fitness. Walking at a moderate pace and including refreshment breaks we can expect to be out for between 5-6 hours allowing for time to enjoy the experience. For our Bendigo neighbours we will start from the well known carpark on Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road by the water channel, aiming to arrive there about 9.50 am.To do this we will need to leave Templeton Street at 9.30 sharp. More info: Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046.
Short walk: The shorter of the two walks on offer on 20 June will be a 5km loop in Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve a few kilometers west of Taradale, led by Frances Cincotta and Bronwyn Silver. We will be focusing on the diverse flora: Common Correa will be in full flower and we will see heaths, at least 5 native pea species and 12 wattle species. We will have copies of “Native Peas” and “Wattles of Mount Alexander Region” available for perusal on the walk and to purchase. Bring a hand lens if you want to learn how to tell the difference between some of the trickier pea and wattle 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 approx 1.30pm. 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.