With great regret we have suspended the 2020 FOBIF Walks Program due to the COVID-19 health crisis and the current regulations and restrictions. The April geology tour is therefore cancelled, and subsequent walks are also called off. When the program resumes we’ll post details on this site.
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 Jeremy Holland 0409 933 046 or Bronwyn Silver 0448 751 111.
15 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 6 km. Starting at Mike Reeves’ place in Sarah Court walkers are welcome to stay on there for lunch at the end of the walk. For more information contact Mike on 0439 500 050.
19 April Geology tour
A car excursion around Mount Franklin and the Guildford Plateau. This area is part of the broader Victorian Volcanic Province that was most active between 4.5 million years and 5000 years ago. For more information contact Clive Willman on 0419 384 336.
17 May Waterway and gully
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. For more information contact Bernard Slattery 5470 5161.
21 June Fryers Ridge
The walk will be in the forest on the eastern side of Fryers Ridge, aiming to include 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 winter-flowering shrubs such as Common Heath and Correa. For more information contact Christine Henderson on 0466 004 628.
19 July Down Columbine Up Stony
From Fryers Ridge Road we will follow Columbine Creek from its source to the junction with Stony Creek. We will then follow Stony Creek upstream past Fryers Mineral Spring and back up to Fryers Ridge Road. There is plenty of off-track of course, lots of lovely old trees but only one hill. 8.5 km. For more information contact Jeremy Holland on 0409 933 046.
16 August Beyond the Res (II)
An 8 km walk on and off track that explores the hills north of The Res. We go through bush and across high paddocks with wonderful views, on private and public land. Last year we went south along the ridge line, this time we head north. Forest and old farm land. Mining and settlement history. For more information contact Lionel Jenkins or Barb Guerin on 5472 1994 or 0402 427 162.
20 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. For more information contact Geoff Nevill on 0490 483 869.
18 October Chewton Bushlands
We will start at the Coliban Water Reserve in Kennedy’s Lane where the old Harcourt Channel runs through remnant wetland. Many wildflower species thrive here in open bird-rich forest among old river red-gums. A climb then takes us into the tracks of the Bushlands with spectacular views and hopefully more spring wildflowers. 5-6 km. For more information contact Karen Baker on 0439 714 665 or Antoinette Birkenbeil 0414 802 738.