We left the cars at about 10am at Telephone Box Junction and headed off through the Alpine Ash forest. We encountered some horse riding groups and a few intrepid mountain bikers on this section before lunch. All enjoyed spectacular views of Mount Buller Village and summit.
At lunch we encountered the first of many students from the Timbertop campus of the Geelong Grammar School who were undertaking overnight(s) hiking activities. Their youthful enthusiasm for their task while carrying their large backpacks impressed us.
The first half hour or so after lunch was relatively steep going requiring a few rest stops. Soon though we arrived at the rock cairn marking Mount Winstanley and enjoyed the alpine views while appreciating the magnificent veteran snow gums that were a feature of this section.
We returned via Razorback Hut arriving back at the cars around 4pm. Vaughan observed that sections of the walk were a little more difficult than he remembered, but we were all feeling pleased with ourselves and experienced a real sense of achievement.
Many thanks to Vaughan Cowan for leading yet another interesting and enjoyable midweek bushwalk.
We will walk from the Wild dog car park to the top of Mount Samaria, then back on part of the Wileman track. We will visit the falls if there is enough water in the creek. We will leave the Centre car park at 9.30am. Please ring Vaughan on 5762 1980 to check numbers and arrange transport.