Wendy Sturgess Margaret Walshe
This walk will take us along the Ovens River discovering Aboriginal stories, sculptures & interpretative signage. A five km or longer walk dependent on weather conditions. Meet at the carpark behind the Benalla Seniors (U3A) Complex at 9.45 am for departure at 10 am. By June, hopefully we will be required to consider wet weather gear! Bring water and something to nibble along the way plus lunch. If attending please contact Margaret Walshe phone: 0357623906 or 0427005202 by Monday, 3 June ‘19
Wendy Sturgess Margaret Walshe
Photographs - Margaret Walshe and Wendy Sturgess
April’s Easy Walk followed the Benalla Lake Walking Track to enable U3A members to attend the afternoon Funeral Service of Noel Meagher.
Starting on the northern section, we explored plantings in the Botanical Gardens and the Aboriginal Community Garden and were inspired by the magnificent remnants of Red River Gum forest. We attempted to identify birds in the trees, on the ground and water! Along the southern section, we wandered off the track to discover loops, nooks and crannies and evidence of early settlement along the waterways.
Eight walkers were welcomed, including four new members and I thank all for their contribution to the history of the area.
April 3rd Easy Walk - Lake Benalla Walking Track
A change of location has been made to Benalla U3A Easy Walk, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 due to the Funeral Service for Noel Meagher at 1.30 pm on this date. Noel was a long term member of Benalla U3A, a Convenor and friend to many.
The Benalla U3A Easy Walks Convenors, Wendy Sturgess and I,invite all new and long time
participants of U3A Easy Walks to join us on Wednesday, 3 April for a walk around our beautiful
Lake Benalla Walking Track and surrounds concluding with lunch in the Gardens. If attending please contact Margaret Walshe, Phone: 57623906/0427005202; meet in the carpark behind Seniors Complex, Fawckner Drive, Benalla at 9.45 am for departure at 10 am; bring water and a snack to nibble on whilst walking plus lunch.
The Yarrawonga Walk will be rescheduled for later in the year.
We look forward to welcoming old and new members on the first U3A Easy Walk for 2019.
Wednesday May 1st Easy Walk - Lake Sambell, Beechworth
The walk around Lake Sambell and nearby passes by part of Beechworth’s early gold mining history. Beechworth is a well-preserved historic town, colorful in autumn featuring many mature deciduous trees. The morning walk will be around Lake Sambell with an extension to the walk following lunch.
Meet in the car park behind the Seniors Complex (U3A), Fawckner Drive, Benalla at 9.45am for departure at 10am. Participants, please contact Wendy Sturgess on 0403 226 649 by Monday, 29 April 2019, phone: 0403 226 649.
We will follow the walking track along Lake Mulwala to Chinaman’s Island revegetated parkland with interpretative signage and lunch in the park; approximately 6 kms.
Meet in carpark behind Seniors Complex (U3A), Fawckner Drive, Benalla at 9.45am for departure at 10am. Participants, please contact Margaret Walshe by Monday, 1st April 2019, ph: 5762 3906; or 0427 005 202.
Suggestion for walkers: place convenors mobile phone number in your mobile phone contact list: Margaret Walshe 0427 005 202; Wendy Sturgess 0403 226 649.
Wendy Sturgess and Margaret Walshe
Bells Peak, off the Tiger Hill Road back in the 19th century was a wonderful wildflower area, as well as having the wooden rail trail travelling through its lower area. Over the years the lower area has been damaged by fire wood removal with further damage by vehicles. I was excited to see the area fenced off and the track repaired. While it will take some time to get full re growth I am sure it will recover its former glory.
Even so, we found quite a few flowers I did not expect so late in the year or with so little rain.
Bells Peak looks down on the valleys towards Tatong (although it is not in view) and the Sam Creek Valley to the North. The views are magnificent.
We had six walkers who all managed the steep section to the higher levels, and enjoyed our lunch on the peak.
In early October five walkers enjoyed fine weather to explore the northern part of the main section of the Reef Hills. We had morning lunch at the junction of Indian’s and Johnston’s roads before heading down Indian’s road. This area had a very good display of wattles during late winter, but they were passing their best. At Tower Road, we headed up a track near the Pistol Range to return to the cars. A pleasant walk, with interesting Mine Shafts and dumped rubbish.
We drove to the Picnic Area for lunch before looking for wild flowers nearby. There were quite a few in the area, but the dry winter has had a dramatic negative effect.
Coming up on Wednesday November 7th - Belles Peak off the Tiger Hill road near Tatong. It is a very attractive area which we have not been to for some time. There is a short stretch of steep climb (which we will take slowly) but otherwise easy. We will leave Barkly Street car park at 9-30am. Please ring 5762 1980.
Kennedy Lane Wildflower Reserve and surrounding area
On a near perfect early spring day, 10 walkers set out on Wednesday 5 September from leader David McVicar’s property to walk along Kennedy Lane & Webster Rd, Lurg.
Several varieties of wattle & hardenbergea were in bloom along the roadside plus homes & farm animals emerging from bushland settings. In the Reserve we also found varieties of grevillea & heaths. Pauline noticed the Grevillia lanigere (red flower) about to burst into bloom whilst Marion’s eager eye searched the ground, firstly discovering leaves then Nodding green hoods struggling in the dry, rocky soil. The bushland would welcome substantial rain!
Lunch was enjoyed on David’s patio with the group attempting to identify bird calls & birds in the trees & grevillea bushes. Back along the undulating roadside bush track with pauses to identify the flora. The return was through the property with landscape planting’s of native trees and olive groves. Seats were strategically placed tempting us to linger and admire the scenic views of the foothills & the Strathbogie Ranges.
Our thanks to leader, David & his friendly dog, Max, who accompanied us, plus convenor, Vaughan for an easy but most interesting 7.4 km walk around nearby Lurg.
We will visit the Reef Hills on October 3, walking Indians road and Johnstons road before visiting the Picnic area for lunch and a wildflower check. We will leave the Senior Citizens Car park at 10.00 am. Ring 5762 1980 to ensure you are not left behind.
Seven walkers had a pleasant stroll along Honeysuckle Creek in Violet Town in early August. Parking in the recreation reserve, we walked South underneath the railway line and crossed the bridge on the old Hume Highway. It is hard to believe that this narrow road used to carried so much traffic. We then walked back along the Eastern side of the creek to cross another bridge and enjoyed our lunch in the reserve. It is amazing that such a small town has such good walks, sporting facilities and of course the regular Market.
Coming up on Wednesday September 5 - Kennedy Lane Wild Flower Reserve
A walk close to Benalla, we will visit the Kennedy Lane Wild Flower Reserve. David McVicar will lead us here and on a district walk. Please ring Vaughan on 5762 1980. We will leave Barkly Street Car park 10.00am.
Wednesday July 4 – Friend's Track,Warby Ranges
We had a beautiful sunny day for seven walkers on the Friend’s Track in the Warby Ranges. This walk is one that everyone should try. It is used by the Bushwalking Club to introduce children to walks in the bush.
We started from Wenhams Camp. After visiting Quat Quat Lookout to view Wangaratta and the surrounding countryside, we walked on to another clear spot for lunch. We were loath to leave here as it was very pleasant. The next stop was on top of Mount Warby, then a short walk to Wenhams.
We walked in a clockwise direction to see if was easier, but decided the normal anti-clockwise circuit was best!!
Wednesday August 1st - Honeysuckle Creek, Violet Town
We will travel to Violet Town to walk along the Honeysuckle Creek. Should be very easy and pleasant. We will leave the Senior Citizens car park at 10am. Ring Vaughan beforehand on 5762 1980
Eight walkers travelled through Swanpool to Police Track and the Strathbogie Ranges. We had morning tea beside the road in sunshine before heading over a small creek to start the climb. At first there is a steady south west climb with pine plantations to the right and native bush on the left. The start of the bush track is clearly marked on the left, and has a steady climb to the north west, then south to the viewing area. This is a large rock with a protecting fence and great views of Whites Rock, Sugarloaf creek and Mount Buffalo in the distance. We lunched here before returning to the cars. The distance was 3.89km. Before leaving the area we visited the Airman’s Memorial.
Easy Walk - July 4th
We will walk the Friends track in the Warby Ranges. We usually travel in an anticlockwise direction, but this time we will try the reverse (which means a down-hill finish). We will leave Barkly Street car park at 9.30. Please ring Vaughan at 5762 1980
Wednesday 20 May - Beechworth and Lake Sambell
Unfortunately, the usual display of autumn foliage suffered from the continuing summer climate this year. However, it was a great day for a walk.
We had eight walkers who headed from Lake Sambell toward the many well protected mine shafts. We went as far as Silver Creek Caravan Park before retracing our steps to Lake Sambell for lunch. We concluded the day with a circuit of the lake and admiring the improvements to the dam wall. It is a very attractive area.
Wednesday June 6
If the weather is OK we will visit the Rocky Ned Lookout for great views of the Sugarloaf Creek and White’s Rock. We will be heading up the police track from Swanpool. We will leave from the Senior Citizen’s Car park at 10am.
Vaughan Cowan 5762 1980
4 April - Plain Creek, Carters Timber Track
Despite the lack of prior notice, six keen walkers enjoyed a great day in very attractive bush. We were surprised to see so many campers in the car park, which is over the second bridge after leaving the Mount Buller road, but it was just after Easter. You turn off Mount Buller road to the left where several large tanks are situated, just after passing Saw Mill Settlement.
We followed the track beside the creek for a short distance before turning right at a sign post to climb a short distance to the timber track which still has a few rails visible. All the tracks are well maintained and the magnificent trees kept us cool. There are few bridges crossing the stream and you eventually arrive at a ruined timber bridge where the track reached a road. Just before this is a sign to a waterfall. This track was new to me and was finished in 2016. We decided to see this, and it was well worth the extra distance and some climbing. The falls are very attractive with a vertical drop of about 5 metres plus an extra drop further down.
It includes some very colourful vegetation. The return walk turns right at a signpost with 3 signs on it but doesn’t seem to indicate the track down to the creek (although it starts at the sign). We had a very late lunch on the park beside the Delatite River. The distance walked was 7.5km.
2 May - Beechworth and Lake Sambell
A quiet stroll through autumn foliage, half way to Lake Kerferd and a walk round Lake Sambell. We will leave the Barkly Street car park at 9.30. Please ring 5762 1980 to facilitate transport.
6 June – ‘Rocky Ned’, off the Police Track, out Swanpool Way. We will leave at about 10 am from the Seniors Car Park.
Photos: Margaret Walshe. Thank you, Margaret.
The fiirst Easy Walk for the year on Wednesday April 4 will be to Plain Creek, Carter's Timber Trick.
Situated on the Mansfield – Mount Buller road just past Sawmill Settlement, I have started the walking year before with this walk. It is not difficult, through magnificent forest giving good shade, and the added interest in some remnants of the tramway. Some of the walk is beside Plain Creek. We will leave the Senior Citizens parking area at 9.30. Please ring 5762 1980 so we can arrange transport.
On Wednesday May 2 we will drive to Beechworth to walk around the lake and enjoy the trees in Autumn. Meet at 9.30 am.
The destination for the first Easy Walk for 1918 on Wednesday 4th April is still to be confirmed. More details in the next newsletter and on the website.
Six walkers enjoyed the fine weather and a good display of wildflowers in the Reef Hills. It has been a good year for this area, and particularly for wattles.
Starting from the Picnic Area, which is a concentrated centre for flowers, we walked up Tower road towards the Quarry before turning right down a bush track and viewing quite a deep mine shaft before meeting the Rifle Range road and then the Wattle road. This road has a very good display of purple flowered Rough Mint-bushes, particularly near a low section of the track. We turned left here and walked the straight road to the hill where the fire-watch tower used to be. Down the hill to the Tower road and left then right on a bush track which has a line of mines including “The Lion” and leads down to “Wrangler’s Gully”, and the alluvial diggings, uphill from here to the Quarry and back to the cars. We were lucky to find a few Flying duck orchids flowering.
They are very small – about 2 cm, but quite spectacular. Also, after lunch, we drove to Baines road to see a small display of Tiger Orchids.
There are no more walks this year. Easy walks will start again in April.
Thank you for your work and help over the year, and have a good Christmas,
A fine sunny day saw five walkers complete the 4.1 km circuit starting from Wenham’s Camp in the Warby Ranges. As usual, we started by having morning tea at a picnic table, then taking the northern arm of the Friends' track, we found a great display of wildflowers. There was also a “bush shanty” which had been constructed by some energetic people beside this track. The track followed the creek (which leads to Brian’s falls) for a short way before heading north to a ridge. We took the left fork at a track junction and headed south. This track follows another ridge which gives a good view of Wangaratta, and we had lunch on a bare granite outcrop surrounded by Spur-wing wattles in full bloom. We were trying to find a grass tree that was flowering on the way back to Wenham’s, but only saw one as we drove out! It was such a great day that we were wondering how we could get some more walkers in the future. The walks are not hard, a change from walking round the lake.
Easy Walk - Wednesday November 1
We will be walking through the Reef Hills. The area covered will depend on the wildflowers. We will leave Benalla at 10am.
We have just received our first batch of photos taken at this month's Warby Ranges walk. Thank you Marg Walshe!
After being cooped up inside by the cold and wet weather, on Wednesday September 6 five walkers defied the forecast and had two great walks in the Killawarra Forest. The wattles were putting on an excellent show and seem to have increased and grown since our last visit. Most were Golden Wattles augmented by Varnish Wattles, and the Gold-dust Wattles were just starting to flower. It was a bit early for orchids but there were quite a few Blue Caladenias and one Leopard orchid. Two new bridges have been erected over the creek on the Wildflower Circuit after being washed away in the 2012 flood. After lunch we walked the shorter circuit starting from the Camp Ground. Total walking distance was 5.4 km.
Coming up on Wednesday October 4
We are returning to one of my favourite walks, the “Bike track” starting from Wenhams Camp in the Warbys. It is not too steep, or long, and has a good range of vegetation and wildflowers – particularly grass trees. We will leave Benalla at 10.00 am.
Euroa Arboretum - Wednesday August 2
Seven walkers had a great day on the various tracks through the Euroa Arboretum. There was a good display of Acacias including Acacia flexifolia (Bent-leaf wattle which flowered profusely in the Reef Hills this year), and Acacia lanigera (Wooly wattle). On the Northern side was a spectacular Acacia podalyrifolia (Queensland silver wattle or Mount Morgan wattle). Very bright yellow flowers and small blue-green phyllodes. Growing with this, was an Acacia vestita (Hairy Wattle) and nearby was a fenced area for Silver Banksia seed production, which would have flowered earlier this year. It was good to see many improvements and artificial mounds for future plantings.
We had lunch beside the lake before another short walk, and then drove back to the town to walk the Apex Seven Creeks track downstream. A very pleasant sunny day.
Next Month- Killawarra Forrest
There should be a good display of flowers in the Killawarra Forest at this time of year. We will walk a circuit from the central camp ground before lunch and possibly a shorter circuit afterwards. We will leave Benalla from the tennis court at 10 am.
Vaughan Cowan 5762 1980.
About Easy Walks
Easy Walks Easy Walks are aimed at maintaining fitness by introducing people to Bushwalking and giving previous bushwalkers the opportunity to continue on shorter and easier tracks. Walks will be approximately 5 kms without a lot of climbing, within an hour’s drive of Benalla. Participants will require sturdy shoes & able to carry a backpack containing snack, lunch, adequate water, waterproof jacket & personal items. Members will be required to notify the convenors of attendance 3 days prior to the walk to enable carpooling, travel costs, and other arrangements. .
Easy Walks will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from April to November and leave from the carpark behind the Senior Complex (U3A), Fawckner Drive at 10 am or as determined by the convenors
Convenors and contact details
Wendy Sturgess ph. 0403226649; Margaret Walshe ph. 0357623906; 0427005202
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