Photographs: Bev Thornell
Wednesday April 10 Beechworth – Woolshed Falls
Today’s Club Mid-Week Walk took place in one of Beechworth’s Goldmining areas. Six keen walkers – including new walker Stan (welcome Stan!) – took off from the Powder Magazine, past Spring Creek bridge and the pretty Cascades, to the start of the Reid's Creek Walking Track. This track overlooked Spring Creek’s historic gold mining sites, as evidenced by areas of deep sluicing, which had created high cliffs above the Creek. After tackling some of the track’s steep steps, we all welcomed lunch break at Woolshed Falls picnic area. Return walk was via the same route. Thanks John Boehm for a well-planned walk – plus the well-planned perfect weather.
Next walk - Wednesday 8 May 2019 Mt Samaria – Wileman Track S-3-3
This easy 8 km track in the Mt Samaria State Park links Back Creek and Wild Dog Creek falls. We will need to do a car shuffle to enable us to get home.
Meet at the ‘The Centre’ Tennis Courts Barkly St. Leave Benalla 9.15 am
Leader: John Boehm 0428 254801
Eight walkers enjoyed great weather to do three very different walks at Mt Buffalo in March. Dicksons falls, the Hump and the Old Galleries. Three members had never walked on Mt Buffalo previously.
The next walk is Wednesday 10th April 2019 Beechworth Woolshed Falls S-3-3
Beginning at the Powder Magazine we follow Spring Creek past the Cascades, goldfields and onto Woolshed falls. 10km. Meet at the ‘The Centre’ Tennis Courts Barkly St. Leave Benalla 9.15 am.
John Boehm - 0428254801
On Wednesday March 13 the Mid Week Walks group will undertake a series of three easy and interesting walks at Mt Buffalo – Dickson Falls, Cathedral/Hump and Old Galleries (subject to time).
Some climbing will be involved to the Hump. Total distance 7km.
Meet at ‘The Centre’ Tennis Courts. Barkly Street (Behind Aldi) to leave Benalla at 8 am.
Leader: John Boehm 0428 254 801.
Mid Week Walks - October 10 - Reef Hills
We returned to a different section of the Reef Hills with a mostly different crew. This time there were 10 walkers on a circuit of about 5.7km starting from the Picnic ground. We started through the bush to follow a creek bed and track towards the start of Indian’s road near the highway. This area had some spectacular mines, including one obviously still being used.
From here we had a short road walk to reach the South ridge track, more rubbish dumps, but a few more wildflowers. Halfway across the ridge we found an extensive mine where we had lunch.
We crossed the ridge and walked a short distance along four mile road to the cars. We were happy to find a handsome Gompholobium
Mid Week Walks - November 14 - Mt Buffalo
We hope to tour a series of waterfalls. The snow melt and recent rain should provide an interesting walk. I have an alternative if needed. The falls are Eurobin, Rollasons and Dickson’s.
We will leave the Barkly Street car park at 8.00am. Please ring 5762 1980.
Mid-Week Walk - August 15
Having cancelled the walk once, although it was raining in Benalla, we decided to take the bull by the horns and take the plunge so to speak. It does come in handy having family living near the proposed walk!! We travelled to the Boosey Creek, just south of Katamatite where the five starters took to the track, and a very enjoyable and happy walk followed. The creek is quite dry, as the northern part of the state is suffering from dry conditions, the crops do look in great need of rain, they were very undeveloped for this time of the year. However, as there is nothing we could do to help there we all enjoyed the wonderful variety of eucalypts we passed, but perhaps even more the beauty of some of the fallen timber. The patterns on some of the large logs were just so beautiful, if only the trees and logs could talk, what stories they would tell. The calmness and beauty of the place we all felt. In the dry creek bed we found fresh water mussel shells, and we have yet to identify a shrub which grew abundantly, obviously not a tasty morsel for the kangaroos. Long sharp twigs or are they leaves? Time will tell, we are working on that one. In fact, a lovely walk, with a very interesting display of derelict farm machinery going back nearly 100 years. We travelled home via the Silo Art on the on the wheat storage silos, and visited Sophia in the Uniting Church in Goorambat, a very worthwhile detour to be recommended.
Thank you all for making it such a happy day.
Mid-Week Walk - Wednesday September 12
We will walk Logger’s Lane circuit in the Warby Ranges. We start from Ryan’s Lookout and cross the Devenish - Wangaratta road and turn left for good views to the North East. There are some climbs, but not too hard. The return road is down a bike track. I don’t think this walk is used much, but it is very attractive. Please ring Vaughan on 5762 1980. We leave Barkly Street car park at 9am.
Lunch Break at Sandy Creek (Photo: Bev Thornell)
Sandy Creek Track, Wednesday July 11
There were only five walkers for this interesting walk, but it included Graeme and Carol who have not walked with us for some time. They gave us the numbers to enable the walk and are very good company.
We left the cars up the Nillahcootie track and walked to the Sandy Creek track. After about 1.2km there is a bike track on the left. It is not obvious. (The road turns right and drops steeply – you return along this section). The bike track descends gradually along a ridge to a very attractive creek crossing. This would not be navigable after heavy rain.
We followed the track and reached the picnic ground for lunch. The return road is interesting with some climbing. You will keep to the right on this track as there are several other tracks heading to the left.
Afternoon tea by the lake completed a very pleasant day.
Mid-Week Walk on Wednesday August 8 - Boosey Creek
A pleasant and easy stroll along Boosey Creek just south of Katamatite. You will encounter canoe trees, derelict farm machinery, beautiful trees, and hopefully there will be water in the creek.
Leader Susie Buykx 5762 3993.
Please ring for time and departure details
The midweek walk at Lake Moodemere was cancelled due to rain
Mid Week Walk July 11th
Depending on the weather, we hope to walk the Sandy Creek track starting from the Nillahcootie track. The return walking distance is about 8.5km and fairly strenuous. Good boots and poles are recommended. Also bring a towel to put on a log while we have lunch. We will leave the Senior Citizens Car Park at 9.30am. Please ring 5762 1980 before hand.
Midweek Walk – Wednesday June 13
This walk will follow well-made tracks around Lake Moodemere and along the Murray River through the Lake Moodemere Nature Reserve. We will leave Benalla at 8.30 from the Barkly street carpark.
Leader: Helen Spinks 5762 3223
On 11th April, nine bushwalkers crossed the swing bridge over the Happy Valley Creek at the Rotary Park, Myrtleford, to follow the Ovens River Trail. The path was shady, the day warm and humid. It passed through native bushland, following the Ovens River.
The river was sometimes bubbly, rocky and narrow, and sometimes still, reflective and deep. There were picturesque views from the two bridges that crossed it. A curly white goat joined us at Apex Park for morning tea. The path continued past the old Big Tree, the Phoenix Tree and under trees beginning to show autumn colours. We lunched at a park in central Myrtleford and then walked back to the cars and afternoon tea.
Coming Walk - 9th May – Beechworth Autumn Leaves – may include Ingram’s Rock Areas
I am hoping to park the cars at the Powder Magazine area and walk to One Tree Hill, Ingram’s Rock, Fiddies Quarry, the Precipice and up the Cascades to the cars. Some climbing is required. We will leave the Barkly Street Car Park at 9.00am. Please ring 5762 1980.
Twelve Mid-Week walkers set off on the long drive to Harrietville for the first excursion of the year on Wednesday March 14th. It may be long, but the drive up the valley from Myrtleford is magnificent. The first walk was from Pioneer Park, crossing the Ovens river for a short walk to and round the Tronoh Dredge Hole. It is an attractive lake which must have been a hive of activity in the gold mining days.
We walked on to view the Ovens stream and a crossing which looked a bit “iffy” before retracing our steps for lunch beside the stream at the park. After lunch we walked the levy bank track upstream to meet the Bon Accord track and reached the fore mentioned “crossing” from the other side. There was some beautiful bush land along this stretch and it took some time to get the walkers to leave the water washed stones beside the stream. We walked back to the cars and drove to the Recreation Reserve for a further walk beside the western Ovens stream that joins the eastern stream a bit north of the town. I must mention the many well constructed and informative sign posts throughout the township. Also welcome to Narelle Harvey.
Vaughan Cowan and Susie Buykz
Upcoming Mid week Walk - Wednesday April 11 - Myrtleford-Ovens River Loop
This easy 6 km loop will start from Rotary Park. It follows the Ovens River closely as it passes through native bushland and crosses the river twice before passing through central Myrtleford and then returning to Rotary Park via the Rail Trail. If there is time we may walk up to Tower Hill. We will leave Benalla from the tennis court car park Barkly Street at 9.30am. Ring the Leader Helen Spinks 5762 3223
Mid week walkers will spend Wednesday 14th March in Harrietville walking along the river where the branch divides and where there are many mining features in the landscape.
This walk is to be led by Susie Buykx. The contact person for U3A members is Vaughan Cowan 5762 1980.
We will be leaving from the Barkly Street tennis court car park behind Aldi at 8.30 am.
Led by John Boehm, six walkers had a great, if strenuous day walking from Tatra car park to the Back Wall on Mount Buffalo. The track wends its way past many huge boulders and features such as the Chinaman’s Dam, built in 1898 to provide water for sluicing, but was washed out by heavy rain about a year later, Cannon Hill (a rock on top resembles a cannon), and “The Giants Playground” with many boulders.
The Back Wall is an almost vertical cliff situated to the south of the Horn and meets Boulder Creek at the base. We had lunch on top of a huge boulder with more than 180° views. The track was reasonably easy to follow, but was not well maintained. The grassland section was very narrow and the higher areas were overgrown, requiring a push through waist high vegetation and fallen branches at times. Having said that, it is one of those “must do before you die” walks for all those capable of walking the distance which was about 12km return.
There are no more walks this year. The first mid-week walk is in February (Also to Mt. Buffalo – but easier) and the Easy walks start in April.
Thank you for your work and help over the year, and have a good Christmas,
The Spit is a fascinating area to walk. It is apparently the most easterly example of a lunette in Australia, having been built up over millions of years by the prevailing winds from the west.
The walk out from the car park on the Winton North road has an elevated pasture paddock lined by trees on the right, and increasingly good views of the Lake on the left. There is a good range of flowering trees in this area, and many more have been planted. After viewing the art work and exhibits at the end of the spit, we walked on to the “Bluff” for lunch. This is an elevated area which is an island when the water level is higher, and gives very good views of the central area of the lake and a wide range of birdlife
To return to the cars you can retrace your steps, or take the vehicle road through the paddock. I think a car shuffle for the return (provided the track is not too wet) would be the best way to view the area. We had five walkers and only saw 2 beautiful black snakes.
Mid-week Walk, Nov 8
The Back Wall track begins on Dicksons Falls Nature walk track on Mount Buffalo, and takes you to the southernmost point on the plateau passing Giants Playground and ending with great views from the edge of the Back Wall. The walk is about 12 km. Leave Benalla 8.00 am. John Boehm will be leading the walk, and please ring: 0428 254 801.
Carol and Graeme from Alexandra, and Gwenda from Bonnie Doon joined eight walkers from Benalla to start the walk from Buckland Gap. The walk was in the Stanley Forest and was designed by Doug Kneen.
We started on a short track to Bates Picnic area. The stream here has been dammed to provide water for sluicing for gold. Historic, and a very pleasant spot. We then climbed to the top of a hill to view the snow on the mountains, but there were too many clouds. Down to Six mile road to view magnificent tall trees and masses of Silver Wattles, then turned North East along the Ridge road. We turned right to walk along Rooneys track for lunch in the Clarke Corner picnic area, where we just finished eating before a heavy shower of rain. On with the wet weather gear, but it did not last long, and we walked the Lady Newton road to Murmungee Lookout. Great views to the South with some sun and lots of clouds. Further up the track we met a very good sculpture beside the road. It was carved into a dead, burnt tree, and had “Robert “ carved into one side. Am not sure whether this referred to the sculptor or the subject.
We drove into Beechworth for afternoon tea beside the lake.
The only down side was the lack of wildflowers due to the roadside spraying of Bracken. The walk distance was just under 10km.
We will do the Spit walk in the Winton Wetlands. There have been a few changes here such as a new road and some “Wall Art”. We will leave Benalla at 9.30 am. Please ring 5762 1980 to let me know who is walking.
This track was surveyed by Doug Kneen two years ago and the walk was washed out twice. Third year should be more successful!! We start from Buckland Gap and visit Bates Dam before climbing Jensen track to a lookout area, then follow various roads and tracks to Clark Corner for lunch. On the way back along Lady Newton Drive is the Murmungee Lookout. We will leave Benalla at 9.00am. Please ring Vaughan on 5762 1980.
WED AUG 9: GRADES 3&4 SCHOOL OUTING TO THE WARBYS
Teacher: Mrs Spinks
10 of us kids had a really fun treat on Wednesday, ‘cos our teacher, Mrs Spinks, drove our school bus up to the Warby Ranges to teach us how to bushwalk. We all like Mrs Spinks, even though she is a bit strict, especially with naughty boy, Rupert, who’s always in trouble! We all carried Backpacks with us, all but Rupert, who said his Mum forgot to pack it. Lucky for him, Mrs Spinks always carries a spare. She said this is what grown up Bushwalkers do.
Mrs Spinks told us we were walking along The Sunrise Track, but it was already mid-morning, so we reckon she was fibbing. We all got puffed climbing up the steep hills, but of course Rupert showed off by running ahead. Boy, did Mrs Spinks get cross! Guess she didn’t want to lose anyone. But she did cheer up when Rupert found some wildflowers for her to take photos of. They were Helmeted Orchids or something. Not sure why she got all excited, but she said they were rare, whatever that means. There were also lots of those funny looking spiky plants, which Mrs Spinks told us used to be called Blackboys, but are now called Grass Trees, so that nobody gets offended, she said. Grown-ups are funny like that.
When we reached some fallen logs, Mrs Spinks told us it was lunchtime, and that we all had to sit down and quietly eat our playlunches. Natch, Rupert pretended to fall off his log. Very funny – NOT! Vaughan from Grade 4 got sick of Rupert showing off and started a competition to see who could throw Rupert’s funny old hat the furthest. Mrs Spinks pretended not to notice.
On our way back to the bus, Mrs Spinks decided to annoy us all by turning left along a steep track down to a boring place called The Quarry. She told us it used to be where in the Olden Days men used that old rusty thingy called a pulley, to dig out humungous rocks to build churches and stuff in Wangaratta. We reckoned it sounded like a lot of hard work, when they could have just used bricks like everyone else. Rupert pretended to start the rusty old machinery there but Mrs Spinks told him not to be silly. He also got into trouble again trying to open the old dug-out cupboard which had a name on the door saying “EXPLOSIVES”. We didn’t have a clue what that meant, but I heard Mrs Spinks mutter “just as well”.
Back at the school bus, we all piled in and were driven to Glenrowan to have some yummy cake Mrs Spinks had made. We all reckoned it looked a bit too healthy, but she said we needed to eat healthy food or we wouldn’t grow up brainy (like Rupert). Marion from Grade 3 got frightened and started to cry ‘cos she noticed some really spooky looking men in funny helmets watching us from the Glenrowan Pub veranda. Mrs Spinks said not to worry Marion, ‘cos they weren’t real. Duh! She said some men led by a dude called Ned Kelly used to hide up in the hills and rob banks and stuff. They all made those funny helmets out of old metal to protect their heads from police bullets. Pretty cool, huh? I think they all came to a sticky end but.
We all had to clap and thank Mrs Spinks for our outing (or she would get cross) and had to write an essay about our walk and what we learned from it. I thought I would please my teacher and try to write a funny essay, ‘cos it was really a cool day. Rupert of course didn’t write his essay, as he said the dog kept eating it (he doesn’t have a dog). Boy, did HE get into trouble! I guess every class has a troublemaker.
Signed: Beverly Rae Thornell, aged 9¾.
Seven Creeks / Balmattum Hill
Vaughan led a group of ten from BBQ area in Euroa, along the Seven Creeks Walking Track. From “The Rockies”, a sandy bend with large boulders and an interesting bridge, we set off under the freeway & up the Balmattum Hill Walking Track. The climb was picturesque and warming, the slippery track a little treacherous, but everyone survived. We passed piles of small rocks, which WWII soldiers had carried up in training exercises. Eventually we all made it to a high point on Balmattum Hill, with magnificent views.
Lunch was eaten in the lee of lovely granite boulders, then we carefully descended, and followed the North track by Seven Creeks. Back at the cars we were grateful to those who provided walnut cake 3 & Tim Tams. A group of escapees from Violet Town Nursing centre occupied the next picnic table, and roped Bev in to describe our walk.
I recorded the walk as 7.8km, being 4km up, with a slightly shorter return North of Seven Creek. Vaughan had previous recorded it as 7.3, so I might have wandered more. The part of Balmattum Hill we enjoyed is Crown Land, Balmattum Hill Bushland Reserve, 78.6 Ha, only a fraction of the entire hill. The actual point of the hill appears to be another 50 metres higher, 1.5km WSW of our luncheon spot.
Mid-week walk Wed Aug 9
Walk up the Salisbury Falls track to Mt Warby and then continue along the Alpine Views track to complete the circuit. If the weather is clear we should be able to see snow on the mountains. Helen Spinks will be leading this walk. We will leave Benalla at 9.30am and please ring Helen 5762 3223.
About the Bushwalking Group and mid week walks
Walks are organised by the Benalla Bushwalking Club Inc. and are held on the second Wednesday of each month, weather permitting. These walks are suitable for the retired person of reasonable fitness. U3A members wishing to go on these walks need to join the Benalla Bushwalking Club for insurance purposes. Membership fees at present are Single $30, Family $40. We pool cars and share transport costs.
In 2019 Mid Week Walks will commence in March. The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday at 9.30 am or thereabouts at the Barkly Street carpark - old tennis courts behind Aldi. Information on meeting times for specific walks will be included in newsletters and on the calendar on the website.
Convenor & Contact Details
John Boehm 0428 254 801