Bulletin 3 – August 2014
Interest in the 2014 Federation Walks Weekend (Fed14) has been strong with many participants registering early. The Registrar has received over 200 registrations for the Fed14 event. Some feedback received by the Organising Committee has suggested that accommodation at the event venue is fully booked. This is not the case, as good supplies of comfortable bunk rooms are still available.
The motel and twin rooms are fully booked. We are working on compiling a list of alternative accommodation venues in the area should the Rawson Village become fully booked.
Please be advised that bookings for the event close on Friday 10 October.
The Registrar advises that check in will commence from 4pm on Friday. Those not staying at the Rawson Village are urged to also check in on Friday if possible to avoid congestion on Saturday morning prior to commencement of walks. Those booked in for day walks only, will need to check in at the registration desk at least 30 minutes prior to commencement of your walk, if you have not checked in on Friday.
As previously advised a meal is not available from the Rawson Village on Friday night but meals are available from the following nearby locations or towns you will pass through on route to Rawson:
- Criterion Hotel (aka the Traf Pub), 85 Princes Highway, Trafalgar
- Da Nunzio's, 25A George Street, Moe
- Silks Restaurant, 50 George Street, Moe
- Turfside (at the Moe Racing Club), Waterloo Road, Moe. Phone 5120 1333
For meals ordered between 5pm - 6pm purchase one meal & receive one meal of the same price or less free of charge.
Moe has numerous takeaway restaurants and fast food outlets.
- Erica Hotel, 8 School Road, Erica. Phone 5165 3252
Meals available between 6pm-8pm
- Stockyard Bar and Bistro, Depot Road, Rawson. Phone 5165 3111
Meals available between 6pm-8pm
If you intend eating out in either Erica or Rawson please remember to book as there are no other options.
Check out the website for event guidelines, what to bring, walkers' responsibilities and suggestions for what your personal first aid kit should contain. Also a general reminder to check the web site regularly for any minor changes to walks and additions to the event guidelines.
You can view the website at www.fedwalks.org.au.
After a number of recent recces the Walks Committee is reviewing Walk 19 in relation to its total distance. It is planned to shorten the walk slightly while still retaining the highlights and landmarks visited on this walk.
Also the maps on the web site for Walks 5 and 9 have been slightly modified.
As soon as practical after event registrations close we will be in a position to advise participants of their walk preference and the proposed starting time for their walk.
We are not able to do this now; but some walks are proving to be very popular and we may have to run them with two departure times. We anticipate that the longer harder walks will depart Rawson Village at 8.00 am and if duplicated would leave at 8.30 am. We expect that the medium length walks will depart at 9.00am and that short walks will leave 9.30-10.00 am.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q When will walk start times be announced?
A As soon as practical after event registrations close on October 10th.
Q What accommodation is still available?
A Good supply of comfortable bunk rooms are still available. You can elect to go onto a wait list for motel/twin room accommodation.
Q What other accommodation options are available in the district?
A The Organising Committee is identifying other accommodation options in and around Rawson, Erica and Walhalla and will publish a list in the future on the website if Rawson accommodation is fully booked.
Q When will registrations open on Friday and Saturday?
A You will be able to register between 4:00pm and 10.00pm on Friday, 7 November 2014.
On Saturday morning, registrations will be possible from 90 minutes before the scheduled walk start time.
Q What is planned for Saturday afternoon when we get back from our walk?
A There will be some displays and a DVD of The Dance of the Lyrebird.
Tea and coffee will be available in the main common room throughout the day.
Before dinner there will be an informal gathering of all participants in the main common room to which you may bring your own pre dinner nibbles and drinks to share.
(The main common room has ample refrigerators for your use. Refrigerators are also available in the twin room lodge communal kitchens.)
Q How will we reimburse drivers who supply their car for transport for walks that require a car shuffle?
A A number of walks require a car shuffle. The walk descriptions contained on the website indicate the distances required to be travelled when car-pooling so please remember to bring cash in appropriate denominations to reimburse drivers for car-pooling.
Q Are there any biosecurity issues I need to be aware of when walking the Rawson area?
A To date there are no identified biosecurity risks when hiking in the Rawson area. However if you are travelling from a known cinnamon fungus area we ask that you take care to have clean boots, poles and packs.
Q What is the typical weather for the Rawson area in November?
A As a significant number of the walks being offered are in alpine areas all participants are advised to be prepared for all climatic conditions. Please refer to the information contained in the various walk descriptions for specific warning and advice concerning preparedness, clothing, access to water etc.