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 Western Australia - New campground to be built at Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

A new $2.5 million campground at the historic Jarrahdene mill site, located near the Boranup forest around 20km south of Margaret River, is to be built in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to meet the increasing demand for camping in the region. There will be 45 individual camp sites and two group camping areas. The Jarrahdene campground is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

 Tasmania – South Coast Track

Three new boats will make crossing the New River Lagoon on Tasmania's South Coast Track much easier. The new boats are longer, which allows more space for stowing packs, they are lighter, wider, more stable, and importantly float in less water, which means less dragging of boats by walkers. With three boats available there should be less need for multiple crossings to ensure a boat is left either side of the crossing. Another improvement is new alloy boxes for weather-proof stowage for the life jackets.


The improvements are part of a four-year $2 million project to improve tracks and facilities along the 87km South Coast Track.

 Tasmania – Three Capes Walk

The Tasmanian Walking Company has been awarded the contract to design, build and operate new eco lodges on Tasmania's Three Capes Track. The company is the only commercial operator providing guided walks and private accommodation in the Tasman National Park, with guided walks expected to start in October 2017.


The Tasmanian Walking Company currently operates commercial walks on the Overland Track, Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires.

 South Australia – Kangaroo Island

Bookings can now be made for the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail which opens to walkers on 1 October 2016. The 66km trail is located in the south-west of the island, predominantly in Flinders Chase National Park. The trail is a five-day/four-night walk. The overnight walk is rated Difficult: Bushwalking Experience Recommended. The best time to go is September to April.


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Proposed trail - Lilydale to Healesville to the Warburton rail trail

Planning for such a cycle trail has passed the seems-like-a-good-idea stage and will proceed to a feasibility study dividing the Trail into three sections:

  • Stage 1: Lilydale to Yarra Glen (perhaps along the railway alignment)
  • Stage 2: Yarra Glen to Healesville (perhaps beside roads)
  • Stage 3: Healesville to Woori Yallock (perhaps beside roads and aqueduct)

The completion of the Carrum to Lilydale Trail, expected in 2017, will provide a connection from the rest of metropolitan Melbourne's off-road trail network to Lilydale and hence Warburton.


Source: The Warrnambool Bushwalker June 2016

Fernshaw Reserve to Dom Dom via Morley's Track, Wednesday 8 June

Nine bushies intended to walk from Fernshaw to Dom Dom and return, knowing the area had been recently struck by wind shears.


'I have spoken to Parks and they think there may be some trees across Morley's Track,' Noel C informed us at the walk briefing.


Mmmmm. Two hours later, we had completed about 4.5km having climbed, stumbled, crawled and cursed our way through about 20 instances of fallen trees, very few of which were single trees. Sometimes there was a tangle of six; some were over four feet in diameter.






We plodded on with stout hearts, but with more trees blocking the track and the wind gaining in strength, it was obvious that were not going to reach our objective; and we knew we would have to negotiate the fallen timber on the way down. So we did not push on to Dom Dom after reaching Road 8 but returned to Fernshaw.


It took six and a half hours for 13kms. But we had a terrific day. Many thanks to Noel for leading and the good humour of fellow walkers.


John S, Footnotes, June 2016, the newsletter of Maroondah Bushwalking Club

What the clubs are doing - Grampians Bushwalking Club

Saturday 16 July: Project Platypus tree planting: 15,000 trees planted at a property in Farnsworth Lane, Warrenmang (near Avoca).

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Regent Honeyeater Planting Weekends 2016

Dates: 30-31 Jul, 13-14 Aug, 27-28 Aug, 10-11 Sep, 24-26 Sep

Location: Lurg Hills near Benalla

Activities: Plant wildlife corridors for endangered birds and animals


Participate as a club or as an individual, for the weekend or a day. For more details check out the flyer and planting weekend details PDF.


To register contact Ray Thomas, Coordinator, Regent Honeyeater Project at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 5761 1515.


The Regent Honeyeater Project is supported by Bushwalking Victoria.


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Photo: Jody McCormack


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