The 2022 FedWalks event, held in North-East Victoria on 1-2 October, was a great success. Whilst the event was based in Wangaratta, about 200 participants enjoyed walks in three contrasting locations – the Warby Ranges, Mt Buffalo and Beechworth and surrounds.
Flooding rivers proved a challenge, with two walks needing to be cancelled; some rerouting of other walks was also required. Luckily, the weekend’s weather was wonderful and a sense of community was palpable. As Cecily Fletcher, the 2022 FedWalks Coordinator, said: “Beyond the statistics, the real measures of success were evident in the enthusiasm of participants gathering in the morning to head out on their walks; the warmth and friendliness evident as people returned with stories to tell; the relaxed banter around the tables at dinner; and the energy reserves found by those moved to dance to the entertainment on Saturday night!”
The dedication, persistence and hard work of the organising clubs, walk leaders and myriad volunteers must be applauded. Their efforts, along with support from key members of the 2021 FedWalks organising committee and Bushwalking Victoria, continue the wonderful Federation Walks legacy.