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Closure of Wilsons Prom

Wilsons Promontory National Park will be closed from Monday 21 August to the morning of Friday 25 August 2017 due to an annual deer control program. For further information click here

Volunteers Required - Trackwork

Langi Ghiran Water Race Circuit

26 August 2017 at 9.30am - 16 Volunteers required. Contact David Miller on davidmiller3199@gmail.com

Federation Walk - 28 & 29 October

Warburton

This years' Federation Walk is hosted by Melbourne Bushwalkers - planning is well ahead and bookings open on July 1. For further information follow this link.

Grampians Peak Trail

Excitement in the Grampians is building, as construction on the northern and southern sections of the Peaks Trail gets underway.
Parks Victoria is working with hikers to plan the most scenic walks through the area. Watch this video

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Top 10 Most Memorable Victorian Walks

 

1. Great South West Walk – Portland

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Where: Portland

Distance: Various

Duration: Various

Grade of Difficulty: Easy/Medium

Discover long, lonely beaches, tracking limestone cliffs that rise out of a broad river and peaceful bushland on the spectacular 250km Great South West Walk. Starting and finishing in Portland in southwest Victoria, the walk loops northwest through the Cobboboonie Forest to the banks of the beautiful Glenelg River. Walkers follow the slow bends of the Glenelg downstream, past magnificent limestone cliffs and tranquil swimming holes to Nelson. The trail then heads back east along the coast, taking in the spectacular dunes and beaches of Discovery Bay. Climbing high above the Southern Ocean along the cliffs of Cape Bridgewater, you'll pass blow holes, the Petrified Forest and seal colonies. Lastly, the trail takes you through Bridgewater Bay and Cape Nelson before heading north and finishing back in Portland.

where2walk information: 

https://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/walks-directory/item/great-south-west-walk

 

2. 3 Lookouts (Bismarck Track) - Marysville

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Where: Marysville

Distance: 15km loop

Duration: 5 hours

Grade of Difficulty: Level 3

Climb up through the stringybark and mountain ash forest to four of Marysville's best lookouts for spectacular views across Marysville, the Cathedral Range State Park and Steavenson Falls. The most challenging trail in the area, the Keppel Lookout trail is fairly uneven and steep in places, so ensure you wear sturdy footwear and carry ample water and snacks.

where2walk information:

https://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/walks-directory/item/marysville-3-lookouts-bismarck-track

 

3. Great Ocean Walk – Great Ocean Road

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Where: Apollo Bay to 12 Apostles

Distance: 96km

Duration: 8 days

Grade of Difficulty: Medium

Strap on your walking boots and hit the spectacular Great Ocean Walk. Taken as a multiday adventure, the east-to-west epic has been labelled a 'mild to wild' journey as its remoteness and ruggedness increases the closer to get to the 12 Apostles.

Walkers who tackle this multiday experience stay in on-trail campsites or enjoy the comfort of B&B's, hotels or lodge accommodation, which is easily accessible from the numerous trailheads along the way. The sea and landscapes are layered by fascinating historical elements from the Indigenous connections to that of the pioneers and their tales of shipwrecks. This walk is a must-do experience!

where2walk information:

https://www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/walks-directory/item/great-ocean-walk

 

4. The Pinnacle - Halls Gap

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Where: Grampians National Park

Distance: 2.1km

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Grade of Difficulty: Medium

This is an easy route to the Pinnacle. This walk (from the Sundial carpark – via Devil's gap) is suitable for less confident walkers or those with children. Along the way, there's plenty of native wildlife along the way for the kids to spot including koala's, kangaroo's and maybe even an echidna. Whilst doing this walk, ensure you're wearing sturdy walking shoes as you may need to hop over water crossings and rocks. The Pinnacle lookout offers breathtaking views of Halls Gap and the Grampian's many peaks.

 

5. Maits Rest - Apollo Bay 

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Where: Great Otway National Park

Distance: 800m

Duration: 30 minutes (return)

Grade of Difficulty: Gentle

Another picturesque walk with the kids in tow. Take the self-guided rainforest boardwalk within the Otways and see the beautiful fern gardens and giant rainforest trees up to 300 years old. Take it slow, and take in the beauty of our wonderful world.

 

6. Grampians Peaks Trail – Halls Gap

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Where: Grampians National Park, Halls Gap

Distance: 36km Return (three-day/two-night walk) or 22km to Borough Huts Campground (two days)

Duration: 17 hours (three-day walk) or 11 hours (two days)

Grade of Difficulty: Grade 4 rating, although some sections are Grade 5

Set off on the first section of the Grampians Peaks Trail, which will ultimately be a 13 day/12 night (one way) walk through rugged ancient landscape to some of the most breathtaking lookouts in Victoria. Rich in Aboriginal culture, the journey will provide an insight into the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people who have walked and lived in these ranges for thousands of years.

The first stage of the trail is a two-day walk to Borough Huts or a three-day return trip to Halls Gap. A popular walking area for many years, this section has been upgraded with navigation markers, tent platforms and toilets to better service overnight hikers.

 

 7. Bushrangers Bay Trail - Cape Schanck

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Where: Cape Schanck

Distance: 6km

Duration: 2-3 hours (one way)

Grade of Difficulty: Moderate

Before you set out for Bushrangers Bay, take the time to follow the scenic route along the boardwalk to the famous Cape Schanck and its lighthouse, built from local stone in 1859. At the base of the basalt promontory lie numerous rock pools, and at its tip stands a spectacular volcanic plug called Pulpit rock.

 

8. Mt Oberon Summit Walk – Wilson Promontory

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Where: Wilsons Promontory National Park

Distance: 6.8km return

Duration: 2 hours

Grade of Difficulty: Level 3. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.

The picture says it all. This iconic Wilsons Prom hike boasts the most beautiful panoramic views over the coast and offshore islands. Follow the track on a steady uphill climb to the viewing platform at the summit of Mount Oberon. Although titled a Level 3 walk, it's emphasised that some bushwalking experience is required due to the short steep sections, rough surfaces and steps.

 

9. Surf Coast Walk – Point Impossible

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Where: Point Impossible to Fairhaven

Distance: 44km

Duration: Can be a multi-day trip or several short walks

Grade of Difficulty: Very Easy (1) – Difficult (4)

Wander through inspiring seaside landscapes interspersed with coastal villages on the world-class 44km multi-use Surf Coast Walk Trail. The trails easy access and 12 trail heads makes it a perfect short, long or multiday experience.

The Surf Coast Walk takes in the beaches near Australia's surf capital, Torquay, including iconic Bells Beach, before striking out for Point Addis' grand vistas or sweeping bays and impressive lookouts. Visitors will be wowed by more soaring cliffs once at Anglesea and Point Roadknight and the Split Point lighthouse signals the trails end in Fairhaven.

 

10. Great Walhalla Alpine Trail – Mt Baw Baw

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Where: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort to Walhalla

Distance: 40km

Duration: 2 days

Grade of Difficulty: Difficult (Level 4)

With a summit at one end and a river valet at the other, you can choose from two very different experiences on the Great Walhalla Trail – the traditional uphill route or the downhill route over a plateau to the historic tiny town of Walhalla. This trail offers a very abridged taste of the epic 650km Australian Alpine Walking Track. It links the historic mining township of Walhalla to the pristine snow gum environment of the Baw Baw National Park plateau and its nearby resort village.

The two-day end-to-end itinerary journeys through alpine plains alive with native wildflowers, twisted snow gums, towering mountain ash and prehistoric myrtlebeech. Hikers pass through the wonderland of geological formations at Mushroom Rocks, see the ruins of Talbot Peak Hut, and cross mountain streams and wild rivers.

Source: Tripadvisor, Visit Victoria, Bushwalking Victoria.

 

Fundraising Event for The Mitta Mitta River

Fundraising Event for The Mitta Mitta River in The Alpine National Park

Is your bushwalking club looking for the opportunity to be involved with and contribute to a significant bushwalking track conservation and maintenance project? A project which will make a lasting and significant improvement to one of Victoria’s most well-known and loved bush walking tracks?

A fantastic fundraising event has been planned for the weekend of October 7- 8, 2017 to raise funds for The Mitta River in The Alpine National Park. 

The Mitta Mitta river located in the Alpine National Park is beloved and renowned for having some of the best rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and more in Victoria.  The original Friends of the Mitta (FOTM) accomplished great things during the heyday of this Victorian river.

Friends of the Mitta (FOTM) have been working with Parks Victoria for two years now to try and “formalise” the Graveyard Overlook/Tombstone Track/O’Connell’s Lookout and what is one of the most incredible overlooks in Victoria.  The project is supported by enthusiastic rangers on the ground, however, due to funding and resource issues this very remote region of the Alpine National Park needs some volunteer assistance to rejuvenate the wonderful Mitta Mitta track.

As such, a fundraising event has been organised by FOTM which will include the following planned activities:

  • On Saturday, we’ll team up into work parties for projects along the river. These will include things like: English broome control, willow eradication, campsite restoration, river clean-up and safety work, trail maintenance, put-in site improvement, etc.
  • Saturday evening we’ll have a fundraising event at the Blue Duck. As this is our first year back after many years, we plan to keep it simple: food, music, a silent auction, and a few equipment and Mittagundi booths.
  • On Sunday, everyone will run the river. We will have rafts and guides available for folks without the skills and/or equipment, as well as providing car shuttles.

The President of FOTM is calling out to Bushwalking Victoria clubs, organisations, schools and anyone who has enjoyed and utilised the Mitta River over the years to support this important project.

FOTM are really wanting this event to be a success and other assistance and skills where volunteers would be valued are:

  • Donations of volunteer time: for work parties, before and after the event.
  • Bands & Musicians: If you or someone you know would like to help out by playing music at the event, please contact Jeffe Aronson President of FOTM: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Booths at the event: Any group or club wishing to erect a booth to provide information about their group, sell gear, etc.

After paying for the costs of the work parties and event, 100% of all donations will go towards costs of ongoing and future environmental and river running work projects along the Mitta Mitta River.

Donors will be mentioned in all FOTM advertising and marketing, paper, media and online. Donors may also request a free guided river trip down the Mitta.

Any club or individual member who is interested in helping or with ideas & suggestions, please contact:

Jeffe Aronson, President FOTM: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matt Renshaw, Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Croanjigilong Call for Volunteers

Croajingolong National Park -Queens Birthday Weekend - 10 - 12 June & beyond

Parks Victoria need a lot of work to be done in this fantastic park. Camping from 10 June to 18 June is free. Parks Victoria will provide one to two BBQs over this period.

We will be staying at Wingan Inlet. We need 20-25 helpers including 2-4 kayakers to paddle about 2km to spend the day track clearing with a possibility staying overnight.

There is a choice of two stays.

  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, and travel back home Tuesday, 13 June.
  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, have a walk/rest 13 June, work 14-16 June, walk /rest 17 June and travel home Sunday, 18 June.

Work on 16 June will be very low key.

If anyone is interested, after Sunday, 18 June, Mike Grant the project leader, is doing a private trip to Thurra River for fishing and walking until 25 June 2017.

If you are interested please contact David Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0417 565 919.

Cheers David

David Miller
Projects Coordinator
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC)
Mobile: 0417 565 919
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:  www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au

 

Croanjingolong Call for Volunteers

Croajingolong National Park -Queens Birthday Weekend - 10 - 12 June & beyond

Parks Victoria need a lot of work to be done in this fantastic park. Camping from 10 June to 18 June is free. Parks Victoria will provide one to two BBQs over this period.

We will be staying at Wingan Inlet. We need 20-25 helpers including 2-4 kayakers to paddle about 2km to spend the day track clearing with a possibility staying overnight.

There is a choice of two stays.

  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, and travel back home Tuesday, 13 June.
  • Arrive Saturday, 10 June, work Sunday/Monday 11 and 12 June, have a walk/rest 13 June, work 14-16 June, walk /rest 17 June and travel home Sunday, 18 June.

Work on 16 June will be very low key.

If anyone is interested, after Sunday, 18 June, Mike Grant the project leader, is doing a private trip to Thurra River for fishing and walking until 25 June 2017.

If you are interested please contact David Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0417 565 919.

Cheers David

David Miller
Projects Coordinator
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC)
Mobile: 0417 565 919
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:  www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au

 

New Study Explains Why Shoelaces Keeping Coming Untied

New Study Explains Why Shoelaces Keep Coming Untied

A new study by mechanical engineers at UC Berkeley explains why shoelaces keep coming untied – including double and triple-knotted knots. Certain knots are more likely to stay knotted longer than others – knots based on granny knots are inherently weaker and come untied sooner than knots based on reef knots.

To read about this study go to https://phys.org/news/2017-04-shoe-string-theory-science-shoelaces-untied.html

For a quick explanation of why the reef knot is more secure knot than a granny knot, view the Professor Shoelace video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVaS6TwzLc8