Well, having finally resolved my technology inadequacies, yesterday I managed to persuade my daughter to come for a wander in the Brisbane Ranges, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne to the south-west of Bacchus Marsh. I have no idea how this absolute gem of a place has stayed so ‘undiscovered’ for so long. In just minutes, you can be walking out in pristine bush, with not another person in sight and nothing but the sounds and smells of the bush. We headed up to the Boar Gully campsite, the location for the start of the 3 day Burchell Trail, which traverses a good length of the Brisbane Ranges National Park on it’s way to Fridays Campground. From there, we walked back across Reids Road, along Farm Track and then joined Spring Creek Track in the very North West tip of the Park, and did a series of loops following the contours of the creek below. It was a gentle wander, with just the occasional eastern grey kangaroo thumping through the bush, groves of towering grass trees – some over 2 metres in height – and some impressive bushfire regeneration in the ironbark woodlands. I can’t wait to go back in the spring to see all the wildflowers. Just what I needed to get my mojo back!
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Posted in Bushwalking, Dogs, Walking with Children, Walks with dogs, tagged bacchus marsh, Brisbane Ranges, bushwalking, cliffs, Falcon's Lookout, gum trees, ice age, rock climbing, walks, walks with dogs, wedge tailed eagles, Werribee Gorge, Werribee River on 03/01/2012 | 2 Comments »
Snatched a quick day out yesterday, under the cool cloudy skies, and headed for the edge of the Brisbane Ranges, out near Bacchus Marsh. This lovely walk, while short, was so pretty and interesting – and smelt great after all the rainfall of the previous day. Falcon’s Lookout is reached via some up and down through gullies and easy rock-hopping along Ironbark Gorge – named for all the stunted Ironbark gum trees which grow on the hillside around here. The walk brings you out to the very edge of the red and orange rock cliffs of Falcon’s Lookout, named for the hunting falcons which ride the thermals above the cliffs – though you have a good chance of spotting wedge tailed eagles out here as well. The view down into ice-age, glaciated Werribee Gorge is nothing short of breathtaking, and the opportunity to walk down to the base of the cliffs to watch the rock climbers in action is an additional bonus. Dogs are also welcome in this part of the park, as long as they are on leads, so mighty Indie lead the way, leaping up and over the rocks with abandon while we huffed and puffed behind her!
I did a nice easy walk today around the walking track and grounds of Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. In Melbourne’s Best Bush Bay and City Walks book, I also included a walk around the historic halls and colleges of Melbourne University. Deakin couldn’t be more different – modern in every way and sited in a spacious, regenerated bushland setting on the southern outskirts of Geelong. Like all universities, Deakin sits on federal land, and is therefore publicly accessible. I would encourage people to visit and explore these centres of learning – the architecture is interesting and the grounds and facilities really pleasant, including good cafes and peaceful lakes for quiet contemplation. No dogs are allowed on campus, but as you can see, this gave me time to slow down and photograph the flowering gums in all their glory.