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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Having spent years walking in the most dire weather in Scotland and England, the thought of a bit of rain and cold wasn’t going to deter me from my planned walk around Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills (north-east of Melbourne), yesterday. More fool me! – at 6C and with hailstones bouncing off me, the bemused mobs of kangaroos I disturbed were clearly questioning my sanity!! I had the place to myself (unsurprisingly!) & flocks of Eastern Rosellas, but the sunshine found me for 10 minutes, drenching everything is a wonderful saturated colour. It’s a great walk for the family and will definitely be in the Melbourne’s Best Walks book – but perhaps aim for a kinder weather forecast when you do it!!! Off to Churchill National Park tomorrow, hoping for a break in the weather…. (ever the optimist!!!).
Well, only 6 of the 42 Melbourne walks left to do, with the book due to Woodslane publishers at the end of this month. Lots to write up and map, but will almost be sad to finish them – as what a great excuse to get out for the day without feeling guilty! Have found some wonderful hidden treasures and surprises over the last year in developing these walks – areas I would never have come across in Melbourne otherwise. Did a lovely walk around Woodlands Historic Park last week with my son, catching the last of the autumn sunshine before the weather closed in. Encountered huge mobs of eastern grey kangaroos – literally hundreds of them – and amazingly all within coo-ee of Tullamarine airport!!