Posts Tagged ‘long distance walks’

Little River Gorge, Day 2 of the Burchell Trail (Brisbane Ranges)

Friday was just glorious in Melbourne – once the ice had melted off the windscreen!  The rest of the day was crystal blue skies and not a breath of wind: perfect winter walking weather.  My erstwhile walking buddy, Deb, volunteered to brave a car shuttle with me so we could do Day 2 of the 3 day Burchell Trail, which runs north to south for 39km through the little-visited Brisbane Ranges, south-west of Melbourne.  This is a fantastic walk for those wanting to get away from it all – we didn’t see another soul for the entire walk.  On this section, which runs for 15km from Little River Gorge camping ground to the Old Mill walk-in camping ground, the orange flash trail markers are a little erratic, especially where they have been washed away along Little River in recent flash flooding, so it does require a level of confidence and sound map reading to keep on track. However, the paths themselves are quite clear – a mix of management vehicle tracks and fantastic ridge climbs with big views.  The unexpected bonus of the day was Little River Gorge – every bit as spectacular as nearby Anakie Gorge. Really looking forward to going back and walking the other two sections, which I will be writing up for the new Geelong, the Bellarine and Brisbane Ranges book.

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Start of the Oxfam 100km Trailwalk

Tomorrow morning (20th April) sees the start of a marathon walk for lots of hardy (foolhardy?!) Melbourne souls.  Teams of 4, 100km, 48 hours to complete.  All over Australia, and in fact, in 13 countries worldwide, committed groups of the fit and not-so-fit are setting out to raise money for Oxfam‘s fantastic poverty alleviation projects.  Since 1981, the Trailwalker event has raised more than $100 million.  Wow! Jen, my walking companion on the  Overland Track in Tasmania earlier this year, is on a team with 3 other friends and together they have persuaded sponsors to part with over $10,000. That’s quite an incentive to walk through the night/pain.  This year, the Trail will take them through Jells Park – Churchill National Park – Lysterfield Lake – Ferny Creek – Olinda Creek Track – Graham Colling Reserve – Woori Yallock – the O’Shannassy Aqueduct – Warburton.  That’s some walk!  While these mammoth walks are a long way from the short walks in my books, it’s incredibly inspiring to see people putting their foot power to such good effect.  Have you ever participated in an Oxfam or other charity long distance walk?  Thought about doing so? What was your experience?  What’s holding you back?

……. Here’s the update you’ve all been waiting on: They made it!  Jen and her three team mates walked the 100km in just 26 hours and 43 minutes and raised over $13,000 in the process.   And with nothing other than some major sore feet and a few blisters. What legends! 

The Gurner Babies (Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker 2012)

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