Posts Tagged ‘National Parks’

So, autumn is here already and I have been busy writing up the final chapter of the Geelong, Bellarine and Brisbane Walks book.  I love the rhythm of writing, but autumn is also my favourite walking time – mild days, crisp skies, fresh air with a bit of a bite, glorious colours, and fewer slithering friends to worry about. By June, I hope to be started on the next book, which will cover the Great Ocean Road and the Otways: I can’t wait!  I don’t know about you, but sometimes, my feet just itch to get out walking, and when I am wandering along, I think there is nothing more joyous than to be out walking in our beautiful land.  My walking buddy, Karen, epitomises this in a way my dodgy knees and hips can’t express: here she is on our recent walk to the Jarosite Headland near Point Addis. So what about you?  How does a great day out on the track make you feel?

‘This is how happy walking makes me!’ (Pt Addis in the background).

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Late autumn afternoon, Island Track, Brisbane Ranges National Park.

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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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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