Chiltern township – local walk, April 20

This was a local walk within the environs of the historic township of Chiltern, and was a nine kilometre mix of interesting streetscapes, and box-ironbark bushland. chiltern-apr-2016-11

We started off from the car parking area adjoining the Visitor Centre in the township, enjoying the warm weather (about 22c), with a slight breeze, and (unfortunately) some smoke haze.

Our route to us along the Howlong Road north from the town centre, then veered east, onto the local “Atichinus Walk” (this is loop around the urban area, and is quite well sign-posted. This was followed, for a short distance, to Frog Hollow, and we then veered to the north, along some former forestry tracks, so as to get to the Magenta Mine site.

After some exploration here, we took Wallaby Track up to Stringbark Track, and then Alpina Track (named after local vegetation) towards the Howlong Road. chiltern-apr-2016-06

Crossing the bitumen, we picked up Bartleys Track, and then Tank Track, which lead us back to the centre of town, a little to the west of where we started out from.

Returning to the car park via Conness Street, we enjoyed some more gold era architecture, and after lunch, adjourned to a local cafe for some more gossip.

Apart from a few inclines, this was an easy walk, and could be expanded, so as to include the historic Indigo Cemetery.

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