Mt Beauty Weekend of Walks, November 2016

Walks Report on Mt Beauty Weekend Nov. 4, 5, and 6 2016.

1. Walk to Big Hill Sat Nov. 5, 2016

Thirty three walkers commenced this walk. We all met at 9.00am at the Mt. Beauty Information Centre on the Alpine Highway just before the Mt Beauty Tail Race Bridge. Then the 10 cars drove up the Falls Creek Rd, branched off to the west at Cranky Charlie after 5 km and drove another 12 km on a dirt road to the Big Hill Cutting. Here the cars were left and the walk commenced.

The first part was classed as Medium. It was an 8 km return walk with an ascent of 385m. to the Big Hill fire tower. From here there were close-up views of Mt Bogong with its considerable cover of snow on its south, protected side. There were also views of Mt Feathertop, Falls Creek, Spion Kopje and the Arthurs…

mt-beauty-nov16-2 Thirty one walkers continued along the Fire Track past Spring Saddle to Bald Hill. This was a further ascent of nearly 200m. and added another 6 km in all to the walk. This made the walk a Medium/Hard graded walk. There were clear views of the East Kiewa Valley and Bogong Village and surrounds. At this point another 17 walkers decided to retrace their steps and return to Big Hill cutting.

Fourteen walks continued the further 3 km to Bogong Jack Hut after a further minor ascent still on the same 4WD track. Participants were surprised by the enormity of the grassed flat area used as a coralle for horses and probably cattle as well in the past. The area was as large as a cricket oval with fallen trees as the effective fencing around the perimeter. The Bogong Jack Hut is very small and basic, but there was a horse trough made out of wood only that was interesting. The 14 walkers then walked back to the cars at the Big Hill cutting and arrived back at their accommodation around 5.00 pm.

2. Sunday Nov. 6, Walks around Mt Beauty

These walks were very short and all classified as Easy. The aim was to have a social morning, meet for lunch in the Mt Beauty gardens near the local 25m swimming pool then disperse. From the meeting point at the Mt Beauty Information Centre at 9.00mas Cars were needed to drive short distances to the start of these walks. All walkers could choose from the five walks and were given assistance as to where to travel for these walks.

mt-beauty-nov16-4 Walkers chose from the following five walks– Pondage Walk – 3 km 45 mins; Rock Pool walk 1.2 km 20 mins Survey Track – 4.5km 2 hrs; River Walk 4km 1hr Gorge Walk – 2.5km 1.5hrs As these were ‘official’ club walks it was assumed all walkers were accompanied by at least one other club member. At noon we then met in the gardens opposite the CBA and next to the Mt Beauty 25m. Swimming pool for lunch. Again it was self-catering, but some chairs were needed in the gardens. So after lunch that was the end of the organised walks!

3. Accommodation for the Weekend Most people stayed at the Tawonga Caravan Park either in cabins, onsite caravans or they used their own vans or tents. The Saturday night BBQ was very successful socially with very participant in attendance. The location beside the BBQ area and next to the Kiewa River also helped the ambience. Some ideas for future weekends at Mt. Beauty – a. Stay at the same accommodation b. The grading of walks for the Saturday and the Easy walks on the Sunday seemed to be enjoyed by most participants. Judy and Bob Shaw

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