Lake Benalla and Winton Wetlands, April 17

Lake Benalla holds water from the Broken River, a major tributary of the Goulburn River, and is the centrepiece of Benalla’s parklands.

We had 16 participants on Monday’s walk around the Lake, including two from Kyabram and one from Malaysia.

We did a loop walk around the Lake, stopping to check out the fish ladder, which allows fish to move upstream at the rock wall, and the ceramic sculpture near the bridge.

A coffee, tea or milkshake followed at the Art Gallery café, before we headed off to the nearby Winton Wetlands to admire the “Art in the Landscape”.

This involved driving to the various artworks, including the Boggy Bridge Fish Trees, and the CFA tank, with murals of three CFA volunteers.

We then continued on to the Hilda Bain mural, and the long neck turtle sculpture on the Spit.

This was followed by the Lunette Walk, right to its end, where we enjoyed the views of, and around, the wetlands.

There was a lot of birdlife, and we came across a brown snake on our return walk.

And finally, a late lunch with Pat’s cuppa was held on our return to the cars.

All this on a fine, warm autumn day.

[Jeanette]

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