WRB News & Events

Lake Benalla, January 11

On Friday 11/01, nine enthusiastic walkers headed off early in a heat beating morning walk around Lake Benalla, and its feeder streams (Broken River and Hollands Creek). The Lake is close to the commercial centre of Benalla, and some of its surrounds, have been gazetted as a wildlife sanctuary. We made a Figure 8 from…

Book Review : Best Walks of Victoria’s High Country

Local bushwalker, Craig Sheather, has produced this handy book under the Woodslane Imprint, and this full colour guide describes 40 walks in our favourite patch. The area covered in these descriptions ranges from Jamieson to Corryong, and from Dinner Plain to Corowa, all of them accompanied by sketch maps and plenty of photos. As well…

Sunday, 6th January. Mt Buffalo, Long Plain and Macs Point

The weather could be truly described as “simply perfect!” for this adventure, and the wildflowers were in abundance; snow daisies were in full flower and pink buds, the brilliant mauve trigger plants, fading, but still vibrant, old – gold bush peas, and stands of Derwent speedwell in their prime. The walk began at the Horn…

Floodwaters : December 14

Water, water everywhere – after a long dry spell, the North-east had more than its share of rainfall in the lead up to this walk. There was so much water (well over 100mm in most of the North-east) that the Hume Freeway was cut in several place to the north of Wangaratta, and the planned…

Mystery Rocks : December 9

Chinese Prayer Stones The mystery of the rock cairns in the far reaches of the Middle Creek high up in the hills between Greta and Tolmie, were the cause of the Warby Range Bushwalkers venture on 9th December. The previous attempt to take a group there became unstuck when, several months earlier, Geoff Dinning and…

Mount Buffalo : Saturday, 1st December; Sunday 2nd December.

In perfect weather, three separate club groups explored the Mount Buffalo Plateau last weekend. It was also perfect timing, as after recent rain, the wildflowers were abundant, with swathes of pink bells (Tetratheca), pea and daisy bushes providing colourful displays. The largest party (all 17 of them) walked the 10kms from the Reservoir to the…

Lake Benalla, January 11

On Friday 11/01, nine enthusiastic walkers headed off early in a heat beating morning walk around Lake Benalla, and its feeder streams (Broken River and Hollands Creek).

The Lake is close to the commercial centre of Benalla, and some of its surrounds, have been gazetted as a wildlife sanctuary.

We made a Figure 8 from the Rose Gardens around the shady paths, and were fanned by a gentle breeze. The natural wetland environment features magnificent river red gums with abundant bird life, and over 30 species were recorded on the walk.

We didn’t however notice any platypus or native water rats which also frequent this area.

We enjoyed morning tea perched on the roots of a gigantic Morten Bay Fig on Jaycee Island, and by 11am we were out of the sun viewing the Benalla Art Gallery 50th Year Future Perfect Exhibition.

This featured the Sidney Nolan Glenrowan tapestry, and we were surprised to learn that this gigantic work was created at a workshop in Portugal.

A picnic lunch in the shady botanical gardens completed the morning.

[Karen]

[PS. If you want to see more of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly works, there is currently a display of these at the Murray Art Museum Albury]

Book Review : Best Walks of Victoria’s High Country

Local bushwalker, Craig Sheather, has produced this handy book under the Woodslane Imprint, and this full colour guide describes 40 walks in our favourite patch. The area covered in these descriptions ranges from Jamieson to Corryong, and from Dinner Plain to Corowa, all of them accompanied by sketch maps and plenty of photos. As well…

Sunday, 6th January. Mt Buffalo, Long Plain and Macs Point

The weather could be truly described as “simply perfect!” for this adventure, and the wildflowers were in abundance; snow daisies were in full flower and pink buds, the brilliant mauve trigger plants, fading, but still vibrant, old – gold bush peas, and stands of Derwent speedwell in their prime. The walk began at the Horn…

Floodwaters : December 14

Water, water everywhere – after a long dry spell, the North-east had more than its share of rainfall in the lead up to this walk. There was so much water (well over 100mm in most of the North-east) that the Hume Freeway was cut in several place to the north of Wangaratta, and the planned…

Mystery Rocks : December 9

Chinese Prayer Stones The mystery of the rock cairns in the far reaches of the Middle Creek high up in the hills between Greta and Tolmie, were the cause of the Warby Range Bushwalkers venture on 9th December. The previous attempt to take a group there became unstuck when, several months earlier, Geoff Dinning and…

Mount Buffalo : Saturday, 1st December; Sunday 2nd December.

In perfect weather, three separate club groups explored the Mount Buffalo Plateau last weekend. It was also perfect timing, as after recent rain, the wildflowers were abundant, with swathes of pink bells (Tetratheca), pea and daisy bushes providing colourful displays. The largest party (all 17 of them) walked the 10kms from the Reservoir to the…