Warby Ovens National Park : May 4

After overnight rain, and the threat of further showers, five walkers decided to remain indoors, but a hardy group of seven set off on what was a dry and beautiful walk in the mildest conditions we have enjoyed for some time.

Our newest member Sonia, and visitor Sandra were welcomed into the Club, and after driving through a shower, the group ‘sat tight’ for 5 minutes before donning raincoats and setting off over the new ford on Frosts Crossing Track.

It wasn’t long before coats were stowed away, and the walk proceeded through the river flood plain with its many billabongs – some still held water which was a pleasant surprise.

The River Track was followed, offering some wonderful river vistas, with the sun breaking through, and the birds becoming active.

Morning tea, and the Great Ovens River quiz, was enjoyed on the new picnic facilities at Cleals Bend, and the group then completed a circuit via Hills and Boundary Tracks, admiring many forest giants along the way.

Finally, a welcome cuppa was enjoyed in fine, but windy, conditions before the trip home.


Coming events :

Saturday, 12th May

Sunrise Track and Taminick Loop

Jeanette, 0417 546 974

A medium loop walk of approx 7km on bush tracks in the Warby Ranges. Like most walks in the Warby’s, it’s a steep start, but then undulating terrain.

Saturday, 26th May

Mystery Stone Columns

Geoff, 0418 530 242

Mystery stone columns have stood isolated, and unknown except to locals, in the Upper Fifteen Mile Creek area for more than a century.

Now thought to be of Chinese origin, and having religious significance, there is no track to them.

The scramble to them is quite short and steep in parts, and requires some bush bashing, so can be described as hard.

Driving there, and the walk itself, will take most of the morning.

In the afternoon, a walk along the Fifteen Mile Creek, or tributary, is planned; 6-8km of easy-medium standard. Car pooling will need to be in 4WD or AWD vehicles.

Saturday, 2nd June

Lake William Hovell

Bob, 5766 2773

A choice of two walks . . .

A hard walk of approx 21km circumnavigating Lake William Hovell.

Most of this walk is on 4WD roads, and includes a river crossing, a steep climb, mountain ash forest, and views over Lake William Hovell, and the Upper King River Valley.

Bring along the hiking poles, and old runners to cross the King River.

If you’re not into the river crossing and a steep climb, then the medium walk may be for you.

This walk is along a 4WD road on the west, and southwest, side of the King River, and Lake William Hovell and returns back to the dam wall.

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