Mt Porepunkah : June 22

On a cold, sunny, clear and windless day 22 people, with Bob Shaw out front, climbed up Mt Porepunkah, about 10km to the north of Bright. Two walks were offered, with the easier route of about nine kilometres chosen by eight club members, while the hardier crew covered over 16km.

The shorter walk started at 10.30am with a two hour steady climb along a 4WD track to the top, and a 1.5 hour descent.

The group of 14 started at 10.15am and climbed for 2.5 hours, and then experienced a 2.0 hour descent.

The two groups met at the summit, where there were magnificent 360 degrees panoramic views of the snow covered peaks of Mt Buffalo, Mt Buller, Hotham and Feathertop, Spion Kopje and Mt Bogong.

We could even see the NSW Kosciusko snow fields in the distance! With the air so clear and crisp, we could also recognise Mt Stirling and Mt Buller, way to the south.

Everybody just sat and spent considerable time identifying all of the peaks. In many of the gullies passed during the ascent and descent, we could hear the chorus of lyrebirds who were busy impersonating the calls of many other local bird species.

Another great club walk from Bob’s book of adventures!

Coming Events

Sunday, 7th July

Wileman Track, two waterfalls, Mt Samaria

Michael, 0447 617 880

A choice of a medium/hard loop walk of approx 13.5k, or 9.5k easy medium option (no Mt Samaria Summit), on bush tracks and dirt roads in Mt Samaria State Park.; following the Wileman Track taking in two waterfalls, and then onto Mt Samaria.

On a clear day there are 360-degree views of the Alps, and lowlands, and possibly Lake Mokoan. Option to visit Kooyonga Creek Winery on the drive home.

Friday, 12th July

The Big Kaluna, Wangaratta

Rod, 0409 215 286

An easy morning walk, or nature ramble, at Kaluna Park, a 5.2 ha remnant of River Red Gum riverine bushland, a haven for birdlife, flora and fauna close to the King River, at the edge of Wangaratta’s CBD.

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