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footprints - Border Bushwalking Club
FOOTPRINTS
September 2015
Newsletter of the Border Bushwalking Club Inc.
affiliated with Bushwalking Victoria
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Warwick McLachlan
Paul Schirmer
Brett Coster
Tim Weyland
COMMITTEE
02 60251323
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
General Committee:
David, Sandy, Rosemary, Liz, Ira
CLUB NIGHT Tuesday, September 1st 7:30
DEB TALKS TURKEY.
When you first set foot in Turkey, you know you will return. So our return to Anatolia was well researched and
planned, would not retrace any path taken previously, but instead would venture into what we referred to as The
Wild Wild East; from Ankara and Trabzon to the borders of Georgia and Armenia, Iran and Iraq and Syria. From the
Kaçkar Mountains in the north east to Mt Ararat in the south east, from Van Gölü to the Mesopotanian Plateau, the
Fertile Cresent, Cradle of Civilisation and the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. We visited archaeological sites that dated
back 12,000 years , followed the ancient Silk Road for days and stayed in the most chic boutique hotels with wifi.
Hamams and nargilas, pul biber and baklava, dondermasi and gozlęmes, we had the full Turkish experience.
Don't know your nargila’s from your pul biber? How about
your dondermasi from your gozleme?
Well come along and be enlightened as Deb takes us on this
magical cultural tour.
Find out why this is the Mona Lisa of mosaics (and it's not
because you can't tell if she's smiling or not).
Where : Senior Citizens, Meeting Room, Civic Centre Complex, Hovell Street, Wodonga. Visitors are always
welcome at meetings and supper is served afterwards
Club Nights are regularly held on the first Tuesday of the month (except December and January) at 7:30pm.
The room is opened half an hour before the start so that members may socialise.
WELCOME
CONTRIBUTIONS TO FOOTPRINTS.
We extend a warm welcome to the following
new members :
Clare Cunnington
Josephine Greenhalgh
Frances Tancock
We trust that you will enjoy all that the
Club and its members have to offer.
Your contributions are keenly sought. If you have been on
a club trip please send a short, or indeed long, report to the
editor. Members love reading about the club outings. No
talent required! Photos of outings are also greatly
appreciated. Send to:
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[email protected]
Deadline for next Footprints is 22/09/15
A huge thank you to all those who submit material.
PRESIDENT'S REPORT.
Spoonfuls from the Presidential sugar bowl.
It's money for something but the walks are free
The club owes nearly $4000 to Bushwalking Victoria. On payment (yes, we have the money) we renew membership
of that August Body and continue insurance for leaders liability and participants' personal injury (modest)
compensation. Being a debtor state, unlike Greece where it is a perennial condition, this occurs annually for us. I
mention this to demonstrate where the bulk of your fees disappears. We are too far away from the epicentre of
Melbourne and are disinclined anyway to get a grip on the politics and process which calculates the fees, so we tug
our forelock, lean on our hoe like a tenant farmer and pray for feudalism to one day end.
A backpack for your back
New Guinea tribes years ago saw parachutes from the sky laden with goods and developed a cargo cult mentality.
We don't belong to a cargo cult but an unexpected happy happening happened at the AGM when a former member
of the club who no longer needed to feel the weight of his bushwalk on his back donated (or long-term loan with no
penalty for destruction) his quite large backpack to a newcomer to bushwalking who would like to take the pack
down new trails. It's a Macpac a picture of which was in June's newsletter as an orphan left on the AGM steps
seeking its owner. (My error as I was told its purpose but forgot). It is probably in excess of 80 L including 2 side
pockets so small children or your pet ferret can accompany you on an overnight trip. For the time being it will be in
the club's hire gear at Gino's and can be borrowed free of charge, returnable after your trip until we have a
permanent recipient for it. Thanks to Russell Renfrey for passing it on to the next generation. My best wishes for his
inclination for a reclination in a banana lounge to watch the bushwalking world go by.
Young's Hut – a work in progress now finalised
There is a wonderful report ( in Walks Reports on the website) of the final working party on 16 and 17 May 2015
that is well worth reading . It summarises what has been done and comments on the Hut's future, which like us and
most man/woman structures is limited in lifespan.
Walking for Pleasure
(Extract from Gerard Windsor's review of bushwalking books – Sydney morning Herald 18 July 2015)
Walking as a recreational activity dates only from the late 18th century. Prior to that, human beings walked
because they had to – either they were nomadic or walking was their only way of going on a necessary
journey. The Wordsworth family were pioneers; William and his sister Dorothy ate up the miles around
their home in Grasmere. To read Dorothy's journals is to be flabbergasted by how much walking the pair
did, most days, in all seasons, all weathers, walking for maybe three hours at a time, Dorothy in her anklelength skirts, and often just for a cup of tea. The curious side to this is how often Dorothy reports one or
both of them as "ill" – bowel problems it seems – they got the exercise right but not the diet.
Yet the Wordsworths were primitives on the recreational walking scene; generally they went out their own front door
and were home the same day. As the 19th century wore on and the railways opened up, walkers could select a
protracted itinerary far from home.
Walking [of the extended] kind] is a rarefied activity, restricted to the better-off citizens of First World countries.
Compulsory walking, the endless forced marches of pedestrian refugees, is as common as ever. And over the whole
enterprise of walking hangs the armageddon imagined by Cormac McCarthy in The Road where there's no
alternative, if there's to be any salvation at all, but to walk. For a man such as McCarthy, whose other fiction has
been so equestrian centred, this pedestrianism is the ultimate degradation.
Sitting is the new smoking, the catastrophic plunge in the number of children walking to school is in inverse
proportion to the rise in obesity levels. Regular exercise in a park or forest will halve chances of developing a mental
illness, Australian adults average 9700 steps each day while Americans only manage 5100, and there was an
epidemic of the wonderfully named hysterical fugue, alias dromomania, alias compulsive wandering, in Europe in the
late 1800s.
Shuffle off to Buffalo
I have posted the below link under Links in the website. This takes you to superb photographs by Vera of Ron's
snowshoe daytrip a a month or so back . It is journeys such as this that tell me the club is in good heart and knows
how to explore its backyard to the fullest.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/picklesgoose/sets/72157656001338016
Endnote Walking is very monotonous but never boring. (Frederic Gros - A Philosophy of Walking)
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TRIP REPORTS.
Bungambrawatha Creek Trail 29 July 2015
A walk from Albury to Lavington in the fog did not sound very promising but six hardy souls set out for a Midweek
Midwinter Meander in high spirits. At least it wasn’t raining! The Bungambrawatha Creek footpath/bicycle track
reveals a different side of many Albury landmarks. From the Botanic Gardens we followed the path beside the creek
past the Mercy Hospital, around the back of Albury High School and between the Skate Bowl and Greenfield Park.
Next came a short on-road section along St James Crescent before reaching the magnificent Fredericks Park
playground. Our inner children delighted in the range of play equipment and the giant turtle models while we
sustained ourselves with morning tea. The northern section of the track passes through wooded glades enhanced by
the hard work of the local Friends’ group. The wattle was glorious and the sun came out. The trail ends at a picnic
area on the corner of Urana Road and Pearsall Street in Lavington, where we had lunch and said farewell to two
walkers who had hot dates elsewhere. We returned by the same route, with a small deviation to inspect the off-leash
dog park in Glenroy, complete with model dogs and a pig (we think). It was a very pleasant way to spend a winter’s
day. The route (and many other walks) is described in the ‘Albury Trails’ booklet available from Albury Council or at
https://eservice.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/portal/Temp/TrimDocumentViewer_645725_xixehGKVue.PDF
Eileen
It's Not Just The Walk.
Walking has many well documented advantages but on a club bushwalk this week it was very evident that there's so
much more to walking than, well, walking. On a hike through the Baranduda Ranges I listened to tales of ancient
Turkish civilization. How archaeological discoveries there have transformed thinking about how settlements
developed. I heard about the Mona Lisa of mosaics. My mouth watered through conversations of world cuisine and
was inspired to try new recipes and restaurants. I learnt of more wonderful walks around the world including Japan,
Turkey and Nepal and now is have a few more walks and places to add to my "to do and see" list. I heard of and saw
creative photography ideas. We paused to enjoy wild flowers and thanks to a previous club walk I could identify
some of those flowers. (Thanks Ira). We enjoyed the glow of golden wattle through dappled sunlight. Kangaroos and
wallabies grazed and bounded off. As we ate lunch we were serenaded by native birds. We watched wedge tails ride
the air currents.
Oh, and did I mention we walked? Ed.
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Howman’s Gap, August 14-16
FRIDAY morning dawned bright, fair and white for the five
Howman Gappers this year. We headed off from Windy
Corner to Heathy Spur on the Bogong High Plains. We did
some touring and found a snowy bowl to practise our
turns. Our leader, Sue Cardwell brought the fruit cake we
needed to keep us going and we had a great day. Along
with Sue and myself, there was Paul Schirmer and Trevor
Potts on the team. Peter Simpson joined us that night.
After a day of skiing it was back to Howman’s Gap Alpine
Centre for the night. An August visit to the lodge, near the
ticket gate to Falls Creek, has been an annual event for the
BBC for years, but this year it was different – we got more
for less.
There is a new manager and catering team and there
was a choice of yummy meals at dinner time. And the
price has dropped – it was $235 for two nights and all
meals. It is great value, so have a think about it for next
year! The lodge was particularly welcome for me, as I
had a very cold sleep the night before in my tent at
Watchbed Creek. Initially I thought my sleeping bag was
inadequate but on reflection I probably needed a better
sleeping mat than the thin one I took.
But back to the snow, the Saturday is the big day, and
this year did not disappoint. Warwick, Marie, Ian and
Ant joined us for the day and we headed off in the
morning. Sue, Paul and Trevor played around at the top
of Sun Valley trying to perfect their turns. They had a lovely, lazy lunch among
the snowgums watching the antics of the
other skiers on the downhill runs. You could
also hear the downhill action – the music is
really loud. The rest of us headed off on a
High Plains tour – climbing Mt Cope, going
near Mt Bundara and then past Pretty Valley
and the top of the ski resort. A big day had
by all. Just near Pretty Valley Hut, we were
passed by a convoy of eight Skidoos taking
tourists on a no-sweat snow tour. A lot
easier than pushing cross-country skis! On
the Sunday, it was off to Healthy Spur,
getting as far as the ridge that overlooks
Edmonson Hut, for more practise, plus some
touring.
The weather, company and skiing was great,
although the numbers were down on
previous years. Maybe it is something for
people to check out next year?
Michael
Mt Cope day ski trip 15 August 2015
Like an egg with a double yolk, a high-pressure system with two cells sitting over South East Australia is a recipe for
happiness and a full stomach of skiing. Courtesy of the BorderSkiers website and a clatter of organising emails, seven
men and women of varying fitness and finesse strode from Windy Corner, Falls Creek a little after 9 am to "summit"
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Mt Cope (all 120 m of it above the Bogong Plains ground level) and then to ski to the left or right as the spirit moved,
the bodies allowed and the weather ordained. Just on 25 km was skied that day with about 600 metre elevation gain
and fall, (excluding falls from skis on twisty turns which would add, oh, maybe 1,000 m to the number!).
Starting along the groomed Trail below the Sun Valley downhill chairlifts there is always a sense of "them" in their
poncy new season clothes, preening, posing and queue pushing to the ski lift and "us" with our virtuous, working,
gliding, classically unfashionable activity of cross-country skiing south through the gap between Rocky Knobs to the
Plains beyond.
We leave behind the giggling shrieks of the downhillers wiggling their hips and pretending to turn, the smell of two
stroke fumes, greasy food on the hot plate and burnt coffee and we breathe the fresh air of this beautiful sunny day
with a gentle wind to wipe the sweat from our foreheads as we herringbone and zig and zag up the steepish slope
towards Mt Cope. Elevenses at 11 for a little rest then roller coasting through small valleys and humps to the trees on
the northern side of Mount Cope and begin the quiet slog to the trig station on top. Conversations cease when
climbing and we regrouped, two or three times as stragglers, catching up from nature breaks, breathlessness and
sore feet, rejoined the group.
The aforementioned gentle wind kept most off the Summit for lunch and
thoughts undoubtedly turned to "what goes up, must go down" with "down"
being the operative word, down the slope, through the trees, head long,
headfirst, crossed skis, crash, twist, please don't hurt me, O God, I can't keep
up with the others.
Open glades never looked so good after many metres of sidestepping, sliding,
snowploughing, braking speed by tree hug or forward lunging ski stocks. Fear is
your enemy and
survival is friend when
downhill ski skills
don't come out to play
because you were
raised in an
orphanage and can
only suck your thumb in
Michael. Tassie club member
despair.
The answer to turning is straight line running. Two parallel
tracks streaming behind the skis with ever increasing
Trig Station Mt. Cope
velocity because to attempt a turn is to welcome disaster
and injury. So fate, luck and courage play with each other
until the country flattens out, speed declines, the heart settles and relief sidles in. That scene was repeated several
times during the
afternoon.
The quote for the day
came from a male
member who, watching
elegant Telemark turns
further down the slope
said: "Those girls make
it look so easy". The
combined ages of the
two Telemarkers is well
north of 100 so not
sure if "girls" was
politically or technically
correct.
It is said the ideal
racing car is one that
Crash and burn.
falls apart on the finish
line, fuel tank empty, its purpose complete. A little after 5 pm, the little group that could, in various degrees had a
little bit of racing car at the finishing line in them (although racing cars don't groan). Warwick.
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SEPTEMBER 2015
NOTICES
WORKING BEE WILSON'S PROM.
At the request of Parks Victoria, Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC) is seeking Volunteers to join an
event to try again to go to the North Promontery. This is to clear the tracks on the North Loop walk from Tim Mine
Cove, Chinaman's Long Beach to Lighthouse Point.
When: Weekend of the 9th- 11th October. (The need for the Friday start is so we can be dropped off by boat on
the high tide.)
We will be camping on the beach and working out from our campsite.
We are looking for a large crew this time so pass the word around. Please contact Charlie on:
[email protected] or mobile: 0400 967 054
Best Regards
Charlie
Charles Ablitt
Vice President BWV
Track & Conservation Coordinator BTAC
Mobile: 0400 967 054
[email protected]
An overview of the cost of transport
The calculation will be 35 cents per kilometre per vehicle for total kilometres to and from the activity. This amount
will be multiplied by the number of vehicles and divided by the number of people transported by the vehicles. A
higher fee may need to be charged when it is necessary that 4WD access is required. If a person or persons choose
to travel privately and not share transport with the group, then they will not be included in the calculation of
transport costs. The fundamental principles are:
Each person should pay the same amount, and
The different costs incurred by each type of vehicle should be covered Some examples ....
 Bunnings Wodonga to Mt Hotham, estimated kms is 146 km x 2 = 292kms return x .35 cents = $102.00, per
car divided by the number of persons in the car.
 Bunnings Wodonga to Pretty Valley Dam, Falls Creek, estimated kms 128 kms x 2 = 256 kms return x .35 =
$89.60, per car divided by the number of persons in the car.
 Bunnings Wodonga to Mt Buffalo, estimated kms is 117 kms x 2 = 234 kms return x .35 = $81.90, per car
divided by the number of persons in the car.
Calculation will vary based on the kms travelled. The committee thanks all participants who offer their cars as
transport. We trust these calculations cover the high cost of
transport.
Photo credits this issue:
GEAR HIRE
Members are advised that the Club equipment
we have available for hire is located at...
‘Adventure Gear Albury’
Warwick
Sue
David
Eileen
Liz
479 Dean Street, Albury 02 6021 6200
www.adventuregearonline.com.au
All statements and opinions expressed in articles published in ‘Footprints’
are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily represent the
views of the Editor, the Committee or members of the Border Bushwalking
Club
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SEPTEMBER 2015
Tallangatta Rail Trail Advisory Group Inc Bookings open 17th August and close 7th October- or when buses
are filled. Kerry Love - 02 60712334
Email:[email protected]
Questions???
Louise Coulston: 02 60712746
Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle Sunday 18
th
October, 2015
Four great rides - one fantastic Day!!!
Ride Highlights
 Corryong to Colac Colac: 6 kms of cruisy flat
riding
 Shelley station to Koetong Station: 8 kms
easy downhill riding through magnificent
forest
 Koetong station to Darbyshire: slightly more
adventurous. 8 kms of gentle downhill with
superb views.
 Old Tallangatta to Tallangatta: an easy 9 kms
along the sealed section of the rail trail.
,
Ever wanted to explore the magnificent forests of the Upper Murray
on your bicycle – but thought it was too hard?? We have the answer
for you!!
We’ll take you on a marvellous day of easy riding, exploring the upper reaches of the High Country Rail
Trail.
A unique fully supported ride with bus transfers between each ride, morning and afternoon tea included
and we’ll break at the quaint Koetong Pub for a BBQ lunch – all included for $80
What you will get:
 Bus transfer to start the ride in Corryong, morning and afternoon tea and lunch included
 Bus transfers to and from each ride section and location
 Sag wagon and limited mechanical support
What you need to bring:
Supported by- VicRoads
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This ride is suitable for mountain & hybrid bikes only!
A bike in good order with wide tyres
A sense of adventure
A full water bottle
A puncture repair kit or spare tube
SEPTEMBER 2015
ACTIVITIES PROGRAM
LEADERS reserve the right to change the activity route on the day depending on prevailing conditions and altered
circumstances. A walk leader can refuse permission for any person to take part in his/her activity. A list of trip
participants must be prepared and the non-member fee (currently $5) should be collected before the start of the
trip. This is a requirement of our insurance policy. Without this list participants may not be covered by
insurance.
EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSONS (ECPS): Leaders must leave trip details, including a list of participants and their
contact numbers with a family member, or if none available, with an ECP. In the event of a delay, the ECP will
contact families and decide on the next course of action.
PARTICIPANTS (members and visitors) must check with the leader that their fitness and experience suit the walk.
Follow the leader’s instructions at all times. Pay own ambulance costs – insurance is recommended (but
accidents are rare).
BOOKINGS: If you intend participating in any of the activities listed below you are required to personally speak
to the Leader no later than the Wednesday prior to a day activity or 7 days prior to an overnight activity or
unless otherwise indicated. SMS bookings are not appropriate. Please be aware that leaders have the right to
decide the size of the group they will accept for their activities. Activities may become fully subscribed before
the general cut-off date. By contacting the leader early you may avoid missing out.
FIRST AID KITS: are to be taken by leaders on each walk.
BIVY BAGS: The club has bivy bags available for activities where extreme cold may be an issue.
GRADING
Grade 1
(Easy) Opportunity for large number of participates, including those with reduced ability to walk/cycle on
well- marked and even formed tracks. Formed tracks may have a few steps. Should not be steep. Suitable
for beginners. Distance should not exceed about 10km.
Grade 2
(Easy-Medium) Easy activity, mostly on tracks of low gradient. Opportunity to walk/cycle easily in natural
environments on well-marked tracks. Tracks should not be steep. Distance should not exceed about 15km.
Grade 3
(Medium) Medium activity with some hilly sections and/or rougher terrain. Opportunity to walk/cycle on
de- fined and distinct tracks with some steep sections requiring a moderate level of fitness. Suitable for fit
beginners. Distance should not exceed about 20km.
Grade 4
(Medium-Hard) Steeper, rougher terrain and may have off-track sections (no more than one quarter of the
walk) or a longer distance track walk. Opportunity to explore and discover relatively undisturbed natural
environments mostly along defined and distinct tracks. Tracks can be steep. There may be short sections of
rock scrambling involved. Leaders should have map reading abilities and/or ability to use a compass.
Distance depending on circumstances. Not suitable for most beginners.
Grade 5
(Hard) Off-track or difficult terrain. Opportunity for walkers with advanced outdoor knowledge and skills to
find their own way along often indistinct tracks or off track in remote locations. May include steep sections
of unmodified surfaces. There may be rock scrambling, creek walking and crossing involved. Distance should
not exceed 30km, but may be short and difficult. Not suitable for beginners.
Grade 6
(Very Hard) Strenuous off-track walk or very long distance. Opportunity for highly experienced walkers to
exploratory remote and challenging natural areas without reliance on managed tracks. Terrain may be
steep, uneven and no track. There may be rock scrambling, creek walking and crossing involved. Distance
covered is unlimited, but may be short and difficult. Only for experienced walkers and not suitable for
beginners.
Exploratory Is unknown to leader and while every effort has been made to grade the activity appropriately,
there may be some unexpected aspects which may increase the difficulty of the walk.
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Something for Everyone.
Winter
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING – borderskiers Yahoo site.
The following is not a Border bushwalking event, but we bring it to member’s attention
for your interest – it has been highly recommended by some current BBC members.
Trips are planned with a few days’ notice snow & weather permitting on the borderskiers
Yahoo site. Most trips Grade 3 medium with some hard at times.
If you wish to be included on the group email, please contact the coordinator
Warwick McLachlan (02) 60251323, 0418 673 164 or [email protected]
Regent Honeyeater Project - Planting Weekends
Aug Sept
The following is not a Border bushwalking event, but we bring it to member’s attention for
your interest – it has been highly recommended by some current BBC members.
Refer to the www.regenthoneyeater.org.au website to confirm dates and for more
details.
2015 planting weekends 01 - 02 August 2015, 15 - 16 August 2015, 29 - 30 August 2015,
12 - 13 September 2015.
The Regent Honeyeater Project has established itself as one of the most active volunteer
conservation projects in the nation.
Propagation and planting days are organised each year for a thousand students from
more than 20 local schools and hundreds of volunteers from universities, walking clubs,
church groups, bird observers, scouts, environment groups and the like.
A range of other activities such as nest box placement and monitoring provide crucial
habitat for rare mammals as well as valuable motivational experiences for visiting groups.
26 Aug
2015
Wednesday Wanders Wround Wodonga (2)
Kiewa River/Huon Hill
Grade 3
Distance abt. 13km
Leader: Eileen
Phone: 02 6025 3292 or 0412 0421 95
Final date to book in: 5pm Tuesday 25 August
Route to be decided closer to the time, but there will be some climbing and spectacular
views. Co-leader welcome!
30 Aug
2015
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Bogong Tramway, grade 3 - medium, 10 kms
Leader: Paul
Phone: 0412 404 770
The Tramway is situated 10 kms from Mount Beauty on the Bogong High Plains Road. The
first couple of kilometres is uphill on a fire trail then the terrain is flat but rough in parts
along the Tramway with 2 scrambles below trestle bridges. We will end up with a walk
through the Arboretum which once contained 17 homes for the men who worked on the
Kiewa hydro scheme in the early 1940s before a short walk down the road back to the
cars.
2 Sept
2015
Wednesday Wanders Wround Wodonga (3)
High Country Rail Trail, Huon to Old Tallangatta and return
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Grade 2
Distance abt. 18 km
Leader: Eileen
Phone: 02 6025 3292 or 0412 0421 95
Final date to book in: 5pm Tuesday 01 September
This is a chance to wander along beside Lake Hume and enjoy the Spring weather,
including crossing the spectacular Sandy Creek bridge. At the slightest provocation, the
leader will bore you with her story of riding on one of the last passenger trains along this
route from Wodonga to Cudgewa.
5 Sept
2015
The Big Walk, grade 4, 16kms/22kms
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Leader: Deb
Phone: 0410047884 before 8pm
Final bookings: Wednesday 2nd September 2015
The names says it all… This is a big walk up Mt Buffalo starting at the Ranger’s station at
the bottom and following the track all the way to the Gorge at the top. Here we will have
lunch before returning via the same route to the bottom.
If there is enough interest, the Not-So-Big walk, which starts near Rollasons Falls, will also
take place but this will be subject to numbers. The Big walk is 22.6kms whilst the Not-SoBig walk is approx. 16kms.
9-17
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Mutawintji National Park revisited
Leader: Ron
Phone: 02 60 401 233
Final bookings: two weeks prior to departure
This is a fantastic area in Northern NSW, north of Broken Hill.
We will base camp for 2 nights at Homestead Creek Campground and walk the Gorge and
water hole tracks with day packs, then explore the wilderness area for 4 days 3 nights
camping with full packs.
Follow this link for full details of the area http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/campingand-accommodation/campgrounds/Homestead-Creek-campground/LearnMore
9 Sep
2015
Wednesday Wanders Wround Wodonga (4)
McFarlane’s Hill and Federation Hill
Grade 3
Distance abt. 14 km
Leader: Eileen
Phone: 02 6025 3292 or 0412 0421 95
Final date to book in: 5pm Tuesday 08 September
I think it should be possible to do these two Wodonga landmarks in one day. I’m open to
suggestions about the best routes to take, and co-leaders welcome.
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Mt Stanley, grade 4, 17kms
Leader: Bernadette
Phone: 0419241687
This walk will start at the top of Mt Stanley in order to avoid walking through the creek.
We will walk to Myrtle Creek for morning tea and then begin the climb back up the
mountain. Most of this walk is on well-formed tracks but there is a small bush-bash
towards the end. It is 17km in length.
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24-25
Oct
2015
Federation Walks weekend
The following is not a Border bushwalking event, but we bring it to members’ attention for
your interest.
Please refer to the Federation walks website for further information;
http://www.fedwalks.org.au/
The Federation Walks Weekend is a Bushwalking Victoria (BWV) event. Each year one or
more walking clubs affiliated with BWV take turns to host the event in a different location,
offering the opportunity for bushwalkers to participate in walks led by walk leaders with
local knowledge.
FEDERATION WALKS WEEKEND 2015
The 2015 event is being hosted by Bayside Bushwalking Club (BBC, based in the
Melbourne Bayside suburb of Hampton) and the Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA,
based in Daylesford).
Walks will be in the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs spa country and nearby goldfields, on
the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October 2015.
22-29
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Wilson’s Prom week, Grade 4
Leader: Bernadette
Phone: 0419241687
Final bookings: 03/10/2015
This is really 2 separate walks so walkers could choose one of the walks or both.
Walk one will be to the Lighthouse for a two night stay. The first day will be a travel day
and the night will be spent at Tidal River. Here you can camp or book a cabin. As beds,
stoves and life’s luxuries are provided we can take some ‘real food’ and wine. The free day
can be spent walking or relaxing.
Walk two will be a full pack circuit walk to Sealer’s Cove, Little Waterloo Bay and back
with a possible summit of Mt Oberon on the first or last day.
As there are limited places in the lighthouse and at the camping spots, booking as soon as
possible is advised.
The cost for the week should be around $450 + petrol. (More if you opt for the cabins at
Tidal River)
1-8
March 
2016 
The Great Ocean Walk – Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks, Victoria, Grade 4
Leader: Cindy
Phone: 0410425335
Great Ocean Walk –one direction, eight days, long-distance walk, 100km
Website: www.greatoceanwalk.com.au
The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way walk starting from the Apollo Bay Visitor Information
Centre through the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks to finish at the iconic
Twelve Apostles near Princetown. Due to limited camping space 2 persons per tent is
required
FOOTPRINTS SEPTEMBER 2015
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