On the Tip of the Tongue

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A magical 20C winter’s day yesterday, so time to try out Della’s new heart and my new pack http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-stout-hikers-pack-2/ with a walk in Wilson’s Prom NP, Gippsland, Victoria. I will let her begin: ‘Return to fitness #2: Beautiful winter day and … Continued

East Tyers Walking Track:

I spent six hours yesterday working on this excellent track which had been long neglected and overgrown. Apparently there were six other people on it too, though I never saw them – which indicates you can have a lovely solitary … Continued

Escaping the Heat:

Who needs an air conditioner? Go up a thousand metres and you lose approx 8C. The Baw Baw Plateau this week has been beautiful with maximums in the low twenties whilst folks below in the Latrobe Valley or Melbourne sweltered … Continued

From 1925: The Baw Baw Track: Notes of a Recent Visit

By R. H. Croll. This is the track on which so many novices metaphorically lay their bones. For some reason it has caught the popular fancy, with the result that the budding walker, in all the discomfort of improper equipment, … Continued

Upper Yarra Track Sidetrip: Baw Baw to Mt St Phillack:

What a way to escape the heat! Others may flock to the beach. We give our hearts to the mountains. Mt Baw Baw was to be 8C cooler than home (with no power) and with a delightful cooling 30 kph … Continued

Upper Yarra Track Section Eight: Phillack Saddle to Block 10 Road:

What a lovely section of track! The high country has so much beauty, so many surprises. Phillack Saddle is a wonderful spot to camp on lawns tended by nature’s gardeners amid the alpine heath. There is beautiful clear water just … Continued

Upper Yarra Track Section Seven: Mushroom Rocks Carpark to Phillack Saddle:

This is a beautiful easy section comprising widely varying vegetation and topography, the spectacular ‘Mushroom Rocks’, the ruin of the Talbot Peak hut, Mt St Phillack, the highest point on the Baw Baws, and a delightful camp at Phillack Saddle. … Continued

Upper Yarra Track Sidetrip: Horseshoe Tunnel/Coopers Creek

Only a bit over a km from Platina Station on the walk from Erica to Walhalla you can take this lovely walk down to the historic Horseshoe Tunnel. The tunnel was created over a century ago to divert the river … Continued

Up Into the Singing Mountains:

Our family celebrate Xmas tomorrow (due to work commitments), so what better day to continue our exploration of the ‘closed track’ which used to link Downey (North of Tanjil Bren) with Newlands Rd (Baw Baw Plateau)? We are hoping that … Continued

Upper Yarra Track 1912 Victorian Railways Brochure:

Picturesque Victoria and How to Get There: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/299535 Click on: ‘The Warburton-Walhalla Trip via Yarra Falls and Mount Baw Baw’: PS: It is in Pdf. I have tried and tried to convert this to Word so I can post it … Continued

Upper Yarra Track Winter Route: Downey to Newlands

Last Monday we spent ‘beating around the bush’ near Downey (Tanjil Bren area). Downey is another one of those ‘lost’ towns of the Victorian mountains. Pretty much all that remains is this huge sawdust heap in the forest: how many … Continued

Upper Yarra Track Summary: Cumulative Distances/Times:

NB: This is a summary. These are ‘retiree’ walking speeds. The distances are approximate. You may do the trip much faster, but what’s the hurry? The whole trip would take us (combined age 130) about ten days. Moe-Walhalla will take … Continued

Upper Yarra Track: Section Four: Moondarra to Erica:

When you come to the end of the Wirilda Walking Track, our walk continues on East along the W18 through beautiful serene forest. The first suitable campsite, a really beautiful spot with water is when the trail crosses Jacob’s Creek … Continued

Upper Yarra Track: Section Three: Wirilda to Moondarra

The track follows the true right bank (ie facing downstream) of the Tyers river until it crosses on an old pipeline. There are numerous spots where you could stop for a picnic, overnight or for a fish. The impressive cliffs … Continued

Upper Yarra Track: Section Two: Yallourn North to Wirilda Park

(@15 km – 3.5-4 hours) This section is easy going along quiet country lanes with lovely vistas and ample shady spots if you need a roadside rest to enjoy the view. You look out Southwards over the verdant Latrobe Valley … Continued

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