Victoria

900th Post

Another milestone today: my 900th post here at the Ultralight Hiker. I am just back from walking the Dusky Track in Fiordland as my recent posts no doubt inform you. It is getting harder and longer as I age, but I am just glad to be able to be there and other wonderful places, and …

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Yarra Falls Shelter House:

A reader has located the ruins of this magical place and forwarded some wonderful photos: ‘It is on the South West side of the junction fairly high up, where the tree ferns diminish (beneath one of the highest on the edge of the spur). It is extremely difficult to find and you could walk within …

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Blond Bay, Roseneath Reserve, Hollands Landing…

Gippsland is just magical. Where else can you drive right to a wild lakeshore amongst the banksias to camp for the night, be serenaded by vast flocks of black swans (and the occasional bark of a hog deer) then be woken to a glorious sunrise where waterbirds hunt the dawn? (And with an internet connection!) …

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More Gippsland Secrets:

Here are another half dozen beautiful Gippsland places that I love: Sale Common: This is a truly wonderful walk starting at the old Port (on the right as you enter Sale from the West). You can easily spend a whole day meandering along its many paths and enjoying breathtaking wildlife views just a toddle from …

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O’Shanessy Aquaduct Trail:

Upper Yarra Track Side Trip: This excellent trail which parallels the Warburton-Lilydale Rail Trail for most of its length is an alternative way to begin or end the fabulous Upper Yarra Track. It starts/ends at the original weir built in 1914 just below the current large dam which is probably 20 times the original size. …

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Hoons:

Recently we were up near Toorongo trying to work out a hiking route from Noojee to Tanjil Bren &/or to Mt Horsefall. (More about that soon!) We walked along this ‘closed’ road from the Toorongo No 3 Bridge to ‘Rabbit Flat’ (an interesting part of the world). The road had been ruined by dozens of …

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Upper Yarra Track Map:

Here is a map showing the whole of the (Extended) Upper Yarra Track from Lilydale all the way to Moe, approximately 250 km and 8-10 days: Australia’s oldest and best long distance hiking track. It could be a better map, but it is better than no map. I have used the 1:250,000 Australian Topo map …

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Gippsland’s Hidden Secrets:

My Top Gippsland Treasures. We do not ‘just happen’ to live in the most beautiful area of Australia (perhaps the world). We have had some part in that decision too, and have been working hard most of our lives to make it even more beautiful and to showcase its many allures to others. My daughter …

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The Great Gippsland Circuit

A hiking trail which ‘circumnavigates Gippsland. This is an idea I have been turning over in my mind for some time. Much of it is already in place, but someone (me?) needs to ‘join the dots’, work out connection, water and resupply points, camping spots, track instructions, times and a map. It will take some …

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Killer Bees:

Yesterday afternoon we took a drive to Yanakie just doing some research for an idea of mind which I will call ‘The Great Gippsland Circuit’, a hiking trail which ‘circumnavigates Gippsland. We drove down Red Bluffs Road to the beginning of the Marine & Coastal Park, took the track to the right, parked the car …

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Tanjil River East Branch

We were up that way during the week and happened to cross the East Branch on Webbs Track which is a 2WD road. This branch would not need very much more water (< 5 cm) to make it canoeable. You might even get down it at this height. It would be fun trying anyway! It’s …

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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 in the high thirties. We are so lucky we have the Upper Yarra Track (http://www.finnsheep.com/THE%20UPPER%20YARRA%20WALKING%20TRACK.htm) …

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The Ethical Hunter:

I really appreciate feedback such as this – and what a stunning photograph; a photo like this is worth more than all the ‘trophies’ hanging on the walls: ‘I recently read your sambar stalking articles and really appreciated your old school view point. I have been a hunter/bushy for most of my life, but what …

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Yarra Falls Shelter House:

Anyone searching for this ‘lost’ ruin may be helped by these ‘new‘ photos which have just come to light, and these wonderful historical accounts. The three photos show the old hut. I presume the new hut was built very close by it. They show the hut to be much further up the ridge (not near …

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Wonnangatta: Waterford to Angusvale Day Three:

We were so glad we stopped at the (first) Surprise rapid; The dawn was spectacular! As I went down to check the water just as the sun was lighting the hill to the East, its warmth caused the whole pool to ‘boil’ with mist. My eye was at first caught by a mysterious patch of …

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Wonnangatta: Waterford to Angusvale Day Two:

The second day we ventured as far as the ‘Surprise Rapid’ which took us five hours (this is including brief halts for lunch, snacks, etc – and at retiree speeds), but mostly speed is related to water flow, and we are canoeing the Wonnangatta this summer with very low flows because of the effects of …

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A trip to the Upper Yarra in 1907, camping near McVeigh’s

‘On the morning of the 9th inst. a party of seven, consisting of a councillor (hereafter called ” The General”), his two sons (” The Farrier” and “The Baker”), a local chemist (” Dr. Pills”) and* his son (” Norme”), a contractor known as “The Champion” (tea drinker), and the son of one of Kew’s …

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Yarra River Photo Survey:

The man creating a Google Street View: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/yarra-river-photo-survey-the-man-creating-a-google-street-view-of-the-yarra-20161113-gso4ww.html Wonderful! There are yet many adventures to be had, many wilderness things to do, many things no-one else has thought to do before.  

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, frequently makes it his first, and last, essay with the swag. He brings back a …

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Secrets of the Yarra: Walsh’s Creek & Yarra Falls:

Now underneath the Upper Yarra Dam Walsh’s Creek was once one of the delights of walking the Upper Yarra Track .You can get some idea of how beautiful it once was from these old photos kindly sent to me  by Thomas Osburg. See: http://finnsheep.com/THE%20UPPER%20YARRA%20WALKING%20TRACK.htm And this was McVeigh’s Hotel at the junction of the Yarra …

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