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Notices for Members

Change of Sunday Walks Departure Location from 22nd July
ID = 274

Due to redevelopment works in Southbank Boulevarde the departure point for all Sunday walks (bus and carpool) commencing on or after Sunday 22nd July will depart from the Alternate Departure Point (Cnr. Abeckett Street and William Street ) adjacent to the clubrooms.

Visit the location map on the website for more details on public transport and parking options.

Details of the redevelopment plans for the area can be found here:

Source: Sunday Walks Secretary

EoI: Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, 30 Sep. - 4 Oct.
ID = 273

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park lies at the heart of the central Victorian goldfields. The park is a rare place where you can see authentic traces of the great Victorian gold rushes of the 1850s. Sites and relics harbour secrets and tell stories about how life really was on the diggings.

The Goldfields Tracks section of the GDT passes through the park offering both short and long distance walks running from Porcupine Ridge. Various walks will be planned both easy and medium.

Castlemaine Central Cabin & Van Park offer accommodation right in the heart of Castlemaine. The Park, in addition to caravan space, offers twenty-four fully self contained cabins range from one to three bedrooms and all have ensuite bathroom plus heating/air-conditioning. Cabins include:
• Fully equipped kitchen, with fridge, microwave, cutlery, crockery etc.
• Bathrooms
• Heating and air-conditioning
• Bedding, donnas, blankets, linen and towels

If you are interested contact Raf Makary

Source: Raf Makary

EoI: Great Ocean Walk: Blanket Bay - Johanna Beach, 27-30 Sept.
ID = 272

The wonderful GOW traverses one of the most remarkable stretches of coast in Australia and encompasses towering cliffs, remote beaches, rainforest, heathland and coastal woodland. Over the last 200 years, the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ has sent 163 sailing ships to the bottom of the sea. Walkers may even see southern right whales between May and November.

On Thursday evening we will meet and camp at Blanket Bay GOW Campground. Early Friday morning we will do a car shuffle and leave cars at Johanna Beach where we end the walk on Sunday. We then start the walk at Blanket Bay and head towards Cape Otway GOW Campground. This will take 4 hrs with around 12ks. Those interested can visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse (there is an entrance fee).

On Saturday, we walk 10km to the beautiful Aire River GOW Campground, which will take us about 3.5 hrs. There are seemingly some resident koalas at the campground. On Sunday we walk 14km to finish the walk at Johanna Beach which will take around 4-5 hours. This will involve some beach walking and crossing the Johanna River at low tide. We then undo the car shuffle and return back to Melbourne.

Places are limited and early booking is required to secure campsites. If you are interested contact Ros Leong.

Source: Rosalind Leong

Save the Date - Bushies' Auction - 26th Sept.
ID = 270

Don't throw out your slightly outdated gear, or stuff that is surplus to requirements. Save it, instead, for the famed MBW AUCTION.

This will be held in the club rooms on WEDNESDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER and promises to be a busy, irreverent, pulsating and entertaining evening- as always.

Along the way you can sell or buy hiking gear from other members- and definitely grab a bargain.


Source: Susan Maughan

EoI: X-Country Skiing, Bogong High Plains - 11-18 August
ID = 265

Imagine waking up in a comfortable hut about 12 km from the hustle and bustle of Falls Creek. There has been an overnight fall of fresh snow and there are miles of untracked snow waiting to be explored. After breakfast cleaning up is quickly done and lunch is made with freshly baked bread. Out onto the slopes with any amount of choices of trips, Mt. Cope, Mt. Jim, Ropers Lookout, Fitzgerald’s hut, wherever we feel like visiting!

We stay as guests of the Rover Scouts at their comfortable chalet. Sleeping is dormitory style in the loft, mattresses provided. Most of the food is stored in the large pantry and we only carry in fresh meat and vegetables provided by the Rovers. All chores such as cooking, cleaning, dishwashing and wood chopping are done by a voluntary roster. The Chalet has 240v power, a full industrial kitchen, unisex toilets and showers. There is a washing machine and a drying room. What more could you want???

Source: Doug Pocock