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Wirilda track - Saturday 14th (day hike)
Posted May 10th, 2011 - 1:47 pm by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Hi all,

I know that there are already some pretty cool things on in the city on this Friday and Saturday, but im throwing this in the mix.

Last weekend I set out on a section of the track by myself, I was a little underprepared so didnt complete it (wet weather gear and good hiking boots would definatly be a bonus). Im planning to head back and check out more this saturday. My verdict is that is a great australian bush track, at one stage i sat on bolders in the middle of the river contemplating life while admiring the rain sweeping through the gorge, another i spent 5mins admirrimg a gippsland lyre bird (rare sight), most of the time surrounded by beautiful bush, the gorge and river.

This is not the hardest or most challenging hike around, but it can get hairy, a little experience and comfortable gear would help. A spare pair of shoes may also come in handy if we need to do a river crossing further along the track.

I stupidly left my notes on the trail at work, but can add a bit more tomorrow. Im planning to set out early saturday morning 8ish from Gippsland (not melbourne) as i will be catching the train into melbourne in the afternoon, anyone who is keen is welcome to from Gippsland (not melbourne) as i will be catching the train into melbourne in the afternoon, anyone who is keen is welcome to join.

Regards,
Jacob

Posted May 10th, 2011 - 10:13 pm by from Stockholm, Sweden (Permalink)
Hiya Jacob,

This hike sounds lovely, but I doubt I could make it to Gippsland from Melbourne by 8am via public transport. Where exactly does the track start?

Conny

Posted May 10th, 2011 - 11:22 pm by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Hello again,

Conny, if you could make it out Friday night that would be perfect, just send me a request. Otherwise the first train out saturday morning leaves at 6.50am from Flinders station arriving trafalgar 8.30am (leaves about 5min earlier from spencer station).

More on the track...
If we have more than one car we can do the whole track (~18km, 5-7hours) otherwise there are ways to plan around.

... Those planning to hike the Wirilda trail need to be reasonably fit and have bushwalking navigation skills. At times the trail is not easy to follow. Althought there are markers, the trail can sometimes be overgrown, and walkers should be cautious about proceeding unless they are sure of there abilities.

Expect the odd overhanging netle, blackberry cane or spider's web, a few swordgrass and bracken patches, fallen branches to climb over or duck under, a few steep climbs, and sometimes a loose, muddy or rocky surface.

The rewards will be inspiring views of the Tyers River and Gorge: unexpected heritage discoveries; wildflowers; perhaps Lyrebirds (i was lucky enough to spot one last weekend, while it was doing its thing), Peregrine Falcons and Gippsland Water Dragons....

Hope to hear from you,

Regards,
Jacob

Posted May 10th, 2011 - 11:38 pm by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Track starts from either Wirilda Environment park or Moondarra reservoir.

Posted May 11th, 2011 - 1:14 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
I'm keen, sounds like a great walk :-).

I'd be driving down (from Melbourne) so I can give you a lift Conny. Same goes for anyone else who needs one.

Where would you like to meet Jacob?

Posted May 11th, 2011 - 3:42 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Erin,

We can meet in trafalgar, small town on route, im at 16 Cross St. Another CS'er is also keen to come out, Novatus, he replied to my post on the Melbourne forum.

Im really keen to get back out there.

Regards,
Jacob

Posted May 14th, 2011 - 2:33 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Wow, that was an epic day!

I've uploaded some photos to flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50975389@N06/sets/72157626717687780/with/5719002854/

We barely made it to the start of the walk at all after accidentally taking my very 2WD Ford along a 4WD track. A good dose of luck and some friendly four wheel drivers saw us out the other side and after some searching we eventually found the start of the walk.

To our collective relief it didn't actually rain much during the day, although the previous day's rain meant all the undergrowth was well and truly wet and the creek crossings much wider. We eventually got to a river crossing so flooded and wide we couldn't get over and had to turn back in search of a bridge.

It turned in to a bit of a race to finish the walk before it got dark, which we won - just. Another hairy drive down a wet slippery track to retrieve my car followed, and to everyone's surprise we made it out alive. All up it was a good hike, with a bit more excitement than your average day.

We were talking about organising something similar maybe in a month or so, if you are interested send Jacob or I a message or just keep your eyes open for a thread in a while.

Posted May 15th, 2011 - 10:07 am by from Stockholm, Sweden (Permalink)
Damn this stupid cold! I'm gutted I missed out! Nice pics, Erin, and I'm definitely interested in joining the next time.