Sunday, September 18, 2011

Warburton Rail Trail - Millgrove - Mt Little Joe - Sunday, 18th September.

Five Walkabouters met at Millgrove on this glorious spring morning. Low clouds hung on the hills on the other side of the valley, obscuring the views towards Mt Donna Buang.

Millgrove is a small township just west of Warburton, nestled in the Yarra Valley 70 kilometers east of Melbourne. The highest peak in the area is Mt Donna Buang, which at 1249 meters, looms over Warburton and is regularly covered with snow during winter.

Today we planned to undertake a 10 kilometer circuit walk commencing opposite the sawmill in Millgrove, walking east to Stockmans Creek and then taking a steep goat track towards the summit of Mt Little Joe.

The historic saw mill at Millgrove

After our morning cups of tea and coffee and gathering supplies from the local bakery, we set off in an easterly direction along the Warburton Rail Trail.

I wonder if there a ghost trains?

The morning light shone through the newly grown leaves of the deciduous trees. 

Not far along our path we bumped into another walking group, coincidentally doing the same walk but in the opposite direction.

Waterfall at the Dolly Grey Picnic Area

Just before entering the township of Warburton, we took a track that headed south that was signposted ominously, 'The Backstairs'.

A slow and steady approach to walking was taken up 'The Backstairs'. And we were well rewarded. 

Our quietness enabled us to come upon a pair of lyrebirds scratching for food in the undergrowth. As we approached them, they were finally alert to our presence and dashed into the bush. One crossed the track and went over a bubbling creek and after a few moments, it recommenced searching for worms and insects. The lyrebird must have felt comfortable with us watching, as it started singing away. Not quite sure which bird it was imitating but it sounded suspiciously like a chicken! 

(There are no photos of the lyrebirds as it was so dark and would have been lost in all the detail of the bush undergrowth - well that's my story and I am sticking to it.)

 We made it to the top of the climb and enjoyed a well earned morning tea.

Grey walking track

 Our energy replenished, we continued along the trail in the shadow of Mount Little Joe.

Red walking track

 The views of the valley below were quite elusive between the trees.

 We had lunch on the hillside,

 before making our descent into the green valley.

Our outdoor cafe.
 Following the trail downhill, we crossed the road,

Mount Donna Buang in the distance.

 and rejoined the rail trail.

Mount Little Joe

 Looking across the pasture, we could see where we had just been walking.

 Ambling slowly along, chatting and enjoying each others company,

 it wasn't long before we arrived back to Millgrove.

We enjoyed cups of tea and biscuits sitting on the back of our cars in the afternoon sunlight.

Here is some artwork of what the local's think about living in... 

A very convenient place.

 It is certainly a great area to enjoy walking, fresh air and the Australian bush.

We walked about 10.3 kilometers and climbed almost 510 meters....maybe we'll make it to the top of Mt Little Joe next time or even Mt Donna Buang.

Walkabouters Club of Victoria Inc.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Walk Notice - Warburton Walk - Sunday 18th September


Medium walking on mostly wide flat paths (Warburton Rail Trail) with one long steep uphill and moderate descent. In total about 10 -12 kms. There is an option for an easy short walk that is completely flat and that may include a coffee stop for those who are interested.

Contrary to the information in the newsletter, this walk is not one long 10-12 kilometer uphill climb. There are no mountains that are 10 kilometers high in Warburton or anywhere else for that matter. Sorry to disappoint!

The Walk:

We will follow the Warburton Trail towards Warburton. Before we enter the township, we will take the path leading to the Backstairs. The trail follows the Oxfam trail walk from a couple of years ago, across the side of a mountain before heading downhill and rejoining the Warburton trail to return to our starting point. There should be flowering native plants in abundance and even some black cockatoos and wallabies along our trail.

The mountain trail earlier in the year.

Looking forward to seeing you on the walk!

If you would like more information about the walk,
please send an email to the address provided on the side.

Walkabouters Club of Victoria Inc.

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