Club Postal Address
c/- SGWAAC, PO Box 557,
Leongatha, 3953
President: Joy Downes
Telephone: 0400 160 445
Secretary: Robyn Scott
Telephone: 0408 486 362
Treasurer: Elizabeth Pearce
Telephone: 0400 109 160
Newsletter: Clive Lynn
Telephone: 0428 688 220
Copy deadline: Nov 29th

Meetings: All meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month (excluding December); General Meetings at Leongatha Community House, 16 Bruce Street, Leongatha and alternating with Activity Planning Meetings and dinner at venues to be announced.

Activity Meeting Sept 26 at 6:30pm in the Meeniyan Hotel, followed by dinner

AGM August 22 at The Inlet Hotel, Inverloch. Meal from 6:30, AGM from 8:00>

Activity Reports

Prom Walk - May 19 2019
It was a mild misty morning as 13 of us gathered at the Mt Oberon Car Park. We set off, mostly downhill along the Telegraph Track to Halfway Hut.
Amongst the chatter, some of us noticed the incredible bird chorus, especially in the valleys.
Lunch was enjoyed on arrival at Oberon Bay.

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It turned into a magnificent sunny day, (almost warm enough to swim), with a beautiful blue ocean and rolling swell to the left of us, we continued on the undulating track to finish at Tidal River.
A brilliant day, energizing walk, spectacular scenery and great company!! Thank you Judy Speedy for planning and leading this walk!
Sue Evans

Inverloch Beach to RACV - June 4
We met at the Rainbow park car park where we were greeted by Susan Pryde who was to lead her first walk for the club.
The usual pre walk briefing was delivered with flair and grace as you would expect of a Melbourne supporter! There was much movement and some consternation in the ranks which was making an accurate count of numbers somewhat difficult - were we 15, 17 or 18 in number? Only one thing to do - a head count! Turns out Judy Speedy was in fact in Melbourne, and not in the car park as claimed by some. We were indeed 17 in number, which pleased Ian M greatly as Heather reluctantly conceded and promised to make good on their wager of a ‘slab’. Some, ungraciously, suggested a ‘slab’ of ‘Fifty Lashes’ might be appropriate!


With the paperwork now in order we made our way to the beach where we greeted by lovely blue skies, fluffy white and grey clouds - and a rather stiff breeze
We meandered along the beach towards the Inverloch surf club during which Sue Evans provided an informative commentary of matters of note including: Swans and birdlife; beach/sand erosion; changing landscape and river blockage; apparent remnants of the ‘SS Minnow’ (???); dismantled portable lifesaving tower and many other local land marks.


> After enjoying coffee, cakes and the warmth at the RACV club lounge we made our way back to Rainbow Park via a number of hidden laneways, back roads and passing some magnificent, if not large, houses.
It was good to get out and enjoy the break in the weather while gaining a local insight into Inverloch’s rich history and hidden treasures. Our thanks to Sue E for sharing her knowledge of all things local; to Susan P for providing us with her bright and cheery leadership and: to Heather, for the aforementioned promised ‘slab’
Ian Mayer

Mt Worth - July 4
We gathered at Mount Worth’s Moonlight Creek Visitor Area Car Park on a coldish and somewhat threatening Tuesday morning to be greeted by our leader, a smiling and enthusiastic Les Cruickshank
MtWorthDuo-wp The Mount Worth circuit has become an annual event for the club and was clearly a favoured destination of the many who gathered to listen to the overview of the walk ahead.
Les advised the walk was about 4 hours in duration and while noting the weather, warned of slippery, muddy and steep slopes, the need for walking poles, and mentioned the likelihood of -.‘leeches’! “Look out for the leeches!” was the warning, “wear gaiters and keep bare skin covered” - oh great, what could go wrong???
Apparently Mount Worth State Park was established to protect the remnants of forests that once covered the western Strzelecki Ranges. During the early 1860’s Surveyor George McDonald and his team surveyed and cut a track through the thick forests of the Strzelecki Ranges from Lang Lang to Moe. Mount Worth was the highest point on the track. In the 1920s, 12 timber mills operated on the slopes around Mount Worth to strip it of its valuable timber. Relics of the timber industry remain in the park including saw dust heaps, an old mill boiler and the formation of tramways used to haul timber to and from the mills.
We soon headed off along the aptly named ‘Giants Circuit’ for it was here that we found a huge Mountain Ash with a girth of 14 metres and probably some 300 years old. Winding our way on well-formed tracks we then detoured off onto tracks less travelled. Heading along the Waterfall-Bower track (some suggested a ‘goat track’) we encountered some steepish and muddy sections but nothing that caused anyone any real concern. Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum’s and Blackwood’s were everywhere while tree ferns flourished in the sheltered gullies. Birdlife was abundant, with Lyrebirds to be heard scratching amongst the leaf litter.
groupMtWorth-wp After a short diversion of the main (goat) track we soon happened on the elusive hidden waterfall. A delightful respite amongst the thick forest where we huddled together for the inevitable group photo opportunity
Onwards and upwards we headed to the Link Track and then onto the Moonlight Creek track. There was much to distract along the way; some found great joy in the many examples of fungi, while others revelled in the ever changing vista and, some marvelled at remnants of the old saw mill and wondered about life in the hills in days gone by.
Les continually marshalled the troops, encouraging them along the way with gentle prodding and subtle humour to ensure our return in good time.
It wasn’t long before we found our way onto a paved track leading back to the car park. With only two leeches for our collection, a few muddy gaiters and many smiles we arrived back to the cars.
Three things I learnt from our outing:

  • Fungi is of great fascination to some, and produces ‘stature’ like behaviour
  • Everyone has a fearsome ‘leech’ story
  • Inclement weather is not a deterrent to a wonderful walk

Bear Gully - July 23
bearG-group-wpThe weather was looking atrocious from various starting points but undeterred 19 brave souls gathered at Tarwin Lower to car pool to Bear Gully. Upon arrival at B.G. the weather gods were smiling upon us once again as the rain had stopped and there was even sunshine although the breeze was still with us. You can’t win them all!
We headed out onto the beach, turning west to head towards Cape Liptrap - we could see the lighthouse in the distance. As we travelled along the beach traversing rocks, streams and sneaky waves that caught some out (wet shoes) we found a beached, what I thought was a dead, Moray Eel although I may stand corrected on that one. Proceeding along the beach we encountered gaps, semi caves and a large opening through to the bush behind. As we moved further along the rock formations got bigger and eventually we were pinched out between the rising tide and the rocks. So a morning break was in order for refreshments before returning to the car park for lunch and finally, departure. All in all we covered approximately 6.5km which, although relatively short, was a reasonable result considering the loose sand and incoming tide.
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A very enjoyable outing had by all and certain to be a repeat, many thanks to Gayle and Graeme for organising our venture.
Graham Clements

The Tuesday Window continues
Our walk to Bear Gully on Tuesday 23rd July looked doomed for those coming from Meeniyan and Mirboo North where rain was pouring down. In fact it was suggested we might only be walking as far as the nearest coffee shop. However things were looking better at Tarwin Lower where we car-pooled to travel down to Bear Gully.
At Bear Gully Itself the weather was amazing, with no wind at all and no sign of rain. (The Tuesday Window!) But we did notice the size of the waves and the swell of the sea. 19 of us set out along the beach towards Cape Liptrap, with some rock hopping involved, admiring the interesting rock formations.
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Unfortunately we could not get around the point with the rock window and up to the boat wreck further along the beach because of the tide. Despite being low tide it was a bigger tide than we encountered last time we did this walk. So after some morning tea sitting on the rocks around some of the caves, we retraced our steps back to the Bear Gully camping park.
By this stage the tide was obviously coming in.
Next time we do this walk we hope there will not be such a big swell and we will be able walk further.
Gayle McHarg

Forthcoming Events

Mebership Renewal 2019-2020
Just a quick reminder that membership Renewal and Fee payment is now overdue and that you need to be a paid-up member to vote at the AGM

Wilsons Promontary - Sunday August 11 - Darby Saddle to Darby River
Blow the winter blues away and treat yourself to a day of some of the best scenery the Prom has to offer. Because it is Sunday and the ‘day of rest ’we are doing this walk the easy way with eyes firmly fixed on the ocean and the coastal islands most of the way. More importantly there is more downhill than up!
All together the walk is close to 10 km with the points of interest along the way - Sparkes Lookout, Lookout Rocks, Tongue Point, Fairy Cove and Darby River. This walk is best enjoyed with time to linger, enjoy the views and top up energy levels with snacks. Bring everything you need for a day out including lunch and plenty of water. Walking poles are useful. Cameras and binoculars are also a good idea. There are no facilities or amenities on the track except a toilet at Darby River.
There will need to be a car shuttle and this will be arranged when the walkers list is finalised. Plan to be at Darby River for a 10.00 am start.
Please book in by 5th August. Contact Judy 5668 1387/ 0488 908 360

A Walk in the Woods - Sunday Sept 1
About 35 years ago we began planting trees on the barren 170 acres we had purchased as city slickers from Canberra. Over the years a considerable variety of species were planted in many configurations from shelter belts to agroforestry formats to 5 acre plantations. The gullies were fenced off and filled with trees from more exotic places, Californian redwoods, cricket bat willow and Huon pine to name a few. Girl friends of our bachelor son contributed to the varied collection and their plantings remain gentle reminders of could have been daughters in law lost.
The trees are now of an age for significant thinning and that process will make a mess. Before that happens we would like to share what is here with those of you who are tree huggers. The invitation is for Sunday 1st September at 150 Old Foster Road from 1.00 - 5.00pm. Numbers will need to be limited to 20 so please book in by 26th August to help with logistics.
Max and Judy Speedy
56681387/ 0488 908 360

Coolart Wetlands and Homestead - August 18
We will be catching the 9am ferry from Cowes pier to Stony Point. Trip will be FREE for Seniors (or otherwise $13 each way). We then either catch Stony Point train or walk 2km to Crib Point where, after coffee, we will catch the 782 bus to Coolart, Somers.
After visiting the historic late Victorian Mansion and out buildings we will explore a series of walking tracks throughout the park and then return to catch the 4.45pm ferry back to Cowes. We will need to bring our own lunch but hopefully get a tea/coffee at Coolart. Kerry

Meeniyan Golf Club Trivia Night
Tables for this event can have up to 10 players. Feel free to rope in any of your friends - they don’t have to be club members. Just let me know on 0428647440. Drinks available at bar prices. BYO nibbles. Kerry.

Glenelg River Kayaking Trip
Sunday 13th to Friday 18th October 2019
Last call for expressions of interest to join us camping and paddling on the Glenelg River which is located in Nelson Victoria.
Paddling 10 to 14 km per day we do not see this as a race to the finish but more of a gentle float down the river observing the area’s wildlife.
Glenelg River map can be found on Parks Victoria Notes-Lower Glenelg Nation Park.
Campsites must be booked online at

Graham Talmage: 0419 399 752, or
Kate Senko: 0412 126 369
Please register your interest by 1st September 2019

Snippets and General Information

A History of Wilsons Promontary
I recently discovered a 138 page book published electronically entitled A History of Wilsons Prom by J Ros Garnet that was released in May 2009 by the Victorian National Parks Association. It is free to download in pdf format.
I have found it a fascinating collection of stories and information about this much loved place. It covers natural history, flora and fauna as well as being a window on the lives of those who lived and worked there in the past.
It can most easily be found and downloaded by googling ‘A history of Wilsons Promontory’ and following the links to
Judy Speedy

From the Bulletin of BWV
Bush Safety
With the current rash of people being lost while visiting the Alpine areas, often with tragic outcomes, I thought it worthwhile to bring to your attention the existence of ‘Victoria-Police-Trip-Intentions-and-Information-Form.pdf’.
This is well worth having a look at as it contains many tips on what to take and what to do if lost in order to maximise your chances of survival. I’m not suggesting that its needed for a walk from Koonwarra to Meeniyan along the Rail Trail, but it is worth considering if walking at Wilsons Prom or Mt Worth State Park or Mt Baw Baw, for example.
It can be found here:, and then click on the ‘Trip intentions form’ button.

Insurance Cover
A number of club members have wondered what sort of activities the club insurance covers. Judy Speedy checked out the BWV and BA web sites and found a link to the ‘Insurance_FAQs 2019.pdf’ which provides lost of information, but in brief:
To be covered, the activity, including exploratory walks, pre-walks or recce walk, must be known to the club and recorded in club records (ie let the Activity Coordinator know.- Clive’s comment).
The following activities are covered:

Activities Covered
Bushwalking Cycling
Liloing Swimming
Rafting/Boating Abseiling
Snow Skiing Caving
Canoeing/Kayaking Track/Hut - Construction and/or maintenance
Canyoning (both including & excluding abseiling) Alpine Walking (both Summer and Winter)
Leadership training and other related instructions Rock Scurrying and use of hand held ropes as part of a bushwalk
Orienteering/Rogaining Social activities

Activities not covered are:

  • Overseas trips (except New Zealand)
  • Rock climbing (other than as specified above)
  • Water Skiing
  • Activities not included in the table above

It covers persons up to the age of 95, although under the Personal Accident policy some benefits are reduced for members under the age of 18 or over the age of 85. Further details can be obtained from the Bushwalking Australia website.

Walks Program
For the web version of Footprints, the walks program is located on a separate page and is kept up-to-date with changes as they come in.