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 July 25 at 6:30pm in the Meeniyan Hotel, followed by dinner

General Meeting June 27 2019, Leongatha Community House at 8:00pm>

Activity Reports

Tuesday May 7: Berrys Creek - Mt Vernon Rd Loop
On a bright sunny day - it is Tuesday afterall! - 23 walkers met at the Berrys Creek Hall to begin their stroll along the roads through the Berrys Creek area.
Beginning with the road beside Berrys Creek itself the group managed to more-or-less say together on the right hand side of the road facing the (sparse) oncoming traffic. We had a break and adjusted clothing at the intersection with Boorool Rd before starting the long uphill section to arrive at Mt Vernon Rd where another break was taken before moving along the road to the highest point on the walk and the inevitable group photograph.
We then continued along the road to the intersection with Blandfords Rd where some opted for a car trip to shorten the walk and the rest of us walked back to the cars and then drove to Marg and Clive’s place for coffee and cake. The full walk is a little over 14kms and adjustments to the route are being investigated to bring it back to 10-12km, more in keeping with an ‘Easy’ grade!


Tuesday 14: Lyrebird Forest Walk and Doug’s Track
An old favourite that has been avoided because of the blind bend where Balook St becomes Wanke Rd and presents a classic example of why it is important for the group to always walk on the rh side of the road, facing the oncoming traffic rather than ‘Brown’s cows’ like across the width of the road!
An excellent route that provides an opportunity to walk through the Regional Park along the damp path next to the Little Morwell River before climbing steeply to the much drier area to the north of the river. Having made the way back to the car park the walk then crosses the main road and makes its way along Samsons Rd to Doug’s Tk (passing through regrowth forest) before joining the Old Thorpdale Rd back into Mirboo North through Bath’s Reserve - a route that allows the group to practice its hill climbing technique!
A great morning’s walk that ended with lunch or coffee at the hotel, having retrieved the cars left at the Lyrebird Walk carpark.

Celebration of Marg Scarborough’s 90th Birthday
margStockdale+spacer imageMarg is one of the S.G.W.AA.C. foundation members. Her energetic enthusiasm and love of life has been enjoyed by myself and many club members as we shared many club events over the years, some of which come to mind include: Whitewater rafting, Absailing, many hiking trips, Canoeing on the Murray River, Tandem Skydiving and lots of day walks. Marg was in them all, what a privilege to have been able to share a 90th birthday with her, a living legend.

Roz S.

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Tuesday May 21: East Tyres River Walking Track

The only challenge for the day was a few log bridges and one steep climb, oh I forgot to mention a couple of persistent leeches.
The track follows an old tram-line which serviced the prolific timber industry in times gone by.
Whilst the locomotives have long since gone, sections of the narrow-gauge rail remain, along with a massive saw blade, and a ‘dolly-wagon’.
In a state of total disrepair this track remained closed to walkers for many years. Thanks to a band of hard-working volunteers it is now open for all to enjoy.
Pat W

Mt Macedon 22-24 May 2019
An adventure led by Sue Evans with participants: Val McDonald, Heather Cruikshank , Barbara Burton, Michelle Carr, Elizabeth and Bill Pearce, Judy Speedy, Robyn Scott, Anne and John Aberry and myself, Susan Pryde
Day 1
Arriving in Mt Macedon after a 3 hour drive, the Avenue of Honour resplendent with autumn coloured leaves immediately brought to mind the first line of John Keats poem, Ode to Autumn. ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulnes’ … The trees stretched up the mountain in full colour bordering a range of magnificent properties and gardens which we were keen to explore.
The plan was to meet at the hotel in the early afternoon to coordinate our afternoon activities. The Mt Macedon Hotel was our first stop and was the accommodation for the twelve members of the walking group for our duration. Rooms were small, dated but beds were comfortable.macedonHotel+
There were no twin beds so the snorers amongst us opted to have a room of our own. Management seemed to have some difficulty coping with our request for cups for tea in the residents lounge area but ultimately we all seemed to cope.
It was interesting to learn that the hotel had been spared when fires swept through the area in the 1930’s and 1983. Sue Evans, whose mother had worked in the hotel as a cook when Sue was an infant, says the hotel has changed little over the years.
macedonBridge+After a bowl of hearty soup at the local café, we set off to explore the gardens, a few of which were open despite it being midweek. Tieve Tara was first on the list, a magnificent private garden with rolling lawns, towering trees and an abundance of flowers and shrubs as well as a Monet inspired pond and bridge and delightful children play areas.
After spending some time in the garden, it was getting close to 4pm and the other gardens were closing so we set off up the mountain road and peered in through the hedges to view some of the beautiful private estates. Sue, who led the trip and knew the area intimately, (she had lived in Mt Macedon during her childhood and later in life), gave us a running commentary on some of the most notable properties. We didn’t quite make it to the top of the mountain but we managed to while away a few hours before a refreshing drink at the bar and then dinner at the hotel.
Day 2
macedonTree+We set off at 9.30 , driving up the mountain to Camel’s Hump to begin our walk to the mountain top, a mere 4.2 km. Tall trees towered above us and wended our way up the well laid out paths. We even managed to find a magnificent specimen with a hollowed out base which could accommodate us easily.
The sky was blue and the air was clear as we followed the path to the Memorial Cross, built by the Grollo brothers in 1995 to replace the original cross which Mr Cameron of Cameron Lodge had built after WW1. After a welcome cuppa at the ‘Top of the Range’ café (some added scones with jam and cream), we retraced our way back to the carpark. Nobody got lost on the way and no one was injured!!! After that it was off to Hanging Rock for lunch and more adventures. It only takes about half an hour to reach the summit but the view from the top was spectacular. We searched in vain for Miranda but she didn’t make an appearance. Even though many of us had climbed the rock before it remains quite awe inspiring and seems to hold secrets within its craggy crevices. Shrouded in mystery, and haunted with secrets, it brings to mind a prehistoric age. It is a wonderful example of a rare volcanic formation over 6 million years old. Climbing ancient rocks is thirsty work so a few of us headed off to the nearby hanging rock winery to check out the local product. Several wines were sampled and a few bottles were seen being carried back to the car! The less said about dinner that night the better, some of us were sorely disappointed while other were well pleased with their choice. Just goes to show, we should have asked the locals for advice on where to dine.

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Day 3
After breakfast and packing up, we all made our separate journeys home. A detour to Bendigo and the gallery was well worth while, especially as we got it right with lunch at the well patronised Woodhouse restaurant. All in all a lovely getaway with great weather, good food (mostly)and wine and great company. Many thanks to Sue Evans for organising our trip.

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Sealers Cove Overnighter May 25-26
Participants: Graham Talmage (trip Leader); Les Cruickshank, Max Speedy and; Ian Mayer
It is fair to say that we were eager, if not excited to be on our way on the first of our planned overnight hikes. These hikes are designed to test our gear, our fitness, and our ‘mettle’ as we contemplated the might of an 8-day trek of the Tasmanian South Coast Track early in 2020
SC-Graham+Our plan was to meet at the Telegraph Saddle carpark and then walk the 10.2 km to Sealers Cove, pitch our tents and then meander a further 6.2 km’s to Refuse Cove and return. A hearty dinner, good cheer, a comfortable night’s sleep and then return to the carpark the following day - simple!
Ominously, Grahams briefing notes stated that we should complete the walk regardless of the weather - ‘ It would be a good test’, he said. Now that was all well and good 3 weeks before the planned excursion - but a little closer to the day the forecast read as follows: ‘Cloudy - High (90%) chance of rain (4 to 50 mm), most likely from late afternoon, damaging winds with gust of 45 kph, and possible hail!’
Despite the forecast, we gathered at the carpark at 9.00am and soon fell into an easy rhythm behind Max as we headed down to Sealers Cove, eager to take advantage of a low tide to cross the mouth of Sealers Creek.
In no time at all we reached our destination where we were greeted by Josie and her walking companion who had headed off before us on their way to Refuge Cove for the night.
It was my first time at Sealers Cove. I found it be as described ‘A walkers Paradise’, only accessible by foot or boat, and no tourist roads. A golden beach sheltered from the prevailing winds, with crystal clear waters. Its pristine beauty shows no real signs of misuse and is a testament to the care dedicated walkers take of the highly regarded and secluded location.
A quick bite to eat, we donned day packs and headed off to Refuge Cove. Mindful of the failing light we walked about 4 km’s before we turned around at the ‘big rock’ and headed back. Meanwhile, Les was monitoring the BOM radar and noted a substantial amount of blue heading towards us - Graham was about to get his way!
We hastened back to prepare dinner. Two failed stoves, flat batteries and some other incidental mishaps later, our dehydrated meals were made all the more palatable with some marvellous Pinot Noir grown, made and carried in by Max - thanks Max!
We finished dinner at 6.15pm just before the onslaught of Grahams promised rain - and so it began. We retired to our respective tents. There I was, on my back, in a tent that had never been used before, wondering if it would withstand the torrential rain and ferocious winds outside.
It was still only 6.30pm, so I tried to talk to Graham in the tent next door but the din of the rain made it all but impossible to hear one another. I resolved to relax and enjoy the soothing patter of -. the torrential downpour! It was then I became aware of another presence, a sense of something. At first I ignored it, thinking my mind was playing tricks, but then there was movement. I finally relented and grabbed my torch and to my horror there was the biggest mouse I had ever seen staring right back at me only 15 cm away. I did what everyone else would do - I screamed!!
SC-antichinus+ Graham responded with ‘shut up Princess’! Which was then followed by some sage advice - ‘and don’t send that bastard over here!’. Les was asleep and Max decided it was too wet to leave his tent. He later told me it was only an antechinus, a small harmless carnivorous shrew like animal which ate spiders and beetles.
As you will note from the adjacent pic, this thing was no ordinary antechinus, it was huge and had a prominent snout, large ears, long whiskers, mean red eyes, terrifying fangs and frightening claws. There was no way we were both going to survive together for the night - it was him, or me!
Now these are not big tents, but I chased the little bugger around for what seemed like an eternity until I finally cornered him with my shoe and escorted him out of the tent!
At peace now, I settled back down to enjoy what remained of the 13 hours we were to spend in the tents until the rain finally eased around 7.30am.
Like little leprechauns on a movie set, we emerged from our rain sodden tents to exchange stories of the night and inspected the damage to our gear. As it happens, Graham slept through most of the night, although woke up a little wet; Max faired reasonably well, but didn’t sleep, while Les was somewhat awash.
A hearty breakfast we then headed off back to the Saddle carpark after firstly fording the now swollen river. We reached the carpark in good time and headed off to Fish Creek for coffee, cakes and pies.
There were many learnings over the weekend but there were three stand outs:

  1. I will never doubt Graham again - he clearly has influence with the weather gods; he wanted rain and, we got it!
  2. Max is full of surprises and makes a very fine wine
  3. With a little more practice, I’m sure Les will perfect his backflip with half pike.

Despite the weather, we had a great time; blissful location, good, challenging walk, and wonderful companions.
Our thanks to leader Graham, for his energy, enthusiasm and good cheer. We look forward to the next chapter.
Ian Mayer


Forthcoming Events

Mebership Renewal 2019-2020
Just a quick reminder that membership Renewal and Fee payment is fast approaching - due at the beginning of July!

Bendigo Art Gallery: ‘Tudors to Windsors’ Exhibition - June 12-13
Suggested dates June 12-13,, arriving lunchtime to view exhibition at 2pm. You will need to book in advance at Exhibition cost is $25, with a rather upmarket afternoon tea offer at $75 inc ticket.
There are several possible places to stay and many accommodation options. The suggested venue is BIG4Park Lane, Junortoun as it is pet friendly. It has onsite cabins in various sizes as well as powered sites for those who prefer to take their own accommodation. Get together with a bunch of friends to share the trip and the accommodation.
For the second day Bendigo has a lot to offer, from heritage tours, historic sites and artisan bookbinders to the Bendigo Pottery and Woollen Mill. If we are going to drive that far we might as well stay the extra day and enjoy ourselves before we drive home again Please contact Elizabeth Pearce if you are intending to go, but you must make your own accommodation reservation.
Clive and Marg have spare bunk beds in the cabin they have booked - contact Marg on 0413 361 039 if interested

Bastille Day Lunch
This event will be held at Hydewood, 625 Barktown Rd, Boolarra South, commencing at 12:30.
Each participant is required to bring a French cuisine dish to share - please consult Kate.
RSVP by July 1 by email to
Contact Kate Senko on 0412 126 369

Ben Boyd National Park
This is a base camp and booking is required by July 1 to ensure that we book our camp sites/cabins at Wonboyn.
Contact Kate Senko on 0412 126 369

Glenelg Kayaking Trip
This activity is now planned for October 14-18. Booking is required by August 1.
Contact Graham Talmage on 0419 399 752

Expressions of Interest for the Great Ocean Road Walk (GOW)
Date: Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 October 2019

Expressions of interest are sought for those who would like to walk the Great Ocean Road Walking Track (GOW), one of Australia’s great iconic walks. (The walk was last undertaken by the club in November 2011)
This walk can be tackled as an extended trip of up to 7-8 days or broken down into smaller sections and/or day hikes, with accommodation options located along the Great Ocean Road. The walk is a one-way long-distance walk of just over 100km extending from east to west, between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles near Princetown
The track hugs the coastline which is not always visible from the Great Ocean Road. The difficulty of the track increases along the walk; with the section between Apollo Bay and Cape Otway suitable for beginners, becoming more challenging when reaching the rugged terrain through Ryans Den. Sections of track can be dangerous or impassable at high tide, accordingly alternative routes are provided. There are seven dedicated hike-in camps along the walk. All ‘on-track’ walkers are required to register with Parks Victoria, and must book for use of camp-sites.
In order to cater for individual needs and interests, It is proposed to offer 2 options for the walk:
Option 1: Will cater for those who wish to experience the challenge of ‘on-track’ self-supported hiking by walking from Blanket Bay to Princeton covering approx. 67 km’s and 5 of the 7 sections of the GOW over 4 days Option 2 Will be designed for those who would like to experience the Great Ocean Walk but would prefer off track accommodation and catering at a central base camp such as at Bimbi Park, Cape Otway (or similar). The Day Walk itinerary will be determined closer to the time having regard to the interests and capabilities of participants but could include walks with the ‘on-track’ hikers, other shorter day walks, cycling and/or other activities as agreed.
Walk Length: approx 70 km
Walk Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Walk Grade: Easy to Moderate (Most of the Walk is classified as a ‘Grade 3’ according to the ‘Australian Walking Track Grading System’), Nearest Town: Apollo Bay
Distance from Melbourne: approx 200 km’s
Walk Leader: Ian Mayer
Itinerary Overview: Day 1: Blanket Bay to Aire River: Walking distance: 20.5km (5.5-6.5hrs)
Day 2: Aire River to Johanna Beach: Walking distance: 12.4km (4-5 hrs)
Day 3: Johanna Beach to Ryans Den: Walking distance: 14.2km (4-6hrs)
Day 4: Ryans Den to Princeton: Walking distance: 20km (7-8 hrs)
Indicative Cost: Hike In Campsites pre booked approx. $30.00 per night
Bimbi: Standard Ensuite Cabin, One or Two Bedrooms, Sleeps up to 4, Price Range: From $100.00 off peak to $145.00 peak
In order to secure camp permits along the track it will be necessary to make application as early as possible, accordingly expression of interest are sought from interested parties by Friday 14 June 2019 by contacting Ian Mayer on 0407 693709.

Tuesday 9 July - The Great Meeniyan Rail Trail Explore
Something a little different today.
Join Ian on a gentle saunter along the rail trail from Meeniyan to Stony Creek and return (approx. 8km)
You will need to come prepared though, as this will be no mere ‘stroll in the park’!
During the morning you will explore a place where demons fly high, observe tired trees and marvel at the house where Jack lives.
Along the way, you will be asked to find things, solve dubious problems, make observations and provide evidence of preposterous requests. Teamwork will be required, as will a sense of adventure, ‘rat’ cunning, creativity, humour and some resourceful thinking.
This is neither a race, nor a competition, but the winners, will be suitably recognised on completion of the mornings activities.
Meet at Meeniyan car park behind the shops for a 9.00 am briefing.
Bring water, snacks, bribes and anything else required for success. Coffee and/or lunch afterwards at one of Meeniyan’s fine establishments
Good luck to you; may you remain resolute, your arms be strong, and your voice true.
Ian Mayer is responsible for today’s antics and can be contacted on 0407 693709.

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.