Lanjanuc – Mount Alexander Regional Park

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With respect to Elders past and present we acknowledge that we walk on Jaara Jaara Country

IMG_3669Only a 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne – Walking Lanjanuc (Mount Alexander) has been a highlight of our winter. In Dja Dja Wurrung Language the mountain is Lanjanuc named by the Jaara Jaara people. Lanjanuc has many recreational walking tracks, ranging in degree of difficulty from easy to challenging. It took us 3 hours to walk the track from Leanganook Picnic Ground to Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road, and the walk was not as steep as we expected but the path is rocky. There are spectacular views along the trail, but the highlight for us by far was ‘Dogs Rocks’. IMG_3776Early Europeans named the area in homage to the dingoes that used it as their lair. IMG_3673Lanjanuc is sacred ceremonial ground, which is food for thought and feeling when walking the trail. We certainly felt a sense of…

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Djuirite – Mount Arapiles

With respect to Elders past and present we acknowledge the Djuirite Balug and Wotjobalak people 

arapiles rock - 14 hours drive from Melbourne’s CBD, In Victoria’s Wimmera region, is awe-inspiring Djurite, also known as Mount Arapiles.

arapiles sign - 1The Djurid Balud Aboriginal clan inhabited the nearby area for thousands of years prior to the European colonisation of Australia. Today Djuirite is a site of cultural significance to Wotjobalak people. arapiles pano - 1Djuirite is widely regarded as the top rock climbing area in Australia and is world renown.arapiles sideview - 1For non-serious climbers there is easy rock scrambling fun to be had to reach the summit from a nearby car park.Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 3.53.36 PMAnd when you reach the summit you are sure to enjoy the views over the Wimmera plains.arapiles wimmera plains - 1Or you might like to rest in a little cave.arapiles window - 1Look up for Peregrine Falcons then look down and watch your step as you descend!arapiles downview - 1Campers can set up in serene Centenary Park camp ground on the east side of the mount. arapiles campground - 1A scenic spot to sleep.arapiles wild - 1 There are no powered sites, but there is a toilet block with flush toilets, and campfires are permitted, but only between May and October. Book a camp site here.arapiles walkingAccess to the camp ground is from Centenary Park Road. For the summit scramble, take the other road. arapiles street sign - 1Find more information on things to do and see at Djurite (Mount Arapiles) here

 

 

Lake Elizabeth and the Californian Redwoods

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With respect to Elders past and present, we acknowledge that we walk on Gadubanud Country.

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2.5 hours from Melbourne find Awesome forest, lakes fit for the Loch ness, towering redwoods, plus a sweet township that makes a coffee to rival the best of Lygon Street. This stretch of the Great Otway National park should not go missed. Pack a picnic and head out early on the Princess Hwy (M1) towards Geelong. Stay on the Princess Hwy then after Mount Moriac turn left onto Cape Otway Rd. Stop when you get to the town of Forrest. For a great Coffee go to the Forrest Brewing Company (they serve a pretty decent brekky too). After coffee/brekky, follows the signs to Lake Elizabeth 

Lake Elizabeth is a great place to camp or visit for the day. It’s about a 1-1.5 hour walk around the lake and it’s worth it! it feels like a…

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