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

 

 

Cape Schack and The Peninsula Hot Springs

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We acknowledge that we walk on Boonwurrang Country and offer our respect to Elders past and present.IMG_4744.jpg

The contrast between the ancient volcanic cliffy landscape with the pristine wild beaches makes Cape Schanck a dramatically beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. Cape Schack is only a 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne. To avoid tollways, From Melbourne, take the Nepean Hwy, turn left at White St, right at Boundary Rd, Left at Springvale Rd, then right onto the Mornington Peninsular Fwy. When the Freeway ends go left at Boneo Rd, continue till you reach Cape Schanck Rd, turn right and continue to the car park. For a short but spectacular walk take the circuit from the car park kiosk that leads towards the cape. Enjoy inspiring views of Pulpit Rock and Devils Desk, and meander over the black rocky beach.

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Maits Rest

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

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2.5 hours from Melbourne, along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, just past Apollo Bay, there is spectacular ancient wonder to be explored at Maits Rest. An easy self-guided 800m circuit takes you through cool green temperate rainforest thick with grandfather gums. A wooden boardwalk built over the tree-fern gullies and moss-covered roots, makes the forest available for young and old.

For more adventures in this area press here

Werribee Gorge – 1 hours drive from Melbourne’s CBD

With respect to Elders past and present we acknowledge that we walk on Wathaurong Country  IMG_3578

Pack a hearty lunch and prepare for rock scrambling and cliff rim hugging. Only a 1 hour drive from Melbourne (8km west of Bacchus Marsh) this place is a playground for experienced bushwalkers. The Circuit Walk is one of our favourite – Allow about 4.5 hrs for this 10km adventure. Start the walk at the Quarry or Meikles Point Picnic Area and expect spectacular views along the rocky rims and serene sounds deep in the belly of the gorge.

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Lake Elizabeth and the Californian Redwoods

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 playground fit for prehistoric dinosaurs. To book a campsite or for more information on Lake Elizabeth press here

After your visit to Lake Liz head back to Forrest and take the Forrest-Apollo Bay rd. Drive for about 30 minutes then turn left at Beech-Forest-Mount Sabine Rd. When you hit the next fork stay left onto Seaview Ridge Rd. Along this track you will find the

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This is truly a picnic spot fit for little red riding hood.

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Grab your blanket and your goodies lie down and enjoy the view.

img_5013If time permits head back to Beech-Forest-Mount Sabine Rd and continue south to hit the Great Ocean Road.(it takes about 3.5 hours to get back to Melbourne this way). Enjoy the magnificent views as you wind along the road. Maybe even book ahead and find somewhere great to stay on this awesome Ocean Road. Or at least stop for a great dinner at the Wye River Hotel

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Croajingolong National Park – Shipwreck Creek to Seal Creek Hike

With respect to Elders past and present, we acknowledge that we walk on Bidawal and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero Country

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The sound of the rolling waves makes for a good night sleep at Shipwreck camping ground. We woke refreshed and ready to walk. Down to the beach, through the creek and across the heathlands. The three hour return walk saw us nearly stumble on two snake, beautiful creatures. Be sure to bush walk with a first aid kit. Mobile reception is dodgy in this part of the land. FYI first aid procedures for snake bites can be found here. The isolation of the wide open beach at Seal Creek calls for a skinny dip, but take care – the water is wild! For details on how to get to Shipwreck Creek press here

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