Out­door de­lights in sum­mer

North East Tourist News - - BEECHWORTH -

MOST of us al­ready know that spend­ing time out­doors feels good.

A walk in the fresh air, a pic­nic with fam­ily and friends, or just some quiet time sur­rounded by na­ture seems to in­vig­o­rate, in­spire and calm us.

This isn’t just a hunch– it’s backed up by re­search from all over the world.

“We know from re­search that time spent in parks is good for our phys­i­cal, men­tal, so­cial and spir­i­tual health,” said Parks Vic­to­ria act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Rose.

“This is why we must care­fully man­age our nat­u­ral places and it is at the heart of our Healthy Parks Healthy Peo­ple ap­proach.

“This ap­proach to man­ag­ing Vic­to­ria’s parks en­sures that ev­ery­one can ben­e­fit from time spent in na­ture.”

So given the win­ter weather is start­ing to break and get­ting out in na­ture will help you feel bet­ter in a whole range of ways, the only ques­tion that re­mains is - where to go?

Luck­ily the Wan­garatta and Beechworth area has a whole range of op­tions, with some­thing to suit ev­ery­one.

So check out some of the places you might like to visit lo­cally dur­ing the warmer weather.

Ovens River: If you’re look­ing to do a spot of fish­ing or just watch the swans drift by then you can’t beat the Lower-Ovens Na­tional Park at Bun­da­long or if the river isn’t too high then Fran­cis Road just near the Killawarra fire shed is also a great place to visit on a sunny day.

Ryan’s Look­out: In Warby-Ovens Na­tional Park, on a clear day you’ll get a spec­tac­u­lar view to the Alps.

This might just be the first stop of a drive and walk tour through the Warby Range where you can en­joy sev­eral look­outs, pic­nic ar­eas and walk­ing tracks in­clud­ing Wen­ham’s Camp and Pine Gully.

Look out for the stun­ning kan­ga­roo grass, with their flow­er­ing spikes on dis­play.

Wool­shed Falls: With in­creased wa­ter com­ing over the falls there’s no bet­ter time to visit the falls in Chiltern-Mt Pi­lot Na­tional Park.

En­joy the view from the look­out or get a bit closer by rock hop­ping down to the top of the falls. Please be care­ful as the rocks can be­come slip­pery.

En­joy a pic­nic, a bush­walk or just stop in briefly as you tour the many sights to see in the area.

Mt Pi­lot sum­mit: With an easy walk from the carpark to the sum­mit, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Dot­ted in yel­low, white and pur­ple wild­flow­ers and with sweep­ing views of the sur­round­ing plains it’s a pho­tog­ra­pher’s par­adise.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Vic­to­ria’s parks and re­serves, go to www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 131 963.

ON A CLEAR DAY: Mt Pi­lot sum­mit within Chiltern-Mt Pi­lot Na­tional Park.

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