Outdoor delights in summer
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.