Rambling in Ruffy
Stormy weather forecast for May 27 did not diminish the determination of the Shepparton Adventure Club mid-week walkers who had three vehicles loaded with hardy folk, their rain gear and day packs.
Endorsing the popularity of SAC walks in the Strathbogie Ranges, 14 members were keen to again visit this strikingly beautiful region that forms the headwaters of Hughes Creek, a Goulburn River tributary.
The trip leader Howard Hanna had arranged for landholders Justus and Neil to be walk guides for the day, meeting the group at the former Ruffy Primary School for a welcoming morning tea.
The group was also joined by two local ladies keen to adventure with us.
Long-term residents and Strathbogie devotees Justus and Neil shared their local knowledge of current goings on and history of this spectacular yet little-known area of central Victoria with passion and enthusiasm.
The walk took us from Donovan’s Lane across lush paddocks past interested cattle and down along Hughes Creek for a few kilometres to our lunch spot on a large granite platform deep in a secluded part of the valley.
After brief light drizzle, the storm threat quickly passed to reveal clear skies which remained for the rest of the day.
A creek crossing on fallen log ‘bridges’ gave some walkers a couple of nervous moments.
This provided the rest of the watching group entertainment waiting for a slip into the cold clear waters; they were disappointed as all remained smiling and dry.
Following our creek crossing adventure the group split into two parties, one group following the small meandering creek along the valley floor, while a larger group climbed high up to the ridge line.
Those in the valley experienced some exciting and wet creek crossings.
The group who climbed to the ridge were rewarded with spectacular views across the region from the granite outcrops.
The SAC walkers and our friendly guides met in the valley end near Tarcombe to conclude the hike, with all agreeing we had experienced an enjoyable day. All vowed to return.
The Shepparton Adventure Club would like to thank guides, Ruffians Justus and Neil for dedicating their day to our group and the private landholders who allowed walkers access to this beautiful part of Victoria.
Thanks to Howard for arranging another successful ‘Ruffy Ramble’.
Walkers were: Kerry and Graeme Betts, Barbara Brown, Marg Purcell, Valda Dickens, Cheryl Tyndall, Kathryn Jennings, Marg Clarke, Len Taylor, Richard Graves, Dianne and Howard Hanna, Carol and Peter Howard.
Peak: Club members are on top of the world’ in the Strathbogies.
Pictures: Peter Howard
Bush walk: Shepparton Adventure Club members head towards a creek crossing in the Strathbogie Ranges.