Walk­ers en­joy splen­dour of Warby Ranges

The Tatura Guardian - - News - — Richard Speedy

A dozen walk­ers gath­ered at Princess Park, met with the Han­nas at their gate and picked up our fi­nal two ad­ven­tur­ers at Nalinga.

The 16 sal­lied forth to the Warby Ranges via a na­ture break at Win­ton Wet­lands and the beau­ti­ful curves of Taminick Gap.

By 10.30 we were ready and will­ing for morn­ing tea at the head of the walk. The small but pic­turesque Sal­is­bury wa­ter­fall is a short side trip at the be­gin­ning of the track.

For the next 2 km we climbed steadily along the Sal­is­bury Creek gorge.

The gran­ite boul­ders pro­vided mi­cro­cli­mates for many lovely plants, a few of which had started their spring flow­er­ing.

The wat­tles crowed the loud­est, but the qui­eter green-hooded or­chids were the spe­cial treat.

Our res­i­dent plant ex­pert Marg iden­ti­fied two green-hooded or­chid species for us as well as­many other lovely plants, in­clud­ing the spur­winged wat­tle (not yet flow­er­ing).

We lunched on a lovely open patch that gave us spec­tac­u­lar views across the Ox­ley flats to Mt Buf­falo and the Vic­to­rian Alps.

Fur­ther south we could see the Win­ton Wet­lands with plenty of wa­ter in parts at the mo­ment.

We then sol­diered on through the low wood­lands to the peak of Mt Warby marked by a one-me­tre cairn.

We took the Alpine Views track down from Mt Warby and en­joyed the nov­elty of walk­ing down slope.

Our fi­nal sec­tion saw us re­trac­ing our steps down the gorge: a some­what tricky de­scent with loose gravel and some moist patches.

Wal­la­bies and kan­ga­roos were spot­ted a num­ber of times and they mostly ig­nored us.

We re­turned to the cars about 4 pm. Three cars headed to Glen­rowan for cof­fee, while one group went straight back to Shepparton.

Di Hanna or­gan­ised a re­ally de­light­ful day of walk­ing — 11 km in length and in­volv­ing a climb of 290 me­tres — and we say thank you.

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