The Strathbogie Ranges are often thought of as Victoria’s hidden secret and our May walk confirmed this.June 16, 2014 3:35am
Long-time Ruffy resident Justus Hagan organised an incredible walk in the Western Strathbogies along a section of Crystal Brook Creek and Hughes Creek.
His local knowledge meant we were able to explore the spectacular landscape which otherwise would have been hidden from us.
We walked in the shadow of Mt Good Morning Billy.
We started by rambling and scrambling along Crystal Brook on its way to the confluence with Hughes Creek.
The day before Justus saw a platypus at the confluence but alas we weren’t in luck.
We continued along Hughes Creek rock hopping and scrambling over many granite boulders in damp conditions underfoot. Concentration was required.
However, we still had time to enjoy the many mini waterfalls and rockpools, as well as the incredible views in the canyon-like section of Hughes Creek.
We ended the walk tasting the mineral water from a natural spring and took the opportunity to collect samples.
Justus told us of historic picnics to the area to collect samples of this water.
The weather was a bit threatening but the overcast and misty damp atmosphere added to the beauty and didn’t spoil the day.
Thanks to Howard and Justus for organising this special walk.
Justus has offered to lead another walk next year and we urge everyone to make a special note of the date when it is known.
Next month we return to the flat plains and Richard will be leading a walk to Kamarooka Forest.
— Dianne Hanna
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