3-Day Walking Experience through Bushfire affected Victoria

TRIP NOTES - EAST GIPPSLAND
3-Day Walking Experience through Bushfire affected Victoria
September 15 – 17, 2020


An overview of the East Gippsland Walk:

Our Park Trek guides will collect you from our central pick up location outside the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road (just outside the entrance to the gallery and the large pools). Your Park Trek guides will drop you back at the same location upon completion of the tour at approximately 5.30pm.

We depart Melbourne and stop enroute to East Gippsland for morning tea. We have a picnic lunch and our afternoon walks include historic Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, Costicks Weir and the option of doing Forestech Log Crossing walk.

 

Day One
Depart Melbourne at 7.30am

Morning Tea stop enroute.
 
Afternoon walks to Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, Costicks Weir and an option of Forestech Log Crossing walk and a picnic lunch.

The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge was built in 1916 when the existing rail line from Melbourne to Bairnsdale was extended to Orbost. This 97km Bairnsdale to Orbost extension through rugged terrain was reputed to have been the most difficult rail project undertaken in Victoria. In service for over 60 years the bridge was damaged by bushfire in 1980, with the last train crossing in 1988. At 247m long and 20m high, it is the largest standing bridge of its kind in the State and is listed on the Register of Historic Sites. Built of red ironbark and grey box timber, it is a fine example of the early engineering skills that utilised the resources and materials found on site. 

Widespread and disastrous 1939 bushfires prompted the construction of Costicks Weir as a reliable water source. “Jack”, John Hilbert Costick, was the forester of the day who supervised the building of the weir. A modest weir, the structure nonetheless provides a good example of the use of local materials to provide a water supply for firefighting.

An option of Forestech Log Crossing walk

This 5km, 2-hour return walk starts from the Log Crossing Picnic Area cross the pedestrian bridge and heads south westerly, crossing the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail. The track climbs gently, crossing a few small gullies until reaching open forest. We return to Log Crossing via same route.

Afternoon visit to Bullant Brewery.
Brewery owner Neil Triggs lost his house and holiday cottages in the January bushfires.

Dinner at guest expense: The Waterwheel Tavern, Lakes Entrance.
Overnight: Lakes Entrance - Lakeside Motel Waterfront or Lakes Entrance Holiday Units
Meals Included: lunch


Day Two
Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail Walk

After breakfast we head out to the Discovery Trail Walk. This 15km, 5-hour return walk travels upstream from Log Crossing Picnic Area to Quarry Road. Just north of Quarry Road the track heads up away from the creek and we return to our vehicle via the same route.
This afternoon we have some free time to explore the town of Lakes Entrance.

With bushfires badly affecting the usual peak holiday season, local tourism businesses have had a tough start to 2020. There is plenty to do in Lakes, from a Segway or camel tour to kayaking, boat hire (no experience or licence necessary) or taking a wander along the wharves enjoying fresh local seafood.

Booking an activity with these local businesses is one of the best ways we can support the community and the local economy.

Dinner at guest expense: Lakes Entrance Bowls Club
Overnight: Lakes Entrance - Lakeside Motel Waterfront or Lakes Entrance Holiday Units
Meals Included: breakfast and lunch 

Day Three
After breakfast we pack up and head west to the Nyerimilang Park area in Nungurner.

Here we explore a number of short walks and take a guided tour around Nyerimilang Park in Nungurner We enjoy a picnic lunch in the gardens overlooking the Gippsland Lakes.

On our series of shorter walks, we traverse bush tracks and spot native wildlife. Walks including the Whistling Kite Track, Homestead Track, Cliff Top Walk, Kurrajong Track and Salt Marsh.

Some trails provide panoramic views of the nearby lake system and Bass Strait beyond. Wildlife includes echidnas, pelicans and black swans to name just a few.

We then pack up and return to Melbourne – arriving at approximately 5pm.

Meals Included: breakfast and lunch

About our accommodation
During this trip we stay at the Lakeside Motel Waterfront or the Lakes Entrance Holiday Units.
You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room.

Tour Inclusions
  • Two Park Trek guides, who will drive, cook and care for you.
  • Transport which includes collecting from Melbourne and returning back. We use a comfortable 12-seater mini coach with a trailer attached for luggage. Plus, we use the coach to drop off and pick up during the course of the day.
  • 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches. Plus, trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit
  • Tea/coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits/cake
  • 2 night’s accommodation on a twin share basis in Lakes Entrance
  • This is a not-for-profit price to support the bushfire affected region of East Gippsland.
  • $990 per person, single room available for an additional $180.

Post Tour Information:

We drop you back into Melbourne outside the National Gallery of Victoria around 5.30pm.

For more Information:
by phone on +61 402 910 552 
OR
you can contact Karen on +61 481 330 307

 

 


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