A pleasing 5km return walk along a rural dirt road to an unexpected roadside tower and back.
Hub & Spoke / Bump & Grind Cycling Route Route Name Euroa – Arboretum Loop Mode: Gravel Grinder, mountain bike, hybrid, eBike Start / Finish locations: Euroa Railway Station Railway St., Euroa 3666 • Straight off the train, start at the station • Arriving by car, park in Railway St. to start Map: GPS -36.749156, 145.568173 Difficulty: Easy – intermediate (not for road bikes) Distance and time: 17km plus a couple extra if you include the Arboretum. 1 – 2hrs. Elevation: 163 – 202m Topography: Flat with one small rise. Surfaces: • Good condition bitumen, with a nice wide shoulder on the Euroa – Main Rd return section • Good condition gravel. • Airstrip and Earnshaw Roads are two wheel dirt tracks which may be rutted. They have some dust drifts in summer, muddy in the wet. Description and Features: A ride from the sedate, urban areas of rural Euroa Township into the surrounding plains country. Flat expanses of cropping and grazing lands, with Strathbogie Tablelands as a backdrop. Wooded roadside vegetation. Many fine rural properties. A sad looking local airstrip. Large scale free range chicken farms. Take a break at the excellent locally indigenous Arboretum. There are a few Km extra of intertwining bushland tracks to enjoy. Other amenities include shelter, picnic facilities, public art, wetlands, a bird hide, a small lake and the site supplied nursery is well worth your perusal. Riding conditions: Minimal gradients. Very little traffic. Exposed to the elements. Options: It is about 3.5km (7km return) to the Euroa Arboretum via the Euroa – Main Rd. Anti or clockwise Anticlockwise Cues: From the Euroa Railway Station Right Scott St Left Elliot St Right De Boos St Straight Branjee Rd Right Cowells Lane Left Wood Rd Left Airstrip Rd Straight Earnshaw Rd Left Angle Rd Opposite Euroa Arboretum entry Straight Euroa – Main Rd Left Birkett St Right Handbury St Right Elliot St Right Scott St Left Euroa Railway Station Amenities (across Euroa & Arboretum) Car parking BBQ Fuel Shops Seating Parkland Playground Picnic tables Public toilets Potable water Accommodation Historic features Sports Reserves Swimming Pool Railway station Road name signs Alternative routes Flora and fauna habitat Cautions: Soft shoulders Limbs may fall Embankments Uneven ground No potable water outside town Slippery surfaces Subject to flooding Road surfaces vary Snakes may be active Beware of vehicle traffic Mobile reception may be unreliable Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart Be equipped for self-reliant riding Restrictions: Take rubbish with you Historic relics are protected Native flora and fauna are protected No fires in the open Use formed roads only Strathbogie cycling #strathbogiecycling
Hub & Spoke / Bump & Grind Cycling Route Route Name / Address: Euroa – Geodetic Loop Mode: Gravel grinder, MTB, Hybrid, eBike Start / Finish locations: Euroa Railway Station Railway St., Euroa 3666 Map: GPS -36.749156, 145.568173 Difficulty: Easy – intermediate. Distance: 34km. 2 hours. Elevation: 159 – 184m Topography: Flat Surfaces: Good condition bitumen Good condition gravel Reynolds Rd is a two wheel dirt track that may be rutted. Dust and gravelly drifts in summer, muddy in winter Flooding is common when there has been a bit of rain. Description and Features: A nice and flat, often gravel, loop for taking in the surrounding countryside. This is a broad grazing and cropping plains landscape with the Tablelands as backdrop. Pleasant roadside vegetation with some grand paddock trees. The occasional small stream crossing. You may spot some wildlife like the Goanna above. Riding conditions: Not much traffic. Exposed to the elements. Options: Pranjip Rd is an bitumen alternative to the rough bit of Reynolds and Wood Rd. Anti or clockwise Anticlockwise Cues: Start Euroa Railway Station Right Scott St Left Elliot St Left Handbury St Straight Drysdale Rd Left Creightons Siding Rd Right Nelsons Rd Right Geodetic Rd Right Angle Rd Left Reynolds Rd Right Wood Rd Right Cowells Lane Left Siems Rd Straight (almost) Rowe St Right Elliot St Left Scott St Left Euroa Railway Station Amenities (Euroa): Car parking BBQ Fuel Shops Seating Parkland Playground Picnic tables Public toilets Potable water Accommodation Historic features Sports Reserves Swimming Pool Railway station Road signs Alternative routes Flora and fauna habitat Cautions: Soft shoulders Limbs may fall Embankments Uneven ground No potable water Slippery surfaces Subject to flooding Road surfaces vary Snakes may be active Beware of vehicle traffic Mobile reception may be unreliable Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart Be equipped for self-reliant riding Restrictions: Take rubbish with you Native flora and fauna are protected Riders must: use formed roads only Strathbogie cycling #strathbogiecycling
An easy 7km rural lane return walk from Ankers Rd to the end of Palmers and back.
The most recent walk I have added to VictoriaWalks
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Another pretty Tableland walk with plenty of winter ambience. It was cold and wet with a constant misting rain. There was a low and heavy cloud cover. Everything around us was beautifully sodden. A perfect day for a winter walk on the Tableland. We did a 6km return from Harrys Creek Road. Next time we will come up from the Fern Hill Road end to further close the gap in our ongoing quest to walk all the roads of Strathbogie Tableland.
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Mountains old worn down by time and weather Peaks smoothed Summits rounded Rocks broken to new beginnings Stones to gravel sand to granules dust to mud growth to decay decay to soil Inclined to slippage Declined to fertility Treacherous nurturing home of the tenacious Boon to the potency of flood plains Mountains old are so much more alive than the hard sharp ridges and strewn craggy defiles of the young
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I’m still drowning in the water of you
My feet can’t find the bottom
I don’t know what to do
It’s like all we’ve done’s forgotten
I know it was a blind step
A leap into the dark
When straight after we met
I let you leave your mark
Now I wonder what that time was worth
Those years since spent together
Now I give a wide berth
To your dark and stormy weather
I still don’t know you, I never did
What is it that I was missing?
Disappointment of which I’m never rid
A deflating balloon, ever hissing
When I reflect on you as a person
You’re surrounded by a wall
As I watched our relationship worsen
You never heard my drowning call
Was your silence about making a choice?
Or were you incapable and you couldn’t?
Could you not hear my pleading voice?
Everything about you said you wouldn’t
Did I simply miss you’re shallow?
Because I was always looking for the deep
Is it there was nothing to really know?
The wasted years make me want to weep
The trees, the trees are prophesy
Their collective memory grand
equips the trees to well foresee
beyond the reign of man
In forests or in parks or standing on their own if trees of the world could speak as one I know what they’d say before they are gone For happiness, health and wealth For worthwhile survival Save the trees to save yourself re-wilding equates with revival strathbogie poetry strathbogie photography strathbogie cycling
An enjoyable day of open space riding, described below is a 34km loop around Winton Wetlands. There are various options to explore for longer or shorter rides. If coming by train via Benalla, add approximately15km for the return ride to and from.
Bump & Grind Cycling Route Winton Wetlands Loop Start / Finish locations: Mokoan Hub & café car park 652 Lake Mokoan Rd, Chesney Vale VIC 3725 https://wintonwetlands.org.au Mode: ebike, hybrid, MTB, gravel Map: GPS -36.439730401400716, 146.06316433156667 Difficulty: Easy Distance: 34km. There is scope for various routes and extensions Elevation: 163 – 189m Topography: Flat Surfaces: Largely gravel, except the final sealed leg back to the car park along Lake Mokoan Road. Note: if the weather is or has been wet, minimise use of Nelson Road. It can be very slippery and muddy. It can be closed to vehicles. Description and Features: You can pick up an excellent cycling guide from the café. Composed of numerous ephemeral wetlands and grassy woodland, Winton Wetlands is a the largest wetland restoration project in the southern hemisphere. The site is interesting whether wet or dry. It was dry for this visit. It is home to many bird and animal species. When wet, a special attraction is that the site teems with water birds and raptors (see the last photo in the series for when wet from 2017). The interpretive displays along the various routes share insightful environmental, historic and cultural information. There are Art in the Landscape installations at a number of locations along the way. This is an outstanding place for photography. Riding conditions: The whole route is very exposed. It can be very cold and very hot. Check the weather beforehand. Options: Ride to and from the Wetlands via the Benalla – Mokoan Discovery Trail. Anticlockwise Cues: Take the dirt track east parallel with Lake Mokoan Rd to the old dam wall Left North Rd Left Flynns Rd Right SW Track (or follow Flynns all the way to Nelson Rd if wet) Left Nelson Rd Left Winton North Rd Left Boggy Bridge Rd Left Lake Mokoan Rd back to car park Amenities: Car parking Café (check opening hours Mob: 0497 939 507) Playground Seating Picnic tables Public toilets Waterways Walking tracks Wineries nearby Historic features Alternative routes Accommodation nearby Fishing (licence required) Camping (booking required) Trailhead, map & Interpretive signs Railway station at Benalla Flora and fauna habitat Cautions: Open water Soft shoulders Limbs may fall Embankments Uneven ground No potable water Remnant fencing Slippery surfaces Subject to flooding Road surfaces vary Snakes may be active Tracks may not be clear Beware of vehicle traffic Mobile reception may be unreliable Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart Be equipped for self-reliant riding Restrictions: No dogs No firearms No hunting Take rubbish with you No firewood collection Do not remove soil or rock Historic relics are protected Native flora and fauna are protected Do not remove timber from standing trees No fires in the open. There is a communal fire pit at The Nesting Ground camp site, otherwise gas cooking is recommended. Closed for camping on days of total fire ban No 4WD or motor bike access Drivers/riders must: use formed roads only, be licensed, be registered
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