Despite the previously bleak weather, seven Shepparton Adventure Club walkers gathered in Shepparton to travel to the Kamarooka section of the Greater Bendigo National Park on June 28.
The group met with two other members from Tatura and then another three relatively new members at Elmore.
The walkers then travelled in convoy to the Mulga dam, which is in the eastern side of the park, where they had a quick cup of tea before heading along the Camp Rd track towards Rush Dam.
The Kamarooka and Whipstick sections of the national park contain a unique tract of mallee vegetation known as the Whipstick scrub — some of the best stands of distinctive Box-Ironbark forests of north-central Victoria.
At the Mulga dam walkers were greeted with a background of bird calls high in the grey box trees.
The birds identified were relatively common species, such as honeyeaters, pardalotes, grey butcher birds, eastern rosellas and brown tree creepers, but the park is also home to the Gilbert’s Whistler and the Crested Bellbird, but the group didn’t have time to look for these in detail.
The weather was much better than many of us had anticipated, so that we were walking in lovely sunshine, in calm conditions on flat bushland — very easy walking indeed.
There was evidence on the ground of heavy rainfall, possibly last spring and despite the dry autumn there was a population of small seedlings of golden, bent leaf and Whirrakee wattles, which will produce the lovely spring display of wildflowers that this area is known for.
The group stopped at Rush dam to eat lunch and enjoy conversation with like-minded people, before Richard Graves guided them back to their cars with his GPS.
Once again the walkers were struck by the sudden and subtle changes in the vegetation as they walked back.
Overall the group walked about eight or nine kilometres.
The walkers enjoyed a relaxed coffee at Elmore before splitting into the various car groups to make their way home. Thanks to Richard for organising the day of good exercise in pleasant surrounds and in the company of good friends.
— Howard Hanna