Victoria, aptly named the garden state boasts some of the most impressive and diverse hiking trails in Australia. There are challenging hikes, rewarding hikes, long hikes, short hikes, overnight hikes, swift hikes, and everything in-between.
In this series of blogs, we will delve into each state's beautiful landscapes and truly explore the best trails each one has to offer.
Let’s begin with one of the most southern, iconic, and popular hiking trails in Victoria, Wilsons Promontory – Eastern Circuit.
The Wilsons Promontory – Eastern Circuit is a 36.5km hike located in Wilsons Promontory National Park Victoria, a fantastic circuit hike that explores isolated beaches, dense rainforests and with an abundance of wildlife; you will want to put this hike at the top of your to-hike-list. Located approximately 157 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, the 125,000-acre national park is the southernmost national park in Australia, filled with rich Indigenous history. Indigenous Australians occupied the area at least 6,500 years ago, with the first European's to sight Wilsons Promontory is believed to be George Bass and Matthew Flinders in 1798.
The South Eastern Circuit descends its way from the slopes of Mount Oberon down to the Eastern shore of Wilsons Promontory National Park at Sealers Cover, where it crosses south above the historic waters of Bass Strait to the southernmost lighthouse on mainland Australia. This is inclusive of intertidal mudflats, sandy beaches, and sheltered coves interrupted by prominent headlands and plunging granite cliffs in the south, backed by coastal dunes and swamps. Also home too many marsupials, native birds and other fauna, with one of the most common marsupials found on the promontory is the wombat.
Next up for Victoria is the Werribee Gorge Circuit is a 9.3km hike located in Werribee Gorge State Park Victoria, with the hike taking approximately 3.5hrs to complete. The 575 hectare park protects native flora and fauna, offers spectacular views and has great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing. Weribbee Gorge has attracted the attention of geologists as one of the earliest known ancient glacial deposits, parts of which can be seen.
With its ruggedness and steep slopes, Werribee Gorge has remained in a relatively natural state, making it vitally important for the preservation of native flora and fauna in a landscape that has been cleared and farmed. The park is home to many species of trees such as Red Ironbark, Grey Box, Manna Gum, Varnish and Golden Wattle. Keep an eye out and see if you can spot all of them!
Early Tuesday morning a team of 18 set off to take on Mt Buller to familiarize ourselves with Buller Sports, to understand the “customer experience” at the other end of our snow hire transactions and to carve up some fresh powder as the pro’s would say.
We set out at 5am, with Peter W being way too cheery for that time of the morning. By 9am we were up on the mountain in the freezing temperatures, glad that we all had our thermals to keep us toasty. The staff at Buller Sports Central were friendly and very helpful getting us all fitted out with our ski’s, snowboards and whatever other gear we needed and in no time we were ready to hit the slopes.
With all of our varying skill levels, some took lessons and others jumped straight onto the lifts, everyone had a great time on the snow, some of us spending more time wiping out than actually skiing/snowboarding, overall it was a fun day for all with only a few of us walking away with injuries.
The takeaway for those who had the opportunity to spend the day at Buller was to understand what our customers will have to do once they arrive on the mountain and how the hire process is conducted, so have a chat to one of the guys that went along and familiarize yourself with the process at the other end and how we can make the customer experience as smooth as possible.
Special thanks to Luke for taking on the job as bus driver, as well as Trev and Peter W for organizing the day for us!
1. Hold your compass steadily in your hand so the baseplate is level and the direction-of- travel arrow is pointing straight away from you. Hold it about halfway between your face and waist in a comfortable arm position with your elbow bent and compass held close to your stomach. Look down at the compass and see where the needle points.
2. Turn your body while keeping the compass in front of you.
- Notice that as the compass rotates, the needle stays pointing the same direction.
- Keep turning until the needle points to East on the compass like the picture below, keeping the direction-of-travel arrow and North mark facing straight in front of you.
3. To find your direction, you must turn the compass dial until the North mark and the “Orienting Arrow” are lined up with the North end of the needle. Then you can read the heading that is at the Index Pointer spot (the butt of the direction-of-travel arrow).
Since the Orienting Arrow is usually two parallel lines on the floor of the compass housing, a good thing to memorise is: RED IN THE SHED
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