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Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby rumblepants » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 10:22 am

Hi,

Myself and my partner are looking to get into bushwalking next year. I have my eyes on a few day trips but was wondering if anyone here had some recommendations on great starting tracks for day or overnight hikes.

Thanks!
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby CraigVIC » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 11:51 am

For an overnight the Beeripmo walk is a good one to start with as it is on the shorter side with a clear track. There are drop toilets and a water tank at the camp and approved fireplaces if you like a fire.

For daywalks, I think it's best to stay close to home because it's not really worth big drives until you're ready to do longer walks.
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby Eremophila » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 12:48 pm

Hi Rumblepants, whereabouts are you located?
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby ChrisJHC » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 1:17 pm

Heaps of options but my tip is to ease your way into it.
Do some day walks carrying a reasonable weight (5-10 kg) to see if you are okay with it.
Then do a couple of short (5-10km) hikes to an overnight camping spot - that way if anything goes wrong you can head back to the car.
Then combine the two.

Of course, if you know someone that is a bushwalker, see if they'd be willing to help you through the initial learning phase.
I expect most people would be keen to share their knowledge.
Just make sure that they follow an approach similar to the one above.
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 7:05 pm

Join a bushwalking club. I lead walks with the VNPA but most of my hikes are not for newbies.
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby rumblepants » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 7:09 pm

Hi Rumblepants, whereabouts are you located?


I'm based in Melbourne! Probably should've stated that in my first post. Been a while since I've used forums :)
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby nezumi » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 7:27 pm

rumblepants wrote:
Hi Rumblepants, whereabouts are you located?


I'm based in Melbourne! Probably should've stated that in my first post. Been a while since I've used forums :)


What general region? North, West, East, South East?

Recommending a walk in Werribee Gorge is going to be a bit pointless if you're based in Pakenham.
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby bobcrusader » Wed 31 Oct, 2018 7:57 am

Check out https://www.trailhiking.com.au for some ideas. I posted a bunch of walks along the Yarra in the Warrandyte/Wonga Park region. Cathedrals is also good. Even Mt Dandenong Arboretum area has plenty of options.
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby GBW » Wed 31 Oct, 2018 4:13 pm

Three overnighters that come to mind are The Prom, Mt Erica carpark to Mushroom Rocks (Baw Baw) and Big Pats Creek to Ada Tree (Warburton)
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Wed 31 Oct, 2018 6:16 pm

I started bushwalking doing day walks and overnight hikes in the Southern Prom. It is a fine place to start bushwalking and learning about such activities. By Joining a bushwalking club you will meet others who can help you and you will go on trips that are usually organized and guided by more experienced people.
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby Eremophila » Sat 03 Nov, 2018 12:23 pm

Sections of the Great Ocean Walk or the Goldfields Track/Great Dividing Trail, can be done either as day walks or overnight.
Beeripmo, yes a nice overnight walk, or a longish (for me) day walk.
Grampians - if you're willing to travel that far, and depending which part of Melbourne you're in.
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Re: Beginner Track Recomendations

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Sat 15 Dec, 2018 3:03 pm

The Rubicon aqua duct route is a top 18 km day walk.
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