Volunteers clear the way along McMillans Track

Volunteers from the Ben Cruachan Walking Club and Bushwalking Victoria’s Bushwalking Track and Conservation volunteers have been hard at work again, clearing the way along another section of McMillans Walking Track, supported by Macalister District Forest Fire Management Victoria.

Gippsland’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Beth Roberts said: “This track is considered one of Victoria’s best long-distance treks, with unique history and amazing landscapes to be admired along the way.

“Its entire length is 220 kilometres, from Woods Point to Cobungra near Omeo and a huge amount of work has been done over recent years by bushwalking volunteers, supported by our staff and Parks Victoria to clear and mark the track.

“Today it’s possible to walk the track via a combination of well-maintained roads, 4WD tracks, and along newly cleared sections of bush.

“On Australia Day weekend, volunteers focused on maintaining the section of track from Lazarini Spur Track down to the Black River near Mt Skene on the Licola-Jamieson Road, considered one of the most picturesque bush sections of the walk.

“Some stalwarts in the Ben Cruachan Walking Club have consistently walked the track from end to end on many occasions from the early 60s and more recently in 2017 when the 15km Crooked River section was officially re-opened – an enormous feat!” Ms Roberts said.

“The whole 220 km track is for experienced walkers only, not for beginners to attempt – you must be entirely self-sufficient, have maps and navigational knowledge/experience, and should walk in a group.

“But, you don’t have to do the whole walk to experience the beauty of McMillans Walking Track, as there are numerous sections that can be enjoyed on a weekend basis.”

Visit the Ben Cruachan Walking Club site for details of their planned walks and a taste of McMillans Walking Track: http://bencruachanwalkingclub.com/mcmillan-s-track.html

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