We will start our full day walk from your Beechworth accommodation or, if you are staying out of town, we will meet and set off from the gorgeous TINY café in Camp Street.
We will leave town by passing through the Chinese Gardens which, depending on the season, is a sea of colour. Deep reds, oranges and yellow hues in autumn or soft pink and white budding flowers in spring. We will make our way around the beautiful Lake Sambell, the locals’ favourite swimming and fishing hole, heading towards Dingle Road and on to the State Forest of Stanley.
On entering the forest let your mind wander and allow yourself to breathe in the smell of eucalypts and become aware of the steps you are taking. Dingle Ridge Track is undulating and has many twists and turns so have your camera ready because around the next corner you may meet a black wallaby, wombat or echidna! In spring there are also a variety of native orchids and other wildflowers to enjoy but please remember that all plants in the forest are protected.
We will take a break for lunch at a pretty little watering hole called Bates Dam before heading on to the spectacular Murmungee Lookout. The dam contains quite clear water, particularly in the summer months, if you want to dip your feet in and cool down.
Once lunch has settled we will continue our journey for a couple of kilometres to one of the region’s most spectacular vantage points. At an altitude of 757m the lookout offers panoramic views of the cropping and grazing lands of the Murmungee basin, Ovens Valley and beyond. The horizon is silhouetted by the magnificent Victorian Alps from Mt Buffalo to Mt Buller so make sure your camera still has battery life for these breathtaking views, especially if the mountains are snow-capped! Embrace the stillness and enjoy just being where you are at this moment.
To return to town we will retrace our steps feeling both energised from the walk and exhilarated by the views. If you are a bird lover keep an ear out for the crack of the Eastern Whipbird in spring and if you are lucky you may even spot a Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo on our walk back into town.
There aren’t many things better than a day spent walking in nature so take joy in the fact you have given yourself some precious down time… time to enjoy our stunning outdoors with an active body, still mind and peaceful soul. One step at a time.