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Sat 7 9:00am - Sun 8 Mar 2015 6:00pm

Posted by Shi O on Sun, 2 Nov 2014
Leaders: Shi O
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Meeting: Tue, 3 Mar 2015, 7:30 pm

Blue Pool is a fantastic, deep swimming hole in a gorge on Freestone Creek.  After your swim, you can walk a couple of hundred metres to a lookout over the creek, or stroll through a cheery fern gully. Blue Pool is 10 km north of Briagolong off Freestone Creek Rd. There are also walking tracks that access the goldfield areas and such as Blue Pool, Freestone Creek, Lees Creek and the Granite Creek areas. These may be accessed from either the Briagolong or Dargo ends. 
We leave Melbourne on Saturday morning and drive 3 hours to Quarries camping area (depending on availability) which is the closest to Blue Pool, and has a camping fee of $5 pp per night (to be confirmed)
- spend the rest of Saturday bushwalking (closest trails below but there are more), going to Blue Pool or just relaxing at the campsite
- BBQ at night (bring own supplies)
- repeat above, but on Sunday
- drive back to Melbourne at 3pm Sunday.
Blue Pool Walking Tracks
The Bluff
Skill Level: Basic Fitness Level: Low
0.2 km return (5 minutes)
A short 5 minute walk to a lookout point that provides excellent views of the Blue Pool below
Peregrine walking track
Skill Level: Basic Fitness Level: Average
3 km return (2 hours)
As the name suggests Peregrine falcons may be seen from the lookout during the September to December breeding season. The track winds its way through dry open forest made up of predominantly Red Box, Stringybark and Ironbark. A mine and chimney ruin along the way are reminders of its past. You may continue all the way to McKinnons point and return via Gladstone Creek and the Froam Picnic area via Track 96.
Fern Gully
Skill Level: Basic Fitness Level: Average
1 km return (30 mins)
A small gully provides just enough moisture to provide a much different range of plant species to that of the surrounding dry ridge.
Walking track map here:
Pics here:

More info here: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/225700/Briagolong_State_Forest.pdf

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