A circuit on the Wombat Trail, a loop that goes right around the edge of Trentham and into the surrounding bushland along well made paths.
GRADE | LENGTH | TYPE: Easy, approximately 8 km, circuit walk on formed paths.
Trentham is a small town on the edge of the Wombat State Forest. There are a number of reserves and walking trails around this historic area, and the Wombat Trail, a loop of approximately 8 km, takes the walker right around the edge of the Victorian town into the surrounding bushland. The path runs upstream along Stoney Creek and its native bush reserve. After leaving Stoney Creek, it follows Park St until you reach the historic Trentham Cemetery (est 1870), where a grassy track follows the fence-line of the graveyard before veering into the trees. Cross over the Trentham-Blackwood Road to enter the forest. The path will lead you down to the Trentham Racecourse Reserve, where the last race was run 110 years ago. All that remains of the racetrack is a wide path through gum trees which have reclaimed the reserve over the past century.
Returning to Trentham partly along the Wombat Trail we will make our way back to town via the old Police Camp Reserve, in Camp St (no pun intended), containing a preserved old jail built in 1866. Return to the Quarry St/High St intersection for the end.
BOOKING: By Thursday 9th December. To register, click on Get Tickets. If you wish to stay on Saturday night, select Saturday from the Accommodation Nights question when booking.
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NOMADS COVIDSAFE CHECKLIST: Checklist 211212: Trentham Wombat Trail Walk.
MEETING TIME | LOCATION: 11am on the south side of the Quarry St / High St intersection, Trentham.
MAP REFERENCE: Melway map X909 grid E10 | Google map goo.gl/maps/76ktsq5uc4igUVdr5.
DISTANCE | TIME FROM GPO: 93 km, between 75 and 90 minutes to drive via the M79 Calder Fwy. Parking is available in Quarry St, on the north and the south side of its intersection with High Street (the main Trentham throughfare and just downhill from the Cosmopolitan Hotel).
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Public transport options are available via train between Southern Cross station and Woodend (or Kyneton), plus a bus to Trentham. Myki cannot be used on the Daylesford bus service - tickets should be purchased online in advance. Recommended options:
OVERNIGHT OPTION: There is the possibility of staying overnight, as there is space to pitch your tent in the grounds of the leader's home in Trentham, with access to bathroom facilities. There are also a couple of spots available inside the house. This may be of particular interest to those attending the nearby Mixed Naturist Walk: Wombat State Forest & old logging camps near Blackwood event on Saturday 11th December.
APPAREL | FOOTWEAR: Comfortable walking boots and warm, waterproof layers. Trentham is at 700 metres elevation, so it's likely to be cooler and wetter than Melbourne and the trails may be muddy.
LEADER: Robert H. | Email LeaderRobertH.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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