Bush adventures about to begin
Wednesday, 9th March, 2016
The Barrier Rangers bushwalking club is set to hit the trail again with the first of its adventures for the year starting this weekend.
A few years ago the 47-year-old club looked like folding when its membership dwindled to just a handful, but bush bashing on foot had a sudden revival of popularity in 2013 that has continued to this day.
Many of the new members include young families keen to show their children what our outback looks like.
“Last year we had 51 members,” said Greg Spangler, who will lead the club’s first trip for the year.
“It’s been a wonderful turnaround in the last few years,” Mr Spangler said.
The Rangers’ first outing will be to the river at Avoca Station near Wentworth, and that will be followed by:
* Easter, March 25-28: Camping out with day walks (destination to be decided).
* Sunday April 17: An introductory/beginners day walk near Silverton.
* Sunday May 15: A day walk at Iron Rocks.
* Sunday, May 29: A day walk around the old Daydream mine.
* June 11-13 (Queen’s birthday weekend): Flinders Ranges.
* Saturday, June 18: A walk in the Barrier Ranges, around Mount Robe.
More trips will be arranged for the rest of the year. The Barrier Rangers’ website has been down for a while but Mr Spangler said he hoped it would be fixed soon so that prospective walkers could see exactly what was coming up.
Membership costs just $25 per adult for the whole year, or $15 for pensioners. Children are most welcome but they must be accompanied by a parent or a carer.
Every trip starts at the car park on the corner of Beryl and Chloride streets (across the road from the Toyota car yard) at 8am.
This weekend’s jaunt is a three-day affair to the Darling River on Avoca Station near Wentworth.
“We will be camping by the river but if you want upmarket acommodation, there’s always the jackaroos’ quarters,” said Mr Spangler.
The plan is to paddle up the river and return to the station (with the current), take a stroll around the Perry sandhills and go out at night to search for wildlife, he said.
The station also has a tennis court and there is a camp kitchen if a fire ban happens to be in place.
The expedition leaves on Friday morning, with the first stop at Avoca Station for morning tea.
It will cost $25 per person to stay in the jackaroos’ quarters, and a camp site for two adults and two children will cost $25.
Anyone who would like to go should give Mr Spangler a call no later than today on 0438 973 641.