• BEECHWORTH • CHILTERN • RUTHERGLEN • YACKANDANDAH •

Nature Lover

Break out of your city cocoon; things are about to get dirty

It’s surprising to know that just seconds off one of the busiest roads in Australia is a national park home to the endangered Regent Honeyeater, the infamous Woolshed Falls and big vista lookout - Mt Pilot! Simply turn off the Hume Highway to the town of Chiltern and you will discover a community that celebrates their natural landscape through fascinating artistic endeavours and community conservation. 

Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park is easily accessible and home to Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Black Swamp Wallabies and many tree-dwelling mammals including the Brush-tailed Phascogale, Squirrel Gliders, Sugar Gliders and Feathertail Gliders (get Googling for cuteness overload!)

Vic Parks maintain the 21,636 ha park, which includes a range of well kept and clearly signed walking paths - so you can get lost in nature, without actually getting lost! These self-guided nature walks range in difficulty through grades 1, 2 & 3 (aligning to the Australian Walking Track Grading System).

The nationally significant Yeddonba Cultural Site is located just below Mt Pilot. Open to the public, the site is a sacred place with rock paintings depicting a thylacine (better known as the Tasmanian tiger) that have been extinct on the Australian mainland for over 5000 years.

The region is rich in natural assets ranging from alpine national parks with eucalyptus forest and healthy koala populations, to awe-inspiring gorges naturally formed by pure spring fed creeks, through to Murray River red river gum floodplains. North East Victoria boasts a long relationship with conservation with communities shaping their towns’ development through the preservation of key habitats for native flora and fauna after the Gold Rush.

 

Whitebox Wanderings

19 October, 10am - 1pmChiltern
Whitebox wanderings festival walks

Join Chiltern artists Kirrily Anderson (visual artist) and Nat Ord (photographer and environmental scientist) for a creative wander along the White Box Walk in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park.

The walk will include stops along the way to sketch and snap inspirational elements of the park with tips and tricks from the artists, concluding with a delicious catered picnic lunch. No experience necessary. BYO phone camera and sketch book.

The event will proceed in most weather, please bring hat, water bottle, rain coat and sturdy walking shoes.

Walk will be approximately six kilometres.

Walk To The Source

20 October, 11am - 1pmBeechworth
Walk to the source festival walks Billsons

Start your day with a coffee in the Billson’s café, where Nathan and Felicity will begin your guided tour, Walk to the Source.

Since purchasing Billson’s in 2017, they have been working to fulfill original owner George Billson’s vision. Once you have become acquainted with the well take a walk to the gorge where you will see the reason George Billson came to Beechworth in the first place, gold. You like him however may decide to stay for the water as you taste a signature Billson’s mocktail. Upon your return to Billson’s choose between a tasting paddle of their original beers or their signature cordial range. On your way out select a bottle of their original cordial range to take home or if you are ready for lunch the cafe is open until 2:00pm.

Mt Pilot At Sunset

Self guided, walk anytime.Chiltern - Mt.Pilot
Chiltern Mt Pilot Lookout Selfie View Sunset Sunrise

Take a short walk from the car park to the 545 metre summit of Mount Pilot, where you are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, Mount Buffalo is easily recognisable on the southern horizon. The rock pools on the top of Mount Pilot are rare. The spring display of the pink Micromyrtus is quite spectacular. Whilst it’s a short walk the reward is a stunning view, a place to sit and reflect, and of course many opportunities for creative photographers.

• 7 Days • 30 Guided Walks • 40 Self Guided Walks •

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