VIC Alpine Bogong High Plains Dec.2017. 5 day trek

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I lead a small VNPA group over the Bogong High Plains from 27/12/17 - 31/12/17.
My camera died on day 4 so sadly no photos of the wildflowers, snow gums or feral horses on the route out to Fitzgerald's hut from Roper's hut could be captured. We had all kinds of weather during the trip but essentially the trip was book ended by sunny and clear conditions.

I was using a film camera which has served me well but alas I am now having a funeral for that point and shoot jobbie and now a have a digital camera with a proper lens and adjustable shutter speed.
Day 1.Watch bed Creek to Roper's hut. We had Lunch at Edmondson's hut.
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Day 3. Packing up camp at Bogong Creek Saddle. The old helipad was busy with other campers/walkers.
We had torrential rain overnight at the old Helipad with very nearby thunder and lightning.The weather forecast still looked a bit rough for a trip over the summit of Mt. Bogong via the Quartz Ridge so we went up Timm' s spur which was pleasant and scenic.
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Ubiquitous Steve

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Very nice pics.....your presentation of photos could make it hard for some to market the FHAW ...looks like other areas abound with equal or greater sightseeing potential!

Perhaps people are seeiing that several long day walks or a few two day walks may offer more than the Iconic Walk being marketed by Parks and it's associated organisations.
Maybe they are concentrating to hard on the one "Iconic Walk"and need to spread the funds over the geography of BHP,???
 

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Day 2. We went up to the 3rd highest point in Vic., 1893 M. near Warby Corner. This place has no name but is marked with a small cairn.
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I believe it is known to most as Maisie's knoll or something like that. It would be a fitting name for it given the amount of work she did for conservation in the area.
 
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Very nice pics.....your presentation of photos could make it hard for some to market the FHAW ...looks like other areas abound with equal or greater sightseeing potential!

Perhaps people are seeiing that several long day walks or a few two day walks may offer more than the Iconic Walk being marketed by Parks and it's associated organisations.
Maybe they are concentrating to hard on the one "Iconic Walk"and need to spread the funds over the geography of BHP,???
The new planned route for the new FHAC development can easily be boiled down into day walks or simple one night pack carry hikes that capture the best scenery without the slog up the Diamantina spur and the ugly proposed developments.
To see what we saw over 5 days /4 nights and to immerse yourself in that world you just have carry 5-6 days worth of food and your camping gear. I cannot see the Grey Hills being turned into a wheelchair friendly 'Club Med' meets 'Lego land' tourist walk.You'd need to put a chairlift in from Mt. Arthur down to Bogong Creek Saddle ! ;-P.
 

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The Grey Hills is exactly where the iconic walk should go.
 

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No wonder Parks Management are in trouble ....if they take anything in here to seriously! 80percent of Head Office have probably gotta locate Mt Beauty by referring to a goggle map.
 

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No wonder Parks Management are in trouble ....if they take anything in here to seriously! 80percent of Head Office have probably gotta locate Mt Beauty by referring to a goggle map.
If that's accurate it's not surprising.
From PV's website:

Parks Victoria protects and enhances over four million hectares of parks. It is also the Local Port Manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Port Campbell and the Waterway Manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.

These areas include:
  • 45 national parks
  • 26 state parks
  • 13 marine national parks
  • 11 marine sanctuaries
  • 3 wilderness parks
  • 30 metropolitan parks
  • 60 other parks (including regional and reservoir parks)
  • more than 2,700 natural features and conservation reserves
  • more than 11,000 formally registered Aboriginal cultural heritage places
  • more than 2,500 non-Indigenous historic places
Parks Victoria manages more than 28,000 assets. They include:
  • 46 visitor centre buildings
  • 727 shelters
  • 833 toilets
  • 506 viewing lookouts
  • 59 playgrounds
  • 14,000 kilometres of roads
  • 1,293 pedestrian and vehicular bridges
  • 3,700km of walking tracks
  • 122 sporting facilities (e.g. golf courses, ovals and wickets)
  • 211 piers and jetties
  • 110 water access points (e.g. boat ramps, rowing launches and slipways), and
  • 812 navigation aids
Our parks and waterways attract 98.5 million visits each year. Of these visits, 53.8 million are to parks and 44.6 million are to piers and jetties around the bays.
 
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Looks like they are too busy to take on any more National Park responsibilities...!!

So discussion of a further National Park is a bit ridiculous!!

Team Bears a minor player with only 28picnic tables in the field!:whistle:.
Compared to Parks Vic with 28.000assets....

Golf courses,ovals and wickets ?
Well if we expanded development on Big River Saddle Helipad we could establish an oval or cricket pitch but funds are limited and other works are in the planning stage!:thumbs:
 

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Steve I would like to see the new National Park but adding new national parks without adequate funding is simply stupid. I honestly believe that our state politicians think Victoria ends at the junction of Spring Street and Collins. I don't know what they do with the billions of dollars of revenue that they have access to but I see very little real interest in making Australia and Victoria in particular a better place to live
 

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Steve I would like to see the new National Park but adding new national parks without adequate funding is simply stupid. I honestly believe that our state politicians think Victoria ends at the junction of Spring Street and Collins. I don't know what they do with the billions of dollars of revenue that they have access to but I see very little real interest in making Australia and Victoria in particular a better place to live

Too Right. Our cities are becoming hopelessly congested and over developed with no public benefit and without comprehensive London Tube train type networks with user friendly interconnectivity we are 5 years away from total gridlock. The public health costs that will flow on from this insanity will be considerable. Nat. Parks are the places of wellness.
 

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Thanks for sharing the great photos and report. Especially, the North Nelse drift, has me thinking ...
BTW, We were at Johnstons a couple of days later and saw your entry in the book.
 

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Discussions with PV yesterday about a number of topics including the Grey Hills and it was agreed some basic track marking around Mt. Arthur and possibly some limited scrub clearing to define the track better. Bushwalking Vic have been responsible for some work on the lower section of Mt. Arthur and PV will talk to them again to see if they are interesting in marking. There are a couple of false tracks but the track itself is a class E which is defined by use. Markings will stop people walking the false tracks more and hopefully open up the proper track.
 
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