GDTA Night Walk

DATE: Saturday, 4 March, 2023

TIME: 18:00-19.00 Picnic dinner (optional), 19.00-22.00 Members only Night walk ” Along the Lardedark on a walkers moon” 

WALK LEADER: Arie Baelde

DIFFICUTY: Medium 7.5 km

DESCRIPTION: For those wanting a picnic dinner in the forest, we meet 1 hour before the walk, at 6 pm, on the lovely banks of the Lardedark river. Should the banter fall silent, we will conjure up some of the people who lived, worked and died here in the second half of the 19th century. Bring your own edibles, as well as mozzie repellent just in case. The walk starts along the Lardedark and then heads up a side gully through open messmate forest to a saddle.  We next dip down a steep tree fern gully with some mild tree hopping, which makes this a medium difficulty walk rather than an easy one. This opens up to a good track with more mature messmates and peppermints with some natural and artificial hollows. As the light starts to fade we will scan for furry creatures under the guidance of Gayle Osborne and Trevor Spiers, members of Wombat Forestcare and advocates for the Wombat forest. The walk back to the starting point will be in the dark but the hiker’s moon will be rising and the track will be easy and mostly down hill. It should take around 40 minutes to get back to the starting point.

REGISTRATION: Registration is essential, no later than noon on Thursday March  2. Register online using the following link:  The number of participants on this walk is limited out of respect for the wildlife. We may put on a second walk on the next available walker’s moon for those who miss out on a place.  If you are registered and can not make it on the day it is essential to notify the walk leader so that replacements can be added.

If you have difficulty with on-line registration, contact the walk leader, Arie Baelde (, M: 0419 366189)

BRING: Walkers should bring their own first-aid kit and any required personal medications, water bottles,  personal hiking gear (walking poles, small pack, etc). Wear clothing appropriate for the predicted weather conditions on the day. If you have something “high vis” to slip on for when we head back along Lerderderg River Road, please bring it. Hiking boots or good walking shoes are recommended.  Bring a head torch if you have one, but no spotlights, our wildlife guides have these and are the only ones to operate them. If you have good light sensitive binoculars you can bring them. No flash photography.

MEET: Location and time details will be confirmed on registration.