Wuid Kruirrk/ Blue Mountain June 23

Wuid Kruirrk/ Blue Mountain June 23


June 23, 2024    
10:15 am - 1:45 pm


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Wuid Kruirrk/ Blue Mountain Summit; Song of the Bushlark

DATE: Sunday June 23th

TIME: 10.15 for a 10.30 Start

DURATION: approx 10 km, 3 Hours plus lunch break

WALK LEADER: Arie Baelde


DESCRIPTION: A sharp climb on a good surface to the exposed top of Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain is one of the most elevated points in The Wombat at 873 m. It is 4-5 million years older than most other eruption points in the Newer Volcanic Province and shares its 6 million-year-old age with Mt Wilson, Babbington’s Hill and Hanging Rock. Probably named Wuid Kruirrk by surveyor Hoddle in the 1830-ies. Little is known about the origin of the name but it is said to mean “song of the bushlark”. Morning tea will be enjoyed at Blue Mount Pioneer Cemetery; buried here are the familiar mix of mining, sawmilling and farming families. The spiritual, social and economic conditions of its residents can  be reconstructed from magisterial inquests into deaths and newspaper snippets. The summit is an open woodland-herbland mosaic, a product of thin soils on exposed sheets of basalt (quoting Jeremy Neal). The ground layer vegetation is totally unique for the Wombat Forest and we shall find some sheltered spots to look at fine detail. The exposed rocks are of a different type to the surrounding volcanic cones and highly weathered. The descent will be through tall herb rich foothill forest. 

DIFFICULTY: Medium, For those who struggle with elevation gain it can be described as hard.

DOGS: Dogs on a leash are allowed. 

REGISTRATION: Registration up until the Friday 21 June

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If you have difficulty with on-line registration, contact the walk leader, Arie Baelde, at a.baelde@gmail.com

BRING: Walkers should bring their own first-aid kit and any required personal medications, water bottles,  personal hiking gear (sun glasses, walking sticks, small pack, etc). Wear clothing appropriate for the predicted weather conditions on the day. Hiking boots or good walking shoes are recommended. Bring Lunch.

MEET: Somewhere off the Blackwood – Trentham road, to be confirmed closer to the date. Length may be shortened depending on the weather.

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