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Nomads Outdoors Group – Babbington Hill Walk, Lyonville
The Nomads Outdoors Group
Sunday, 19 July, 2020
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A climb to the top of Babbington Hill in the Wombat State Forest, passing by a hidden reservoir and an historic mineral spring. Limit of 20 participants.
GRADE | LENGTH | TYPE: Moderate 9.7 km circuit walk.
This scenic walk highlights some of the interesting history of Lyonville, located in the Daylesford Spa Country. The farmlands at the start quickly give way to the densely treed Wombat State Forest, which is what originally attracted James Lyon, after whom the town is named, to build large saw mills in the region. We pass by, and hopefully around, the Bullarto Reservoir then climb Babbington Hill (822m) before descending to the historic Lyonville Spring to taste its waters. The walk will end at the starting point, but attendees will then be invited to go to the nearby Radio (Radium) Springs Hotel, once owned by Ernie Sigley, that will hopefully be able to welcome us for after-walk refreshments and a little more history. If it’s not open, a plan B will ensure you get some refreshments prior to heading back home.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Bushwalking Victoria: Babbington Hill Wombat State Forest.
MAP REFERENCE: Melway map X909 grid D10 | Google map goo.gl/maps/AcrfAxJF7GPZj8Pt6.
DISTANCE | TIME FROM GPO: 102 km, approximately 1 hour 15 minutes via Calder Fwy/M79 to Woodend, then follow directions to Daylesford, taking the Tylden-Woodend Rd, then the C318 Kyneton-Trentham Rd, and finally the C317 Trentham-Daylesford Rd to Lyonville.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Take the 9:02am Echuca train from Southern Cross to Woodend, then transfer to the Daylesford coach service, arriving at Main St/Daylesford-Trentham Rd, Lyonville at 10:46am.
FOOD: Carry lunch, snacks and a litre of water.
APPAREL | FOOTWEAR: Comfortable walking boots/shoes and dress according to the weather forecast. Lyonville can be several degrees cooler than Melbourne.
BOOKING: By Thursday 16th July. Click on Get Tickets to register.
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