[ I’ve been trying to write this post for days… but I also needed to recover from it. I had recently increased my anxiety medication, resulting in nausea and wooziness. Only I’d forgotten about that on the day I set out. I walked on an empty stomach and my ankle started aching while I was walking back. It took 5 hours instead of the 3 that was recommended. I skipped parts of the walk due to being buggered and limped my way home. Why didn’t I bring money and a phone to call a taxi! So – it was an eventful walk. I ended up getting heat exhaustion and sleeping the rest of the day. I have held off walking/birdwatching for days and it’s really irritating me.
This is another walk from the ‘Best Walks of Geelong, the Bellarine and the Brisbane Ranges. I live close to Balyang Sanctuary which is around the start of the ‘Stan Lewis Walk.’ Technically, this walk is meant to be a loop that doesn’t go past Queens Bridge. The book describes the Stan Lewis Walk as a possible extension. This extension is also described in the following walk, Exploring the Barwon River Reserves. I had done a variation of this walk about 5 years ago. I had walked all the way from High Street, Belmont, to Buckley Falls. I limped my blistered feet back to the nearest bus stop afterwards. Some of these pictures are from that walk.
The stan Lewis walk
I love where I live but man, this part of the walk is busy. There are mums pushing their kids in prams. Lots of families, dogs and cyclists. It’s awesome to see so many people out with their families but it makes for an incredibly busy area. This is fine, but it means that many of the birds are scared away. I recommend walking on the Newtown side of the River as it’s more photogenic. You can start at Balyang and explore the Yollinko ‘wetlands.’ I enjoyed this however because the bush changed a fair bit. I got to walk through different kinds of environments and could, temporarily, forget that I was so close to the city.
Buckley Falls + Fyansford Common
I had brought the book with me but was still concerned that I would get lost. I am awesome at getting lost. There was nothing to be worried about as it was well signposted as soon as you got to Fyansford Common. There was a shelter there that had relevant information about the walks, and photos of the area. It wasn’t as awesome as the information inside the bird hide and Jerringot, but it was still interesting. There were three walks:
- The bunyip pool landing
- The buckley falls lookout
- Riverside walk to Mill
I recommend doing all three and spending some time. You can get some beautiful photos from here. Below are two I did the last time I did this walk I really recommend it. It’s really pleasant and beautiful. Look out for the skinks!