The ANGAIR camping weekend away is a fast-developing tradition but it is only 10 years old.
It began when a group decided to attempt some of the Great Ocean Walk together. They camped at Bimbi Park, near Cape Otway, and had such a good time that they decided to try a different section of the walk the following year. After three more years of cherry-picking parts of the Great Ocean Walk, they explored the Grampians for several years, Stevensons Falls in the Otways and then Anakie Gorge.
This year’s walk was in the Mt Buangor State Forest, giving us the opportunity to observe great granite outcrops, wet forest and carpets of native violets. Often, we have been lucky enough to camp on private property and enjoy each other’s company in peace and privacy. Invariably, much sitting around a campfire is involved. Our campsite for 2018 was at Lexton, on the property of Pamela and Robert Sandlant. Pamela is the recently retired principal of Anglesea Primary School.
The Saturday walks are usually about eight or 10 kilometres long and are chosen for their floral diversity as well as their accessibility to those with a moderate level of fitness.
Typically, they are held in late October to give us a chance to see the local wildflowers.
Pink Fingers Orchid
Did we mention the food? The Friday night curries are exceptional and definitely worth travelling across Victoria for. Generally, two-thirds of our group camp together and the remaining third finds accommodation nearby so that they can join us for meals and walks. All members are very welcome to join us.
Next year’s camping location has yet to be decided but watch this space!
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.