Well, once again I return with another hiking related post! Now that I am doing the 52 Hike Challenge there may be a common theme of hiking. It has only been a few weeks but already I am thoroughly enjoying the process of trying to find a new hike every week and seeing so much more of the areas surrounding Melbourne.
Last weekend I chose the Brisbane Ranges National Park for a hike. But before we hit the trails, we made a quick detour for some fruit picking!
Somehow the idea of us going berry picking had been floating around my head for a few weeks, so when Chris suggested we find a place on our way to the Brisbane Ranges it took me all of 0.5 of a second to agree. The Brisbane Ranges are only an hour west of Melbourne, and are located near the town of Bacchus Marsh, which is apparently known for fruit and berry farms. We went to Naturipe and were able to pick strawberries, peaches and nectarines, and we may or may not have eaten our body weight in strawberries in the process.
From Bacchus Marsh it was off the freeway towards the national park. We did the Ted Errey Nature Circuit, an 8km loop I had heard wonderful things about and it definitely lived up to the hype.
Apart from a few short, steep hills the walk was easy enough, and was broken up regularly by fantastic viewing points. To think that this is only an hour from the CBD!
You can hardly tell, but in the above photos you can see the You Yangs (the range on the left), and Port Philip Bay.
I am trying to get over my shyness towards being in photos, and take more that include either myself or Chris (or, god forbid, both of us). As you can probably tell I am terribly awkward at posing and Chris is reluctant to accept the role of #Instagramhusband, but I am persevering nevertheless! It is nice to be able to look back at some pictures and see that we were actually there.
Given the proximity of the Brisbane Ranges to the city, I will definitely be back for some more hiking! It is fantastic to have such an amazing, diverse forest so close to the city.
Three hikes down, and 49 more to go!