McMillans Walking Track
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Authors - Ben Cruachan Walking Club, John Chapman, Monica
Publisher - John Chapman
$25.00 or with cover $28.00 (postage included)
Pre-publication price - $22 or $25 with cover (postage included)
The books are expected to be delivered in late November 2020
Copies can be
purchased directly from us via PAYPAL or by
cheque or money order for A$25.00 or with cover A$28.00 (includes GST
and postage to any Australian address) or for Overseas
orders A$35 (includes air-mail and cover), to PO Box 5042,
Laburnum, 3130, Australia. We also have clear
plastic protective covers
for an extra $3 each. Paypal transactions will appear in your statement
as PAYPAL*JOHNCHAPMAN. NOTE - Credit cards can be used for Paypal
payments - you do not have to have a Paypal account.
This is a new guide. It is currently being printed and is scheduled to
be delivered in late November 2020. Advance orders are being taken and a
discounted price will apply until it's been delivered.
The book has 88 pages, the track has been divided into 6 sections with
the start and end of each section having two-wheel-drive access. There
are 17 topographic maps.
In 1864, Angus McMillan cut a series of walking tracks that linked the
goldfields of Gippsland. The track fell into obscurity until 1983 when
John Smith and some other volunteers from the Ben Cruachan Walking Club
(BCWC) rediscovered the track from Omeo to Woods Point and set about
clearing it. BCWC has maintained its interest in the track and are
still maintaining it. They also run an end-to-end walk along it every
two or three years.
McMillans Walking Track is 210km long and is located on the
southern side of the alps in eastern Victoria. The walk takes up to
14 days and can be done as through walk carrying all the supplies for
the whole trip or it can be arranged to be met by
conventional vehicles every 2 or 3 days. With a 4 wheel
drive, groups can be met every night except one.
This is an ideal leadup walk to the Australian Alps Walking Track. It
has a lot of similarities with some alpine walking, forests,
steep climbs and descents. The major difference with the AAWT is
there are 10 river crossings, 7 of which must be waded. The track
itself is also varied ranging from
vehicle tracks, walking tracks and some untracked sections. Bushfires
are a regular event in the alps and after fire regrowth is prolific so
some overgrown sections should be expected as it can be some time
between track clearings.
Snail Mail Address
John Chapman, PO Box 5042, Laburnum, 3130, Australia
Photographs and text are copyright ©2020 John Chapman.
Last updated : September 12th 2020