A collection of notes on places of interest in our local area.
Go to Rise and Shine page – click here
Go to Rotunda Park page – click here
3. Loddon River at Newstead.
“We this day crossed several fine running streams, and forests of box and blue-gum growing on ridges of trapean conglomerate. At length, we entered on a very level and extensive flat , exceedingly green, and resembling an English park. It was bounded on the east by a small river flowing to the north-west, (probably the Loddon), and abrupt but grassy slopes arose beyond its right bank ………… After crossing this stream, we encamped, having travelled nearly fifteen miles in one straight line, bearing 60 1/2 degrees east of north. Sheltered on every side by woods or higher ground, the spring seemed more advanced there than elsewhere, and our hard wrought cattle well deserved to be the first to browse on that verdant plain. The stream, in its course downwards, vanished amongst grassy hills to water a country apparently of the most interesting and valuable character.”
Major T.L.Mitchell, 27th September 1836
In a dry country, could there be any feature more important and attractive to life than a river? Conduits of fresh water not only sustain life, but also provide a sense of deep satisfaction for the spirit. Local communities treasure their rivers and Newstead is no exception. The Loddon River has been a central feature of human culture and activities for many thousands of years. Locate on Google Maps. Go to Loddon River page – click here
4. Captain’s Gully Road
This area of the Sandon State Forest is an excellent spot for birdwatching. To learn more including directions click here.
5. Spring Hill and the Mia Mia
This is an intruiging area around the junction of Mia Mia Track and South German Track [the eastern continuation of Spring Hill Tk]. The gully has been heavily mined and is pockmarked with diggings, but contains some nice Yellow Box and River Red Gum. The rise to the south-west has been harvested for firewood in recent times and is dominated by coppice regrowth. Despite this history it is a good area for birds – a hotspot for Crested Bellbirds and I have seen Chestnut-rumped Heathwren [see post from June 14, 2009], Peaceful Dove and Little Eagle here. I have also seen the Spotted Quail-thrush in this area and it is a real hotspot for Swift Parrots. For directions click here. To learn more about this interesting place click here.