Easter 2013 – Newsletter 2

JACKAROO & HOLDEN 4WD CLUBS TRI-STATE GATHERING

Easter 2013 – Thurs 28th March to Tues 2nd April. NEWSLETTER NO.2

The Victorian Jackaroo 4WD Club invites you to join us for a Pyrenees Parade!

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Welcome to our second newsletter. The tri-state committee has been hard at work checking out the Pyrenees 4WD tracks and developing local contacts for next Easter’s event. This newsletter gives you some background on the region.

Our venue

Rising nearly 800 metres, the Pyrenees Ranges consist of box-ironbark forests on the foothills, changing to mixed species stringybark higher up. In Spring, native wildflowers abound and the wattle trees make spectacular viewing. Over 200 species of plants and 100 species of birds have been recorded in the forest. The ranges are mainly sandstone with many granite intrusions, which make spectacular formations. The Pyrenees have a dissected surface with moderate to steep slopes and many gullies and narrow to medium valleys – ideal for 4WD exploration.

Trips

So far, we have planned a medium to difficult 4WD trip through the Pyrenees State forest to the south and west of Moonambel; an easy to medium 4WD trip north to the St Arnaud National Park with spectacular lookouts; a “Ladies’ trip” to Castlemaine/Creswick and surrounds; a Goldfields and Ghost Towns 4WD historical trip, and a wine tasting trip with lunch at a winery restaurant. Given the popularity of the walking trip at Whyalla, we are working on two trips with a bushwalking component. One of these travels through private property to some ancient Aboriginal rock art sites. And more to come……

A little bit of history

The Pyrenees and St Arnaud Ranges were inhabited by Aboriginal people from at least 13,000 years ago. Most of the native occupants were driven out or died from the effects of grazing and the gold rush which began in 1851. Resettlement in the 1870’s then reduced the native population to almost none.

The explorer Thomas Mitchell travelled through the district on his 1836 journey of exploration. The ranges reminded him of the Pyrenees in Spain where he had served as an army officer. He found the area more temperate in climate and better watered than inland New South Wales, and he encouraged settlers to take up land in the region

he described as "Australia Felix". Mitchell’s glowing report on the grazing land in the Western District resulted in squatters from Sydney travelling south using his wheel tracks as a guide, and squatters from Tasmania came via Geelong looking for new pastures.

Climate

Autumn is a good time to stay in the Pyrenees. It certainly is not as cold overnight as Tolmie!

Month

Feb

March

April

Av Daily

Min Temp °C

13.4

10.6

7.6

Av Daily

Max Temp °C

28.8

25.3

20.6

No of rainy days

3.8

4.3

6.6

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To register your interest and join our mailing list for future newsletters,

send an email to: easter2013@jackaroo4wdclub.org.au