Benalla bushwalking club

April 03, 2017

Garden Range walk

The Garden Range is an interesting local area, part of the Strathbogie Ranges to the east of Euroa.

Ten people joined a walk to explore and find the site of a rock shelter containing Aboriginal art.

We met near the Waterhouse reservoir on a warm autumn day and followed unmarked wallaby tracks south into the bush.

The ranges are composed of granite, including many boulders rising like large sculptures or monuments in the landscape.

We used GPS co-ordinates to search for the rock shelter and this added a degree of challenge as we navigated around or over the many rock formations.

We eventually found the art site, which is under an imposing rock overhang, with expansive views over the Seven Creeks valley and out to the plains.

It was rewarding to view the ochre paintings of various figures created by the original inhabitants and owners of these rugged ranges and fertile valleys.

Interestingly, the name Euroa itself was derived from a term in the local indigenous language meaning ‘‘joyful’’ or ‘‘joyful place’’.

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the shade of the shelter and then headed back along meandering tracks toward the reservoir, which shimmered blue in the afternoon heat.

By this point we were content to shorten the walk and admire a local waterfall from a distance. Everyone enjoyed the walk and experiencing some of the lesser-known places and history of our area.

— Hamish McPherson, Benalla Bushwalkers

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