Year 11 OES Grampians Hike
A cool and fresh week was perfect for our Unit 1 Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies hiking trips to the Grampians last week. Three groups completed a stunning three day walk in the Wonderland range/Halls gap area of the Grampians, and part of the new Peaks trail currently being constructed.
The groups embarked on an incredibly scenic walk through the range, up and over Mt Rosea, where we found ourselves in the clouds, through the spectacular rock formations and ancient landscapes. We wandered through tall messmate forests, mazes of rocky outcrops, rocky gullies, waterfalls, through heathlands, woodlands, and stayed at a spectacular camping spot at Bugiga.
The students were given a great opportunity to appreciate and explore the environment. We look at various aspects of past and present human interactions and impacts in the area. The Grampians/Gariwerd is rich in Aboriginal culture, which provides an insight into the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people who have walked and lived in these ranges they have called Gariwerd for thousands of years.
The students and staff enjoyed the experience. The students pushed themselves, and their leg muscles, and helped each other to complete this hilly and beautiful walk. We congratulate them on completing a great and enjoyable trip!
Jane Smith and Louis Gross
Outdoor Education Teachers