Mt Sturgeon walk

Leaders. Ken & Janeen Grimes

The walk was a 6km return walk plus 300m of rise but the orchids and flowers were so amazing it took two hours to do the first kilometre and we had hardly climbed at all.At the first visible rock we saw an excellent example of case hardening then examples of

  • Precipitated banding
  • Lichen-assisted weathering
  • Shrinkage cracks
  • Weathering was assisted where rock was newly exposed.
  • Different types of cross-bedding
  • Worm tubes – not vertical
  • A huge joint – possibly old track to Dunkeld, with parallel weathering

We averaged less than 1km per hour but eight participants and two leaders had a great time.

Extras included

  • Slithering slime mould
  • Black Wallaby; elderly-looking with grey muzzle and fur over rump and tail base a bit patchy. It was feeding approximately 10m from us and did not move off. It had a large pouch.
  • Yellow Robin at carpark.

Austral Grass-tree – Xanthorrhoea australis

Bent Goodenia – Goodenia geniculata

Black Wattle – Acacia mearnsii

Black’s Goodenia – Goodenia blackiana

Blue Stars – Chamaescilla Corymbosa

Common Beard-heath – Leucopogon virgatus

Common Flat-pea – Platylobium obtusangulum

Common Heath – Epacris impressa

Daphne Heath – Brachyloma daphnoides

Downy Star bush – Asterolasia phebalioides

Euphorbia spp

Flame Grevillia – Grevillea dimorpha

Flame Heath – Astroloma conostephioides

Golden Heath – Styphelia adscendens

Grampians Trigger Plant – Stylidium soboliferum

Hooded Caladenia – Caladenia cucullata

Hop-bush – Dodonaea viscosa

Horny Conebush – Isopogon ceratophyllus

Leafless Bitter-pea – Daviesia brevifolia

Love Creeper – Comesperma volubile

Messmate Stringybark – Eucalyptus obliqua

Nodding Greenhood – Pterostylis nutans

Oyster Bay Pine – Callitris rhomboidea

Pale Sundew – Drosera peltata

Pink Bells – Tetratheca ciliata

Pink Fingers – Caladenia carnea

Rabbit-ears – Thelymitra antennifera

Ruddy Beard-heath – Leucopogon rufus
Running postman – Kennedia prostrata

Scarlet Sundew – Drosera glanduligera

Scented Sundew – Drosera whittakeri

Showy Parrot-pea – Dillwynia sericea

Silky Hakea – Hakea decurrens

Silky Tea-tree – Leptospermum myrsinoides

Silver Banksia – Banksia marginata

Slender Bush-pea – Pultenaea tenuifolia

Slender Rice-flower – Pimelea linifolia

Slender Stackhousia – Stackhousia viminea

Slender Twist-rush – Caustes restiacea

Smooth Parrot-pea – Dillwynia glaberrima

Snow Myrtle – Calytrix alpestris

Thick Twist-rush – Caustis pentandra

Tiny Caledenia – Caladenia pusilla

Trymalium spp.

Twiggy Guinea-flower – Hibbertia virgata

Twining Fringe-lily – Thysanotus patersonii

Variable Prickly Grevillea – Grevillea aquifolium

Victorian Smoke-bush – Conospermum mitchellii

Wallflower Orchid – Diuris orientis

Wattle Mat-rush – Lomandra filiformis

Wax-lip Orchid – Glossodia major

Amanita xanthocephala

Anthracobia spp.

Coltricia cinnamomea

Coprinus spp.

Cortinarius spp.

Hexagonia spp.

Hypholoma fasciculare

Lycoperdon spp.

Omphalina chromacea

Peziza echinospora

Pycnoporus coccineus

Trametes spp.

Tremella encephala

Slime mould


Rock-fern – Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia


Yellow Robin

Eastern Spinebill

Pied Currawong


White-throated Tree-creeper

At the Grampians Retreat campground:

Eastern Grey Kangaroo – lots & lots & lots & lots!