Humphries Hill Walk, Winton Wetlands

Cnr Winton North Road & 11 Mile Creek Road, Winton North 3673

Humphries Hill Walk, Winton Wetlands

Cnr Winton North Road & 11 Mile Creek Road, Winton North 3673

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20 m
.5 km
Easy

This interesting loop walk engages with the Aboriginal past and visits the hill on which Humphries’ homestead and farm was situated. Wildlife, woodland and water bird sightings are highly likely.

Humphries Hill Walk, Winton Wetlands

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Summary

This interesting loop walk engages with the Aboriginal past and visits the hill on which Humphries’ homestead and farm was situated. Wildlife, woodland and water bird sightings are highly likely.

Description

Enjoy a stroll beside the swampland and into the open woodland of Humphries Hill. Follow the path to discover the ancient and more recent history of the area. Walkers may spot signs of past Aboriginal occupation at this location.

Wildlife can often be found relaxing in this area. Take it slow and see what you can observe. The site is close to various wetlands, ponds and waterways that make it an excellent location for further exploration. Please drive very carefully to and from this walk.

Water birds frequent the swampy surrounds. Woodland birds favour the sheltering trees and extensive successfully revegetated areas of the hill. Much work has been done by the leaders and volunteers of the Regent Honeyeater Project here. Be on the alert for some exciting sightings.

The track has a gravel surface, an easy gradient and is clearly marked. it is suitable for all ages.

Pets are not permitted in Winton Wetlands.

Directions:
From the Mokoan Hub and Cafe head right along Lake Mokoan Road for 5.3km.
Turn right into Boggy Bridge Road and follow it to the end of the road (bending left at Greens Hill). At the T intersection turn left onto Winton North Road. After 1.8km Humphries Hill will be in front of you.

There is a gravel car park with an information signage and clear maps of your walk.

The nearest public toilets are at Greens Hill.

This is a walk for all seasons. Summer can be hot. Carry food, water, first aid and be SunSmart.

Parts of Winton Wetlands are remote. In case of emergency call 000.

Other walks in Winton Wetlands:
Woodland Walk
Greens Hill Walk
Sculpture Walk
Swan Wall Walk
Mokoan Ponds Walk
Robertsons Hill Walk
Heron Loop Walk

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Points of Interest

1. The track

The gravel track trailhead is well marked. The track initially meanders along the swampland edge before turning up the gentle rise of Humphries Hill.

2. Wildlife

Also commonly associated with Winton Wetlands is the high likelihood of close encounters of the wildlife kind - in this case a Long-necked Turtle. Many fall victim to cars. Please drive slowly.

3. Aboriginal history

Walkers may observe signs of past Aboriginal occupation.

4. European history

Evidence remains that the hill was once the site of the Humphries homestead and farm. The house was demolished by State Rivers when the site was dammed to establish the now drained Lake Mokoan.

5. Revegetation

Across Winton Wetlands volunteers and field workers have contributed thousands of man hours into revegetating the grazing pasture legacy of European settlement, as seen here looking over to Mt Meg.

6. Open woodland

Humphries Hill provides an attractive open Red Gum woodland for the walker to enjoy.

7. Regent Honeyeater Project workers

Look out for Andie and crew. Humphries Hill and surrounds are amongst Winton Wetlands ongoing habitat improvement sites for establishing self sustaining populations of threatened Regent Honeyeaters.


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