A RECENT WALK
To take advantage of the April full moon and see the Acheron Way an entire walk was organised by the Melbourne Walking Club in a program already full. Acquaintance with the Monda track was renewed by some of the party, and was enjoyed by others for the first time. One of the latter, an experienced New Zealand tramper, remarked that one place in particular was similar to the west coast country of the South Island. The tour was highly successful. Motor transport was taken from Melbourne to the Acheron Gap, where tea was made at the road camp. The party numbered 39 men. The leader felt very despondent because the sky was invisible, but very soon splashes of moonlight fitfully appeared, and in less than half an hour not a cloud was to be seen.
It was like meeting a friend in a new and beautiful moment, to see all along the way the delicate drapery of light and shade, to turn a bend and behold, singly, in groups or by the acre, big mountain ash, slender saplings, dainty wattles, sassafras, etc., in startling relief against a murky background. Yet the white and mottled effects of the tree trunks were mantled in a ghostly softness, in spite of their sharp silhouette.
The nippy air contributed to the journey of 17 miles to the new hikers' hostel at Lindt's Hermitage being completed in quick time. The party were highly delighted with the comfort and facilities provided. Miss Joan Anderson is to be congratulated on her enterprise.
Heavy mists and light rain partly detracted from the grandeur