Sunday 12 August 2018
Anyone at home Denise?
Heather, Rob, Leader Karen and Helen enjoy morning tea on the track.
Walkers found a shady spot for morning tea.
Posing for the camera.
Denise, Heather and Karen.
Wattle ready to welcome the Spring.
Maggie, Mary and Rob.
Bob admires tree garden.
Photos by Carol, Helen, Mary
‘If you go down in the woods today’…., Pooh wasn’t at home to answer Denises’s knock! However, that was the only disappointment of the walk in Mogo State Forest. 12 club members took advantage of a windless morning to enjoy winter sunshine and clear skies.
The yellow of many wattles in flower together with red feathered robins under brilliant blue skies added to the pleasure of the day and the promise of Spring. Once again Batemans Bay Bushwalkers were reminded that they don’t have to travel far to have a lovely day in forests near the Bay.
Thank you Karen for finding the tracks and trails.
Thursday 9 August 2018
Martin taking a break.
Martin inspecting a paper wasp nest by a cave.
Marg, Wayne and Philip take lunch on a convenient log.
The forest track returning from Kellys Mine.
Photos by Brian and Helen
Brian let 14 walkers on a very pleasant hike into the Mogo State forest west of Bimbimbie. The weather was kind with warm temperatures and no wind which had not been the norm for the region the previous week. This area was logged in recent years and still shows signs of the tracks and fallen tree debris. Still, the walk gave us plenty of forest and interesting granite rock outcrops to admire. Brian pointed out some interesting comb structures at the entrance to a small cave which on closer inspection proved to be a wasp nest that we judiciously avoided.
The highlight feature of this walk was Kellys Mine, an old abandoned gold mine last worked in the 1920’s. The Park Service is obviously very keen to keep vehicles away from the old mine as they have dug 7 pits and berms along the track to the mine. The mine itself still showed evidence of its previous activity with trolley tracks and rusting crusher equipment. The mine entrance is protected by a fence as it now houses a colony of endangered bent-wing bats.
All in all an interesting days walk close to Mogo and easy to access.
Saturday 4 August 2018
Today Saturday 4th August 13 walkers left from Grandfathers Gully car park and set off for Lilli Pilli beach via the headland crossing Circuit beach and returning again via the same route.
The day was warm with wall to wall blue skies and just enough breeze to make walking pleasurable.
There weren’t any whales jumping to steal the limelight, but we did see several scuba divers out practising.
Thank you Bev for organising such a pleasant walk.
Wednesday 1 August 2018
At the Inlet after morning tea.
Morning tea by the inlet.
A clearing in the sunshine.
Double banded Plover.
Almost everyone went to enjoy the view at the lookout.
Leader Mary stood point duty, to make sure no one was left at the lookout!
Old tin shed where explosives were stored.
Mangrove Track bordered by distinctive Tassel Cord Rush (Baloskion tetraphyllum)
Photos by Brian, Donna, Karen, Helen and Mary
On Wattle Day, a group of 19 walkers travelled north to Lake Conjola for a lovely, mainly flat 15km walk through the nature reserve at Narrawallee Inlet, along the coast and back along good forested tracks.
With four distinct eco-systems we enjoyed forested areas very different from the Eurobodalla, a swampy area currently dry but full of bird life, a beautiful stretch of beach with fishing dolphins and an old mining area where silica was extracted.
Complete with our own geologist who advised us about the mining area, we also saw the structure that housed the explosives required for this, now an artistically twisted tin shed with a flowering wattle backdrop.
A refreshment stop at Yatte Yattah nursery on the return journey made for an excellent day out.
Thursday 26 July 2018
Brian, Leader Rodney, Barry, Helen, and Rob at the viewpoint on Durras Mountain.
At the summit ready for morning tea.
On the way down on a sunny track.
Yep, hollow all the way up.
The group waits at a junction for everyone to catch up.
Rodney waiting for his ‘flock’ to negotiate the creek.
Vines ready to entrap the taller club members.
One of many obstacles in the lower regions of Durras Mountain.
Photos by Helen, Karen and Mary
On a crisp morning, promising a sunny winter day, twelve walkers including two new members, gathered to walk over Durras Mountain by a route that focused on its Western slopes.
From a car park on Dangerboard Road the group took a Parks access road before joining the more commonly used route up Durras Mountain from Pretty Beach. The chilly air in the forest gave way to sunny open country at the top of the mountain, where kangaroos were enjoying the pasture land cleared since the 1850s. From the lookout at the summit, there were views south to Depot Beach and Mount Dromedary, while the clear air also provided magnificent vistas to the Budawangs to the West.
The descent first took a side track through a stretch of pristine rainforest common to the western slopes where Lyrebirds were in evidence and Kookaburras swooped around. After rejoining the main track up the mountain and a speedy descent past many indicators of the earlier farming settlement, a little used overgrown track was taken back to Dangerboard Road. This certainly slowed the group down, with broken timber to catch unwary feet, patches of tangling vines to catch backpacks, numerous fallen trees to clamber over, and a slippery but dry creek crossing just before the road. The cool damp air in the forest there was in stark contrast to the sunshine on the mountain top.
All in all, an excellent walk, with natural variety and a dash of recent human history.
Saturday 21 July 2018
Looks like a narrow way around the rocks.
Perfect day for the beach.
Walkers on a rock platform.
Karen, Bev and Karen
Jimmies Island from the track.
Photos by Karen and Lesley
Brilliant south coast winter morning for our walk exploring tracks & trails around Rosedale.
As we started our walk along Rosedale Beach the rocky outcrop that is Jimmies Island looked amazing against the blue sky and calm blue sea. The cameras came out and photos were taken. Heading north along the coastline we discovered a sea cavern and a great variety of rocky outcrops and quartz pipes, time to keep watching ones footing. A white heron was spotted stalking a meal in the distance. Our leader, who is very familiar with this area took us on tracks, trails and steps only known by locals, giving us glimpses of some very unique architecture and interesting gardens.
Morning tea was taken while sitting in the sun and watching holiday makers enjoying our beautiful beach. Then off again along the tracks up and down over the hills and through the bush to finish our walk back at our cars.
Thank you Ian for leading us on this lovely 5km easy scenic walk.
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Karen and Donna walking over boulders and rocks.
Looking down on a mine site.
The fascination of a hole in the ground.
Lunch in a sunny spot off the track.
Martin examines the safety grill at one of many mine entrances.
Karen and Helen at a mine entrance.
Leader Mark in pensive mood.
Photos by Helen and Mary
I went for a very nice walk yesterday in the Mogo State Forest with 12 other bushwalking friends. The walk had a bit of everything – forest roads, narrow winding trails, offtrack bushbashing beside a creek, rock scrambling, mine shafts – and best of all, we had the place to ourselves.
There are a myriad of large granite rocky outcrops in this part of the forest – too many to stop and explore, although we did take a break on a large flat outcrop beside the creek and admired the rock orchids and an unusual stand of Bottlebrush (Callistemon rigida) rarely found in these parts.
We also found a burnt out tree covered in old shells of cicadas from last season – some with their own cobwebs to show just how long they had been hanging on.
The GPS Club was there in force – I think we had at least five tracking our progress, and in the process brushing up on our bush navigation skills.
Thanks Mark – good fun as usual.
Sunday 15 July 2018
Walkers starting out on the track.
Barry ‘scales’ Big Rock.
Leader Donna at Big Rock.
Morning tea next to ‘The Rock’.
Water on the track but leader Donna had Plan B in hand.
This was it, Heather emerging from the ‘alternative’.
Fortunately Donna was not relying on road signage!
Walkers bathed in winter sunshine.
Photos by Denise, Helen and Mary
Ten brave souls were up for the challenge of joining Donna on her inaugural walk as leader. After being implored not to tread on sleeping snakes or break bones, the group set off on Big Rock Road Circuit.
Surprisingly Big Rock Road Circuit is so named because there is a big rock on the walk. It is a new walk located in the Bodalla State Forest. Other than the ‘Big Rock’ the walk leader could not offer any whales or expansive vistas of the coastline, primarily due to the fact that the walk was inland. However, participants were advised of the possibly of sighting a Yowie riding a unicycle. Unfortunately these creatures are very shy, particularly whist riding unicycles, so none were spotted on this occasion. However, a couple of horse riders leading another horse were met on the track. Following a Mexican standoff with neither party willing to give ground a solution to the impasse was reached and we all walked past each other.
Upon completion of the walk, the walk leader was ecstatic to discover that we returned with the same amount of walkers as when we left! So that’s one down and 165 walks to catch up with ‘Queen of the Bush’ Val. Thanks to Karen, Mary and Karen for exploring the walk, attending the reccie and assisting me on the day.
Thursday 12 July 2018
Karen, Ken and Val.
Val and Karen.
Carol with Spotted Gum.
Photos by Carol
The group of 4 started out with a larger group of walkers to ascend Durras Mountain before splitting off to continue a shorter walk. This was a special occasion as leader Val has decided after leading about 166 club walks and numerous back packs over many years that it was time in the future to follow rather than lead. Thank you Val for the happy and interesting walks you have led for our club.
Thursday 12 July 2018
Combined group of walkers before dividing into two groups at the top of Durras Mountain.
The view from the top.
Two leaders Val and Bob.
Pink Lilli Pilli.
Chatting in the sun.
Mark and Rob
Bob, Bruce, Glen, Chris, Mark, Betty, Rob, Donna and Dave.
Giant Stranger Fig with Staghorns.
Walking through the high grass.
Photos by Denise, Brian and Mary
The destination today was the Giant Strangler Fig Tree. The walk took 14 members and guests to the top of Durras Mountain on good track. The view at the top of Durras Mountain was spectacular, brilliant sunshine enhanced an abundant crop of Lilli Pilli both white and pink on the side of the track.
The terrain changed as Bob led us off the main track down an increasingly obscure track to a dry creek bed where we went bush to locate this local marvel. On the way Bob took his usual licence with an explanation of a rock wall, always entertaining if not especially factual!
The fig is thought to be at least 100 years old and for an ‘old fellow’ looking in remarkably fine health unlike the host tree. Large, lush Staghorns adorn the roots of the fig all the way up to the top. Cameras popped as we sat on the bank to admire this magnificent example of local flora.
Climbing out of the gully was made a little more challenging with care needing to be taken stepping over branches, fallen trees and a lot of waist high, bright green grasses.
We returned to the Bay under darkened skies in time to experience a thunderstorm with heavy rain and hail stones.