Paddle Tuross Lake & River

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Photos by Mary

Ringlands Track Wagonga Inlet

Saturday 13 October 2018

Photos by Karen and Mary

We set out on the 13th day of the month with 13 walkers on our first walk as leaders with high hopes for a great walk and to bring you all home safely and what a great day we had.

The weather as usual was always going to be a unknown but it never dampened our spirits. Great walking along the bitumen and on to the the track for our morning tea stop at Shell Point looking back across the water to Narooma. Lots of amazing spotted gum, grey iron bark and coast grey box and lots of healthy burrawangs. Seeing the oyster leases and the stories of Ringlands Farm, Ringlands Bay and Ringlands Point; a glimpse into how things where done in the 1880’s to the regattas and the Sunday school picnics  in the 1930’s what a day out that would have been.

After working up a healthy appetite lunch was at Picnic Point a lovely open clearing. Time to don the wet weather gear as the rain began to fall for the last part of our walk.

We saved the best till last with a lovely wander through the rain forest with the huge birds nest ferns in the trees and the amazing strangler figs and the giant stinger trees and back up the track to our cars. Just in time to beat the rain.

To our other 11 walkers thank you for making our day so memorable and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Ros and Liz

Round Mountain

Sunday 7 October 2018

Photos by Helen and Mary

They say ‘Forewarned is Forearmed’ and so 11 hikers set off on a Betty 11km hike that promised “walking around some fairly steep hills south of Batemans Bay”. True to her word this was a tough hike on some long steep hills but the views from the top were spectacular. We all agreed that few of us had seen the township from these vantage points which made the slog all the more rewarding. Betty said she added a 2km section to the hike to avoid one extremely steep hill climb which she showed us from the top looking down. The photos will hopefully do justice to the climb we didn’t have to do. The hike ended close to the Batemans Bay Cemetery which drew obvious black humour comments from a group of very tired walkers.  We all agreed this was a good workout and worth the effort. Well done to Betty for such an interesting, yet tough walk.

Rob

Durras Mountain East Face

Saturday 29 September 2018

Photos by Karen and Phillip

Any club member who knows Rob would be happy to go on a walk he leads in rain, hail or shine. For his Durras Mountain walk, seven walkers joined Rob to do all those conditions in the course of one walk.

Under forbidding skies we headed out from Pebbly Beach Car Park toward Snake Bay as a light shower started to fall. The shower stopped by the time we reached the climb up to Durras Mountain through the beautiful spotted gum and mahogany forest, so layers came off. By the time we huffed and puffed our way to the top, the weather had given way to another light shower and light hail as we walked with layers replaced across the sedge grasses along the old road.

After a morning tea break we took off in bright sunshine through dense bush down the slope to the old farm road. Again going on in sunny weather we diverted to avoid the high tide until we reached Snake Bay for lunch. By this time chilly southerly winds brought another change in conditions and layers came back on. Finally we made our way back along the stunningly beautiful coastal track to Pebbly Beach after a great walk lead by Rob.

Phillip

 

Tarourga Gorge

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Photos by Amanda and Denise

Six lucky walkers followed Bob on his 6 km walk to Tarourga Gorge and back. It was hard to begrudge Mother Nature the little bit of rain that fell, as the air smelt fresher and cleaner after the sprinkle.

The scenery once again reminded us of how lucky we are to live in the Eurobodalla. Tall spotted gums and iron barks and large granite boulders along the sides of the gullies leading down to the  Tarourga Creek bed.  There, the rocks were covered with moss, lichen and sometimes rock orchids that were flowering just out of the reach of hungry wildlife.  Walkers could see the “nibble line” where stretched necks could only eat leaves down to a certain level.

The rocks created some fantastic shapes as tree roots spilled out over them to gain a hold that kept them vertical.  It was almost giant bonsai.  The rewards of any physical effort in accessing the gorge were repaid in full on this truly scenic walk. The group were back to the cars by lunch time just as a second sprinkle started.

Thank you Bob for a great morning out.

Denise

 

North Durras and Discovery Trail

Sunday 23 September 2018

Photos by Carol

Once again 17 of our hearty bushwalkers led by Lesley set off to enjoy the wonderful bushland of the Murramarang National Park.

Leaving our camel train at North Durras Lake (currently closed by sandbanks) we wandered along the lake foreshore – over between two caravan parks and down into the back lake walking trail along the rear corner of  Durras Lake  where the Discovery Trail is located.  The group meandered along the lake shores checking out lyre bird scratchings and listening to other bird calls – ending up on one of the DiscoveryTrail pathways at a pleasant log area for morning tea.

Starting back along the trail some of the group enjoyed going to the top of a timber lookout built among the semi-rainforest CabbageTree Palms and large Spotted Gums to a creek where a flock of twittering silver eye birds were enjoying the water in a small creek pond.  Then onwards and over the hill returning to the lake and our camel cars. A very relaxing experience enjoyed by all.

Bob

 

Spring Creek Fire Trail to Rock Orchids

Thursday 20 September 2018

Photos by Denise, Rob and Helen

Betty led 20 walkers, including 5 visitors, on an 11 km walk to see flowering rock orchids on the granite outcrops along Spring Creek. The hills along the firetrail leading up to the creek kept us quiet but that soon turned to raucous chatter as we found the first orchids in full bloom. The further we proceeded down the creek the more flowers we saw and I have never seen so many cameras in action on a walk.

While the hills on the firetrail had to be tackled again back to the cars, we were a happy crew having enjoyed such a great flowering event. For future reference Betty says she uses the 2nd half of September as her guide for seeing the flowering orchids. Thanks to Betty for this enjoyable walk.

Rob

Shoalhaven River Cruise

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Photos by Judith and Karen

The day dawned sunny and clear and after a 1.5 hour drive north to the Nowra bridge, we boarded the Shoalhaven River Cruise boat for a 2 hour trip upstream.

As we boarded the boat, excitement started to show on most of us and for good reason. The boat itself was clean and well stocked with our morning tea supplies, which was included.

Our cruise included glorious scenery that was backed by the skipper’s commentary, explaining what we are seeing and its historical highlights.

After the cruise we all went to have lunch in the Nowra Servicemen’s Club and the buffet was filled with all the choices of meat, salads, pasta, desserts, etc. No person left that place hungry.

Total of 33 people enjoyed a perfect day that provided glorious weather, great scenery and wonderful lunch.  Thanks again to our hardworking Social Committee for a great day out.

Joe

 

Cullendulla Creek and Square Head

Sunday 9 September 2018

Photos by Carol

On Sunday twenty bushwalkers enjoyed a 7 km walk,  first walking through a spotted gum forest with Burrawangs en masse.  After the recent rains the bush was sparkling.  Stopped along the way to enjoy the views from Square Head Nature Reserve down to Long Beach.   It was a steep descent on a rough track down to Cullendulla Creek, with a break for morning tea to admire the interesting coloured rocks.

We continued along the edge of the creek till we were lucky enough to see the Rats Tail Orchids in flower.  Our lunch spot was on the edge of the creek, very pleasant sitting in the sun.  Then back to the cars – thank you very much Jill for a great walk.

Lesley