Bush and Bathe

Thursday 13 April 2017

Photos by Donna, Karen M and Brian

This walk was led by Brian Mercer and numbered 15 participants including one visitor. The convoy of 4 cars travelled up the Durras Road then branched off on to the dirt road to North Head (road much degraded). From there we took a coastal track at about 9 am heading for Honeysuckle and Oaky Beaches.

Brian gave the group the interesting experience of “Forest Bathing”, (in Japanese “Shinrin Yoku”); for the first 10 minutes walking at a slow pace, observing nature  on right and left, in absolute silence. This took us to the magnificent lookout between North Head and Honeysuckle Beach.

The coastal track then re-joined the road between North Head and Durras which we took in the direction of North Head.  The walk  continued along the beach and rock platform from North Head  and arrived at the rock pool which had been designated for an optional swim; because of the high seas the swim was cancelled and the group stopped for lunch. An excellent walk in ideal conditions. The walk took about 3 hours and covered a distance of approx 9 km.

John M