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.
Lone flowering rock orchid above the ‘nibble line’
Walking the dry creek bed
Another amazing spotted gum giant bonsai
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oyster farming the old way – on rows of discarded steamship ballast
Low tide on the Clyde
Inhospitable banks of the Clyde
Beautiful Batemans Bay
Elaine collects litter and Denise makes a new friend
Leaving the river
Photos by Denise, Erika, Philip & Karen
Fifteen walkers took on the challenge of a circuit walk along the Clyde River from Chinaman’s Point in cool conditions. The walks organiser had timed the tidal retreat to perfection, enabling us to take to the comparatively easier walk along the waters edge wherever possible after a descent along the access road from our cars
A quirky find along the road was a lyre bird nest, currently unoccupied. The walk was a true medium grade and provided challenges to earn the delightful scenery we saw along the way, including old mangrove trees and remnants of the early oyster industry in the area, where oysters were generated naturally on horizontal rows of the discarded ballast of the steam traders in the early days of European settlement.
After a morning tea at the Beach Camp and lunch on the banks of the river the group climbed through steep and overgrown country to reach an overgrown forest trail leading us straight to our cars.
On the return home we stopped to admire the magnificent view of Batemans Bay from the Holmes Lookout.
A sunny Saturday followed “freezing Friday” as 12 BBBWs set off to explore forest tracks and trails behind Long Beach.
There were quite a few modest hills in the 10 kilometre route but the scenery and flora provided a distraction that took our focus away from any physical effort required. The group visually searched the heights of a tall Ironbark tree for signs of the flowering Ironbark orchid that Erika had spied during the reccie walk. The bloom was unfortunately spent but Erika had brought along a photo for us all to view.
Then we searched the forest for Blue Gums and discussed the differences between that species and the Spotted Gum.
The only complaint voiced was that Philip failed to provide a comfortable log for the group to use as seating during morning tea, otherwise it was an excellent Saturday morning walk.
Elkhorn (platycerium bifurcatum) ‘piggy backing’ on a Burrawang.
Carol and Denise morning tea by the lake.
Bev and Karen enjoys a chat and a cuppa by Tuross Lake.
Bev, Bob, Elaine, Elizabeth, Geoff relaxing on the lake shore.
Maggie, John, either, Dave, Karen, Bev and Steven enjoy the sun on the rocky beach.
Negotiating rocks while avoiding wet feet.
Walkers on the beach.
Photos by Carol and Mary
Batemans Bay Bushwalkers made another foray into Eurobodalla National Park this week, this time to the small section at Blackfellows Point and Tuross River mouth. After strolling through the spotted gum and burrawang forest, walkers enjoyed morning tea on the shore of Tuross Lake, looking across to One Tree Point and watching the sea eagles soaring overhead.
The next break at lunch was on the beach below Blackfellows Point, overlooking the big surf crashing on the rocks. Then it was back through the dappled forest to complete the circuit walk.
An enjoyable morning was had by a small group of walkers as they rambled with Marilla along the Cullendulla Boardwalk. The peace and quiet of this area so near to the town is always a lovely outing. Today was no exception with some sun and no wind after a little rain over the past two days. Thank you Marilla.