Sunday 5 – Friday 10 May 2019
Photos by Erika, Philip & Karen
Thirteen paddlers made camp at the North Nowra Ski Park overlooking the Shoalhaven River for 4 days of paddling some of the many Shoalhaven waterways.
Day 1: An 18 km trip from camp upstream on the Shoalhaven River to Calymea Creek near Bamarang Reservoir. This involved a fairly lengthy car shuffle, but the towering sandstone cliffs lining the river made the effort worthwhile. Excellent paddling weather.
Starting out the first day
Lunch on a river beach
Day 2: Drove north through Berry to Wharf Road and the launch spot on Broughton Creek. Paddled upstream to where the creek forks into 2 arms and explored both. Returned to launch spot and drove back to Berry for lunch.
At Broughton Creek junction
Paddling through farmland
Day 3: Paddled downstream from camp, under the highway bridge to Bomaderry Creek. Joined the remainder of the group who chose to launch at the boat ramp in Bomaderry Lions Park off Bolong Road. Paddled Bomaderry Creek upstream. Very windy conditions. Returned to Bomaderry Lions Park boat ramp.
Passing under the Highway
End of Bomaderry Creek
Jaffles cooked on the campfire
Day 4: Paddled downstream from camp to Nowra Creek and explored the main creek and its tributary. There is also a walk on both sides of the creek called Ben’s Walk.
Nowra Creek tributary
Egret standing sentinel
Tributary reaches farmland
End of Nowra Creek
Then paddled back upstream past camp to explore Cabbage Tree Creek opposite the zoo. This creek ends in a spectacular rock amphitheatre. Paddled back to camp and more jaffles around the fire.
Entering Cabbage Tree Creek
Approaching the cliffs
Cabbage Tree Creek Amphitheatre
End of the creek
Erika and Philip under dry waterfall
Thanks again to Ian for organising the camp paddle program and logistics, and the evening campfires.
Saturday 11 May 2019
On a bright Saturday morning ten members and two energetic visitors gathered at the Wasp Head car park for what must be one of the most beautiful walks in the Murramarang National Park. The forecast had predicted heavy seas but the outlook across Emily Miller Beach was placid. The Beach is named after a wrecked ship and the rocky headlands between all the beaches on this walk attest to the dangers for early shipping. The walk passed across seven named beaches but there are other rocky and often dramatic small coves in between. After the climb out of Emily Miller we descended to the ominously named Dark Beach (but only named for the colour of the sand), then up again and down to Myrtle, with its rocky platform to cross and grassy backdrop.
Start at Wasp Head
Emily Miller Beach
Photos by Christine & Karen
On all the ridge tops the stunted gums evidenced the fierce and chilly southerly winds that cross the ridges. That did not seem to stunt the ancient burrawangs, however, and our off-track sections had us pushing our way through these unfriendly natives with their knife-like leaves. Up again and down to Richmond Beach. By now the wind was rising and the waves were getting up. These south-facing beaches were catching the rising wind the sea was no longer enticing for a lunchtime dip. A quick drop down to Little Oaky Beach, across two dry creek gullies and then down to Oaky Beach proper for lunch, close to a native bee nest embedded under one of the cliffs.
Stunted spotted gum forest
Little Oaky Beach – stony and rocky
Flat, sandy Oaky Beach
Oaky Beach lunch lawn
Native bee nest
After a sunny lunch, footpaths became the order of the day, passing Honeysuckle Beach and providing a civilized end to our walk to the North Head camp site. A splendid walk, with lovely clifftop views along the coastline, on a beautiful day.
View back to Richmond Beach in distance
North Head Beach
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Old paddocks overtaken by mangrove
On the top
Photos by Donna
Bushwalkers visted Louttit’s Quarry on another perfect winter day for being outdoors. This granite quarry on the south side of Moruya River produced the lathe turned granite columns for some of the grandest buildings in Sydney, including the GPO, Queen Victoria Buildings, Customs House, St Mary’s Cathedral and for the statues of Captain Cook, Queen Victoria and the Centotaph, among others.
The walk was nearly all off track and we are grateful to Bob for leading this excursion and relating the story of this largely forgotten piece of our local history.
Sunday 5 May 2019
Denise’s raspberry pie
Photos by Donna & Denise
16 members and 1 visitor enjoyed a pleasant walk in winter sunshine along good forest tracks through the bush near Tomboye Road, north of Batemans Bay. After a brisk 7.5 km and a few hills, you can’t go past the East Lynne Road House and their famous sweet pies for afternoon tea.