Sunday 23 February 2020
Leaders, Ainslie and Mike, sitting with Heather – members for 25+ years
Photo provided by Ainslie
As a change to the usual morning start this walk began for 13 members and four visitors in the afternoon on a perfect late summer day. Ainslie and Mike explained the route to be taken on the map and began by leading to the beach and along to the rock platform below Mill Point.
From this point on as we walked over the rocks, there was interesting information given by Mike as to the variation in patterns of rock formation caused as ancient ice bergs melted and stones and rocks fell from their base into the softer rock material on the floor of the sea bed.
At one location we were shown the formation of a horizontal ancient tree trunk now seen as fossilised wood embedded into the cliff face. This area of rock cliffs now form the most southern area of the Sydney sandstone basin.
The track took us around Wasp Head, through bush and along beaches to Dark Beach where at the southern end there were steps leading up to the track through Burrawangs, now recovered from drought conditions, and finally back to the cars. Several walkers remained to enjoy a cuppa and early picnic dinner – our grateful thanks to Ainslie and Mike for this beautiful and informative walk.
Thursday 20 February 2020
Morning tea at Bogola Head overlooking Montague Island
North of Bogola Head
Rodney and Rob down the track
Lunch on the Beach
Karen with visitors, Malcolm and Beverley, closely followed by Amanda and Gay
Walking past reedy banks of Nargal Lake
Red Belly black snake making a quick getaway
Walking up Honeysuckle Road to the cars
Photos provided by Philip, Bob and Tom
The First Walk of the New Year! Fourteen Club Members headed south to one of the most attractive stretches of the Southern NSW coast, just south of Narooma. After the bushfires, everyone was pleased to get into a coastal bush area where the fires had not impacted and where bushwalkers could get entry. The group was rewarded with a beautifully sunny day, the skies were clear and the local vegetation looked fresh after all the recent local rain. The walk, which was relatively easy and about 11 kms long, took in open coastal forest, some beach walking beside heavy surf, a bit of dune scrambling, some rocky promontories with splendid views up and down the coast and across to Montague Island, as well as lakeside walking around Nargal Lake. On the beach there were Pied Oystercatchers, and the occasional Sea Eagle flew overhead. Kangaroos and wallabies were surprised behind the dunes. Only one rather small red-bellied blacksnake was spotted beside the Lake. All in all, a superb return to our local bushland.