Point Upright Rock Platforms

Thursday 1 November 2018

Photos by Erika and Mary

Philip and Erica led 13 walkers on a hike to the rock platforms and lookouts at Point Upright (Depot Beach) on a day with optimal low tide conditions. The weather was very kind to us with warm conditions and the winds only starting to get strong at the walk end.

We started the walk at the Depot beach car park and proceeded along the beach to the rock platforms. The soft sediments have been eroded by the ocean to create a large flat platform and very tall cliffs. We could see evidence of ‘drop stones’ from icebergs that floated over this area of shallow seas in the Permian 250Million years ago. We also saw fossil molluscs in the rocks exposed by all the erosion.

We then climbed up the steep path to the cliff top and enjoyed great vistas from a new viewing platform erected by the Shire. Being November we saw the obligatory whale cavorting in the waters as it headed south for summer. The trail then took us back through a forest of spotted gums to the carpark where we heard a few crows making a huge racket in the bush and discovered a large goanna strolling through like he owned the place and a water dragon in a pond who showed us only his nose.

This is a great walk if you have visitors from out of town or overseas, not too long, interesting views and forest vegetation.  “Calm Bay’ facing Durras would also make a great safe swimming spot in summer.




Duesburys Road Dalmeny

Saturday 27 October 2018

Photos by Mary and James

After parking our cars near  Duesbury Beach, we turned west and headed into the bush.  After ascending the first hill, described by the leader as “a small undulation” were took to the forest to seek  out “more undulations”.    Here the loose pebbly bike tracks meant it was “eyes to the track” until the track levelled out giving us the opportunity to take in the beauty of the surrounding forest.

It was then a short walk to connect with the Dalmeny-Narooma cycle path and, as it was low tide on Lake Mummaga, we  were able to take a short detour to walk along its sandy shore before reaching our lunch spot close to the inlet.

After lunch we made good use of the Dalmeny-Narooma Cycle Path.  This well constructed path made the walking easy, and gave us the freedom to take in the 180 degree ocean view and keep an eye out for whales.

It only takes one person to say “there’s a whale”, and  before you know it 20 people are standing on a headland  staring out to sea.   Those lucky enough to have binoculars were able to identify both a cow and calf and, by the amount of flipper and tail splashing, both appeared to be enjoying themselves.

Our final detour from the cycle way was onto the beach and across a rocky point before arriving back at the cars.  With perfect weather this enjoyable 11 km walk, not only provided a variety of tracks and vistas, but an added bonus of whale sightings.


Light To Light Walk and Car Camp, Ben Boyd National Park

Monday 22 – Thursday 25 October 2018

Photos by Karen and Mary

9 Batemans Bay Bushwalkers enjoyed walking the 32 km Light to Light Track in Ben Boyd National Park over 2 days.

We set up camp at Saltwater Creek and spent the first evening fending off hungry kangaroos, possums and goannas.  Despite our best efforts they got a block of chocolate, several muffins and some onions.

Day 1 started at Boyd Tower on the southern most tip of Twofold Bay, near Eden.  From the lookout there we first saw the palette of colours peculiar to this coast – the deep blue sea edged with foaming white surf, and red, pink and mauve rocks fringed by deep green vegetation.

The track undulates south over headlands covered in tea tree forest, and through rocky bays and sandy beaches.  We stopped many times to watch the passing parade of whales migrating south.


The weather was a little humid, and we were pleased to complete our 14 km walk at Saltwater Creek Beach mid afternoon, so there was plenty of time for a dip in the creek, or a shower back at camp.

Day 2 dawned much cooler, and perfect for our 18 km walk south to Greencape Lighthouse. Today the walk was a little flatter and passed through a variety of scenery.  As well as the dramatic and rugged red siltstone coastal geology, we walked through low scrubby heath festooned with Spring wildflowers, and tall eucalypt forests.

We spotted frogs at the creek crossings, and enjoyed a break at the serene safe harbour of Bittangabee Bay.  And did I mention the whales??

In addition to the scenery and abundant wildlife, the walk passes a number of European historic sites – Boyd Tower, Bittangabee storehouse and tramway, the Ly-ee-Moon shipwreck graveyard, and Green Cape Lighthouse.

Back around the campfire that evening, we thanked Barry for organising the camp and leading the walk – a most enjoyable excursion.


Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Photos by Carol

On an overcast day six bushwalkers started from Pebbly Beach and began a climb up through the Murramarang National Park. When we reached a flat section we detoured off the track to Clear Point, a scenic area of ocean views with mountain scenes in the background. After a short stop we continued back along the track with numerous steps and steep inclines, spotting Cabbage Tree Palms (Livistona Australia) and purple Flag plants in flower. Eventually we reached Snake Bay where we scrambled over rocks to find a place to sit and have lunch while we watched the rough ocean waves.

On our way back to the cars we were lucky to spot three Lyre Birds who we heard calling in the forest. As usual we all enjoyed the day out in the bush.


Ryans Creek 3 Crossings Walk

Sunday 21 October 2018

Photos by Denise and Karen

After rain the night before and a weather man’s prediction of afternoon showers to come, six bushwalkers strode out early. Forestry tracks and fire trails made up most of the 10 kilometre hike around Ryans Creek, the group crossing the water course three times in both State Forest and National Park.

The leaves of the understorey were still wet with droplets glistening in the sunshine, a pleasant sight after so many dry and dusty walks of late. There were even some puddles of water to be found both in the creek bed and filling up small dips in the surrounding bushland. This obviously met with the approval of birdlife as, they sang loudly from tree tops.

The first signs of spring were evidenced with many varieties of yellow pea flowers blossoming along the trails. Walkers found the damp bushland refreshing and uplifting after such a dry stretch. The forecasted showers never did eventuate.

Thank you Mary & Stan Marchant for such an enjoyable experience.


Upper Coila Creek

Thursday 18 October 2018

Photos by Karen and Mary

The object of today’s walk was to explore the country west of Turlinjah between the Princes Highway and Little Sugarloaf Road.  This is the Moruya State Forest and also the headwaters of Coila Creek, which eventually flows into Coila Lake.  There are no marked bushwalks out there, but there are a lot of forestry access roads along the ridges, and trail bike tracks crisscrossing the gullies.  To make a walk, Batemans Bay Bushwalkers string together a series of these tracks, sometimes with a bit of bushbashing or creek walking, to form a circuit.  This is how we develop most of our walks because there are very few marked bushwalks in the Eurobodalla Shire.

It was a humid 14 km through some very hilly country.  The stretch along Coila Creek was really enjoyable, especially after the rains.  There are also a number of Sydney Red Gums (Angophora costata), growing along the ridges – not a common tree in our area, so special when you find several stands of them.


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.