Betty, Bob, Christine, Heather and Len by Deep Creek Dam
Dwarf sedge frog (Litoria fallax) near dam. Thanks for the ID, Helen
Wendy and shattered tree
Photos by Karen M
This walk was led by Mark and numbered 20 participants. The departure point was at the intersection of the Ridge Road and Dog Trap Road. Weather conditions ideal, about 21 degrees. We followed Dog Trap for a while then branched out to view a portion of the Deep Creek with great reflections. Then back up to a fire trail, which morphed into bike tracks, and eventually into a splendid wandering bush track, with not too much up and down portions.
Several specimens of spring wild flowers were seen: banksia, wattles and hardenbergia. The low points near the Tomaga River were damp after recent rains, but easily negotiable. Great performances by native birds, especially the whip bird.
The walk ended shortly before 1 pm. Total distance travelled about 10 km.
We were warned about the hills before the walk, and yes, it was true, we had a good 10-11kms work out on Saturday!
Nine walkers enjoyed the Golden Gully walk in the state forest near Hawdons Road in Moruya, on good tracks with filtered views of the beautiful Moruya hills on a fine day.
We were looking for spring flowers which made an appearance near the end of the walk with flowering shrubs and climbers including some lovely bushes of pink Boronia.
Golden Gully, Tulip and Turnip Roads were followed by “I Ridge” and “F Ridge” roads when the imagination for road names had run dry. (There was some discussion about what the F might have stood for in F Ridge road….it was pretty steep!)
Native bees were a topic of conversation and many were seen including a wild hive high in a the stump of a spotted gum tree branch. Thousands were swarming around the entrance and it was the noise of humming that brought our attention to them.
For days, rain had been promised for Wednesday 14 September.
9 intrepid walkers went on the programmed 7.5 km walk and were rewarded not only with lovely sunny weather but also with Mogo State Forest at its Spring best (wattle, purple native iris and pink tetratheca being notable) and with sea views from the ridge line above Rosedale/Tomakin.
Jan, Ainslie, Robyn and Ian admiring the view from Florance Head
Mike and boronia
Photos by Mike and Carol
From the park with the huge fig tree in Milton we looked west to see Little Forest Plateau with its sharp cliff at the southern end. This marks Florance Head, our walk destination. This easy level walk had thirteen members who were attracted by the promise of wildflowers and views. The sunny clear day was just what we needed for views of the coast as far north as Point Perpendicular, and down over Lake Conjola and Milton’s farmlands.
To get to our lunch spot we had to go through head-high Boronia thujona in full bloom, one of the many plants which are prolific on Sydney sandstone. Here at Florance Head we had fine views over the Budawang Range – Pigeonhouse, The Castle and Byangee Walls.
One dozen Batemans Bay Bushwalkers completed a 5 km circuit walk in the Mogo State Forest north west of Mt Pollwombera.
As the walk name suggests, the circuit took in the interesting rock formations and westerly views from 2 granite topped hills. Although the walk leader was aware some of the granite boulders had rock orchids growing on them, he was not aware they would be in flower. So the walk catered for all interests; biological and geological.
While descending the second granite topped hill, one walker got a poke in the leg from a wayward stick that required a little first aid – a No 4 field dressing being put to good use. (Reminder to all walkers, long pants and/or gaiters are a good idea on any off track walks!)
The final point of interest was the standing stone. This is a 5 m high, roughly rectangular block of granite standing by itself a few metres off a fire trail. Today the standing stone was putting on a good show, with its head covered in a mass of rock orchids in full bloom.
Pat’s walk in the Benandarah area of the state forest this week was very pleasant and still wearing its morning dew as we set out.
We followed old trails and a new little track through the pretty bush. Adding to the bush’s freshness were the variety of bird calls up in the high tree-canopy as they called out to each other – although this time the black yellow-tailed cockatoos were nowhere to be seen or heard.
The young Sydney Blue Gums were a picture growing amongst all the other tall straight trees and the group admired the variety of native shrubs in bloom. Further along, even the stark burnt tree trunks from a recent hazard reduction burn had a certain abstract beauty about them with their new fresh leaves and the new green undergrowth in stark contrast. A very old lone Kurrajong tree was also seen along the track. Overall a nice energising walk.
This was the last day of winter and perfect for the group of 13 led by Joan through Cullendulla Nature Reserve. The track wanders through Spotted Gum bushland with expansive views north of Long Beach and comes to the end of the clifftop of Square Head. After admiring the view the group followed the track along the top of Cullendulla Creek to the area where steps lead down to the sandy foreshore for morning tea and views across to Batehaven.
The walk then followed a track along the edge of the tidal creek at low tide which gave the opportunity of Bob T noticing resting marks in the moist sand from flathead and stingrays which were of great interest. Further along the shoreline, the beginning of an area of Casuarina trees is where the Rat’s Tail Orchid (Dendrobium Teretifolia) begin to be noticed growing and flowering at various heights on the Casuarina tree trunks. The abundance of these orchids in this area this year is truly amazing, the best year ever, and all were overawed at this wonderful display of these tiny cream coloured orchids in such profusion – August is their prime time.
The track wanders along the creek foreshore to the end area of an open space known as the Cullendulla Aboriginal midden which has many layers of shellfood deposits from the past. Lunch was enjoyed beside the creek at a pleasant small clearing and then the return walk to the Nature Reserve car park finished an exploration of this most enjoyable part of our coast.
The Pigeon House walk is one of the best walks in this area for those who like to ascend a little mountain for some wonderful views. Geoff and Elizabeth led the group of 12 Batemans Bay Bushwalkers, including some who had never been up on top of Pigeon House before.
There were some delightful spring flowering native shrubs and flowers out in bloom, however we were a week or so early for the beautiful boronia “show” on the plateau, as it was still just in bud.
Up on top the views were spectacular as usual and everyone gazed around at the beautiful Budawang land formations and gorges and took photos to record the view.
After lunch we then descended the ladders and the steep track back down to the cars. Along the way it was lovely to see many young people and children out on the track also enjoying the exercise, their bush surroundings and the great views.
13 bushwalkers scored a clear sunny day to explore this 10km walk in Bodalla State Forest, led by Rob. After crossing Lawlers Creek, we ascended virtually the only hill on the walk to the ridge. Then we strolled through groves of flowering wattle, encountering a few undulations, and passing an old Underground Tank used as a water source by the Rural Fire Service. This area is now recovering from being logged several years ago.
We then descended back to the creek gully, and enjoyed lunch seated on Wagonga Scenic Drive to try and escape the leeches – fortunately no traffic that day. The last leg of the walk was most enjoyable – wandering along the banks of Lawlers Creek on a slightly overgrown meandering track. The vegetation is lush, the eucalypts are towering, and there are occasional glimpses of surprisingly steep cliffs on the opposite bank.
Thank you to Rob for putting this walk back on our Program.