Sunday 2 December 2018
Committee members Brian, Helen and Joe.
Denise and Carol.
Ainslie and Mike.
John, Jill, Lora and Lyn.
Bev, Lesley, Wendy and Mark.
Christine, Glen, Maggie and Bob.
Leanne, Pat, Karl and Brian.
Betty, Bob, Marlene, Barbara and Jan.
Photos by Carol and Helen
The Christmas luncheon to celebrate the end of another great walking year was held at the The Gardens Cafe in the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens. It was lovely to see so many of our members and especially older walkers keen to catch up with friends and review the year’s walking and camping activities.
Thursday 29 November 2018
Christmas Bell (Blandfordia nobilis).
Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa).
A lovely show. Pink Swamp Heath (Sprengelia incarnate)
Frogs and their eggs in water on the track.
Beetle on Tee Tree
Lunch, Joan, Tim and Lee – What a view!
Austral Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea resinous).
Tea tree (Leptospermum).
Mary and Miranda on the edge.
Forked Sundew (Drosera binata).
Black Wattle (Callicoma serratifolia).
Photos by Ainslie, Donna, Joan and Mary
What a surprise it was for me to see far more flowers now in summer than we have seen in spring. We only saw a few Xmas Bells which demanded attention with their bright red and yellow colours. There were masses of Teatree with large pink flowers, and along the tracksides clusters of Slender Yellow-Eye. It was one of three species not in our record of plants collected on Little Forest Plateau for the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens. The other two were Callicoma serratifolia or Black Wattler, tucked down in a gully among the rocks where we had our lunch while gazing out at the marvellous view of the Budawangs. Pigeonhouse and The Castle dominated the skyline.
The third previously uncollected species here was the Grasstree, which had tiny white flowers all up their tall spikes. After all the rain the previous day, we had to walk around numerous puddles on the sandy track, with one offering a clear view of frogs mating.
We had a sunny afternoon with wonderful views, and enjoyed that of the whole coast from Pointer Gap Lookout.
Sunday 18 – Saturday 24 November 2018
The mountains in spring time glory.
A change in conditions as Gunuma takes on a wintery look.
Winter snow melt swells the Snowy.
The second club camp for the Spring quarter was held at Smiggin Hole, Koszciusko National Park in the beautifully situated and equipped Gunuma Lodge. Our host for the week Wal, made us welcome and assisted with local knowledge and the smooth running of the lodge, making our stay one to remember with great pleasure.
Dead Horse Gap and Valley walk.
The group starting out on our first walk to Dead Horse Gap.
Betty, Christine and Brian on Thredbo Chair.
Bev, Mary and Rob on the way down from Dead Horse Gap.
Bev, John and Heather ahead of the group on the way to Dead Horse Gap.
Slipping and sliding along.
Betty leads the way across the snow.
Snow gums in a hug.
Thredbo River on the Valley Track..
Rob, Maggie, Leader Barry, Glen, Brian and Sharon Mount Stilwell walk.
Yellow carpet with walkers, Mount Stilwell Walk.
Barry and snow drift.
Sharon, Glen, Maggie, Rob and leader Barry.
Geoff ahead on the track to Porcupine Rocks.
Leader Betty on the ascent to Porcupine Rocks.
Geoff with monolith.
Mike and Ainslie relax in the sun on the way to Porcupine Rocks.
The valley from Porcupine Rocks.
Heather shows the way when leaving Porcupine Rocks.
On the way to Rainbow Lake.
Crossing the outlet stream at Rainbow Lake.
Walkers on the Island Bend walk.
Camp leader Karen.
Jim, Sharon, Glen and Mary on the Illawong track.
Leader Barry on swing bridge.
No hands, Sharon on the swing bridge.
Rob before crossing the swing bridge, Illawong track.
Looking down to Illawong Hut.
Sharon trying out the Illawong emergency shelter for size.
The Snowy making its way.
Glen and Sharon dwarfed by the vegetation.
Gunuma and around.
Quiet time in Gunuma.
Wal digs us out!
Heather in the well equipped kitchen.
Ros tries snow shoes for size.
Nothing stops the BBBW from getting their daily walk in!
Sharon brightens up a snowy day.
Ros on snow shoes.
Camp Leader Donna braving the snow.
The weather didn’t stop Liz’s BBQ.
Christine on snow shoes.
Enjoying the sun after the snow.
Photos by Ainslie, Amanda, Brian, Donna and Mary
Saturday 10 November 2018
Len, Heather, Carol, Denise, Lesley, Moira, Marilyn and leader Bev.
Pelicans and walkers Moira, John, Marilyn and Bev.
Admiring a memorial anchor at Broulee.
The clear waters of Candalagan creek.
John recaptures his inner child.
Photos by Denise and Donna
It was a balmy Spring morning as 13 Batemans Bay bushwalkers set out on a 6.5 kilometre walk from Candlagan Creek. Those sentiments were obviously shared by Broulee residents and holiday makers as many children ran and splashed at the waters edge, others dug energetically in the sand and their parents took time to rest watchfully. Further out about 20 surfers waited patiently, legs dangling either side of their boards, becalmed on the serene ocean.
Bev, the walk leader took the group of hikers along coastal tracks, through Casuarina forests and along the southern banks of the Tomaga River. Many birds were vocal and a pair of striated pardalote were spotted by one keen eyed walker. These birds are normally found high in tree tops but, had ventured down to feed in lower branches. Spring flowers were in abundance both in local gardens and the adjacent bushlands, dianella, cymbidium suave and the ingenious trigger plant were some of the species identified.
There is an interesting video clip from the Melbourne Botanical Gardens that can be found by Googling trigger plant, the presentation explains the reason for the plant’s common name. It makes you wonder how plants come up with such unique and strategic solutions to pollination when supposedly they can’t think.
The crystal clear water had walkers trying to spy marine life on the bottom of the river and creek, it also enticing kayakers out in numbers.
It was such a “good to be alive experience” that after the walk, many of the group decided to stay for lunch.