Saturday 14 October 2017
Walkers on the trail to Black Diamond Mine.
Val leading the group down to the creek bed.
Burrawang’s new life after the fire.
Erica looking into the mine entrance.
See anything Elaine in the deep excavation?
Colour among the cinders.
Leader Val at a digging
Photos by Erica, Philip and Mary
On October 14, nine Batemans Bay Bushwalkers traversed across a range of bushland – damp forested gullies and dry stony tracks – towards the Black Diamond Mine in the Currowan Forest.
It was found to be a very well preserved mine adit, but only a few of the group ventured into the muddy tunnel.
The mine was worked between 1890 and ’91; 1894 – ’95; and 1912 – ’15, but unfortunately no records are available on the workings, the miners, or the production.
There were other diggings and big holes in the area including a lonely rock chimney from a long gone building.
There had been a bushfire in the mine’s area not that long ago which left a stark scene and some spotted gum trees with very colourful orange-red bases, but as yet no regrowth on the ground.
All agreed it had been a very interesting day’s walk.
Sunday 8 October 2017
Bob, the leader with walkers on Mullendaree Creek
A welcome lunch by the creek bed
Photos by Amanda
Bob T led 7 walkers on a new exploratory walk up the west arm of Mullendaree Creek. We stopped for lunch after 4kms when the number of fallen trees over the creek bed made hiking quite an ordeal before heading back. The creek had no running water and only a few pools of black water but it made hiking easier. The creek made a number of turns due to the interesting geology and the accumulation of gravel at the bends showed us it must be quite a spectacular sight after a heavy rain. Despite the warm dry weather the local bird life was very active and our feather collector, Amanda, found a beautiful red, yellow and black tail feather from a glossy black cockatoo. I know this walker found his legs quite tired the next day but it was a most enjoyable hike.