Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens

Sunday 28 July 2019

Photos by Jan, Carol & Ainslie

It was National Tree Day, the winter sun was shining and the Club bushwalk was a 7 km Easy/Medium stroll through the local Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens just south of Batemans Bay.  Is it any wonder 35 members and 3 visitors chose to shoulder their packs and spend their Sunday in the bush with walk leaders Jill and John.

There are at least 7 different walk tracks through the Botanic Gardens, which when linked together explore about 32 hectares of natural bushland and cultivated gardens.  Deep Creek Track follows Deep Creek through a moist ferny gully and the Forest Track leads to the lookout over Deep Creek Dam.  The Arboretum Track passes through a grove of local eucalypts and other tree species, including the Blackbutt donated by our Bushwalking Club back in 1993.  The Lake Track leads to an ampitheatre overlooking one of several landscaped lakes and is a good spot for lunch.  There is also an Aboriginal Heritage Walk showing traditional uses of about 30 Eurobodalla native plants.

A fitting way to spend National Tree Day with so many bushwalking friends.




Gulaga and Tors

Sunday 14 July 2019

Photos by Tom

An early morning meeting at Moruya River was followed by a 60 km drive to Tilba where we disembarked and commenced our uphill trek to Gulaga (Mt Dromedary).  9 walkers started under the guidance of our leader but one walker exercised responsible behaviour and decided to return early as they assessed the walk may be too difficult.   This reinforces walkers’ need to exercise sensible judgement when undertaking walks and be mindful of their capabilities, as issues experienced later in walks can lead to unnecessary problems.

The recently graded track was in good condition and provided scenic viewing of the Bermagui coastline.  Alluvial gold was first discovered in this area in 1852 with mining continuing until around 1920.   A number of marker plaques along the track, installed by the ANU Geology Department, described the geology of the area.  While not much wildlife was spotted we did come across one Lyrebird, overseen by a Wallaby, foraging on the track.

Upon reaching the saddle, a rest area with toilet and picnic table, we diverted to the Tors, rather than ascend the summit of Gulaga.  This area is significant to the traditional Aboriginal people, the Yuin and reportedly a ‘secret women’s place’. It proved very interesting with unique rock formations and, due to the extremely clear weather, views all the way to Pigeon House mountain.  These Tors are the remains of the hardest granite left behind after this volcano eroded over millions of years ago.

Lunch in the sun, followed by a quick descent, ended a very pleasant Sunday walk.



Bingie to Mullimburra Circuit

Sunday 30 June 2019

Photos by Carol & Karen

Denise led 12 bushwalkers on a 5 km circuit starting at Bingie Headland, via the Dreaming Track to Mullimburra Point.  The return leg took advantage of the low tide and followed the beaches back to the start.  This is one of the most scenic sections of the Dreaming Track, taking in Kellys Lake and Grey Rocks along the way.



Paddle: Clyde River-Nelligen to Batmans Bay

Monday 4 March 2019

Photos by Karen

We had perfect conditions for our 15 km paddle from Nelligen to Batemans Bay on Monday.  No wind, a following tide and fine weather.  It turned out to be less arduous than expected.  The outgoing tide sped us along on a mirror still waterway, and we found ourselves having to deliberately slow down.  We took a break on Big Island, but still reached Batemans Bay bridge before lunch.

Upstream, the Clyde River was very quiet and peaceful, with virtually no traffic, but as we approached Batemans Bay, the noise and activity of the new bridge works, plus the police helicopter buzzing overhead investigating the bogus bomb threat, quickly brought us back to reality.