Christmas Lunch

Sunday 2 December 2018

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.

Little Forest Plateau

Thursday 29 November 2018

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.

Ainslie

Smiggin Hole Camp

Sunday 18 – Saturday 24 November 2018

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.

Stilwell Walk

Porcupine Rocks.

Rainbow Lake

Island Bend

Illawong

Gunuma and around.

Photos by Ainslie, Amanda, Brian, Donna and Mary 

 

Broulee and Mossy Point Wander

Saturday 10 November 2018

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.

Denise