Spring Creek Fire Trail to Rock Orchids

Thursday 20 September 2018

Photos by Denise, Rob and Helen

Betty led 20 walkers, including 5 visitors, on an 11 km walk to see flowering rock orchids on the granite outcrops along Spring Creek. The hills along the firetrail leading up to the creek kept us quiet but that soon turned to raucous chatter as we found the first orchids in full bloom. The further we proceeded down the creek the more flowers we saw and I have never seen so many cameras in action on a walk.

While the hills on the firetrail had to be tackled again back to the cars, we were a happy crew having enjoyed such a great flowering event. For future reference Betty says she uses the 2nd half of September as her guide for seeing the flowering orchids. Thanks to Betty for this enjoyable walk.

Rob

Shoalhaven River Cruise

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Photos by Judith and Karen

The day dawned sunny and clear and after a 1.5 hour drive north to the Nowra bridge, we boarded the Shoalhaven River Cruise boat for a 2 hour trip upstream.

As we boarded the boat, excitement started to show on most of us and for good reason. The boat itself was clean and well stocked with our morning tea supplies, which was included.

Our cruise included glorious scenery that was backed by the skipper’s commentary, explaining what we are seeing and its historical highlights.

After the cruise we all went to have lunch in the Nowra Servicemen’s Club and the buffet was filled with all the choices of meat, salads, pasta, desserts, etc. No person left that place hungry.

Total of 33 people enjoyed a perfect day that provided glorious weather, great scenery and wonderful lunch.  Thanks again to our hardworking Social Committee for a great day out.

Joe

 

Cullendulla Creek and Square Head

Sunday 9 September 2018

Photos by Carol

On Sunday twenty bushwalkers enjoyed a 7 km walk,  first walking through a spotted gum forest with Burrawangs en masse.  After the recent rains the bush was sparkling.  Stopped along the way to enjoy the views from Square Head Nature Reserve down to Long Beach.   It was a steep descent on a rough track down to Cullendulla Creek, with a break for morning tea to admire the interesting coloured rocks.

We continued along the edge of the creek till we were lucky enough to see the Rats Tail Orchids in flower.  Our lunch spot was on the edge of the creek, very pleasant sitting in the sun.  Then back to the cars – thank you very much Jill for a great walk.

Lesley

 

Chinamans Point – Clyde River

Thursday 6 September 2018

Photos by Denise, Erika, Philip & Karen

Fifteen walkers took on the challenge of a circuit walk along the Clyde River from Chinaman’s Point in cool conditions. The walks organiser had timed the tidal retreat to perfection, enabling us to take to the comparatively easier walk along the waters edge wherever possible after a descent along the access road from our cars

A quirky find along the road was a lyre bird nest, currently unoccupied. The walk was a true medium grade and provided challenges to earn the delightful scenery we saw along the way, including old mangrove trees and remnants of the early oyster industry in the area, where oysters were generated naturally on horizontal rows of the discarded ballast of the steam traders in the early days of European settlement.

After a morning tea at the Beach Camp and lunch on the banks of the river the group climbed through steep and overgrown country to reach an overgrown forest trail leading us straight to our cars.

On the return home we stopped to admire the magnificent view of Batemans Bay from the Holmes Lookout.

Phillip

 

Sea Acres to Blue Gums, Long Beach

Saturday 1 September 2018

Photos by Erika, Karen & Carol

A sunny Saturday followed “freezing Friday” as 12 BBBWs set off to explore forest tracks and trails behind Long Beach.

There were quite a few modest hills in the 10 kilometre route but the scenery and flora provided a distraction that took our focus away from any physical effort required.  The group visually searched the heights of a tall Ironbark tree for signs of the flowering Ironbark orchid that Erika had spied during the reccie walk. The bloom was unfortunately spent but Erika had brought along a photo for us all to view.

Then we searched the forest for Blue Gums and discussed the differences between that species and the Spotted Gum.

The only complaint voiced was that Philip failed to provide a comfortable log for the group to use as seating during morning tea, otherwise it was an excellent Saturday morning walk.

Thank you very much, Philip & Erika.

Denise

Blackfellows Point and Tuross Lake

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Photos by Carol and Mary

Batemans Bay Bushwalkers made another foray into Eurobodalla National Park this week, this time to the small section at  Blackfellows Point and Tuross River mouth.  After strolling through the spotted gum and burrawang forest, walkers enjoyed morning tea on the shore of Tuross Lake, looking across to One Tree Point and watching the sea eagles soaring overhead.

The next break at lunch was on the beach below Blackfellows Point, overlooking the big surf crashing on the rocks.  Then it was back through the dappled forest to complete the circuit walk.

Karen

 

Cullendulla Boardwalk Ramble

Sunday 26 August 2018

Photo by Gill

An enjoyable morning was had by a small group of walkers as they rambled with Marilla along the Cullendulla Boardwalk. The peace and quiet of this area so near to the town is always a lovely outing. Today was no exception with some sun and no wind after a little rain over the past two days. Thank you Marilla.

Gill

Bartleys and Bridge Creeks

Saturday 18 August 2018

Photos by Carol and Mary

17 members joined Len for a walk through bush and dry creeks in the Durras area. Fortunately the high winds of late did not arrive until our walk was nearly completed. Bright sunshine guided the group all the way which was a blessing as the tracks were covered with recently fallen branches and treacherous vines ready to trip the unwary.

Thank you Len for another pleasant morning in the local bush.

Mary

 

 

 

 

North Durras – Depot Beach Circuit

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Photos by Carol and Donna

As we gathered at the meeting place, the forecast westerly winds were blowing strongly.   With some doubt about the safety aspect, we discussed alternatives, but decided to proceed, prepared for possible problems.

However, on arrival at our start point, we found conditions to be acceptable, and relaxed by counting the many kangaroos & wallabies lounging around the village. They were untroubled as we set off, walking past & through mobs that were relaxing in the sun. A pair of rare hooded plovers were foraging at the edge of the estuary, and also a pair of pied oyster catchers, further on, but not another human was to be seen on the long stretch of unmarked beach on the way to Point Upright.

Instead of our usual route around the rock platform, we climbed the track to the lookout, and found a new platform had been built, with fencing, to keep people away from the dangerous edge of the cliff.   The sea was flat, due to the westerly wind, but no whales were to be seen. After walking along the top of this prominent headland, we descended into Depot Beach, and found more kangaroos lounging on the grassy flats above the beach.  Before settling into lunch, we explored the groves of ancient rainforest on the slopes of the escarpment, protected & nourished by the slopes above.

Lunch overlooking this beautiful cove was a millionaire’s view, but we could see much smoke further up the coast, which we learned later was a major fire near Burrill Lake. Apart from that ominous sight, the walk was very enjoyable, and we returned to the cars satisfied with the excursion.

Bob

 

 

Mogo State Forest Tracks and Trails

Sunday 12 August 2018

Photos by Carol, Helen, Mary

‘If you go down in the woods today’…., Pooh wasn’t at home to answer Denises’s knock! However, that was the only disappointment of the walk in Mogo State Forest. 12 club members took advantage of a windless morning to enjoy winter sunshine and clear skies.

The yellow of many wattles in flower together with red feathered robins under brilliant blue skies added to the pleasure of the day and the promise of Spring. Once again Batemans Bay Bushwalkers were reminded that they don’t have to travel far to have a lovely day in forests near the Bay.

Thank you Karen for finding the tracks and trails.

Mary