Jill, John, Bob and Molly work out what to do next
Mary, Karen & Elizabeth waiting for their turn
Thanking Pam for her patient tuition of this bunch of croquet novices
Who knew there was a dedicated croquet lawn in Moruya overlooking the river and presided over by Pam and her fellow croquet players. Pam invited members of Batemans Bay Bushwalkers to come along on Sunday morning to find out more about the game. We split into 4 teams of 4 (with a spare), and after a quick, succinct outline of the rules, Pam let us loose on the 2 courts she had set up. We played a very simple form of the game called Golf Croquet at first, but as we grew more confident Pam introduced new elements to the following games until we were enjoying the more complicated rules of Aussie Croquet.
We were surprised to learn croquet is quite strategic, and not just hitting balls through a succession of hoops.
After several games and a fun morning in glorious sunshine, we adjourned to the Moruya Bowling Club for a convivial lunch and catch up.
Thirteen very enthusiastic members of Batemans Bay Bushwalkers turned up on Thursday for a pleasant morning walk starting at Maloneys Beach.
The leaders Ainslie and Mike were happy to welcome 2 visitors from Griffith. We strolled up from the beach to the south end of Murramarang National Park enjoying the beautiful forest and an amazing view at Acheron Ledge across the bay. A bush tucker plant was pointed out to us by one of our very knowledgeable members and morning tea was enjoyed on the beach while taking in more spectacular views of the sea and rock face. After the conclusion of the walk 9 members went on to lunch at Maloneys Beach Cafe.
Another glorious south coast Autumn morning saw Batemans Bay Bushwalkers down at Tuross Head, doing an Easy 7 km ramble along that scenic section of the Eurobodalla coast.
The group welcomed a visitor on his first walk with the Club, as well as 2 new members. This was also Denise’s first walk as a Leader, a role which she acquitted as if she had been doing it forever.
As it was an Easy grade walk, we stuck to the concrete pathway, dropping down to admire several beaches along the way. There were views of the Tuross River Estuary on an outgoing tide, with schools of mullet milling around in the clear water. Denise led the group as far as Coila Lake and then turned around in order to finish the walk before midday.
Some of the group stayed on to further enjoy the day with lunch at the Tuross Boatshed Café – fish and chips right at the water’s edge.
Twenty walkers gathered at the southern end of Burri Road all ready for another great walk in the Mogo State Forest. There are a myriad of tracks in this area, and though our leader Mark had mentioned that the walk was “hilly”, we were surprised just how many hills you could fit into a 10 km walk!
The walk took us through an area near Dunns Creek Road which was severely burned during a bushfire some 8 months back. The forest floor was now thick with green bracken, and you could see where leaf litter was starting to accumulate. In patches it was evident that fire had reached the crowns of the trees, but now many of those blackened trees were sprouting new exocormic growth.
With no breeze and the temperature rising we were all pleased to find a cool lunch spot in a little shaded gully. Then it was just a couple of more hills back to the cars….or was that several more hills back to the cars!
A great walk with a special reward at the end….afternoon tea at the Leader’s home.
The group take a break in the dunes enjoying the sunshine.
Jane with leader Bev.
Photos by Carol
One perfect day, 10 walkers set out to amble along the track behind Bengello Beach, which was a minor road, before George Bass Drive was built. The southern end of it was washed away in big seas, during an “East Coast Low” storm in the early 1970’s (1971, I think).
This was the same event which dramatically changed the Tuross entrance, and partly washed out the coastal drive at Bermagui. But our day was sublime & serene, with only a light breeze to keep us comfortable.
We turned to the beach at the parking area, known as “the sand mines”, as several decades ago sand was taken from there for various construction purposes. Morning tea on the dunes allowed us to survey the features of the beach, such as sand banks, gutters, sideways drift & numerous rips, which occurred regularly about 200 m apart. Surprising to find that most people still need help to identify such hazards.
Then up over the headland for magnificent views of this beautiful coastline, and along Broulee Beach, enjoying all the fun being had by people with human and furry kids. Lunch was taken on Mossy Point, where the magic of this coast made us feel immensely fortunate, as we are, living in a millionaire’s playground.
The club walk today, led by Mary and Stan took us to the start on River Road near Nelligen where we walked Ridge to Ridge as the walk was aptly named.
The weather was perfect, mainly overcast and warm for the group of 17 members and 3 visitors to walk up the many hills along forest roads to, since some clearing of trees, beautiful views of Pigeon House, The Castle and the River Clyde.
The group was so fit and enthusiastic that we made a possible lunch site a little early. Our leaders decided to forego a bash down to the river to eat, instead we made the short drive back to the village and enjoyed our lunch on the lovely green at Nelligen.
Thank you Mary and Stan for sharing your local forest and tracks with us.
Pittosporum Revolutum open ready for birds to scatter the seeds.
Photos by Carol
With 23 members and 2 visitors we set off on the first section of the days walks, starting from the Kioloa boat ramp at the Marine Rescue Centre and continuing around the well signposted O’Hara Head Track. This was a new bush walk for our club and was relatively easy walking with a variety of interesting trees and vegetation on the circuit.
After morning tea the group drove to the second leg of the day, commencing at Pretty Beach and continuing on the well worn track via Snapper Point and Merry Beach then back to Pretty Beach. The ocean views and rock formations seen from the lookout and cliff tops were spectacular. We were so lucky to have such a lovely fine autumn day for both walks.
Ian, Philip, Bev, Simeon, Karen and Stan by Termeil Lake.
Looking towards Crampton Island on a seemingly deserted beach on the way to Tabourie.
Ian, Stan, Simeon, Bob and Karen on Tabourie beach
Leader Karen sets the pace with Bev and Mary close behind on a brilliant Autumn day. Crampton Island in the distance.
Terns on beach across from Crampton Island.
Pelicans hoping to share in the catch near a fisherman on Tabourie Creek.
Photos by Brian and Mary
Our walk today took us to Termeil Point and Tabourie beach with bush land in between. The day heated up quite rapidly as we made our way through lovely forest and bush land to the first beach in Meroo National Park. A surprising and very welcome breeze greeted our first beach walk. Morning tea on the rocks near the entrance to Termeil Lake was followed by further bush with sea glimpses as we made our way to Tabourie where school children and terns were enjoying the expansive sands and a low tide allowing access to the nearby Crampton Island.
We left the beach and walked along side Tabourie Lake to our lunch spot complete with tables and shade. A stroll through the village took us pass gardens still full of flowering shrubs and flowers and along another bush track to our cars. The day had become unseasonably hot and a welcome stop on the way home at a favourite club watering hole at East Lynne completed another lovely day in the Eurobodalla Shire.
Leader Carol leads the group safely out of the Pass
Denis on the way up out of Goalhouse Pass.
Walkers disappearing into the bushes on the plateau.
Donna overlooking the range.
Lunch on the escarpment overlooking the Budawangs and Castle. Karen and Rob planning future walks?
Photos by Carol and Mary
On Sunday 8th April 15 eager Batemans Bay bushwalkers set out for Mt Bushwalker on the escarpment behind Milton. Along the way we negotiated a steep descent down into Goalhouse Pass supposedly so named because of a few cattle rustlers who attempted to move cattle through the pass and up onto the plateau for grazing. The rustlers ended up in detention in the enclosed pass. The descent down to the Pass was indeed worth the effort as we were rewarded with moss and lichen covered walls of rock towering above our heads. The floor was covered in tree ferns and moss covered logs together with the odd clump of orchids clinging desperately to overhead rock ledges.
Continuing on to Mt Bushwalker we were again treated to spectacular views across the valley towards The Castle, Biangee Wall and The Budawangs. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and we could just see the cork of Pigeonhouse Mountain peeping up over Tianjara.
All in all a very spectacular walk which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.