Thursday 20 September 2018
Rough country into creek
Granite bed of Spring Creek
Denise and orchids
Rob and more orchids
Well worth the effort
Finding a perch for lunch
What’s left of the creek
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.
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Sunny day on the Shoalhaven
The top deck
Nancy & Dennis
Imposing sandstone cliffs
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.
Sunday 9 September 2018
Descending to Cullendulla Creek
Cullendulla Creek at low tide
Ian with rats tail orchid
Rats tail orchids in closeup
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.
Thursday 6 September 2018
Unoccupied lyrebird nest
Oyster farming the old way – on rows of discarded steamship ballast
Low tide on the Clyde
Inhospitable banks of the Clyde
Beautiful Batemans Bay
Elaine collects litter and Denise makes a new friend
Leaving the river
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.
Saturday 1 September 2018
Dappled spotted gum forest
Interspersed with blue gums
Morning tea perch
Ferny forest track
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.
Wednesday 29 August 2018
Elkhorn (platycerium bifurcatum) ‘piggy backing’ on a Burrawang.
Carol and Denise morning tea by the lake.
Bev and Karen enjoys a chat and a cuppa by Tuross Lake.
Bev, Bob, Elaine, Elizabeth, Geoff relaxing on the lake shore.
Maggie, John, either, Dave, Karen, Bev and Steven enjoy the sun on the rocky beach.
Negotiating rocks while avoiding wet feet.
Walkers on the beach.
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.
Sunday 26 August 2018
Leader Marilla with walkers.
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.
Saturday 18 August 2018
Leader Len and Marion.
John, Val, Tim and Bob.
Bob caught in the act perhaps? He sure looks guilty.
Mike having morning tea on the side of the track.
Len and Elaine.
Heather and Karen.
Ainslie and Heather enjoying the sunshine in a sheltered spot.
Bob, Val and Mary enjoy a chat and morning tea on a log.
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.
Wednesday 15 August 2018
Lesley, Leader Carol, Elaine, Bob and Bev.
Donna on the track to the beach.
Donna, Lesley, Elaine and Bob climb steps from the beach.
Rock garden on the track.
Donna hugs a tree.
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.
Sunday 12 August 2018
Anyone at home Denise?
Heather, Rob, Leader Karen and Helen enjoy morning tea on the track.
Walkers found a shady spot for morning tea.
Posing for the camera.
Denise, Heather and Karen.
Wattle ready to welcome the Spring.
Maggie, Mary and Rob.
Bob admires tree garden.
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.