Sunday 15 October 2017
Starting off into the bush.
Scrambling across the slope.
Go high, go low?
Leader David onto something.
Inspecting strewn wreckage.
Wreckage hidden in the bush.
Photos by Amanda, Erica and Philip
Nine club members (David, Betty, Philip, Simon, Rob L, Barry, Amanda, Elaine & Bob T) participated in this short but in part steep and rugged walk.
The aircraft was an Avro Anson which crashed into the south side of the lower part of Pigeon House Mountain on 9 September 1943 killing all three crew members.
What remains of the aircraft is a large number of door sized sheets of aluminium, various other metal parts and the two engines with bent propellers.
More details on the aircraft and why it crashed can be found in the report on the first club walk (June 2014).
Saturday 14 October 2017
Walkers on the trail to Black Diamond Mine.
Val leading the group down to the creek bed.
Burrawang’s new life after the fire.
Erica looking into the mine entrance.
See anything Elaine in the deep excavation?
Colour among the cinders.
Leader Val at a digging
Photos by Erica, Philip and Mary
On October 14, nine Batemans Bay Bushwalkers traversed across a range of bushland – damp forested gullies and dry stony tracks – towards the Black Diamond Mine in the Currowan Forest.
It was found to be a very well preserved mine adit, but only a few of the group ventured into the muddy tunnel.
The mine was worked between 1890 and ’91; 1894 – ’95; and 1912 – ’15, but unfortunately no records are available on the workings, the miners, or the production.
There were other diggings and big holes in the area including a lonely rock chimney from a long gone building.
There had been a bushfire in the mine’s area not that long ago which left a stark scene and some spotted gum trees with very colourful orange-red bases, but as yet no regrowth on the ground.
All agreed it had been a very interesting day’s walk.
Wednesday 11 October 2017
Wendy rounding a trail switchback.
Settling into lunch by the Buckenbowra River.
Walking through vines, ferns and cycads.
Pat and the group pausing for a drink in the shade near the Buckenbowra River.
Lone Orange blossom orchid (Sarcochilus falcatus).
Bush bashing around sawn logs.
Photos by Denise, Karen and Rosalie
With great anticipation, 16 walkers led by Mark N set off on the 13km return lower half of the Corn Trail in the Monga National Park. This historic walking track was originally used by Indigenous people on their seasonal travels between the coast and the tablelands, then later by European settlers on pack horses carrying supplies. The first part of the walk passed through cycads, cabbage palms, tree ferns, towering eucalypts and many blueberry ashes. Birdsong filled the air. After clambering over a fallen tree it was time for morning tea at a dry creek where a number of us commented on the warmth and high humidity.
The sound of cicadas rose as we headed on and into the rainforest. It was like entering into another world – trees cloaked in moss, ferns and climbers, and thick vines twisting their way up to the sunlight. Bob T pointed out a stinging tree with plate sized leaves – we didn’t touch them to check his identification skills! A community of birds nest ferns was happily living at various altitudes on accommodating trees – some ferns were enormous. Mark N spotted a solitary orchid keeping company with delicate ferns on a tree branch.
Lunch by the Buckenbowra River was lovely. It is the classic river with round pebbles worn smooth over thousands of years by the crystal clear water. An eel darted off under the rocks, little insects skated around on the mirror-like surface and friendly leeches and a tick joined us for lunch. The rock orchids clung to the rock face but there were few flowers due to the dry winter – we’ll just have to come back next year! Rob L found a dark grey rock with many fossilised shells easily visible – we could only marvel at how long it had been there.
On the way back, the group was less chatty than on the walk in. Perhaps the warm humid day had taken its toll – or maybe we were just in quiet contemplation of the beautiful, peaceful place we had just left behind. Thank you Mark for leading a truly memorable walk.
Sunday 8 October 2017
Bob, the leader with walkers on Mullendaree Creek
A welcome lunch by the creek bed
Photos by Amanda
Bob T led 7 walkers on a new exploratory walk up the west arm of Mullendaree Creek. We stopped for lunch after 4kms when the number of fallen trees over the creek bed made hiking quite an ordeal before heading back. The creek had no running water and only a few pools of black water but it made hiking easier. The creek made a number of turns due to the interesting geology and the accumulation of gravel at the bends showed us it must be quite a spectacular sight after a heavy rain. Despite the warm dry weather the local bird life was very active and our feather collector, Amanda, found a beautiful red, yellow and black tail feather from a glossy black cockatoo. I know this walker found his legs quite tired the next day but it was a most enjoyable hike.
Thursday 5 October 2017
View north from Najanuga.
Dalmeny and Batemans Bay club members enjoy a day out together.
Erica descends Najanuga.
Cows appreciate a great view too!
Phot0s by Amanda, Helen and Karen
Our leader, Rob, promised us “views all round” and this walk certainly delivered.
From the panoramic scenery of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), Najanuga (Little Dromedary) and Tilba, lake and sea vistas, views of whales splashing about off the coast, and dramatic cloud formations as we hoped for rain, it was all there.
17 Batemans Bay bushwalkers arrived early and set off up hill followed by 18 members of Dalmeny and Narooma walking club. 35 being a few too many for one leader to handle, we stayed in two groups and met up during morning tea and lunch.
As we had permission from the land owners we enjoyed walking in pastural land accompanied by friendly cows then we climbed to Najanuga summit where the best views were to be had. On return we checked out stag horn ferns growing on rocks near the ground, dodged cow pats and kicked up dust from the dry path.
Then we walked through Sheringham farm to the serene Little Lake and onto the golden sandy beach for an early lunch. A bank of dark clouds followed us from the south as we headed to the Tilba Cemetary but we stayed dry on the return to the cars.
A beautiful walk.
Sunday 1 October 2017
Overlooking the gully behind Depot Beach
Cool, green shade of the Discovery Trail
North Durras Beach
Betty in one of the twisted spotted gums on the headland
Photos by Erika & Philip
Starting from the carpark above Depot Beach picnic area we walked a short distance up Depot Beach Road before turning onto a bush track and heading uphill. The track was surrounded by spotted gums and about half way up we took in the view across the tree ferns and flowering palms to beautiful Depot Beach below.
Upon reaching the top of the hill we turned onto North Durras Road and walked downhill until we met and turned onto Lake Road, which led us down to the Durras Lake Discovery Trail. After walking the loop of the Discovery Trail we continued down to Durras Lake and walked along the shore line to the back of the North Durras caravan parks. Skirting around the back of the caravan parks we turned onto a looping bush track that after couple of kilometres returned us to the back of the caravan parks. From there we made the short walk to Durras North Beach.
At the beach, near the mouth of the lake, we stopped for lunch. After lunch we walked to the far end of the beach where we came to the start of the Burrawang Walking Track, which winds through the largest preserved stand of spotted gums in coastal NSW. Climbing the steep track to the top of Depot Beach Headland we took the side track out to Point Upright for great views of the coast line, Durras Lake and the Tasman Sea with migrating whales in the distance. Then it was back to the main track and down to Depot Beach village, stopping now and then to admire the towering spotted gums with their pale mottled trunks contrasting starkly with the dark green understory of burrawangs.
From the back of Depot Beach village we walked around to Beach Road, and after a stop at the boardwalk and lookouts, continued on back to our starting point at the carpark.
Erika & Philip
Wednesday 27 September 2017
Checking out the view
Filtered views on climb
Relaxed Pebbly Beach local
Photos by Denise
A group of eight walkers including leader Carol had a terrific walk up to and around the summit of Mt Durras on Wed 27th September. For some it was an easy stroll, for others they found muscles they had forgotten about that complained about the steep parts and rejoiced in the downward slopes. Sad to say not too many opportunities for views, though morning tea stop at Clear Point was lovely.
Felt like more than 10 km though, I would say closer to 12, but a nice sense of achievement at reaching Pebbly Beach at the end of the walk. Thanks Carol for leading this walk.
Thursday 21 September 2017
Betty with visitor Wendy
Rough Track (RT)
Shirley at the granite garden
Granite garden with Burrawangs and Spotted Gums
Photos by Shirley, Carol & Denise
The promise of seeing Rock Orchids blooming in the wild enticed 21 Batemans Bay Bushwalkers to embark on an 11 km hike, starting 3 km west of Misons Road south of Mogo.
The lack of rainfall over the past few months made tracks very dusty and the bush lacked the usual profusion of Spring wild flowers. Our walk leader, Betty led us westward, up steeper and steeper inclines with granite boulders and interesting rocky formations that, at times helped to divert our attention from the physical exertion of our climb. As the track curved south we stopped for morning tea and noticed that the rock orchids at that site had been eaten by wildlife seeking moisture and nutrition. Bird song was ever present on our hike and the calls of Noisy Friarbirds, Golden Whistlers and Pardalote were identified.
Upon reaching the top of the crest our group was rewarded by the sight of Rock Orchids blooming atop of a granite prominence. Many cameras came out of backpacks to capture the sight.
The return journey was mostly down hill and an understorey of Burrawangs gave the bush a lusher appearance.
Thank you Betty, for an enjoyable walk.
Wednesday 13 September 2017
Sea eagle nest in lower branch fork on right
Morning tea break by the lake
Bev by the lake
Photos by Denise & Karen M
Karen C introduced the group to a new walk behind Ulladulla along the northern shore of Burrill Lake and through Kings Point. It started in the shady Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve with a break for morning tea beside Burrill Lake. The dry season has not been good for wildflowers, but we spotted flowering wedding bush and several outcrops of blue sun and pink lady finger orchids. High up in a tall blackbutt tree by the water’s edge, keen eyes also spotted a sea eagle’s nest. The photo doesn’t do it justice.
Thanks Karen, it’s always enjoyable wandering through the bush, but is a bonus to see something new and interesting along the way.
Sunday 10 September 2017
Bartleys Arm track
Jane at lunch by the lake
Russell and Rosalie on their lunch perch
Russell and Phillip at Beagle Bay
Photos by Carol and Karen M
With winter blowing a soft retreat, 16 walkers set out for the Bartleys and Punt arms of Durras Lake on a 13 km walk. It was a lovely sunny day and a welcome break from the windy conditions of the last few weeks.
The walk took in parts of the National Park and followed along old working sites in the timber-getting history of the area, at times following the remains of old tram lines used to move timber around the area. Although many of the old tracks are now overgrown with hop bush and wattle, the walkers pushed through for morning tea and lunch alongside the lake on the Punt Arm. The final part of the walk took us through to Beagle Bay, ending with a pretty walk along the coast and back to where we left our cars on the old Benandra Road in South Durras.