Wednesday 18 July 2018
Karen and Donna walking over boulders and rocks.
Looking down on a mine site.
The fascination of a hole in the ground.
Lunch in a sunny spot off the track.
Martin examines the safety grill at one of many mine entrances.
Karen and Helen at a mine entrance.
Leader Mark in pensive mood.
Photos by Helen and Mary
I went for a very nice walk yesterday in the Mogo State Forest with 12 other bushwalking friends. The walk had a bit of everything – forest roads, narrow winding trails, offtrack bushbashing beside a creek, rock scrambling, mine shafts – and best of all, we had the place to ourselves.
There are a myriad of large granite rocky outcrops in this part of the forest – too many to stop and explore, although we did take a break on a large flat outcrop beside the creek and admired the rock orchids and an unusual stand of Bottlebrush (Callistemon rigida) rarely found in these parts.
We also found a burnt out tree covered in old shells of cicadas from last season – some with their own cobwebs to show just how long they had been hanging on.
The GPS Club was there in force – I think we had at least five tracking our progress, and in the process brushing up on our bush navigation skills.
Thanks Mark – good fun as usual.
Sunday 15 July 2018
Walkers starting out on the track.
Barry ‘scales’ Big Rock.
Leader Donna at Big Rock.
Morning tea next to ‘The Rock’.
Water on the track but leader Donna had Plan B in hand.
This was it, Heather emerging from the ‘alternative’.
Fortunately Donna was not relying on road signage!
Walkers bathed in winter sunshine.
Photos by Denise, Helen and Mary
Ten brave souls were up for the challenge of joining Donna on her inaugural walk as leader. After being implored not to tread on sleeping snakes or break bones, the group set off on Big Rock Road Circuit.
Surprisingly Big Rock Road Circuit is so named because there is a big rock on the walk. It is a new walk located in the Bodalla State Forest. Other than the ‘Big Rock’ the walk leader could not offer any whales or expansive vistas of the coastline, primarily due to the fact that the walk was inland. However, participants were advised of the possibly of sighting a Yowie riding a unicycle. Unfortunately these creatures are very shy, particularly whist riding unicycles, so none were spotted on this occasion. However, a couple of horse riders leading another horse were met on the track. Following a Mexican standoff with neither party willing to give ground a solution to the impasse was reached and we all walked past each other.
Upon completion of the walk, the walk leader was ecstatic to discover that we returned with the same amount of walkers as when we left! So that’s one down and 165 walks to catch up with ‘Queen of the Bush’ Val. Thanks to Karen, Mary and Karen for exploring the walk, attending the reccie and assisting me on the day.
Thursday 12 July 2018
Karen, Ken and Val.
Val and Karen.
Carol with Spotted Gum.
Photos by Carol
The group of 4 started out with a larger group of walkers to ascend Durras Mountain before splitting off to continue a shorter walk. This was a special occasion as leader Val has decided after leading about 166 club walks and numerous back packs over many years that it was time in the future to follow rather than lead. Thank you Val for the happy and interesting walks you have led for our club.
Thursday 12 July 2018
Combined group of walkers before dividing into two groups at the top of Durras Mountain.
The view from the top.
Two leaders Val and Bob.
Pink Lilli Pilli.
Chatting in the sun.
Mark and Rob
Bob, Bruce, Glen, Chris, Mark, Betty, Rob, Donna and Dave.
Giant Stranger Fig with Staghorns.
Walking through the high grass.
Photos by Denise, Brian and Mary
The destination today was the Giant Strangler Fig Tree. The walk took 14 members and guests to the top of Durras Mountain on good track. The view at the top of Durras Mountain was spectacular, brilliant sunshine enhanced an abundant crop of Lilli Pilli both white and pink on the side of the track.
The terrain changed as Bob led us off the main track down an increasingly obscure track to a dry creek bed where we went bush to locate this local marvel. On the way Bob took his usual licence with an explanation of a rock wall, always entertaining if not especially factual!
The fig is thought to be at least 100 years old and for an ‘old fellow’ looking in remarkably fine health unlike the host tree. Large, lush Staghorns adorn the roots of the fig all the way up to the top. Cameras popped as we sat on the bank to admire this magnificent example of local flora.
Climbing out of the gully was made a little more challenging with care needing to be taken stepping over branches, fallen trees and a lot of waist high, bright green grasses.
We returned to the Bay under darkened skies in time to experience a thunderstorm with heavy rain and hail stones.
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Lunch on the Western Link Trail, on edge of Bimberamala National Park and Currowan State Park.
Walking Carters Creek.
Bruce and Bob cross Carters Creek.
Gully between the creek and steep hillside.
Magnificent display of fungi on fallen log.
Dense bush by the side of Carters Creek.
The Group on return near cars.
By Helen, Mary and Phillip
Excitedly, 11 walkers took on the challenge of a walk in overgrown country at Carters Creek in the Currowan State Forest, 12 kilometres along the Western Distributor Rd. This was the first time the club has had the walk on the program for a long while. It was marked out by Len in 2004.
The first part of the walk was along a dense logging track to Shifting Plot Creek, climbing steadily through recently burned out areas until reaching Wallaby Road for a well earned morning tea break. With some in the group hoping forlornly the last of the uphill walking was behind them, the leader pressed cheerfully on along Wallaby Road until the full 200 metre climb over the length of the walk was done. There was the usual encouragement of the group to get up the last big hill before the next one, providing them with a valuable lesson on the confidence a person should place in the enthusiasm of a walk leader. As Rob was trying helpfully to clear the Wallaby Road of some recent debris, he almost managed to accompany the debris down the hill when the edge of the road gave way under his feet. He managed to stay with the group only due to a well placed stump he was left to cling to!
With lunch over the group started down toward Carters Creek with a couple of walkers tumbling part of the way thanks to lots of debris on what was left of the track.
Finally, the group reached the beauty of the creek where they made their way back to the welcome sight of the cars. All in all a great days out with tremendous variety in country being walked and great company, to share a classic bushwalking experience. This is a great walk for the younger and fitter newcomers who want to experience the joy of bushwalking.
Sunday 1 July 2018
Rob, Barry, Eddie, Sally, Helen, Betty and Sharon.
Sally, Karen, Rodney and Martin enjoy morning tea in the sun.
Helen and Maggie by Monkey Rock.
Leader Betty, Martin and Sharon near Monkey Rock.
Betty, Barbara, Bruce, Maggie and Sue.
Climbing up a large rock for lunch in the sun.
Photos by Mary
Betty Richards led 18 walkers on a ‘Betty Classic’ in the Mogo State Forest on a sunny warm first day of winter hike.
I say classic cause we all know Betty ensures her walks include bike tracks, fire trails and some forest roads. The walk took us into interesting hilly and gully terrain typical of the local granite geology. One break site in a granite boulder area has been named ‘Monkey Rock’ due to the striking resemblance of the eroded granite rocks to a monkey’s face. We had to share the bike track at one point with a half dozen motor bike riders who very politely slowed down and waved as they went through. Bike riders maintain a number of the tracks we use for our walks and most agreed that the brief noise of their passing and impact on the environment was minimal. At the end of the 11km hike we all agreed it was a good workout for the legs and worth it for an interesting hike so close to home.
Thursday 28 June 2018
Cancelled due to weather.
Saturday 23 June 2018
Morning tea by Termeil Lake.
Walkers striding out on the sand with views to Bawley Point.
Jelly fish resting on the sand
Lunch on the rocks at Nuggan Head.
Photos by Helen and Mary
Termeil Point to Nuggan Head circuit took us through bush and beach, over rocks platforms and by lakes in an area familiar to the club and its members. We had perfect weather, no wind, deep blue skies and although rather chilly at our start, 5 degrees, quite warm within an hour of walking.
Morning tea on the grass was by Termeil Lake. The sand on the beach walk towards our destination, Nuggan Head, had some interesting animal tracks. Large kangaroo back paws with tail indentations and some other small, dainty tracks we were unable to identify, but definitely not dog. A couple of pretty jelly fish were also of interest.
Although no whale sightings, we were entertained as we ate our lunch by a few hardy surfers enjoying some good sized waves off the rock platform.
Thank you Karen for a delightful 11 km walk in a very pretty part of the Meroo National Park.