Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens in Spring

Sunday 18 November 2018

Photos by Carol

There were 17 of Batemans Bay Bushwalkers finest (age range 51 to 85)  ably led by Jill to explore the very well established Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens.

Seven kilometres of tracks showed off the interesting pathways lined with clear, clean notices advising the type of plants and areas of the Gardens. The variety of local bush and tree varieties gives a clear picture of the type of forest finery to be found in the seaward side of the ranges and includes such sections as a unique type of forest known as Riparian to be found only by creeks ; flowers such as the green bush orchid (currently in flower) on a low old tree stump; wattles and water plants plus the variety of eucalyptus trees in the Arboretum where in 1993 a Eucalyptus was planted and proudly grows donated by the Batemans Bay Bushwalkers in that year. The meandering paths produced a delightful shady walk on a day of weather to be enjoyed.

Many spots are to be found for morning tea and lunch and members retired to the well catered cafe for coffee etc. and looked at the Gardens exhibition centre and plant nursery. There is also a very well set up children’s playground with attractive barbecue facilities. A day to be enjoyed at any time by anybody.


The Secret Door

Thursday 15 November 2018

Photos by Helen and Philip

From the start point, and with the imminent possibility of rain, our group of nine walked a short distance along Mt Agony Road before turning off and passing through “The Secret Door” (the beginning of an unused and very overgrown CPT road). After passing through the initial overgrown section we emerged onto a more defined track, which lead us to the aptly named Spotted Gum Road.

The rain that threatened at the beginning of the walk was now forgotten as we followed Spotted Gum Road for some distance and then turned onto an intersecting fire trail. The leaf littered trail meandered through the tall spotted gum forest for several kilometres, affording us beautiful views of green gullies with their large variety of understorey vegetation. We could hear the call of lyrebirds and some were lucky enough to glimpse one now and then.

At the end of the fire trail we came again to Mt Agony Road, which we crossed and continued on to another fairly short CPT road. This road ended at a clearing where we commenced a more challenging, untracked section that lead us down to an area of rocky outcrops adorned with moss and orchids. Unfortunately the rock orchids were not flowering, however a few orchids on old stumps and overhanging branches were in flower. We stopped at this lovely, tranquil location for lunch.

After lunch we carried on down the slope into a densely vegetated gully, crossed the dry creek bed and climbed up the other side to intersect with the Discovery Walking Trail. We followed part of the Discovery Trail to its junction with the Durras Lake Walking Trail. Turning on to Durras Lake Trail we followed it along the lake shore, stopping at one point to admire a pair of Glossy Black-Cockatoos, and finally emerging at the start point of the walk.

Everyone in the group agreed that this 16 km ‘loop’ walk in the Murramarang National Park was an enjoyable and diverse walking experience.


Broulee and Mossy Point Wander

Saturday 10 November 2018

Photos by Denise and Donna

It was a balmy Spring morning as 13 Batemans Bay bushwalkers set out on a 6.5 kilometre walk from Candlagan Creek. Those sentiments were obviously shared by Broulee residents and holiday makers as many children ran and splashed at the waters edge, others dug energetically in the sand and their parents took time to rest watchfully. Further out about 20 surfers waited patiently, legs dangling either side of their boards, becalmed on the serene ocean.

Bev, the walk leader took the group of hikers along coastal tracks, through Casuarina forests and along the southern banks of the Tomaga River. Many birds were vocal and a pair of striated pardalote were spotted by one keen eyed walker. These birds are normally found high in tree tops but, had ventured down to feed in lower branches. Spring flowers were in abundance both in local gardens and the adjacent bushlands, dianella, cymbidium suave and the ingenious trigger plant were some of the species identified.

There is an interesting video clip from the Melbourne Botanical Gardens that can be found by Googling trigger plant, the presentation explains the reason for the plant’s common name. It makes you wonder how plants come up with such unique and strategic solutions to pollination when supposedly they can’t think.

The crystal clear water had walkers trying to spy marine life on the bottom of the river and creek, it also enticing kayakers out in numbers.

It was such a “good to be alive experience” that after the walk, many of the group decided to stay for lunch.



Upper Durras Lake and Benandarah Creek

Sunday 4 November 2018

Photos by Helen and Mary

With the forecast of another fine day, 17 walkers embarked on a lovely walk in Murramarang National Park.

Keeping under the tree canopy – that included several magnificent spotted gums, we took a beautiful track to Durras Lake. Here we skirted the lake to the head waters where Benandarah creek enters and feeds the lake. Further exploration in the opposite direction brought us good views of the water among the Casuarina trees and made for a perfect lunch spot before we climbed back up the hill to complete the walk.

The Rats tail orchids had finished flowering, but there were several Cymbidium Suave flowers in bloom and the promise of more to come. The lake water level had clearly been higher previously as the barnacles on some tree trunks close to the shore, testified.

Thanks Sharon for a great walk.


Point Upright Rock Platforms

Thursday 1 November 2018

Photos by Erika and Mary

Philip and Erica led 13 walkers on a hike to the rock platforms and lookouts at Point Upright (Depot Beach) on a day with optimal low tide conditions. The weather was very kind to us with warm conditions and the winds only starting to get strong at the walk end.

We started the walk at the Depot beach car park and proceeded along the beach to the rock platforms. The soft sediments have been eroded by the ocean to create a large flat platform and very tall cliffs. We could see evidence of ‘drop stones’ from icebergs that floated over this area of shallow seas in the Permian 250Million years ago. We also saw fossil molluscs in the rocks exposed by all the erosion.

We then climbed up the steep path to the cliff top and enjoyed great vistas from a new viewing platform erected by the Shire. Being November we saw the obligatory whale cavorting in the waters as it headed south for summer. The trail then took us back through a forest of spotted gums to the carpark where we heard a few crows making a huge racket in the bush and discovered a large goanna strolling through like he owned the place and a water dragon in a pond who showed us only his nose.

This is a great walk if you have visitors from out of town or overseas, not too long, interesting views and forest vegetation.  “Calm Bay’ facing Durras would also make a great safe swimming spot in summer.




Duesburys Road Dalmeny

Saturday 27 October 2018

Photos by Mary and James

After parking our cars near  Duesbury Beach, we turned west and headed into the bush.  After ascending the first hill, described by the leader as “a small undulation” were took to the forest to seek  out “more undulations”.    Here the loose pebbly bike tracks meant it was “eyes to the track” until the track levelled out giving us the opportunity to take in the beauty of the surrounding forest.

It was then a short walk to connect with the Dalmeny-Narooma cycle path and, as it was low tide on Lake Mummaga, we  were able to take a short detour to walk along its sandy shore before reaching our lunch spot close to the inlet.

After lunch we made good use of the Dalmeny-Narooma Cycle Path.  This well constructed path made the walking easy, and gave us the freedom to take in the 180 degree ocean view and keep an eye out for whales.

It only takes one person to say “there’s a whale”, and  before you know it 20 people are standing on a headland  staring out to sea.   Those lucky enough to have binoculars were able to identify both a cow and calf and, by the amount of flipper and tail splashing, both appeared to be enjoying themselves.

Our final detour from the cycle way was onto the beach and across a rocky point before arriving back at the cars.  With perfect weather this enjoyable 11 km walk, not only provided a variety of tracks and vistas, but an added bonus of whale sightings.


Light To Light Walk and Car Camp, Ben Boyd National Park

Monday 22 – Thursday 25 October 2018

Photos by Karen and Mary

9 Batemans Bay Bushwalkers enjoyed walking the 32 km Light to Light Track in Ben Boyd National Park over 2 days.

We set up camp at Saltwater Creek and spent the first evening fending off hungry kangaroos, possums and goannas.  Despite our best efforts they got a block of chocolate, several muffins and some onions.

Day 1 started at Boyd Tower on the southern most tip of Twofold Bay, near Eden.  From the lookout there we first saw the palette of colours peculiar to this coast – the deep blue sea edged with foaming white surf, and red, pink and mauve rocks fringed by deep green vegetation.

The track undulates south over headlands covered in tea tree forest, and through rocky bays and sandy beaches.  We stopped many times to watch the passing parade of whales migrating south.


The weather was a little humid, and we were pleased to complete our 14 km walk at Saltwater Creek Beach mid afternoon, so there was plenty of time for a dip in the creek, or a shower back at camp.

Day 2 dawned much cooler, and perfect for our 18 km walk south to Greencape Lighthouse. Today the walk was a little flatter and passed through a variety of scenery.  As well as the dramatic and rugged red siltstone coastal geology, we walked through low scrubby heath festooned with Spring wildflowers, and tall eucalypt forests.

We spotted frogs at the creek crossings, and enjoyed a break at the serene safe harbour of Bittangabee Bay.  And did I mention the whales??

In addition to the scenery and abundant wildlife, the walk passes a number of European historic sites – Boyd Tower, Bittangabee storehouse and tramway, the Ly-ee-Moon shipwreck graveyard, and Green Cape Lighthouse.

Back around the campfire that evening, we thanked Barry for organising the camp and leading the walk – a most enjoyable excursion.


Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Photos by Carol

On an overcast day six bushwalkers started from Pebbly Beach and began a climb up through the Murramarang National Park. When we reached a flat section we detoured off the track to Clear Point, a scenic area of ocean views with mountain scenes in the background. After a short stop we continued back along the track with numerous steps and steep inclines, spotting Cabbage Tree Palms (Livistona Australia) and purple Flag plants in flower. Eventually we reached Snake Bay where we scrambled over rocks to find a place to sit and have lunch while we watched the rough ocean waves.

On our way back to the cars we were lucky to spot three Lyre Birds who we heard calling in the forest. As usual we all enjoyed the day out in the bush.


Ryans Creek 3 Crossings Walk

Sunday 21 October 2018

Photos by Denise and Karen

After rain the night before and a weather man’s prediction of afternoon showers to come, six bushwalkers strode out early. Forestry tracks and fire trails made up most of the 10 kilometre hike around Ryans Creek, the group crossing the water course three times in both State Forest and National Park.

The leaves of the understorey were still wet with droplets glistening in the sunshine, a pleasant sight after so many dry and dusty walks of late. There were even some puddles of water to be found both in the creek bed and filling up small dips in the surrounding bushland. This obviously met with the approval of birdlife as, they sang loudly from tree tops.

The first signs of spring were evidenced with many varieties of yellow pea flowers blossoming along the trails. Walkers found the damp bushland refreshing and uplifting after such a dry stretch. The forecasted showers never did eventuate.

Thank you Mary & Stan Marchant for such an enjoyable experience.