Thursday 22 March 2018
Photo by Wendy
8 of us (6 members and 2 visitors) braved the rainy day on Thursday March 22 to travel up the mountain to do the walk in Monga National park led by Bob and Jan. We hoped the Pinkwood (also known as Plumwood) trees would be in flower.
The misty weather seemed to get worse as we travelled up the mountain but we persevered and were rewarded with the lush tree ferns on the drive into the park. Some even sighted lyre birds scuttling off the road in front of us.
We had our morning tea under the shelter in the Mongarlowe River picnic area. With umbrellas and raincoats in place we did the atmospheric boardwalk in Penance Grove and admired the mosses and tree ferns as well as the tall trees in this wonderful area.
The recent severe winds had taken their toll on the pinkwood blossoms and although most of the trees had dropped their petals making a very pretty path to walk on, we did see some trees still in flower..
We made our soggy way back to the picnic area and we all agreed that despite the rain we wanted a walk in the bush so we did the Waratah walk down to the Mongarlowe river.
Lunch was back at Nelligen where some enjoyed their sandwiches and some purchased excellent fish and chips and hot coffee.
We all agreed that this is a really lovely walk and should be repeated in early March and ideally some drier weather!