Pretty Beach, Mount Durras Circuit

Thursday 5 May 2016

Photos by Brian and Karen M

Thursday dawned a clear bright day and thirteen walkers travelled to Pretty Beach to enjoy a walk in the iconic Murramarang National Park. It might have been a chilly start to the day, but very soon layers of clothes were shed as we warmed up on the hill which is Mount Durras.

We lingered around the old farmstead area, marvelled at the huge trees and cabbage palms, enjoyed the extensive views of coast and hills, caught glimpses of kangaroos in the undergrowth and a few of us disturbed a couple of sleepy black snakes. Clear Point made a lovely spot for lunch, Snake Bay a beautiful rest stop.

Returning by the beaches and rock platforms a geology lesson was to be had, noting where a discontinuation of sandstone gave way to basalt and observing where rocks were stained with iron deposits. A few members checked out alternative routes around the foreshore and probably walked more than the 14kms the rest of us did. The sea was turquoise and inviting, but no-one took the plunge, maybe next time.  Thank you Brian for another great day out.