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Bay Bushwalkers : Spring Creek Fire Trail to Rock Orchids

Six lucky walkers followed Bob on his 6 km walk to Tarourga Gorge and back. It was hard to begrudge Mother Nature the little bit of rain that fell, as the air smelt fresher and cleaner after the sprinkle.The scenery once again reminded us of how lucky we are to live in the Eurobodalla. Tall spotted gums and iron barks and large granite boulders along the sides of the gullies leading down to the Tarourga Creek bed. There, the rocks were covered with moss, lichen and sometimes rock orchids that were flowering just out of the reach of hungry wildlife. Walkers could see the “nibble line” where stretched necks could only eat leaves down to a certain level. The rocks created some fantastic shapes as tree roots spilled out over them to gain a hold that kept them vertical. It was almost giant bonsai. The rewards of any physical effort in accessing the gorge were repaid in full on this truly scenic walk. The group were back to the cars by lunch time just as a second sprinkle started.Thank you Bob for a great morning out. .

Photos by Amanda and Denise - Click for larger and captions **** This article first appeared on the Batemans Bay Bushwalking website

About the BATEMANS BAY BUSHWALKERS INC. Batemans Bay Bushwalkers are a crew of around 200 members, with the shared goal of finding, exploring and enjoying the natural secrets of our corner of Australia. First formed in 1985, we have about 200 members. We are not-for-profit and run by volunteers We are an Incorporated Association with a Constitution and a Committee to oversee administration Personal Accident, Public Liability and Associations Liability Insurance is funded by your annual subscriptions We publish 4 Walks Programs per year, with 2 walks a week of varying grades. Visitors are welcome on walks and are covered by our insurance for 3 walks per financial year Walks are led by volunteer Walk Leaders, who carry a GPS, topographic map, and when appropriate, a safety beacon. We take our safety seriously. Bushwalking is a risky business, accidents do happen, injuries do result. Each walk is graded for difficulty so that you can choose walks to suit your level of ability. Members and Visitors sign a Responsibility Waiver before each walk. We also get together for a variety of social activities and camps, but you have to be a Member to come along to those

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