Last Saturday 23 April, the Bay Bushwalkers held their Quarterly Meeting of members and announced their walking programme for this quarter.
The Batemans Bay Bushwalkers put out four programmes of walks a year for members, with two walks each week. This quarter there are 20 walks on the programme with degrees of difficulty ranging from ‘Easy’ to ‘Medium’ to ‘Medium/ Hard’. Something for everyone.
Some walks on the programme include-
A walk around Broulee Island and then through the centre of the island to the ‘Broulee Island Grave’. Many will have walked around the island, but not many know where to find this historic grave. It is the grave of Elizabeth Maleber who died in 1842. Elizabeth was the wife of Abraham Maleber who moved produce down the Moruya River to ships anchored on Broulee Harbour. It is an interesting part of the district’s history and well worth a look.
There is a more adventurous walk graded ‘medium/ hard’ to the old ruins of the Bimberamala Gold Mine in the Currowan area. This walk has not been done by the club for a few years, and it is exciting that it is back on the programme, says BBBW publicity officer, Peter Thompson. There is some hilly walking up to the old gold mine where remnants from the gold mining operations conducted between 1890 and 1915 are to be found, and for the history buffs well worth the trek.
There is new walk on the programme. A very scenic 9km circuit walk near the Mogendoura Range west of Moruya. It follows creeks passing through myrtle forest and moss-covered gullies that were relatively unscathed by the fires.
Also, near Moruya there is a walk planned in a section of the Eurobodalla National Park at the back of Pedro Point and along Congo Creek. It may be swampy after the rains, but it goes through some remarkable bushland and the Bay Bushwalkers are keen to chance it and get their feet wet if need be.
There are of course a couple of walks planned along the Bingie Dreaming Track. The club likes to have at least one walk on the Bingie Dreaming Track each quarter as it is an iconic South Coast track, and they really know how to show it off. And this Quarter there are two.
Above: Emily Miller Beach in Murramarang National Park
Also, back on the programme are few walks in the Murramarang NP including one from Wasp Head to North Head. This walk does not follow any present tracks or roads or even the future planned ones. It will keep close to the coast and along the beaches to showcase this stunning part of the Park.
For more information about becoming a member of the Batemans Bay Bushwalkers, or to just come along as a visitor on one of their walks, see the BBBW website for all the information -- http://baybushwalkers.org.au