The Batemans Bay Bushwalkers have completed six walks over the past few weeks. Rain caused two walks to be cancelled. While rain does not deter the walkers, it can cause conditions on the hike to become treacherous. The Club takes its safety seriously. In the lead up to a scheduled walk, conditions will be monitored and if there are any concerns the walk will be cancelled, as was the case with the two walks that did not proceed
Walks completed included a 10km medium hike in a small pocket of state forest adjacent to North Narooma. This area had not previously been explored by the Batemans Bay Bushwalkers. It was unfortunate to see that the area has been used a car dumping ground but the walkers managed to escape the interfering hand of man by leaving the main tracks and cutting through the bush to the mining area. This consists of several horizontal shafts, as well as some concrete structures probably used as footings for machinery. There are also 2 areas of vertical shafts, fenced in to prevent people from falling in.
A few days later, thirteen walkers met at Barlings Beach to complete a 15km medium hike. The Walkers headed inland along Bevian Rd, keen to see how the bush was recovering from the fires, whilst sighting an echidna, a camel, various birds and dodging heavy vehicles en route to Rosedale Beach.
Two easier walks in the Broulee Island and Mossy Point area were enjoyed by lots of club members covering distances of 8.5kms and 6 kms respectively.
Inland, nine club walkers explored the bushfire ravaged Mogo State Forest in search of Monkey Rock – a granite outcrop with an obvious face. This hike included lots of bike tracks, old forest roads, creek crossings and hills. Navigation was tricky but as the Club has GPS mapped the walk they were able to successfully find their way.
Heading north, a number of bushwalkers left from the Durras ocean boat ramp using forest and back-tracks to Myrtle Beach on a 9km medium hike. They then dropped onto the basaltic black sands of Dark Beach. The geologically inclined Walk Leader waxed enthusiastically over the unique geological features of this area which marks the Southern tip of the Sydney Basin. Indeed, combined with striking coastal scenery, the coastline geology here make this a fascinating day out. A fair amount of rocky scrambling followed until the group reached the “leap of faith” where a dike intrusion has been eroded away leaving the sea foaming beneath the bushwalkers feet. At low tide this is more like a step than a leap – but it is followed around the headland by more interesting geology.
The Batemans Bay Bushwalkers have a shared goal of finding, exploring and enjoying the natural secrets of our corner of Australia. Come and join the fun by becoming a member – visit www.baybushwalkers.org.au for details on how to join.
Chris Mercer on the Barlings Beach walk - happy to find an old raincoat in her backpack
Lesley Strange and Geoff Mitchell social distancing on Mossy Point headland
Karen Gilmour taking on the “leap of faith” on the Durras hike
Judi Rimmer, Pat Retter, Niamh Lane, Gillian Howell, Stephanie Simko with Barry and Kaye Brown in the background - finding some shade for a break from the 30 degree heat