The Batemans Bay Bushwalkers have completed two walks over the past fortnight. Rain over the past week caused two walks to be cancelled.
Some time ago, the Club heard about the location of some old mine shafts and infrastructure in a small pocket of state forest adjacent to North Narooma in an area not previously explored by the Batemans Bay Bushwalkers. Nine walkers set out to complete a 10km medium hike in the area. Unfortunately, the area has been used as a car dumping ground for many years and the walkers came across at least 6 rusting vehicles, one quite a recent addition. Walkers were dismayed to see a high point overlooking the inlet currently being used for dumping rubbish.
The bushwalkers 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.
Finally the group walked to Lewis Island, connected to the mainland by a boardwalk, to enjoy the clear waters of Wagonga Inlet.
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. The cool ocean breeze was a welcome relief as the walkers wandered along the beaches and rock platforms to Blacks Beach for morning tea and a quick swim. The sky was beginning to look menacing as they reached Guerrilla Bay and the views on the beautiful cliff top section from Burrewarra Point through to Franks Beach were dramatically grey and punctuated by brief light showers. Wildflowers were still highlighting the path through the banksias as the group picked up the pace towards Franks Beach where it was decided to skip lunch and finish the walk before the showers turned to rain.
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. Bushwalking is a risky business, accidents do happen and injuries do result. 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.
The majesty of the bush!
Boardwalk to Lewis Island
Regrowth in the Bevian Road area
Chris Mercer ready for rain!