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Dalmeny/Narooma Bushwalkers Apr 2021

TWO CLASSIC D/N B CLUB WALKS Sometimes a couple of outings like we managed to run this week, remind us why we live in this extraordinary beautiful place. The first walk held last Thursday, in stunning weather conditions was led by Barry Keeley and went from Mystery Bay to Narooma. Sixteen walkers signed on and made there way the 11.6 klm back to Narooma along beaches, over headlands, scrambling around rocky points and in some instances just getting by before the incoming tide made it too dangerous to walk over the slippery rocks. A couple of the Lakes are still open to the sea and had to be waded which provided another obstacle , and led to some funny moments. All was well, as it was a lovely warm day which meant people dried off quickly. There is always some wildlife to observe and on South Jindamar beach two protected Hooded Plovers were seen which are quite rare in NSW. Barry was thanked back at the Narooma Surf Beach carpark for a wonderful walk on a great autumn day.

The second walk for the week was held on Saturday in the Tobacco Pinch Rd and Lawler's Creek area and was a replacement for the Dromedary Dam walk which had to be cancelled due to track damage because of the recent rainfall. The walk turned out to be a beauty as we explored some of the newly laid out Mountain Bike Trails in this area, some off track walking roaming finding some old snigging tracks, that are now partly overgrown and following Lawler's and Makins Creek for some way. Jo and Jan reminisced about walks they had done in the area approximately 20 years ago, finding trails again and giving David a hard time as he got disorientated several times. Good fun! Water is flowing down the creeks, into pools which were glowing in the sunlight filtering through some magnificent old gums ,tree ferns and rainforest canopy. Morning tea was had sitting next to a pool of water in Lawler's Creek and lunch on the bank of Makin's Creek. What a great area this is on our doorstep, close to town and deserves more exploration in the future. The work that has gone into the Mountain Bike Trails is fantastic and what an asset it is to the community. It was so good to see a few groups of people out and about on the trails on their bikes and the kids "fanging" around. The eight walkers who came all contributed to a memorable day and we all agreed it had been a special week for the Club.

At the end of next week the Club is off to the Warumbungles N.P. for a few days walking in Central NSW.