Another walking highlight of the Dalmeny/Narooma bushwalking calendar are our walks up this South Coast landmark. Sometimes we go up to the summit and surrounds but this time we took a deviation approximately half way up the track to explore the early European goldmining history of this remote area. We left with eleven walkers with Steve Deck and Jan Thomas leading the walk but we had many experienced walkers in the group who had been up the mountain multiple times. Saturday was a gorgeous day with lovely warm spring weather after the rain of the past week and the Tilba farmland viewed from the track looked spectacularly green.
Steve and Jan led up to halfway rock where we had morning tea before going on a little further to the hidden entry to the Battery Track. This was the bridle trail and bullock track that was the main access into the Cowdroys and Mt Dromedary Mining Company Crusher locations.This track is pretty well overgrown with vegetation, plenty of fallen timber,part landslides making it a rough walk.In saying that it is remote and beautiful, with massive tree ferns,rainforest trees (Pinkwood and sassafras) as well as various species of large eucalyptus trees.
We poked along finding the remnants of Cowdroys Crusher site ( see photo's below) and also further on the Mt Dromedary Mining Co site. It is now well over 100 years since the operations were running but if you look carefully you can observe the disturbance to the Creeks it must have been massive.
Lunch was had up on the old hut sites on the head of Tilba Creek above the original Crusher site. We left slowly making our way slowly back to the main track and back down the Mountain. The walk took about 4.5 hours; Steve and Jan were thanked back at the Tilba Tilba Carpark before we made our way home. What a grand day. David Maidment