Our last bushwalk for the year was an enjoyable explore around Tuross Head. 11 bushwalkers completed 7 km and finished with lunch at the Tuross Boatshed and Cafe. Starting from the boatsheds near Sandy Point the Dalmeny Narooma Bushwalking group walked along a few streets to sample the way of life in this lovely village. On the streets, we enjoyed the views over the lakes and ocean and over Tuross River towards the mountains. And on this day which was warm but not hot as the sun was shielded by the smoke from the nearby fires, we approached Coila Lake and checked out the water remaining in the Lake which is low because of the drought. Making our way along the path out to the ocean we found a sheltered area to have morning tea. Moving on reluctantly, we viewed the Memorial Gardens and Wall and made our way out to Tarandore Point. Turning away from the beach we strolled beside Plantation and One Tree Beach using the pathway. This pathway then continues beside Tuross River, and we enjoyed the views before we arrived at the boatsheds and thanked Pat Reid for the lovely walk around Tuross Head.
Walkers: Anita Porter, Jenny Mc Donagh, Heather Ferguson, Jan Thomas, Maggie Finch, Jo Jean-Mariet, Cindy Chipchase, Steve Deck, Pat Reid and Narelle Spees with Michael Mc Donagh not in photo.
On Saturday the Bushwalkers held their annual Christmas Party at Dalmeny Hall. It is always a lovely way to round off the year, to reminise about walks completed during the year,catch up with social members who are perhaps a little old now to walk regularly ( Martyn Kotvojs, Norma Ryan, Bill Wilson etc) and have a beautiful lunch put on by the Club and it's members. Jan Thomas summarized the years activities and what a year it has been. Over 60 walks completed, two trips away ( North to Morton N.P. near Mittagong and south to Mallacoota in East Gippsland), a mini camp in the Budawangs in September and a special day with some of our more elderly members in around the walking path between Apex Park, Dalmeny and Kianga. A special thankyou to Maggie Finch for the Christmas decorations in the Hall. These are all made by her and are collected native seeds,shells, vegetation over the year and arranged in beautiful ways. It is something quite special and we all look forward to seeing what she does from year to year as it is often different.
We do not organize walks during December and January due to the heat and holidays although some of the members go on casual walks on an ad hoc basis. We start again in February planning our Autumn Program and undertaking some short local walks. So keep it in mind and come along next year, if you enjoy a walk in and around our district. It is an inclusive Club of over 100 members and we cater for everybody with easy walks and harder longer ones for the more adventurous. We are blessed to live in a wonderful place with so many places to explore on our doorstep, with not to much travel involved.