ALTHOUGH light drizzle marked the start of last Thursday’s walk in the Gulph Creek area up past Nerrigundah, it soon cleared into a lovely cool day for walking. Twenty walkers led by Jo Jean-Mairet and Jan Thomas discovered many delights on the 12 km circuit: lovely Gulph Creek itself with deep pools that would be most inviting on a hot summer day; spring flowers, including hardenbergia and coastal beard-heath, catching the eye with splashes of colour; tender pink new leaves on the young gums; grassy tracks through beautiful eucalypt forest; stony trails through avenues of young she-oaks. There were lots of wattles too, still colourful, but several walkers remarked that September 1 is really too late to be National Wattle Day. The blooms were past their best, discoloured and fading, no longer the glorious gold seen on walks earlier in August.
The walk presented challenges as well as delights. There was plenty of steady uphill walking, one punishingly steep descent, and a tricky creek crossing, all adding to the enjoyment and sense of achievement. Back at the finish point on Coman’s Road, the walkers agreed it had been a varied and rewarding five hour walk in a great location.
On Saturday, the Bushwalkers general meeting was well-attended and provided a good forum for planning and discussion.
If you are interested in walking with the bushwalkers, contact Jan Thomas on 4476 5157.