THE Dalmeny Narooma Bushwalkers were lucky to beat the bad weather last Thursday when they drove up the highway for a walk in the Broulee area. It was muggy but clear when 14 walkers led by Margaret and Rody Byrne arrived at The Bower, a lovely bush retreat owned by Mark and Sue Berry. A track alongside some wetlands took the group into the Illawong Nature Reserve. A huge sea eagle’s nest, reportedly over 30-years-old and the survivor of many storms, was spotted high in a big gum tree. The group enjoyed walking among ironbarks, stringy-barks and spotted gums before emerging into the banksia forest in the northern part of The Bower. The sound of birds, good company (including a couple of new members) and the changing vegetation made for pleasant walking.
Eventually the group crossed George Bass Drive and took a shady track through the casuarinas along Candlagan Creek to the beach. A short climb then took them up to the Mossy Point headland where they soaked up views of the ocean, headlands and Broulee Island, enlivened by a big group of students being taught the art of surfing in the gentle waves off Broulee Beach. The walkers returned to the beach where they enjoyed lunch on the dunes. The sounds of thunder and the sight of black clouds to the west meant it was brisk walk back to the starting point, although there was still time to enjoy sights such as a big blackbutt and a huge stark dead white tree.
The group were in their cars and on their way before the first drops of rain fell, having enjoyed a lovely 8km ramble.
For further information about the club, contact Michael McDonagh on 4473 5504.