Dalmeny Narooma Bushwalkers tackle mountain circuit route

It was an early start last Thursday, May 16, when 10 enthusiastic walkers, led by Wendy Selby and Jan Smith, travelled north to tackle a 17km circuit walk at Durras Mountain. They arrived at Pebbly Beach, about 9.15 to start walking.

After a briefing by the leaders, they headed off, undulating the first couple of kilometers with quite a few steps, passing through gullies until they found the sign leading up to Durras Mountain. The track meandered uphill to the top where it was flat and where a farm house used to be.

Passing the trig, they found old trees from the farmhouse, some foundations, two lemon trees, and even a couple of flowering rhododendrons. Finding a picnic seat the walkers had morning tea and discussed what it may have been like living there, and where the old south coast road passed by.

After morning tea, they stayed on the Murramarang Range for a couple of kilometers before taking a fairly steep track down to Pretty Beach. Then it was a lovely walk back along the coast, the walk leaders picked a low tide which is needed to get around some of the rocky parts.

Having lunch along here was a treat in itself with views north and to the south. After a leisurely lunch being careful not to slip they made their way to Snake Bay, then up to Clear Point to again have a drink and a quick rest, before proceeding back along track with plenty of Cabbage Tree Gullies to the cars. Wendy and Jan were thanked by the walkers for a great 17km walk which had a bit of everything to enjoy.

On Saturday, the club decided to put on a social walk, for those members that don't get along as easily. Eight members met at Ken Rose Park, where Jan Thomas walk leader asked Bill Wilson in his "Silver Porsche" motorised scooter, to lead the walkers away. They proceeded over the bridge, and enjoyed the boardwalk to Apex Park and out onto the rock wall, returning to Apex for a lovely social morning tea. Then they made their way back along the boardwalk looking at all the water life, pelicans, rays, and even a cormorant harassing an octopus to get a feed! Perfect weather for the walk here in Narooma. One cannot wish for more.

Our AGM is on Saturday, June 1, at 9am at the Dalmeny Community Hall, all are welcome.