Narooma Dalmeny bushwalkers battle incoming tides

Narooma Dalmeny bushwalkers have held two classic walks recently exploring Mystery Bay to Narooma and mountain bike trails around Lawler's Creek.

"Sometimes a couple of outings like we managed to run recently, remind us why we live in this extraordinary beautiful place," David Maidment, spokesperson for the walkers said.

The first walk held last Thursday, in stunning weather conditions was led by Barry Keeley and went from Mystery Bay to Narooma.

"Sixteen walkers signed on and made their way the 11.6 km back to Narooma along beaches, over headlands, scrambling around rocky points and in some instances just getting by before the incoming tide made it too dangerous to walk over the slippery rocks.

"A couple of the lakes are still open to the sea and had to be waded which provided another obstacle, leading to some funny moments.

"All was well, as it was a lovely warm day which meant people dried off quickly," Mr Maidment said.

Rare in NSW, two protected Hooded Plovers were observed by the walkers on South Jindamar beach.

Back at the Narooma Surf Beach carpark the bushwalkers thanked Barry for a wonderful walk on a great autumn day.

Narooma Dalmeny bushwalkers second walk for the week was held on Saturday in the Tobacco Pinch Road and Lawler's Creek area and was a replacement for the Dromedary Dam walk which had to be cancelled due to track damage because of the recent rainfall.

"The walk turned out to be a beauty as we explored some of the newly laid out mountain bike trails in this area, some off track walking roaming finding some old snigging tracks, that are now partly overgrown and following Lawler's and Makins Creek for some way.

Jo and Jan reminisced about walks they had done in the area about 20 years ago, finding trails again and giving David a hard time as he got disorientated several times.

"It was good fun," David said. "Water is flowing down the creeks, into pools which were glowing in the sunlight filtering through some magnificent old gums, tree ferns and rainforest canopy.

The bushwalkers enjoyed morning tea sitting next to a pool of water in Lawler's Creek and lunch on the bank of Makin's Creek.

"What a great area this is on our doorstep, close to town and deserves more exploration in the future. The work that has gone into the mountain bike trails is fantastic and what an asset it is to the community.

"It was so good to see a few groups of people out and about on the trails on their bikes and the kids 'fanging' around," Mr Maidment said.

"The eight walkers who came all contributed to a memorable day and we all agreed it had been a special week for the club."

Next week the Narooma Dalmeny bushwalkers are off to the Warrumbungle's for a few days walking in Central NSW.


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