Jan-Jun 2020

 We were gifted a picture-perfect late summer day for our jaunt to the lower reaches of the Hawkesbury River. Fourteen walkers (including the two leaders and two visitors) gathered at Brooklyn Public Wharf in time to catch the 9.25am ferry to Little Wobby. After a brief, enjoyable ferry ride we landed at Little Wobby and proceeded to wend our way in front of and between waterside houses nestled beneath the escarpment. We then followed the gently undulating access road towards Broken Bay Sport & Recreation Centre at Little Patonga.

2020 03 13 Plus Drina 2. Leaders conferring2020 03 13 Plus Drina 3. The easy part at the start
                                                    'Leaders conferring.'                                                                                                       'The easy part at the start.'

However, there were scenic vistas to discover, so we soon veered sharp left to clamber (perhaps some more elegantly than others, but all with great aplomb) up to the top of the escarpment. Shortly after our ascent, our efforts were well rewarded by morning tea seated on a rocky outcrop with sweeping views of the river.

2020 03 13 Plus Drina 5. Watching boats racing from morning tea spot
                                                                     'Watching boats race from the morning tea spot.'

We then took trails along the escarpment, enjoying further magnificent views, tessellated rocks and venerable Angophoras, ....

2020 03 13 Plus Drina 8. Reddish tree flipped2020 03 13 Plus Drina 6. Many scribbly gums wonder at the stories2020 03 13 Plus Drina 9. Tree with many branches

2020 03 13 Plus Drina 10. Celias fascination2020 03 13 Plus Drina 11. Knobbly tree2020 03 13 Plus Drina 7. White tree
Top :'Reddish tree', 'Many Scribbly Gums; wonder at the stories.','Tree with many branches.' Above: 'Celia's fascination', 'Knobbly tree', 'White tree.'

... before a steep, rock-clambering descent to Little Patonga. There we lunched by the beach, with views towards the mouth of the Hawkesbury that included boats, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and a wonderful collection of driftwood teepees on the beach itself.
2020 03 13 Plus BarbC 20200313 130216r2020 03 13 Plus Drina 13. Lunch overlooking the beach
                                                         'Lion Island.'                                                                             'Lunch overlooking the beach.'

After lunch, we took the access road back to Little Wobby,
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[Is Drina turning back to the start of the walk?
Yes. Ed]

2020 03 13 Plus Drina 19

'[This photo was] taken in the afternoon of the rock we started up on...
the aim was to show how difficult and slippery it was
but the photo doesn't really convey that!?'


...arriving in plenty of time to relax by the water, before catching the one and only afternoon ferry back to Brooklyn via Dangar Island.
2020 03 13 Plus BarbC 20200313 134245r2020 03 13 Plus Drina 18. Waiting for the ferry home

It was a splendid outing!2020 03 13 Plus Drina 17. Little Wobby Beach Sign


Walkers: Clive and Celia (leaders), Barb, Bill McD, Bert, Claude, Drina, Guenter, Kurt, Martin, Polly, Sheila, along with Darryl and Lucy (visitors)

Words: Polly

Photos and their captions: Drina(1-9, 11, 13, 15, 16); Barb (10, 12, 14).

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