The wet weather had returned after a sunny week and only four fearless participants met on a showery morning at Pearl Beach. 

2022 05 20 EZY HelenA 093047 Ready to go                                                                                       At the start of the walk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               We walked to explore the Crommelin Native Arboretum, an area set aside as a flora sanctuary with a variety of vegetation providing ample wildlife habitat for local species. The Arboretum is mainly open forest, but also features grassed areas, wetlands, patches of temperate rainforest and flowering shrubs. We ambled along and explored by easy, looped walking trails, with signage throughout intersections of those trails.

                                   2022 05 20 EZY HelenA 100109 Bees home  2022 05 20 EZY HelenA 100207 Bees hotel                                                                                                                                                     Bees home                                                                                                Bees hotel

                                                                                                             And the rain came down 

 As showers had returned we had Morning Tea on a sheltered open verandah with chairs provided, (possibly Private Property conveniently located adjacent to the arboretum)
We returned to the cars via Crystal Avenue and after coffee at the Pearl Beach Café we drove to Warrah Trig via Patonga Drive and Warrah Trig Road.                                                                                                                                        The road was closed to vehicles due to severe weather damage, so we added the extra distance to our walk to the trig.

                                                    2022 05 20 EZY HelenA 123144 Seriously burnt car exterior                                                                                                                                                      Negotiated by foot              Seriously burnt out car       Very busy scribble gum worms          

We walked down the Tony Doyle pathway to the Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail. The vegetation along the walkway was spectacular after the generous rainfall. We heard frogs and many birds feasting on the abundant flowers. We explored Warrah Lookout before returning to the cars via the Warrah Escape Trail and Warrah Trig Road.

                                                   2022 05 20 EZY AnneR Acacia spJPG 2022 05 20 EZY AnneR Epacris longiflora                                                                                                                             Down from the trig          Wattle sp.            Epacris longiflora

                   2022 05 20 EZY HelenA 130002 Seeds a  2022 05 20 EZY AnneR Grevillea sericea                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grevillea sericea     

                            2022 05 20 EZY HelenA 131842 Hibbertia serpyllifolia a  2022 05 20 EZY AnneR Grevillea speciosa                                                                                                                                                    Hibbertia serpyllifolia                      Grevillea speciosa
We enjoyed a late lunch by the water at Lions Park, Woy Woy before one leader returned 3 walkers to Sydney and the other leader enjoyed another night on the relaxing Central Coast.


Walkers: Anne G and Anne R led Helen A and Drina

Words: Anne G

Photos: Anne R (6,9,10,12,14), Drina (4,5,7,8,15), Helen A (1,2,3,11,13)