Jan-Jun 2006

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2021 06 04 RegWalk Kurt Empire P 6                                                                                                              The stunning beauty of Empire Pass
With the NPWS alert that the programmed Jack Evans track walk wasn’t possible due to access maintenance, the North Lawson Waterfalls Circuit was chosen as replacement. Despite previous day’s rain, twenty walkers met at the end of Hughes Avenue in warm sunshine to take an anticlockwise route to enjoy the added treat of large amounts of water tumbling down the four stunning waterfalls. The expected downside of the recent rain was stressed in the briefing, namely wet slippery steps, mud and swollen creek crossings. Undeterred, the group commenced walking along a pretty flower strewn track of Sunshine wattle Acacia terminalis, the early flowering Prickly Moses Acacia ulicifolia, and Sweet Wattle Acacia suaveolens . The first thirty minutes of this pleasant track was also dotted with Hairpin Banksia Banksia spinulosa, Mountain Devil Lambertia Formosa , Pine-leaf Geebung Persoonia pinifolia and a dainty yellow/red pea, Bossiaea heterophylla.  Reaching a cleared knoll, and turning right at the intersection, we walked through a gate and carefully down a steep rubbly firetrail where walking poles were certainly appreciated!  This curved in a U-shape and continued down past large boulders and a magnificent bright green ferny open sunlit slope on our right. Reaching the crossing of a small creek, being the intersection of the rough Frederica Falls track on the right, (that leads back to Hughes Avenue - previously recced but unpleasantly muddy), we turned left down to enjoy a sunny morning tea at Frederica Falls.
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           Briefing at end of Hughes Avenue         Hairpin banksia Banksia spinulosa  Sunshine wattle Acacia Terminalis      Reaching the crossing of a small creek

Frederica Falls -  Apparently named after the daughter of locals Benjamin William and Alice T. Robert’s daughter E.A.Frederica C. William Roberts (1882 – 1935). This was our first waterfall, and a fantastic little spot for morning tea.
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Next was the Empire Pass Track which was constructed in the early 1900s, and improved and opened on Empire Day, 1913. Setting off after morning tea, the wearing of the recommended ‘firm walking shoes’ was a blessing in the sloshy mud that we encountered as we passed the Blue Mountains National Park sign! We began also to encounter quite a few trees down and large sticks over the track, which we had fun slowly negotiating ‘with a little help from our friends’!
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     Leader Sue S at the Blue Mountains NP sign                                                            What obstacles?  Helen A all smiles as she negotiates the fallen tree
With obvious lack of track maintenance, in places the narrow, sometimes falling away track was negotiated with the help of the walkers hanging onto a sapling or two close by and the confidence of a firmly planted walking pole. The track was often tricky to see beneath the wet overgrown vegetation and boggy with the run off from the slope above. Despite this difficulty, the creek was picturesque once we lifted our eyes from the mossy and quite slippery steps which had been laid many years ago, and as previously mentioned, seemed to have had little or no maintenance.  The scene that followed with the dappled light in the ferny Lucys Glen was breathtaking.  The gentle water drips from the overhang above sparkled in the flashes of sunshine. Then down to our first creek crossing over stepping stones, large slippery boulders and cascading water flow which was manoeuvered with great care and once more aided by a friendly hand where necessary. Once conquered, the ascent was on rocky steps, then followed by a flat path along tall and scenic mossy rock walls. Traversing a narrow track along the creek brought us then down to our second creek crossing over a series of yellow boulders, then up steep worn steps and along a pleasant track.
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                                      Leader Sue S ahead                                                                            ........and walkers following
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2021 06 04 RegWalk PeterT walkersoverrocks 111356   2021 06 04 RegWalk Kurt GroupatEmpire P 5                                                                                                                                                                      Walkers carefully negotiating creek crossings
Packs were left at a somewhat dilapidated set of table and seats, as walkers made their way to our second waterfall, the delightful St Michaels Falls.  A long neck turtle raised a sleepy head, then retreated into its shell.
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Resuming the track heading to Fairy Falls, we saw ahead of us the white cascades of Dantes Glen Falls thundering down to a wide pool below. It was time for lunch…. so seating was found on stones and logs of Dantes Glen with the beautiful backdrop of waterfall and rock walls.
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                            Margaret P enjoying the beauty of Dantes Glen Falls                                 Kurt and Michael have found themselves a great lunch spot!






TRANSPORT can be by car pooling but where possible by public transport

2018 07 27 Plus Barb 0925 P1232270 8322018 06 5 Reg Barbara1
                              Boarding the Bundeena ferry at Cronulla                                                                                         Walkers on Coalcliff Station

the all important BRIEFING
2018 27 18 Reg Deidre 1015302018 08 03 Plus WendyC 1 04                                         Our leader explains 'It's not going to be easy'.......                                                       The warm sunshine greets us on a chilly Lawson morning

on the TRACK
2018 07 06 RegularWalk SueS WHALE WATCHING 20180706 131120                                                                                                                 Whale watching en route to Maroubra
2018 10 26 Reg John G IMG 9187 Medium2018 11 09 EZY Robyn M 02 flying fox fun Medium                                        Our EZY walkers have some 'flying fox fun'                                                                          Looking at rock engravings (Aboriginal and European)

an illustration of the wonderful FLORA on the track

2018 11 09 PlusWalk SueS woolyseeds 0640362018 11 09 PlusWalk SueS teatree 061707                                          Tea Tree Leptospermum sp
2018 11 09 PlusWalk SueS streakedrockorchid 214510 2                                     Streaked Rock Orchid Dendrobium striolatum (Dockrillia striolata)                                                      Woolly seeds of drumsticks Isopogon anethifolias

'when's  MORNING TEA'.....three words sometimes heard by leaders!
2018 05 11 Plus Barbara R P11901182018 08 17 Reg Pete MT 1                                                             Some of the twenty two walkers                                                                                                Lords Bay                                             

back on the track and sometimes there are CHALLENGES
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                 Heading down into Nobles Canyon                                        Walking through the Canyon and................negotiating an obstacle in the Canyon

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                                                                                                  Final 'wading' of the Lane Cove River

LUNCH can be in the bush with mountain views, overlooking water or in surburbia 

2018 06 01 PlusWalk Wendy lunchattherabulatlookout       2018 09 14 EZYWalk Deidre lunch DSCN5958
                                A cool shady spot in the grounds of Cumberland Hospital
       2018 05 18 Clive 6. Lunch overlooking Empire Bay Copy  

          Therabulat Lookout.....a bit of a squeeze but we didn't mind in the cold!                                                                 Overlooking Empire Bay

back on the TRACK again and sometimes we meet some feathered friends

2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneR Easternshipbird P1230834 Copy 22018 08 10 RegularWalk Pete peacocks

                                                Eastern Whipbird                                                                                        Proud peacocks posing for the camera at Auburn Botanical Gardens

2018 03 16 Plus Clive.Our happy group of walkers ably lead by Celia.4

                                                                                                      Walkers posing for the camera at Tahmoor Gorge

BBQs which are held twice yearly are always well attended.  The end of June BBQ is preceded by a short altogether walk while the end of year BBQ held in mid November is traditionally held at Bobbin Head.

2018 06 29 RichmondHeritageWalkandBBQ Drina Walking between the plane trees2018 11 16 BBQ donwo 1216 the pavillion

Chapel Street Richmond  -  a feature of the street is the avenue of London Plane trees                                                     Bobbin Head

COFFEE following a walk is always a great opportunity to reflect on the day

2018 10 26 Reg Christine McA 131106 Medium Small2018 10 19 All Chris McA 133403

Photo credits

  Barbara     Bundeena 15 June Regular  
  Barbara    Illawarra Escarpment 27 July Plus  
  Wendy C    Berowra Valley NP 3 August Plus  
  Deidre    Lawson 27 July Regular  
  Sue S    La Perouse 6 July Regular  
  Margaret B    Parramatta River 9 November EZY  
  Ros G    West Head 26 October Regular  
  Sue S    Nobles Canyon 9 November Plus  
  Sue S    Nobles Canyon 9 November Plus  
  Sue S    Nobles Canyon 9 November Plus  
  Pete R    Ku-ring-gai NP 17 August Regular  
  Barbara    Ku-ring-gai NP 11 May Plus  
  Lyndy    Nobles Canyon 9 November Plus  
  Anne R    Nobles Canyon 9 November Plus  
  Anne R    Nobles Canyon 9 November Plus  
  Ros G    Lane Cove NP 12 October Plus  
  Wendy C    Medlow Bath 1 June Plus  
  Deidre    Toongabbie Creek 14 September EZY  
  Clive    Bouddi NP 18 May Plus  
  Anne R    Sydney Harbour NP 12 October Regular  
  Pete R    Auburn Botanical Gardens 10 August Regular  
  Clive    Tahmoor Canyon 16 March Plus  
  Drina    Richmond Heritage Walk 29 June All Together  
  Don W    Bobbin Head 16 November Social  
  Christine McA    Ku-ring-gai NP 26 October Regular  
  Christine McA    Parramatta River  19 October All Together  



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