Berry Island Lookout
Commencing at Wollstonecraft station we all enjoyed following the Berry Creek track in the Gore Cove Reserve through pleasant bushland to Berry Island Reserve. Here we had morning tea followed by a brief history talk about the island by Margaret P.
Jim also shared his intimate knowledge of HMAS Waterhen. We circuited the Berry Island Gadyan Track before returning to the reserve and it was with great excitement that we came together at this point with 25 Plus Walkers, making a total of 41 HVB members having a chance to catch up with one another.
Being 11th November and Remembrance Day, we took time out for Claude to speak about the events that occurred on 11 November 1918 signalling the moment when hostilities ceased in the First World War after more than four years of continuous warfare. At 11am we observed one minute’s silence in memory of those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Onwards to Oyster Cove where Robyn M shared her family connection with the old gas-works.
The very steep Horace steps took us to the top of HMAS Waterhen and on to Balls Head Road and the Old Coal Loader Sustainability Centre.
From there to Balls Head Reserve where we followed the Midden Track to the picnic area for lunch before continuing on the track to enjoy some more beautiful harbour views.
Balls Head Lookout
Coffee at the Waterview Café was so pleasant we were reluctant to leave but managed to complete our lovely day at Waverton Station.
Leaders Margaret P and Claude led fourteen walkers Jim, Robyn M, Barry, Rosemary, Kevin, Pat and John P, Lea, Lawrie, Rosie, Ida and three visitors.
Words by Margaret P
Photos by Margaret and Claude P (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) Anne R (3).....from the plus walk