Jul-Dec 2019

Fifteen walkers braved a cold and windy day to walk from Waterfall station to Fosters Flat on the Hacking River. Shortly after commencing on the Uloola track we encountered two helicopters, a fleet of water tankers and bush fire brigade officers engaged in hazard reduction. Given the forecast of 90km/hr wind gusts the word hazard took on a new meaning. Walkers were quick to have a group photo in front of one helicopter and the thought crossed our minds that with increased ground traffic this may be the new mode for HVB to get to the track head. Mr. Treasurer please note.

2019 08 09 Reg Lilian IMG 7671 SmallK2019 08 09 Reg Christine McA 091101 Small                                                                                                                            Kurt briefs the group                                                                                  John M wanted to stay here all day
                                                                                   
2019 08 09 Reg Christine McA 092353 Small                                                                                       For a fleeting moment the Regulars thought they might have a fast trip down to the Hacking River
2019 08 09 Reg Christine McA 3 resized 22019 08 09 Reg Christine McA 093203 Small                                                                                     Leaders and walkers                                                                        A sad tribute to fire fighters who lost their lives in a bush fire 

2019 08 09 Reg Lilian IMG 7673 Small2019 08 09 Reg Barbara C 133817 Small Small2019 08 09 Reg Christine McA resized 2                            The Uloola Track and then on to the Curanga Track          A colourful vine takes over
After a short distance we turned onto the Couranga track and the long descent to the Hacking River. We had morning tea on a rock platform where the leaders had encountered a large diamond python on the recce but this time with 15 walkers it did not show its face.
2019 08 09 Reg Lilian IMG 7711 Small2019 08 09 Reg Lilian IMG 7681 Small                                                                                                                                                                         Heading down to the Hacking River

2019 08 09 Reg Ros IMG 2420 Small2019 08 09 Reg Ros IMG 2421 Small                                                                                                                                                 Admiring a local Gymea lily





 We reached the Hacking River, at this stage a mere creek, after a meander through beautiful vegetation lit by sunlight. Walkers were shown a possible lunch spot among large rocks on the River covered with moss and a little damp but which could be an alternative to the lunch spot near McKell Avenue. After crossing Waterfall Creek and a short climb to McKell Avenue we reached the end of our outward walk. Eight walkers chose this rather windy spot for lunch but a brave seven decided to go back to the earlier spot on the river. After lunch the eight began their return journey only to find the brave seven in a sunny clearing a few hundred metres above the river and nowhere near their intended destination. Bravery is not what it used to be. 

2019 08 09 Reg Ros IMG 2423 Small2019 08 09 Reg HelenA 20190809 121912 Small                                                                Crossing Waterfall Creek heading for lunch                                                           Wendy P inspects Helen A's preferred lunch site.

2019 08 09 Reg Christine McA 20190809 133325 Small2019 08 09 Reg Ros IMG 2429 Small2019 08 09 Reg Ros IMG 2426 Small Mobile                      Scribbly Bark scribbles                 and one with character                              A reward for looking up-a birds nest fern and a staghorn

The group then commenced the long climb back up to Waterfall Station where coffee was enjoyed in the only coffee / fish and chips shop in Waterfall before taking the train back home.

2019 08 09 Reg Christine McA resized 2 Small2019 08 09 Reg HelenA 20190809 130302 Small                                                                                                                                 Old warrior Angophora costata                                              Sometimes the track out is really rough and tough

Walkers: Kurt and Bert led Helen A, Barbara C, Anne G, John & Ros, Lilian, Christine McA, Dawn, John M, Margaret P, Elizabeth, Wendy P and Don B as tail end.

Photos:Christine McA (2,4,5,8,15,18), Lilian (1,6,9,10), Barbara(7), HelenA(14,19), Ros(11,12,13,16,17), Robert RFS (3) on Christine McA's camera.

Words by Kurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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