Jul-Nov 2014

With the promise of a perfect Spring day (forecast 23°C), a healthy total of 17 walkers assembled at MacMasters Beach, prior to a car

shuffle to the starting point of Dingldei Shed near Mt Bouddi. Leading were John G and Bill S followed by John B, Chris B and Chris C, Polly, Elaine E, Ros G, Pragati, Mary, Kas, Dawn, Bert, Barbara, Anne R and Don W. Heading off at 9:40am the group descended Mount Bouddi spur to the intersection with Bouddi Coastal Trail, enjoying some spectacular coastal views from time to time. A short Southbound deviation to Bouddi Headland at the Northern end of Maitland Bay and it was time for morning tea with a wonderful vista of Broken Bay, the Bombora and the coastline South – all the way to North Head. 

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Returning Northwards — back up the hill — wasn’t quite as much fun, but as we levelled out, then descended to Caves Gully, and then ascended again to reach Bombi Moor there were more beautiful coastal vistas. A breather and a drink stop at the top were well appreciated, as Don W, Chris C and Pragati demonstrate:2014 10 10 Ros Plus Bouddi NP Mt Bouddi to Macmasters Beach 2

Onwards and upwards — but more gradually this time — we walked on. Until Chris C took the leaders to task and made them swear not to lead the group astray — or there would be no after-lunch peppermints!2014 10 10 Ros Plus Bouddi NP Mt Bouddi to Macmasters Beach 3

A suitably chastened, the leaders walked on across Bombi Moor until the welcome descent to Little Beach — and lunch:

Lunch over, the leaders seemed to have lost their walkers — Bill to John: “I’m sure they were all here a moment ago...”2014 10 10 Ros Plus Bouddi NP Mt Bouddi to Macmasters Beach 5

Reunited, it was another steep, and fairly rough, ascent to Mourawaring Moor and our first brush with civilisation as we started to pass private properties bordering the Moor. Then it was side-trip to Mourawaring (or Second) Point and follow the leader (if you can find him!):2014 10 10 Ros Plus Bouddi NP Mt Bouddi to Macmasters Beach 6

Then right on cue — as arranged during the recce — a couple of frolicking whales appeared — to the delight of all! Hill View walks — does it ever get better than this?2014 10 10 Ros Plus Bouddi NP Mt Bouddi to Macmasters Beach 7

And by the way, did I mention the wildflowers? Not to be outdone by any passing whales, the Flannel Flowers seemed to be at their peak on this walk:2014 10 10 Ros Plus Bouddi NP Mt Bouddi to Macmasters Beach 8

A bit of street walking and it was back to MacMasters Beach at 1:40pm and the end of a beautiful walk — 8.7km on the John B distance meter — and then into the coffee shop in the Surf Lifesaving building for a well earned reward — some bucked tradition and had ice-creams — while others had industrial sized iced coffees (where was the photographer when she was needed to record this?). And while the final car shuffle took place, two walkers even had a swim (Ros & Pragati).

Report by John G Photos by Ros G

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