Jerusalem National Park Sunday 8 October 2017
Report Sunday 8 October 2017. Walk led by Mr Bill West.
About 16 kilometres South East of Uki, Mt Chowan, Jerusalem National Park was our destination while the junction of South Chowan and Manns Roads, our meeting place.
Intrepid, though our leader was, he was unable to find the way, off track across the ridge, to our desired location. So we back-tracked to the cars and followed a narrow path to set ourselves right again. As we followed the creek we found ‘skitters’ dancing in a pond along with a myriad of other insects including some tadpoles – quite beautiful. Were they skitters, or skimmers or skaters? Oh the intellectuality of our conversations!
Further along ‘afternoon tea’ was ‘red apples’, a tiny bright red fruit about two centimetres across, fallen from a tree and poised magnificently on a log. Others floating in the creek indicated that this hadn’t been placed by a wag passing this way before us. This unknown fruit has simply fallen from a tree and perched itself. All day we were immersed in texture, colours, and contrasts of the plants; here a group of spiky plants, there leaf litter carpeting the ground. Everything seemed green and lush and healthy, beauty everywhere. Map reading, contour following and discussion, those all important activities of bushwalkers. Knees not as well sprung as they used to be, benefited from the use of a natural bushwalking stick. It’s surprising how much it helps one spring from rock to rock.
Apart from the beauty, one could say the theme of the bushwalk was water: Mt Chowan Creek wandered on its way and we followed. At one place, water rippled down a terraced rock formation as birds sang their melodies; so noisy in the middle of the day. We discoursed as we walked. One bushwalker described his use of canetoads; once caught, meat of same legs was removed and fed to tadpoles, mm mm mm much appreciated.
Tall, spindly native pines dwarfed our walkers. Fungi, not much more than pinheads of white on severed tree branches were found relatively close to upturned scalloped saucer-like yellow and white fungi. Oh for names! Where is Stephen Axford, the fungi man of the Northern Rivers when you need him?
This was just the most glorious day, a feast for our sensations and our minds.
Boonoo Boonoo Weekend
Around 15 of us made the journey inland to the Great Dividing Range for our weekend camping in the Boonoo Boonoo National Park, just north of Tenterfield. Most of us camped in the Cypress Pine camp ground, while 6 stayed in the relative 'luxury' of Robinson’s cottage.
Our first morning took us up Bald Rock. After the prolonged dry spell throughout NSW, spring flowers were more sparse than usual. However, walking up through the forest, to our delight, we passed clusters of beautiful yellow orchids- Dendrobium speciosum, or more commonly referred to as rock lily's - which were on full and stunning display. Up on top, whilst delaying for lunch, we enjoyed spectacular views in all directions to distant ranges - including Mt Lindsay. Numerous bushfires could also be seen in the far distance.
Before returning to camp, some of us travelled down to a picturesque section of the Boonoo Boonoo River for more exploring and cooling off.
Later, back at camp, we ventured down along the river bed to find many more wild flowers than we'd seen during the day, up higher. We also watched the sun go down over a wide, still part of the river where the shy platypus quietly skimmed the surface and dived under in search of dinner.
Next day we walked downstream from camp along the Boonoo Boonoo river and rock-hopped amongst some beautiful water holes and waterfalls. Some amongst us were even brave enough to swim in the cool pools. We finished up at the lookout where the river cascaded into the valley running away below us.
It was a memorable weekend amongst a special part of our Australian bushland.
Another walk in Mooball National Park
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