Seven people set off in two cars for the long 70 km drive to the Sabine Falls Picnic Area on Saturday, 15th August 2015. The day was fine and ideal for the 3.6 km walk through the rain forest to the falls.
Fresh and clean ready for the walk
The track commenced on a gradual grade to the historic Henry’s Saw Mill site but after that the track descended steeply by means of well made steps.
Lachie climbing the moss covered steps on the way back
There has obviously been no maintenance on the track recently. Just before the falls lookout a large tree had fallen across the track. Trying to negotiate this large fallen tree, assuming the track continued on the other side, took up quite a bit of effort and time until we determined that the tree had fallen across a zig zag of the track and that there was no need to cross the tree to access the continuation of the track.
Crossing the creek was also a bit of an adventure
Crossing the creek
The rainforest contained many old growth trees including Blackwoods, Mountain Ash with an understory of treeferns and Blanketleaf.
The Falls themselves looked most attractive framed by treeferns and other dense vegetation.
Sabine Falls – Walk Finish
Many types of fungi were growing on the decaying wood and two live black Otway snails were observed on the track during the climb back to the picnic area.
And yes the group made it safely back!
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.