We had 22 people join us to enjoy the Beach to Bush Walk on 29 August 2015.
We started on the cliff tops at Sandy Gully Beach and walked to the secluded cove of Sunnymeade Beach. We then ascended to the cliff tops of Sunnymeade towards Urquharts Beach enjoying spectacular views of the ocean and wildflowers.
Crossing the GOR at Urquharts we continued north through dense bushland to Gilbert Street and Ted’s Track extension. We were given an excellent brief history by our knowledgeable Ross Murray & Joe Bolza about the cemetery where the remains of the burnt houses of Aireys Inlet where buried after the 1983 bush fires.
We then walked through a sea of Myrtle Wattle Acacia myrtifolia and other wildflowers.
After lunch we continued on Ted’s Track admiring the wildflowers and orchids.
A lovely day in great company.
Photos: Conrad White
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.