It was an inauspicious start to our walk as the morning was wet and rainy and we had to navigate a route to Triplet Falls around road closures for long-distance bike races in the very area we were heading. Perhaps deterred by the weather and the difficulties getting there, only 8 members met at the Aireys Inlet Hall to go on the walk.
After a long drive we had a well-earned morning tea at Gellibrand in drier conditions.
Morning tea at Gellibrand
Once arriving at the car park for the Falls we chose to walk the circuit in a clockwise direction and so visited Little Aire Falls first.
Group at start of walk
Maybe because of the earlier rain, the fungi appeared thick and numerous, and also brought out some unique Otway Black Snails.
We were awed by the number of large, old Myrtle Beeches as well as some remnant Mountain Ash along the trail.
Trees on track
Buttress of Mountain Ash
Little Aire Falls were very picturesque and a great viewing while we had lunch.
Little Aire Falls
After lunch we continued back up the many steps and made our way to Triplet Falls.
Plenty of steps along the way
Triplet Falls are a picturesque and extensive set of cascades on Youngs Creek that richly deserve their name.
Triplet Falls with group
It was a bit of an anticlimax as we headed back to the car park to return to civilisation, but with the bonus that road closures were no longer in effect and we could take a more direct route home.
Report by Patrick Flanagan.
Photographs by Margaret MacDonald
Bushy Yate, Eucalyptus lehmannii, is an evergreen densely rounded tree to 8m with spread of 3m. It is endemic to the south coast of Western Australia but has naturalised into the Surf Coast cliffs, coastal areas and bushland where it seeds prolifically. The orange flower pods form clusters like fingers extending from a hand and the horned seed capsules are fused at the base in clusters of five to eight.
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.