On a sunny balmy day, surprisingly wedged between two rainy ones, fifteen people explored some of the hills and valleys of the Aireys Inlet hinterland.
Starting at the Distillery Creek Picnic Ground, we went a short distance along the well-trodden Currawong Falls Track. A short-cut through the bush took us to Distillery Creek Rd, then up and over the Hill where Ted’s Track begins. On down to Gilbert St, along this and up Snakey Gully Track, then diverting to a fabulous cleared area for morning tea.
Then started the highlight of the trek, following the contour of the nearby Pole-Line ridge, then ascending the Pole–Line Ridge itself.
There is no formal track here, and in the pristine wilderness we found several orchids - Tiny Greenhood, Mosquito Orchid , and possibly a Fringed Hare Orchid.
This led to the highest point in the area, now named Hill 119, due to it’s elevation on the map. This look-out area joins the extension of Ted’s Track, which took us to the Zig-Zag track, a beautiful, scenic descent, already graced by red Heath. This led easily to a feeder track back to the Currawong Falls Track.
After a short lunch sitting on a bridge, we strode the remaining kilometres, in dappled sunlight back to the cars.
Leader Joe Bolza, Photographer Pat Corr (photo of orchid by Ellinor Campbell)
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.