Sixteen hardy people braved the early morning chill to join the Get to Know Our Tracks walk on Saturday 25 June. Our route included parts of both the Surf Coast Walk and the Anglesea Perimeter Track (eastern loop).
From the ANGAIR Natural History Centre we followed the track along the eastern side of the Anglesea River Estuary and the clifftops to the Great Otway National Park.
In this section we walked in single file giving way to runners in the Surf Coast Trail Marathon (Torquay to Fairhaven).
The main species flowering in the windswept heathland were Eastern Correa, Propeller Plants, and Common Heath.
Propeller Plant and Common Heath
An uphill section led to the Eumeralla Scout Camp and our morning tea stop.
From a lookout just off the main track (known as Don’s Track), we had expansive views of the ocean, river mouth and Anglesea township. We headed downhill, carefully negotiating some muddy and slippery sections of track, and crossed the Great Ocean Road to reach Ixodia Track.
After a short distance, we turned down Firebreak Track to Camp Road where we admired the Anglesea Primary School’s indigenous garden (an ANGAIR project). Following lunch at Coogoorah Park, it was a gentle stroll along the western bank of the river and back to the start.
Ros Gibson & Chris Morrissey
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.