The sun was shining as 8 ANGAIR members set off on the Currawong Falls Circuit walk.
We climbed steadily, stopping to admire a Swamp Wallaby and take in the views of Iron Bark gorge and the tree tops.
We then continued gently uphill until we came to the perfect vantage point for morning tea overlooking Aireys Inlet, and the location of the memorial seat for Friends of Eastern Otway’s Co-founder Claire Roberts.
The next brief stop was the Trigg point and after crossing the road we heard lots of motorbikes in the area. We also saw evidence of horses all along the circuit walk. Lunch was enjoyed in a sheltered corner of the track, and we had the opportunity to meet a few mountain bike riders, some of who were pushing their bikes uphill!
A number of birds were heard and not seen, however the main species seen included Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (lots of screeching), Golden Whistler, Red Wattlebird, White-eared Honeyeater and the New-Holland Honeyeater. We also saw Scented Sundew and Epacris impressa. A highlight of the walk was the Currawong Falls could be heard and seen flowing.
Enjoying the Falls
The final leg of the walk brought some adventure as a couple of large trees and fallen across the track and had to be negotiated with care. The group all returned safely to Distillery Creek car park ready for their next adventure.
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.