The air was brisk but the sun was shining. What a great start to an enjoyable walk. Our group of 11 set off to Teddy’s Lookout from where we got a spectacular view over the coastline with the Great Ocean Road snaking between the coast and the hillsides.
We then walked to St Georges River via one section of the Tramway circuit.
Group by river
It was great to see Pink Heath, Victoria’s floral emblem, lighting up the landscape.
As we continued the track became quite muddy and slippery in some areas along the route creating a few challenges, but at least the bridge was not under water and we were able to safely cross the river.
Group crossing bridge
A lone koala was spotted high up in a tree. This was a special sighting as it was a first for one of our group who had never seen a koala in the wild.
As we walked through the rainforest vegetation there was plenty of beauty to capture our attention including:-
Brilliant fungi & moss beds
Spectacular lichen covered logs
After morning tea at the Allanvale camp ground, which was very quiet and peaceful, we headed up the road and made a further stop at Qdos – ahhhh coffee…….
before completing the circuit back to the lookout where we were greeted by a couple of very demanding Magpies wanting food. A couple of our group enjoyed a well-earned lunch, carefully observed by the magpies for any scraps whilst a few of us looked long and hard for whales from Teddys Lookout. Sadly, none were seen despite whales having been reported in the area earlier in the morning.
Report by Sue Guinness
Photography by Penne Kwait
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.