Our walk followed the route of the Surf Coast Walk from Southside to Point Addis.
The fine weather and occasional bursts of sunshine showed the bush to great advantage with many heathland plants in their spring colours.
Four ANGAIR members set out across the heathland and soon met another party of four - one new member and three of her friends who were pleased to join our group.
Small Spider Orchid Caladenia parva beside the track.
Although Peach Heath Lissanthe strigosa isn’t common in the Anglesea area, we saw several plants during the early part of our walk.
Peach Heath Lissanthe strigosa
We paused from time to time to appreciate the wildflower displays and the numerous flowering terrestrial orchids.
A slashed area behind the houses in Jarosite Road was particularly colourful with Blue Squills (Stars), Silky Guinea Flowers, Common Beard Heath, Running Postman, Pink Bells, Twining Fringe Lilies and many more.
Bent Goodenias Goodenia geniculata and Blue Stars Chaemascilla corymbosa
Morning tea in the picnic ground at the top of Ironbark Basin.
After walking down through the Red Ironbark forest we ate lunch at a vantage point overlooking Addiscott Beach.
Then descended via the Koorie Cultural Walk to our vehicle at Point Addis, and returned to Southside to complete our car shuttle.
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.