It was a two hour drive, which included a stop at Kennett River for morning tea, but the ten people who came along on this pleasant autumn morning all felt it was well worth the effort. The activity had been advertised as a fungi walk and we were very pleased to welcome fungi expert Richard Hartland who was prepared to share his knowledge of this mysterious world – identifying over 40 different species.

groupGroup at Sabine Falls Picnic Ground

Fungi groupFungi group

Some of the group preferred to stay with Richard and study the fungi in detail.

Richard Phil Kim and ChrisRichard helps Kim and Chris identify one of the species.

And just a selection of the beautiful fungi they observed

Fungi

Pink fungus

Yellow fungi

White fungi

Mycena

The rest of the group ventured on through the majestic rain forest of Mountain Ash, Grey and Manna Gums with the tree ferns, lichens and mosses presenting a rich beauty all of their own.

Ferns lichen and mosses

Rainforest

There were a few obstacles to overcome due to the recent windy weather

Graham and Kaye

And finally the falls were there in the distance screened by the lush vegetation.

Sabine falls

It was certainly a magical part of the Otways and the Great Otway National Park.

Margaret MacDonald

Events Calendar

Aug
20

Mon 11:00am - 1:00pm

Aug
24

Fri 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Aug
25

Sat 9:30am - 2:30pm

Aug
26

Sun 9:30am - 11:00am

Aug
27

Mon 11:00am - 12:00pm

Weed of the month

Freesia

Freesia

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.

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