Despite the forecast of rain, hail and thunder, ten of our members participated in our last winter activity for 2018 that saw us walking in this newly declared section of the Great Otway National Park. It is just so exciting to see the former Anglesea Heath now protected within the National Park system.
Graham’s photo of the Friends heading north on Harrison Track North set a fun focus for the walk.
Heading north of Australia
Early signs of spring were apparent as we walked the area – the wattles were in flower:
Delicate creamy yellow flowers of the Sweet Wattle
Myrtle Wattle was in full bloom – a great splash of colour
Other flowers also caught our eye:
White flowers of Dusty Miller
Rosy pink flowers of the Prickly Cryptandra
We were excited to find Spike Beard Heath coming into flower in one of the damper areas.
Group admires the creamy flowers of the Spike Beard Heath
The vastness of the Anglesea River valley has to be experienced to be believed and we had it to ourselves. In a few months time it will be covered with the yellow flowers of the Scented Paperbark.
Kaye enjoys the view of the Anglesea River valley
It is a shame that due to track damage by 4WD vehicles to the river crossing we can no longer walk the length of Harrison Track – it now has to be done on two different walks – Harrison Track North and Harrison Track South.
Graham indicates where Harrison Track once continued
We had lunch in the sunshine at the end of Harrison Track North before the weather broke and we made a speedy flight to our cars near Shiney Eye Track.
Lunch on side of track
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.