This was a satisfying circuit walk with some challenging hills and a variety of vegetation types.
We started with a wander through the Woodlands area with its diverse vegetation enjoying the blue Billy buttons, Fringed-lilies and Bluebells. We headed out across old gravel pits and noted some environmental weeds—Mauve Honey-myrtle, Watsonia and small pines that should be removed.
A closer look at the lone Casuarina
The gravel pit area had slowly growing revegetation, and erosion causing some deep cracks, one with established tree ferns growing in it.
Tree ferns in gully
We found our way down the hill without having to negotiate the steep slippery climb, and into a pleasant bushy valley. We found some interesting fungi and looked for Emu-wrens in a low heathy area.
Through tall tea-tree and up a challenging steep hill; through a patch of Prickly Moses regrowing after a past fire, we found a cleared area with logs which made a perfect lunch spot.
On to Cecil Track where the walking was easier. We crossed the flooded creek and through Gum Flats, where we spotted an echidna and admired the deep-water lake with its reflections and water ribbons.
Shadows, reflections and water ribbons, Gum Flats
Finally, we reached Woodland Track, and everyone chose to complete the walk with the final challenge of a long uphill, although there was the option to have a lift back to the cars.
The very steep hill
The almost 9 km walk was enjoyed by all, good exercise and lots to see.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.