Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas
and a safe and Happy New Year
that is filled with many wonderful walks!
Walkabouters Club of Victoria Inc.A0019863A
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|I wonder what they are looking at?|
|Ahh! Bushrangers Bay.|
|View towards Cape Schanck|
|No room for a platypus here!|
|Cape Jervis lighthouse...or is it a beacon?|
|Cape du Couedic lighthouse.|
|Cape Borda lighthouse. Now there's a 'real' lighthouse!|
|Kingston SE lighthouse...on stilts but out of commission.|
|Beachport lighthouse, dwarfed by Norfolk Island pines.|
Werribee Gorge has seen its share of geological event, with volcanoes, glaciers, rock
sediments and rock foldings over the last 500 million years or so.
Having read of all this at the information board, six of us set off from the
Meikles Point Picnic Area on a cool overcast day, for an initial steep uphill climb which,
after a some puffs, eventually leveled off as we approached the Quarry Picnic Area.
The vegetation was mainly salt-bush under a variety of eucalypts.
|Through the lush overgrowth|
We then followed the Centenary Track for a short while to look at the Myrniong Creek valley and across to The Island. Then on to the Eastern Lookout for morning tea, with views across
Jack Myer's old farm ("Rosehill"), the grove of trees where we used to camp and the
cow tunnel under the freeway. In the distance were old volcanoes and lava flows.
|The raging torrent that Werribee River can sometimes be!|
Here we saw some kangaroos and possibly a pair of falcons. As well, we met an intrepid walker who appeared over the cliff edge from the valley below. We walked to Picnic Point and
looked down the 120 metre cliff to the bends and beaches of the fast-flowing Werribee River
The wind here was very strong, but luckily blowing up from the gorge or we would not have been brave enough to stand there. By now it was getting colder, windier and drizzling
so we decided to have a quick lunch on a couple of logs, near a stand of Cypress-pines
where some-one was growing potatoes over a hundred years ago.
|Leaf litter and caterpillars.|
We retraced our steps back to Eastern Lookout and then walked/slid downhill on the
Short Circuit Walk - steep and very slippery in places and some of us were forced to sit
down in the mud.
Back at the river, we followed the old aquaduct upstream, marvelled at the spectacular
anticline and syncline from hundreds of millions of years ago and pondered unfolded rock
strata on top of folded rocks.
We listened to frogs, saw river bottlebrush not yet in flower and reached the pool where the
aquaduct started. We just made it back to the cars before a heavy shower caught us as
we were enjoying a cup of tea.
Thank-you to Ian, our leader for another great walking experience!