|30 November 2005
|Casuarina Sands to Kambah Pool
|Maps: Cotter Dam 8627-2N 1:25000, Canberra 8727-3N 1:25000, Tuggeranong 8727-3S 1:25000
We were all assembled and walking by 9.10am, to the end of the car park, under the Cotter Bridge and along the track, benched and reworked since the 2003 fires. Plenty of growth, with Peter W pointing out Hemlock, St Johns Wort and wild opium poppies to me. New metal signage poles were in place offering the distance to Kambah Pool on one side and Casuarina Sands on the other. They were often near the old, burnt track markers, making quite a contrast. Certainly more growth since the last time I did this walk, about 18 months ago. In keeping with our current weather patterns, we had a few showers, with the day eventually clearing as we reached Kambah Pool.
We stopped for morning tea for 15 minutes at 10.15am, at a nice sloping rock area which fitted us all. It was just before Bulgar Creek. A couple of new bridges over side creeks are in place. A nice seat and new visitor register overlooking Bulgar Creek, which had quite a little waterfall flowing down.
On to the open grasslands where the track cuts the corner of an elbow bend in the river. Further along, under Forster Trig, we stopped for lunch for around 45 minutes. The flies didn't eat too much.
Our leader gave us the choice of taking a swim as we approached the 'Nude Bathing Area' sign but, as one walker said, we didn't want to frighten anyone. In brilliant sunshine we topped the final hillock to the car, arriving at 2pm.
A pleasant little stroll whilst my walking mate is not available.
Distance: 13.1km (on the GPS, although signage says 14km) Climb: 200m total in undulations. Time: 9.10am - 2.00pm (call it 5 hours) with 1 hour of breaks.
|1 Murrumbidgee River near Cotter Bridge
|2 Razor ridge coming down off Bullen Range
|3 Murrumbidgee River with Forster Hill over