THE wpm BUS:HEUER. A monthly bulletin of matter of interest to the Sydney Bush Walkers, The N.S.,v. Nurses' Asssociation Rooms, “Northcote Buildint”, Reiby Place, Sydney. Box No. 4476 G P 0 , Sydney. 'Phone J414.62. 327 MARCH 1962 Price 1/-.
Editor: Don Matthews, 33 Pomona Street, Pennant Hills. N33514 Business Manager: Brian Harvey_ Reproduction: Denise Hull - Bales & Subs.: Eileen Taylor Typed by Jean Harvey CONI'ENTS. Page Reveille“ - 41.E. Housman 1 Social. Notes 2 At Our February Me'6ting - Llex-Colley 3 Annual Swimming Carnival 1962 4 Re-Union 1962 5 Search & Rescue - 2,.ppeal - Arnold Fleischmann 5 Taro ts Who'd Be a Walker?. Part One - Scrambling far a Train - Jim Brown 7 Hatsvell's”Taxi & Tourist SerTice (Advertisement) 9 How Good Are They? (Paddy's ,.dvertisement) Day Walks 12 Letters to the Editor 13 Leeches Are Creatures with No AttractiVe Features - Don. Matthews 16 Notes on the Barren Grounds Area 18 REVEILLE. Viak-e: the silver dusk returning Up the beach of darkness 'brims' And the ship'of surreise bu rning Strands upon the eastern rims. Wake': the vaulted show shatters, Trampled to the floor it spatined, . And the-tent of night it tatters Straws the siv-pavilioned land. 2. Up, lad, up, ttis late for lying: Hear the drums ofmo_rning Dlay; Hark, the empty highways crying “'.1lho '11 beyond the hills away? Towns and countriee woo together, Foi-“elands beacon, belfries ball; Never lad that trod on ldather Lived to feast his heart with all. Up, lad: thews that lie and climber Sunlit pallets never thrivel- MorriS abed and daylight slumber Were not meant for man alive. Clay lies still, but blood's a rover; Breath's a ware that will not keep. Up, lad: when the journey's over There'll be time enough to sleep. - A E. HOUSILIN. This is the spirit for the start of another Club year! A good deal of effort is needed Eo keep a Walld ng Club flourishing in these days of easy comfort. The more you put into the Club the more enjoyment you'll get out of it. With the Annual General Meeting coming up, there's plenty of scope. SOCIAL NOTES. On February 21st Mr. -Fred Hersey, a Field Officer of the Fauna Proteotion Panel, spoke On the work of the Department and the -way in which Bushwalkers could help-to Dr esex-v-G-our bushlands and Fauna. He also showed Walt Disney's film “Nature's Half Acrit u, On February 28'bh Putt was to ha Ve talked on-the recent NZAC exploration in West New Guinea:. Colth's talk was deferred-and Laurie Raynor, who would not be available later in the -year, gave an illustrated talk on his tecent attempt on la. WilhelMina in West Licm Guirxza. This was a fascinating journey with photography to match, clearly shOwiiq the appra;ach to the Mountain passes, and with informed comments on the gPologY f the area and on the native population. COMING. March 21st Ninian Melville (c ML) waJ.J talk n 3afety in the Bush. March 28th - Shell film “Back of Beyond”. CONGR.ATULATIONS to Gisela Kozlowski. and Arnold Fleiwinatm, mrrried on March 5th. AT OUR FEBRUARY MEETING. - Alex Colley. The Meeting commenced with a welcome to two new members, Harvey Tafe and Kelvin Park. Reporting upon-the purchase of a duplicator, a tater arising from the previous meeting, Brian Harvey told us that duplicator prices had practically doubled since we purchased the last one, ten years ago. The modern, improve, version of our present machine now cost Z170 as against E92 in 1950. With trade in and discount it would cost E140. Smaller machines were cheaper ,-but might not and the wear they would be given. Meanwhile our present duplicator had been repaired and was again serviceable. In dorrespondence was a letter from the Bathurst Committee organising A reenactment of Evan' crossing of-the-Blue Mountains,- The impression seems to have gained gradtd that S.B.V.. memberS ar-e” keen explorers when the path to be found is a bitumen road. The letter was referred to FeWration 5..nd to that well known explo-rer Keviti Ardill, whose historid 1955(?) crossing of the mountains may hj icie inspired the request. (Incidentally, should anyone think of going,-Kevin reported that the crossing was a great social success - the party was entertained lavishly and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.) A copy was received of the annual walks -'programme of the Melbourne Woten's -walking Club. The Sbcretary comffiented favourably on the capacity of the -women walkers to make their minds up to a. year in advahce. One weekend was devoted to-a joint walk with the Men's Club. This prompted Frank Ashdown to remark that “every dog has his day”. In his walks iieportialf Hildei4 reported that 18 members and several visitors had attended his gold prospecting trip to Sofala. No gold waS discovered. (Perhaps the time” to find it was 1862.) Bill Rowland's trip to the Woronora River attracted 7 members and 4 prospectives and the swimming was good. In his trip t6 the Upper Kowmung Wilf had found the River to be again about 3 feet in flood. Frank Leyden's long -Weekend walk to Yeola had been attended by a members, 5 prospectives and one mebber's daughter. No less than 27 had gone to Burning Palms with Jack Gelitle - during:the same weekend. - Wilf-concluded by telling us that the road to Bai4aliier wAs closed and the road to Medlow Gap impassable. He advised walkers not to try following the marked Boyd Range track at night. The meeting then debated the subject of equipment for lending. Frank Ashdown said that the demand was small, as indicated by the fact that only a few shillings a month were collected for hire,' Nevertheless some continued to want club equipment even after-being admitted to membership. It was pointed out that equipment was available froth-Paddy Pallin wh6 would post it out if equested. It was decided that no more rucksacks or groundsheets would be purchased until those now available needed replacing. -After the- election of Jack Gentle, Denise Hull, Wilf Hilder and Bill Rodgers as room stewards the meeting drew to a close. ANNUAL SWIIELNG CAR.VIVAL 1962. About 45 metbers, their friends and/or children attended the Carnival held at Lake Eckersley on the weekeild of 10-1Ith February, in excellent weather. The races were well contested and results were as follows:- OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. Ladies. Men. 1. Bill Rodgers 1. Nan Bourke 2. Eric Ldcock 2. Jean Wilson 3. Keith Renwick 3. Phyllis Radcliffe BELii,STSTROKE. 1. Eric Adcodk 1. Jean Vvilson 2. Paddy:Bourke 2. Nati-B-611r ke 3. Rcv- Craggs 3. Margaret ',Tilson LONG PLUNGE. 1. Mal Rodgers 1. Nan Bourke 2. Eric Adcock 2. Jean Wilson 3. Bob Godfrey 3. Phyllis Radcliffe MANDELBERG CUP. 1. Bill Rowlands & Eileen Taylor 21 Eric Adcbck & Lola Wedlock 3. Bob Godfrey 84 Phyllis Radcliffe IENLEZ MEMORIAL CUP. 1. Eric Adcock & Nanette Botirke (Tie) 2, Bill Rodgers& Jean Wilson (Tie). The Carnival Organiser ha S issUed a yarning to the very sucbessful ma54ried ladies to watch out for fir6work8 from an-up-and coming yodnOter next-year!! We -won't inenbion the names of those -illustrious members who drove their CARS to about 200 yards from the swimming hole!! DON'T lISS THESE! MARCH 23-247-25 Upper Colo River: Day 'walks from Base Camp. 16 Miles - Private Ti4ansiDort-: - 'Leader: Stug rt Brookes JW4343. Spectacular River Gorge scenery. MARCH 30-31- APRIL 1 Megalong Creek - Cox's RIver - GElong*Creek. 15 Miles TEST WALK. -Private Transport. Leader:- Lyndsey- Gray. 523-3975. Leaping cascades on-lower Megalong Creek.- pleasant walk:Lit along Cox's, pink granite pools and waterfalls in Ga long Creek. 5- A_PRIL 6-7-8 Car to-1.-anangra - Davies Canyon - Nero Buttress - Esgate's Route, Kanangra. 26 Miles Rough. - Private Tra6sport: Leader f Geof Wagg- 54-8281. Rugged. Davies Canyon is ote-of-the most spectacular series of fails in the Mountains. Steep climb out. Venue: Alternate Site: Train Electric: Transport Officer: RE-UNION 1962. Woods Cteek. (1) Euroka, (2) -Burning Palms. 12.58 p m. ex Nol^th Sydney. 1.9 p m. ex Central arriving Richmond 2.44 p m. Note: Change at Bla,cktomn. Edna Stretton - LJ9586 Those travelling so that cars can meet train: Last year wlienmalkers intending to come by train from Richmond to camp site empty. by train MUST contact transport officer considerable inconvenience me:s baus-6d found other transport and cars returned Entertainment and Competitions: Camp fire on Saturday night commencing 7.30 p m. On Sunday: Damper Competition (Flour, Salt and -water only) Boil the Billy. For the Children: Sand Modelling. Hole Digging. SEARCH & RESCUE - AN A_PPEAL. - Arnold Fleischmann, A number of calls on the serVices of the 'Seardh and Rescue' organisati6n within our Club over the last year has made it clear that the time is due for a new list of available 'searchers' to be drawn up. The list at present inexistence is very old and contains a mere two dozen names. Of these some are no longer available, 'and only six people could be contacted during the day. Quite a large number of names gave no 'phone numbers at all. It should be stressed, hoWaver, that the aim i8 NOT to prepare another Club 7teMbership-list. We are aft8, a list of people mho are prepared and able to go out at short notice to look for overdue walkers. Those people who wish to have their names placed on the list Should furnish 6. either myself or Elsie Bruggy - with the' following details (preferably in writing on a piece of paper equal to or larger than a bus ticket) :- 1. Name 2. Address: Home, and at work. 3. 'Phone numbers: Home and “at work, plus any details such as extension numbers, depai;tment names 2 etc. 4- Have you a car and is it available to carry people to-search sites? 5. Ca h you get away a't a moment's notice or do you prefer to leave after work or some other time? 6. The name-of any area that may be specially familiar to you. 7. Any other information that you may consider relevant. Before giving us your name please. consider the above points. Rich valuable tithe is Iost by trying to Contact People -leo turn out to T5e-not -.available and who rarely are available due to pressure of work or some other reason. Those interested (ladies welcome too) should contact either Elsie or myself at the Club or send details to : A. W. FLEISCHMANN, E. BRUGGY, 142 Coogee Bay Road, 103 Ludgate Street, Coogee (BU4386) Lekomba. (UL4914) Robert H.-Jones (better known-to us as “Strawberry”) pdssed through Sydney on-Thursday Marna 1st on his way to climb Balls Pyramid near Lord Howe Island. Stravb and other members-of A3PRO, '(Au-Stralian South Pacific Rock-climbing' - Organisation?) who as far as we know are LIJWC 'sand IrRC's;–iirere-met by-a party of S.B.W's. John Logan and Alex Theakston firovided transport for the great load of equipment, including large amounts of radio gear. This'reminds us that modern means of cohmunication have caused trouble to adtenturers in recent months, e g. the Harrer, Temple, Kippax expedition was wrongly reported missing: set out 21 days ago to climb the 16503 ft. Carstenz pyramid, and have not been heard of since”. Eric Shipton and three ehilean mountaineers are 'missing' in the Ande-S. 11…..vas to have kept radio contact.., but nothing has been heard for several days”. – If you vent to “know how useful Expedition radios are after they've been dropped a few times, ask Colin Putt. Newspaper reports tell of a proposed new road to “connect Negalong Valley' with Lotther and the Great 4estern Highway “It Blackheath 14 miles of nail road and four new bridges would allow 50,000 head of stock: to be raised on rich granite soil and river flPts”. Thfg ddetn't soand- like the Megalong we know, but someone had better tell the Water Board, quickly! 7 TARO'S QUIZ. M4be the Busbies know-all about the Bush, but of our beautiful Harbour, what do they know? So here is a Quiz - 1. ghat spot is most perfmeous? 2. ti !I it ” foul? 3. 11 II Ti ” -feminine? 14- It If “ lea-St ” ? 5. il II “ most cautious? 6. 11 11 ” “ ezpectingish2 7. II II1 IT II Twinsome? 8. II 41 11
9, II II II II Queenly? –
10. It 11 IT ” Scottieh reminiscent?
11 II II II “ Tali consuming?
12. II IT TI ” ease for the legs?
13. 11 II it n Rural?
14. II II TI “ Roundly squared?
15. t1 II IT ” Poverty suggestible?
16. ii St 11 “ Kitchen utensit'Sr?
17. II II If II best twilight for Peter's Pets?
18. Ti II II ” most aptly named - grimly prophetic - popopopopop ..?
Answers given on Page 16.
WHO 'D BE A WALKER?
PART ONE - SCRAMBLING FOR A TRia-N.
- Jim Brown.
- There is some verse which earns a measure of immortality-because it is sheer nonsense. I mean stuff like -
“Little Willie in the best of sashes
Fell in the fi-re-and was burn61 to ashes. Presently the roombegah to grow chilly But nobody cared to stir up
Othei; poemS compel attention by their veracity - the self identification motif - or the recognition of others - as in
“He was in logic a great critic
Profoundly skilled in analytic:
He cdUld distinguish/ and divide
A hr457. Ttwixt south and south-west side”.
Pondering this recently I realised that the song -which has become almost a - Club anthem ovei4 the past 8 years or so liialifies on the second count. It speaks of things that every red-blooded youngwalker (and most older ones) must have experienced. _Take that first couplet,-
“Who'd-be a walker, scrambling-for a train,
Wandering round in mist and fog and sleeping in the rain”.
Of course it's true. Think of that time When . or the occasion that .
not to Mention the incidehts out at.. and what so–and-so said just before..
In fact, seeing the TAitor is complaining of a shortage of material, I may as well jot dawn some of my own recollections and maybe others will add to the symposium. First then, scrambling for a train.
- Naturall4k, When read in conjunction with a walking trip, one thinks of the
sdraMble occurring at the end -'a heart-palpitating sprint up the last hill - a grim slogging against the clock, but oddly enough the first 'Scramble that dames to mind was right at the start of a walk:, many :years back - sometime pre-war, in
Or winter, during annUal holidays, I planned to walk from Picton. into Burragorang Wiley via backroads. In nose days I prided myself that I knew the timetable of every country passenger train operating within a radius of 100 713 6's of Sydney. With the confidence that-some people swallow a well knowii variety of headache powder I joined a suburban train that mould bring me to Central Station by 9.40 a m., with 15 minutes to get the Gaalburn train.
Samemhere near St. Peters I remembered this -wasn't Saturday: that the Goulburnrtrain left oydney at 9.40 on weekdays.
Swiftly, as a gamble, I put Plan B into effect. I alighted at Redfern and flung up to the indicator boards to find there was a fast electric train calling at Burmood and Sti4athffeld due in one minute,at 9.41. Catching that was
simple, but then came a nerve-wracking ten Minutes or so: mentally I drove the suburban train.- -Visually I watched the pailnllel main line and watched hopefully (but in 'Vain' for a twin red signal. We were still pulling oUt of Burmood When the
steam train ranged up beside us and we ran side by side to Strathfield.
Oh, it was a frantic scuttle down into the-subway, along and up onto platform 3 as the station hand was wavitg his green-flag Peid-intoning 'stand clear please!” I made it, yes, but it was far too fine for comfort.
Nach about-the same period I was caught fairly on two 6ccasions in the OtfordStanmeli Park“ area at the -6nd of day walks. They TIPI”A nch rtr., used
that word airrfol%
in it womt'cunnui-,2+.10n), pm^exIod to return on '4.oe, Otford (5.2 from. aanwell Park), 'with tho next train some 32 hours later.
The first trip brought us down from the hills behind Coal Cliff and we wandered casually babk to atanwell a]f3rAG, -blao railway line. Now, between Coal-Cliff and Stanwell Park there are two short tunnels and betwen them a lofty brick:viaduct almost 200 feet high, spanning a creek. In the lazy yellow afternoon light the bridge waS most photogenic and one of my freelance walking (rather hiking) cronies couldn't resist a photograph. The gorge of Stanwell Creek is steep and-thicR4- grown and it took some time to get a good angle. (A murrain on photographers, I say.)
- As we left the bridge I thought I heard a faint whistle and by-the time i've were through the second tunnel the 5.2 was chugging stolidly along the southern slopes
of the bay. We ran in the gutters beside the line, not even looking up as the train p-as-Sed in a leisurely but quite ruthless manner. We even reached the southern ramp of t1-platfOrm when the etigine exhaust announced its theme in slow tempo, and the brake van drawled away, from us.
The other time was not a real scramble. We were caught thoroughly - were our watches haywire that day? During the late afte,rnoon we came back from Staffvell Park:to Otford via the old abandoned railway tunnel under Bald Hill. It was about a-mile long and with a decent torch you could traverse it in 20-25 minute-6. Not now - it was blown up in 1942 as an anti-invasion precaution.
We emerged (our time) at 4.45, and witY) 22 minutes to train tithe and only a - quarter mile to go, perched in the sublight on a stack of old sleepers for a bite of chocolate and biscuit. At 4.57 I herd an unseheduled train coming up - but when it 'came under the overhead bridge I realised too late itwas the 5.7. We finished our Snack and decided to fill in the pleasant November evening by walking on along the railway.
SoMdwhere between Lilyvale and Helensburgh we got so intrigded in Some newfangled track-lubricating devices we aImost did in the 8.30 p m. I've still a recollection of i4unning along the last cutting to Helensburgh, hotly pursued by the
headlamp and churning exhaust of the late train.
Onward to Easter 1947 mist and rain on the Gangerang - -a: camp on the Cox on Lax. Sunday night, leaving several miles of river and all Cedar Creek for the
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last day. Our timekeepers were out in thbir reckoning and it was full dark When we came to the foot of Klatoomba's scenie raiNay. We poked at bell pushes-far-a few minutes 'but without much real hope of a trolley materialising, then took to the stairs. Oh, the torment of tired 'dalVes and thighs being puled up those steps at night after-a solid day in Cedar Creek:. The to in aft aura of sweat and floodlights about 7.30 and a quick visit to the Kiosk: one of the party knew
someone at the Kiosk and they would be-able to lire up a taxi for us. Or would they? At 7.40, with 32 minutes to the last train, I couldn't stand the tension any longer and several of us lit out on foot. Reached the station in the-Olympic record time of 21 minutes and actually joined the second last (8.2 p m.) train. The other slobs got their taxi, spared their palsied limbs and just gaught the 8.12.
Having resolved that I was both too old and too foxy to be caught in such ways again, it has happened twice in a couple of weeks.
– In January I was down Little River from Couridjah and found the 1Pmdscape, - more or less awash after the slimmer rains. Crossing streams was a long and t6dious affair of trial and withdrawal, so that at 3.40 p m. on Sunday I had just over 3' hours to make the only train back from Couridjah. Coming out the previous day that stage had taken exactly 3 hours - when I was about 25 miles fresher.
It was a case for “scientific walking. I rcln down every little favourable grade - not many of them. If a rising grade was short I took it at the gallop': if it *as a-trudge I spared the tired legs and plodded-up it. In one place where' the whole track was a watOrcourse far a couple”cf hundred yards I took to the scrub: it was Slower than wading, but I didn't have to. stop and “de-sand my showes as I had going out. IL-#ed onto Couridjah statirm”nt- 6.-50, with a b argin of 7 minutes. It's not enough for comfort when there's no alternative transport.
As if this were not sufficient warning td wantons we were *ell and truly caught in another scramble the following (Australia Day) Weekend, at the close of a moist three days down at Burning Palms with the Gentle party. Having' the vehicle “On the ice” we went as a Tamily group-by-rail and; to complete the trip, planned to-mtlk out to Lilyvale for the homeward ruh. There was a train at 2.40, and a surprisingly long gap then till about five o'clock:. We've found that it's a good plot When you have a smallish one in the family: to be re-asonably early home on a holiday weekend, so there mere good and valid reasons for catching the2.40 p m. We reckoned that meant 'away from the Palms about 12.45: say lunch early at 11.30 - - and 30 on: however, on that steamy morning the blandishments of the beach were too alluring to the lesser Bromn and it was past 12.0 noon when we took:lurch.
Then-it was 1.10 when we set out up the Squede Hole track - add say 30 minutes for the hill and a spell at the lookout thrown in as well We were going along the top track towards Lilyvale bt 1.50, and I had privately resolved that we had perhaps a 50-50 chance of the train. Seven-year-olds aren't quite in the marathon class.
The track was, nicely mi-.iddied and ploughed up and about 1-11f-wlay to iiilyvale - the thunderclouds rolled over and a smart Shower began, adding to the greasinet of the already sloppy path. At the top of the hill above Lilyvnle, at 2.25, we took recourse to desperate paasures. Loth took over the extra pack, I grabbed a small hand and we began to run.
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We are told enthusiastically they perform' terrifically so long as they hold together, hence our role in getting these boots made to Super specifications (to make sure they do).
ffe have a few pairs in stock and will have them made up specially if reqUired for those who would like to find. out for themselves.
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Part way down the slope I decided the worn sole -d of my snkers were getting practically no grip at all on the' slimy track, and Chris would really be bctter
off without my hand. Then we were down, crossing the slightly swollen Hacking River and slipping and sliding up the smooth clay bank. A last sprint up to the -Station with my match showing 2.L3 (a mercy it Was about 5 minutes fast), and the train rolling in as I slipped out of a cqe-groundsheet -which was almost as wet inside with sweat as it was outside with rain.
Now, it may be sinful pride, but by comparison with some other walkers could name, I've always felt I was a cautious and provident sort of Person: not the kihd that is prone to dash up at the last whistle blowing, flag-wagging momett of a train departure. Yet there are oaite a few case histories. It all goes for to -show-that it's almost impossible to be a walker without (sometimes) scrambling for a train.
MARCH 25TH Ferry to Manly - bus to Church Point - ferry to Lovett Bay - Allunga Trig - Topham Trig - Lovett Bay. - 8 miles.
The leader will be attending John White's working bee at Lovett Bay - so it will be necessary for Starters to get to Iovett By undei- their own steam. It is proposed to spend the morning assisting in track clearing
nd then go up to the tops immediately after lunch. Lovely scenery throithout-the
8:30 a m. ferry Circular Quay to Ehnly.-
9.10 r in. -bus Manly Church Point (Route N6.157).
10.25 am. ferry Church Poibt - Lnvett Bay.
Cash fat'es about 11/- return.
Maps: Broken Bay Military 6r Hawkesbury-River Tourist.
Leader: David Ingram.
AR= 1ST Pytble– bus to St. Ives (Douglas Street) - Bungaroo Middle
Harbour Creek: - Lindfield. 8miles. - - G6od Swimatng pools in the fresh water section of Middle Harbor Creek, Traverses Lady Davidson and Lindfiad Parks, mainly unspoilt budhland within-12 miles of the City.
9.10 aom. Electric train Central - Pymble via Bridge.
9.46 a m. bush Pymble - St. Ives.
Tickets: Pymble Return via Bridge at 4/3, plus 1/1d. bus fare. Leader: Gladys Roberts.
HeathcOte Goondera Brook - Uloola Falls - Audley. 10 miles. -
A visit to one of the most pleasant areas of National Park. Uloola Falls and Cascades are particiilar1y good after rain.
8.50 a m. Cronulla Train Central Electric Station to Sutherland. CHME AT SUTHERLAND for rail motor to Heathcote.
Tickets: Heathcote 2eturn at 5/4d.
Map: Port Hacking Tourist.'
Leader: Jess Yartin.
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TOUR _“N” Departs Sydney Sat. 5th May. TOUR “I” Departs Sydney Sat. 14th July. Travelling via pubbo, Bourke, Cunnamulla (Q), Charleville, Blackall,
Mary Kathleen, Mt. Isa, Flynn Memorial, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs (2 days), Ayers Rock (2 days), Mt. Olga, Coober Pedy, Pt. Augusta and Broken Hill. FARE E 55, 0. O.
CENT. AUST. AND NTH. TERRITORY (INCLUDING DARWIN) TOUR (DURATION 4 WEEKS).
TOUR “J” Departs Sydney Saturday 11th August.
Itinerary as Tours “N” and “I” and including Daly Waters, Mataranka, Darwin, and Rum Jungle. FARE E 66. O. O.
NORTHERN QUEENSLAND, ATHERTON TABLELANDS AND COOKTOWN TOUR (DURATION 3 WEEKS).
TOUR “K” Departs Sydney Saturday 15th September.
Travelling via Newcastle, Kempsey, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville (1 day), (Magnetic Is.), Paronella Park, Atherton Tablelands Area (3 days), Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine, Mareeba, Cooktown
(1 day), Daintree, C&:rns, (Green Is.), Charters Towers, Clermont, Toowoomba, Tenterfield and Tamworth. FARE E 54. 0. O.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA CAVES AND WILD FLOWERS TOUR (DURATION 4 WEEKS).
TOUR “E” Departs Sydney Saturday 15th September.
Travelling via Albury, Bendigo, Bordertawn, “Barossa Valley”, Pt. Augusta, Ceduna, Nullabor Plains, Norseman, Esperance, “Stirling Range National Park”, “Porongorups National Park”, Albany (1 day), Frenchman's Bay, Denmark, “Valley of Giants”, Pemberton, “Kingdom of the Karri”, Cape Leeuwin, Augusta and Margaret River Caves Area (2 days), Perth (3 days), Kalgoorlie, Nullabor Plains, Renmark, Mildura and Katoomba FARE E 69.10. O.
GRAND AROUND AUSTRALIA ALL STATES TOUR (DURATION 76 DAYS).
TOUR “FP Departs Sydney Monday 6th August.
Travelling via Taree, Brisbane (1 day), Rockhampton, Townsville (2 days), (Magnetic Is.), Cairns (2 days), (Green Is.), Cooktown (1 day), Atherton Tablelands (4 days), Kurumba (Gulf of Carpentaria), (1 day), Mt. Isa,
Mataranka (1 day), Darwin (2 days), Rum Jungle, Wyndham, Derby, Broome (1 day), Marble Bar (1 day), Hammersley Ranges (3 days), Carnarvon (1 day), Geraldton
(2 days), Perth (3 days), Margaret River Caves (2 days), Albany (1 day), Esperance, Nullabor Plains, Adelaide (1 day), Melbourne, Gundagai. FARE E 125.10. O.
N.B. OTHER TOURS TO FLINDERS RANGES (TOUR “L”) DURATION 19 DAYS, DEPARTS SYDNEY 15TH OCTOBER, 1962. FARE E 40.10.0.
TOUR “0” GOLD COAST, LAMINGTON AND CARNARVON RANGES NATIONAL PARKS DURATION 3 WEEKS. DEPARTS SYDNEY 2ND JUNE, 1962. FARE ze 39.10. O.
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LETTERS TO THE =OR.
“48 Park Avenue, Roseville. N.S.W.
Rec-6nt ccrrespondents writing about the construction of a short length of-road and the erection of a memorial shelter shed nd water tank iri-Bouddi Natural Park appear to have indulged in rather exaggerated language - for example “If he. people have to step out of their core or come out from under a roof, they are being excluded”.
In spite of lip sdrvice to the idea -ff,ett perks ere for the general public-the writer-S give me-the -impression that they firmly-belieVe in walkers only.- No car must cross a -Park-boundary either because it - shouldn 't be there at all or because of the litter, fires and deme,ge left by the occupants.
One -writer belieles that it has always been the opinion of iThst bushwalkers
that some areas should be left in a primitive state". Probably this is
true, but if this m-eans the Itirhole of some parks; I suggest that it is unsound, as it ovide fox' access except fcr those arrivi-ng on foot, I feel that a better g-dneral principle would be that t1 bulk of all parks should be retained in a primitive state. Bouddi lis an excellent eXample of the difficulty of having parks with no access. i'..riyone-arriVing by cal4 had to De rk on the road, and if he wished to camp close to his car (peitaps a strange, but not altogether unreasonable wish) there was only one small area close beside the road where he could do so. If he had a caravan he must camp on the road. The construction of the road (on a previously cut fire trail, and less than half a-mile in length) and shelter shed with water tank, allows the motoriat to camp away from the road in an area riot used by walkers and far enough from their -rents at Maitland Bay so that they won't be disturbed. In fact there is no need for walkera to visit the site of the shelter shed and be distressed by the gathering heaps of rubbi_sh. As I understand it, the purpose of the work is not to enable motorists to view the park from their cars or from 'underthe shelter shed. The road gives access and allows campilig off the main road, the shelter shed catches water and keeps the rain off picnickers. The 'work has been severely criticised 0;'1.-rtly beb'euse it is being carried out in a paiik, in the nam of whieh occurs the-word “Ye:turn:2:i. HowevC?,-f.” the firat.'and therefore the main purpoae fcr –daich the area eias reserved, is “Tor public recreation”. The public has a right to reasonable 'access. In any cese why 'Criticise the erection of a memorial when a structure with the same basic purp-)se, the collection of water, was erected at Mai-bland Bay by bushwalkers? motorists do lea-lte rubbish and fires behind them, but I doubt that the answer is to exclude them from parks, ,even if this were feasible. ' Our plans for bigger and better parks will be listened to only if the people generally wantthem and I believe the only way they will come to want them is by being -allomed to use them. Improvement in wmles' hAbits must come through - Education and Rangers, and the Education and Rangers won't be supplied unless people want them. There is great danger that roads will “tear thri–,ugh the blish and “gash the hillsides”. But with increasihg population 6:nd development, burying oar heads in - the sand at Maitland Ba.” and crying “no motorists at IE. Bnuddi”, (Mhere bushwalkers never camped pre' fire-trail and road-,) has no hope of p;eventing it. Thi can be dohe only pursaading the Administration that each paYk should be properly and carefully planned and by having sufficient pulbic support. Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) T.W. Moppett ” “Box 500 F, P.O., Newcastle. ” Thanks to those respansible for the “Mag.'' service (you may treat the abbreviation as Magazine or Magnificent fl As one tho has little chance of keeping in toadh except by the Magazine I appreciate very much the job it is doing.- May I sqy that I think the occasional-reprinting from old issues is an excellent one: I thihk I have, stowed away in vnrious places, every issud since its commacemat. If you “can put your hands on Myles Dunphy's To Kanangra by Perambulator” (or similar title, I' think it would make good re-reading… Regards, (Sgd.) (J.V.) Joe Turner. - (“First Perambulator to KPnangra Trips” was pHnted in Julie 1932, and is one of many blassics of Bushmriting thich deserve to be reprinted for the enjoyment of our readers. ..Ea.) 1T163 Karimbla R(-ad, Miranda. 'The motion that our well established and ibrofitable monthly magazine be published every second month was indeed untimely. For this motion to have been carried mould not only have been a slur against the ability-of the present Editor but a reflection against the members themselves in not supporting the journal by sending in sufficient contributions. The magazine is as strong as tire members may choose to make it, but where there is -forgetfulness by the members to write, they themselves are to blame, not the Editor if the journal tends to become weaker through the lack of material. The magazine undubtedly in the present and past has proven to be an asset-to the club all round. 175. The journal is the mouthpiece of all club activities and is open to arF member, who is desirnas to write of his experiences -relative to theBushwalking movement. - An experienced editor _knows his journal and can channel with ease whatever support is given towards entertainingreading. -There is no excuse for any club as strong in membership as the Sydney Bush- walkers to have the Editor go cap in hand pleading for articles as he has done in the past. On the contrary, there shculd be a steady flow of articles sufficient to – compile a fifty page monthly magazine if needed, not one of twenty with the-editor suffering all kinds of trials and tribulations to maintain the latter number through the lack of material. The mover, no doubt, realised this and so moved along the lines he did to dhow all members the importance of sending him articles that the members on the -whole may benefit. (Sgd. ) Clem Ti p1lstrom. ..N.FpdoeImmoii. “Dear Editor, Quote from our magazine of January 62. “They - (Mallory and Irvine) did not forfeit their lives in vain etc.” - -Fire play of words - but to me utterly unconvincing. Such stuff always cordures an image of another peak climber, that Napoleon chap, posed - with his cockeyed hat - hand reaching for hia wallet. - “Why climb - because it is there. Balderdashtic junk - with equal sense - one could say - why go to a circus - because it is there, E'vBrest - years of planning, and a'small mountain of boddle - while the world holds its breath. And the grand total 2 men, out of the world's 2000 mill, can say 3 little words - we did it! And what a waste of life, in perfgct fitness.. Cotaider'yoUr Toni Kutz, s4v4yIng by day.,;by night the Eiger: .was ever a more terrible,,prolonged endIng. Toni - in the very flower of youth - and every minute of theagoitIclearly viiible to the helpless experts through the e-Le of a plus 70 telescope - sport: Now this is my view of such 'doings - in a restraining letter to a friend og mine addicted to alpine gambling - I wrote: ”.,h. but one slip - and that blithe . -Spirit folds its wings. A death is not just death, an isolated spot of ceasing life - ripples go out far and wide, as in a stone disturbed lake. Out - and out - may lap and pain the many shores of loving memory - a lifetime hence! (Sgd.) Taro. 16. CEditors note: May met in reply quote Edward Nhymper: - “The line which separates the difficult from the dangerous is sometimes very shadomy, but it is not an imaginery line. It is a true line, Id-UT-Alt breadth. It is often easy to pass, and very bard to see. It 'is sometimes passed unconeciously, and the consciousness that it has been passed is felt too late. If the doubtful line is passed consciously, deliberately, one passes from doing that which is justifiable, to that Which is unjustifiable.”) AMMO TO TaO'S QUIZ on Page 7): 1. Lavender Bay. 2. Hen and Chicken Bay 3. Darling Harbour 4. Manly 5. Neutral Bay 6. The Spit 7. Dotible Bay. 8. Carooning Cove 9. Elizabeth Fay. 10. Point-Piper 11. Cabarita - 12. NIH. Macquarie 's Chair 13. Farm Cole 14. Circular Quay. 15. Pinchgut 16. Potts Point 17. Goat Island 18. Rusheutter's Bay. LEECHES ARE CREATURES WITH NO ATTRACTIVE FEATURES. - Don Matthews. For once Snow mas early; but by the time we had assembled, and then stoppad en rite far supPlies, anf far a look at Cordeaux Dam, and-for lunch at NI. Keira, it was 3 o'clock when we reached The Page's place in Jamberoo Pass. Peter looked sceptical when we declared our intention of doing an overnight walk. On previous occasions the lure of the bush camp sites of “Ben Ricketts ” had been too great, and we had camped there and enjoyed day walks around the Barren Grounds, especially at wildflower tine. However, we convinced him, so he recommanded Gook's Nose - Brother's ,Creek - Drawing Room Rocks - Barren Grounds, a circular tour with fine viewpoints. We left the-Griffiths Trail where it dr-rts (4:olin to the” pool on Upper Broghers Creek and made-oar way 6-at to Cook's Nose. From here the Brogber's'Creek Valley opened up towards Kangaroo Valley. Lbout 500 feet beneath our feet, just below the 17. cliffs, were the high terraces, wide and lush and dotted with Palm trees and rocks. Further down, cattle grazed on the slopes and the farms down the valley could be clearly picked out. Peter had assured us'that the way through the cliffs was easy so we looked around on the Eastern side t- -just back- from the point. We looked in the -wrong place, and -what we saw was no-b irivitirg - just A wet, scrubby, roclzr, gully which didn't look -too hopeful. We know 'now- that' there - eb sy track right through the -cliff –line, but at thetime a gently sloping gully on the Western side l,–)oked easier, so 'itre headed f. This was easy until we reached a creek whidh rose near-the point and then If'lowed about N.E. for some hundreds of yards before diving down through the western 'bliff. Fallen logs helped us to get across and into some horrible tangle jungle rorwth between creek and cliff.
A viewpoint from the cliff-line shoikied us a definite break to our right, so Imick into the scrub arid down over dank earth and leaves on to the creek which 'dropped quickly until it reached a 30' waterfall. At this point I rebelled: “Snow” -I said, “this is too hakardous”. I have a premonition of impending disaster. But Snow had disappeared and there was no hope of retreat. _ We follow-6d, a,s he sidled to the right, and then gingerly groped our way qlovrn a leafy earth ridge between the low tree growth. ,About a hundred feet down, where we expected to find the high terrace ,-the crek flattened out for a distance before continuing-its dash downwards. After a search through the thicket at the reek side we peered through a gap to see flat ground stretching away to the South. Mb were down, and it was 6.30 and getting dark. We moVed along the co'mpad to an inviting camp spot beneath a huge tree oti.Wpy. Snot sank gratefully to earth and sighed a sigh of contentment. Then he leaped into the- air with a startled yell. Leeches! “Go 0 e , I said, “you brought them with you” (from the- creek, that is). But Snow was right. Wave upon wave of hungry- leeches were advancing towards us, so we upped and moved to higher ground whei3e we hoped there might not be so many. There weren't so marry, bUt:therewere enough.' There-were also hordes di' . . moSquitoes, as we found out uring the night; but the” memory of-the disCOmfOrtt was soon washed out by the dawn Of a perfect ,day, with dos of birds flitting though the brush, and the view of the mist-filled valley below. We dropped down to the road near the highest 'farm, crossing the Broger 's Creelc ford, then plodded up the hill to the Woodhill Gap, and up the track, faint in parts, to the Drawing Room Rock.- From 'here there were Wonderful views over the coastal plain and down the Valler Of Brogers into Kangaroo Valley: The track continued ae far as the heathlands, where it lost itself (lost us, anyhow) in the lush grotth, so we 4owly sl4rted the east side of the swamp at about one Idle an hour to reach the Griffiths Trail, again. , L - The traverse'of, the heath:, although hard going, mas rewarded by the of five-Ground P'atrots in flight- in different parts of the plateau and by views to the south of Pigeon House and CurrockbilIy. We followed the Trail- -down to the pool, 6. pieasrnt Spot for lunch, especially in springtime, then there ar the Reserve entrance, where we again admired the Trust's handiwork, and down the e masses of wildflrmer& in bloom. Then up the track to road to -Ben RicliBtts.
NOTES ON THE BARREN GROUNDS AREA. THE PAGES OF BEN RICISTTS. 'Iii 1948, or thereabouts, S.B.W's Ra-e-and Peter Page built their. home on flat terrace beneath the Cliffs of the Barren Grounds plateau. They are keen walkers and Nature lovers: and know all there is to know about the area - its scenic attractions, wild life, and flowers. For years now, old and new S.B.111's have journeyed' to “Pages” to enjoy their hospitality and the beauty at their back door. ' Those who haven't, or new members unaware of the nrea; are invited to call on Rae and Peter at “Ben Rickett.'s” , Mountain Road, Jamber6o, and learn something of the Barren Grounds Reserve and of the surrounding cruntry. THE EL.,RRE-14 GROUNDS F,A.UNAL RESERVE NO. (From Fauna Conservation and. The Wildlife Refuge Idea Fauna Protection Panel, 1960). Barren Grounds Faunal Reserve, No.3', is on p1-4teau land-a bnut 2,000 feet above sea level:, west if Kiama and -just 'above Jamberbo. At present, its area i:s about 3;600 acres coVerifig large tracts of sizampy heathnds_ which act as water supply regulators for streams which belotig to the Kangaroo system, and so are-important to the farmlands in the valley. -Where the swamps have given away to drier conditions the open forest takes over., and in the little :valleys developed by the creeks before they tumble over the edge' of the plateau,, there are Small stands of' sub-trbpical grOwth inCluding tree ferns; blaCk-wa ttleS and ,coachwoods. In consequence, there are several habitata 'each-with good and growing fkina populations. Perhaps 'themost interesting envir-ontherrb is th-d-heathlands. Here live at leb st two fairly 'rare species,- the Ground (or Swamp) Parrot and the Eastern Bristle Bird and they are known to breed in this Reserve.- Before the Grounds were dedicated as - a Faunal Reserve, they had been under grazing Iidence.– In addition to the effects of the actual grazing, the area was blinded over regularly. Now the regriSirbli has: - been most out. standing and as the two rare birds mentioned above :nest near or oh the ground, the -Chances of regeneration should be vei”. high. There are other riattral attracti-5ns of high value on the Grounds the swampy heaths give rise, to floral splendour which beside bringing their array of Honey-eaters and other fauna, are a 'great attraction themselves to viSitors. TO preserve-the spirit of the Reserve 'camping in it should be restricted to - the entrance, near the Ranger's Hut. There are many walking tours in this area,, outside the Faunal Reserve, e g. Brogher's Creek, Gerringong Falls, Carrington Falls.