Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Nierinna Creek 2020


Nierinna Track Walk 13 October 2020

Today's walk was undertaken in fine sunny weather although it was a bit of a cold start and when in an exposed part of the walk the wind was cool.

The walk up Nierinna Creek was somewhat wet and as you can tell from the photos that there was a lot of time avoiding the muddy parts on the track prior to the first hill.

From then on until we turned of Van Morey Road back to the Margate River Track it was relatively dry.

We followed our previous track up to Lawless Road, Nierinna Road and Tabors Road until we reached the Tramway Hill Reserve and Track back down via Van Morey Road and the Margate River Track to the start.


The photos below were supplied by Peter and the GPS track was supplied by Ron. Thanks to both for taking the time. - Jack

Getting ready to walk

A bit muddy underfoot

Nierinna Creek

Native indigo

Bird orchid

Nodding Greenhood

Tall Greenhood??


Nierinna Creek waterfall

Morning Tea

Also Morning Tea

Looking towards Kaoota

Local wildlife

Post and Rail fence through old stump

Between a rock and a hard place

Leaving the lunch spot

Native Gorse or Gorse Bitter Pea

Sculptures in Tramway Hill Reserve

Marilyn talking about lay lines

Ron and Bob checking the lay lines

First glimpse of Mt. Wellington today

Butterfly Iris

Who is looking at whom

New bridge across Margate Rivulet

OK, who are the real bushwalkers?

There were 14 walkers and we traveled some 10.92 km in about 3.5 hours.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Rifle Range Road 2020

 After several days of rain, Bob has put in a good word for us with the weather god and we have sunshine for our walk at South Arm.

We park at the junction of Rifle Range Rd. and Gellibrand Drive, gear up and set off.

Setting off

Looks a bit wet

A nice, but temporary waterfall

We do a little street walking to get around the worst of the flooding

 It's not long before we move off the pavement and onto the track.

Back on track

 It's also not long before Peter spots his first orchid.

First orchid of the day

Wax Lip Orchid -photo by Peter

On we go, striking some more wet areas before it all becomes a bit drier.

It becomes drier as we climb

Wonder if it starts?

Plenty of water in the road drains

We make our way to Moola Close and pick up the Tangara Trail again.

The flat twin green leaves are orchids

Multiple Wax Lip Orchids -photo by Peter

About as difficult as obstacles get

More orchids

Looking off track

We're making our slowly down towards Mortimer Bay.

Sand mining took place here in the past

This explains the dug out areas between us and the beach. I suppose the pines were planted to stabilize the dunes.

We've come through here and reach our Morning Tea spot

Plenty of nice comfy rocks for everyone

Not sure what these two have done

Perhaps there weren't enough seats with the others.

The sign below shows the entrance to where we've come from.


Tea finished, we make our way down to Gorringes Beach on Mortimer Bay and continue on our way.

That's right. Mt. Wellington in the distance

We'll move away from the beach onto a bush track

The views never stop

There are other flowers besides orchids

Nice to see some larger gum trees

First wet spot for a while

We're heading down for lunch

The other beach was made up of manly small shells, our lunch beach, which is on Ralphs Bay, is mainly worn stone, perfect for skipping across the water.

I can tell you many were skipped over the bay


Ralphs Bay and our view

Lunch finished, we make our way up steps suitable for giants to the track, crossing over and heading up.

It becomes a bit more open now, and Peter finds some more orchids.

Donkey Orchid -photo by Peter

Pink Fingers Orchid -photo by Peter

We reach Gellibrand Drive, turn left until we reach this spot

 Here we turn right and start heading down hill.

Going down

We pass a pleasant farm dam

Just past here, our track becomes seriously wet as you will see.

Some give up and just walk straight through

We reach a section where, on our right appears a desolate area, flooded with many dead trees and not a blade of grass in sight. The enclosure fence is quite high and I couldn't remember what lived in here.

I see something lying next to the fence and it appears to be an Emu, a large flightless bird endemic to mainland Australia, but extinct in Tasmania since European settlement.

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It wasn't moving and I wasn't sure it was breathing until it suddenly lifted it's head. It appears to be on a nest that's partially flooded and not at all the sort of environment it should be in.

I first thought it dead, but it did lift its head

There were two more farther on

I'm trying to work out where this property is as this isn't good enough for these birds.

On we go, still navigating flooded tracks.

Nodding Greenhood -photo by Peter

Finally we reach another part of Gorringes Beach

Local seahorse

Very shallow here

Approaching a car park at another part of Rifle Range Road

Joining Rifle Range Rd.

This will lead us back to our cars.