Bushcare Summer Sunset Walks 2015

Sunset over the Illawarra Escarpment

Bushcare Summer Sunset Walks are back!

1. Wednesday 7th January 6 – 8pm – Clifton to Coalcliff along Seacliff Bridge

Meet at Clifton Bushcare site on Lawrence Hargrave Drive Opposite Clifton School of Arts. Parking near playground on Clifton School Parade (opposite). See Clifton EEC Themeda grasslands on sea cliffs, coastal wind shear thickets and beautiful views.
Estimated distance 3km with some hills.

2. Wednesday 14th January – Brickyard Point, Austinmer

Meet at beach car park off Headlands Ave, Austinmer
We will walk along the top of  Brickyard Point to Coledale beach and then back along the beach  (tide permitting)
Estimated distance 2k. Some slopes.

3. Wednesday 21st January 6 – 8pm – Bellambi Dune

Meet at the end of Bott Drive, Bellambi and walk circular track through the dunes and then south along the cycle track to view the wetland, lagoon and dune.
Estimated distance 3.5k. Some hills.

4. Wednesday 28th January 6 – 8pm – Puckey’s Estate, Fairy Meadow

Meet at Fairy Meadow surf club at the end of Elliotts Rd
Round trip through Puckey’s Estate and back a long beach
Introduction to the heritage and history of the area
Estimated distance 4k.  Flat.

5. Wednesday 4th February 6-8pm – Greenhouse Park and Tom Thumb

Meet inside the park (drive through gates and park near the compound)
Walk around the planted forest, food garden and salt marsh.
2km some small hills.

6. Wednesday 11th February 6-8pm – Hooka Point to Wollomai Point Berkeley.

Meet in car park in Holborn street Berkeley
We will do a loop of Hooka Point walking track through the Casuarina forest and beside the salt marsh and then follow the bike track all the way east to Wollomai point (east of the fish co-op) walking alongside Lake Illawarra and then finish with a lap of the track inside Wollomai Point reserve at the edge of the lake. People may want to car pool to the start leaving some vehicles at Wollomai for the finish.
Estimated distance 4km, flat.

7. Wednesday 18th February 6 – 8pm – Hill 60, King George V Oval, and Coomaditchie, Port Kembla

Meet at the white building on the top of Hill 60.
We will head west through the bush of Hill 60 to King George Oval, through the famous Port Kembla Laneway and out to Coomaditchie; walk around the fresh-water lagoon where the cormorants roost and head back east to Hill 60. Estimated distance 4.5k. Some hills.

8.  Wednesday 25th February   6 – 8pm – Windang

Meet at eastern end of Boronia Ave (turn left at 2nd set of traffic lights when approaching Windang from the north and drive to the end of the road to park)
Walk will include dune vegetation including littoral rainforest; Bushcare restoration, beach walking looking at shells and sea birds – particularly the protection of the endangered Little Tern’s nesting sites
Estimated distance 3.5k.  Flat.

4th March (Bonus – unofficial meeting at Stanwell Park and finish with dinner at the kiosk if demand is there).

Please wear strong shoes, long pants and long sleeves and a hat and bring some water to drink.
Check out the council pages of the Advertiser or the Bushcare Coastal Walks Calendar for meeting points.
You might like to bring a camera to capture the beauty and binoculars to help spot the wildlife.
Bring a sandwich or snack to eat along the way or come early and have a picnic before we set off.
We will walk whatever the weather so that we experience the coast in all its glory, just dress appropriately.
Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
We will be off-track often so the walks are not suitable for prams or strollers.
And please don’t bring dogs.
We will gather at the meeting place at 5.45pm and start promptly at 6pm – if you miss us perhaps you can catch us up!

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Paul Hellier