Bushcare Summer Sunset Walks

Sunset over Coomaditchie Lagoon

Bushcare Summer Sunset Walks Calendar 2014

1. Wednesday 8th January 6 – 8pm Windang Dunes

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.

2. Wednesday 15th January 6-8pm Korrungulla Wetland, Primbee

Meet at Government Road, off Nicolle Road Primbee. We will walk around the wetland and through the EEC, an area rich in bird life.

Estimated distance 1.2km, flat, can be muddy in some sections.

3. Wednesday 22nd January 6 – 8pm Hill 60, King George V Oval, and Coomaditchie, Port Kembla

Meet at the coast guard on the top of Hill 60, Port Kembla.

We will head south to Coomaditchie; walk around the fresh-water lagoon where the cormorants roost and head north east across King Georges Oval; to northern side of Hill 60 and back through the bush to the top.

Estimated distance 4.5k. Some hills.

4. Wednesday 29nd January 6-8pm Hooka Point to Wollomai Point Berkeley.

Meet in car park in Holborne 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 toWollomai 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.

5. Wednesday 5th February 6pm – 8pm Mangerton Park, Mangerton

Meet at the corner of Eastern and Meares Ave Mangerton. We will walk through this hidden gem, a dry rainforest that some residents of Wollongong still aren’t aware of. Abundant bird life and a brilliant example of what bush regenerators can achieve with a good plan.

Estimated distance 1km, with some steep sections.

6. Wednesday 12th February 6pm – 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 along the beach Introduction to the heritage and history of the area.

Estimated distance 4km. Flat.

7. Wednesday 19th February 6 – 8pm Towradgi

Meet at the eastern end of Towradgi Rd (bowling club car park) and head north looking at Towradgi Dune restoration, detouring along Towradgi Creek to the Blue Divers Bridge, around Corrimal surf club Bushcare site and back along the beach if the creek isn’t flowing.

Estimated distance 2.5k. Flat.

8. Wednesday 26th 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.

9. Wednesday 5th March 6 – 8pm Bulli Pass Fire Trail

Meet half way up Bulli pass on the left side heading west near the trail entrance into the national parks land. Walk through Eucalyptus pilularis and Eucalyptus saligna x botryoides stands with patches of rainforest. Walk heads south and returns along the same track.

Estimated distance 2km, mostly flat with some rises.

10. Wednesday 12th March 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.

Points to note and things to bring:

  • Please wear strong shoes, long pants and long sleeves and a hat and bring some water to drink
  • 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 – it surely can’t be as wet and wild as 2012
  • 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

For more information contact:
Paul Hellier
Bushcare Officer
Environment Strategy and Planning Wollongong City Council
P: 4227 8113
E: – phellier@wollongong.nsw.gov.au
W: www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au