Tuesday, 5 December - Under & Over Cliff walk, Katoomba
Today 4 Lemons did a midweek walk on the under/overcliff walk at Wentworth Falls. The sun was shining and it was a cracking day to be out in it. We lunched at the Conservation Hut afterwards (new management and delicious food and good coffee).
The next mid week walk will be Wedneday 20 December. Details will be sent shortly. (Not on current BL calendar) Thanks to those who came along. Anne
Check out the Relive Video: Under & Over Cliff walk
Saturday, 2 December - Wentworth Falls Lake walk & picnic
The threatened rain stayed away and the sun came out in the afternoon, so those of us that braved Wentworth Falls Lake had a lovely walk and picnic. Thanks to all those who came along and thanks to Anne for providing cups of tea and coffee for us all. Enjoy the photos. Jocelyn
Saturday, 18 November - Middle Harbour Creek Loop
What a fantastic walk we had today. I hope you enjoy the Relive video and sorry for a couple of smudged photos (I think it was water and not my attempt at some misty romantic shots!). Thanks to those who came along on this beautiful walk.
Relive video: Middle Harbour Creek Loop
Saturday, 4 November - Explorers Tree to Megalong Road
It was predicted to be wet on this walk, and consequently I had lots of cancellations, but the conditions turned out to be pretty lovely for the 3 of us who persevered. Only a light shower or two and the mist around the escarpments was very atmospheric.
Relive video - 6 Foot Track - Explorers Tree to Megalong Road
Saturday, 21 October - Victorian Period Costume walk - Scenicworld to Leura Forest
|Walking in period costume is a serious business|
We had a fun time walking in rather warm outfits from the Scenic Railway to Leura Forest. Tourist and locals were both bemused and amused.....and who could blame them.
After a lovely luncheon we then returned back to Scenicworld and a trip back up the Cableway.
|Some of us had to dab away the perspiration|
|There's always work to do at Scenicworld!|
|What a gorgeous group of Victorian women!|
Thanks to all who accessed their inner Victorian walking woman and experienced the difficulties of walking in this garb. I for one couldn't wait to get that bloody hat off. Jocelyn
Saturday, 7 October - Mt Solitary Traverse
We were a small and fast moving group who tackled the iconic and challenging Mt Solitary Traverse. Perfect weather and good company made it lovely. Enjoy the Relive Video:
Saturday, 23 September - Coastal Walk, Bouddi National Park
Six Lemons had a wonderful walk along the Coastal Track in Bouddi National Park on Saturday. The weather was a lovely 19C with the sun sparkling on the water at times, and we saw the spouts of several whales, and a few distant glistening black backs. Wildflowers were everywhere and the water, though cold, invited at least half of us into a dip! The promised stairs were a good workout, but worth it for the fabulous views at every turn. Thanks to the Lemons who came along, and special thanks to Susan for the photos. Jem
Saturday, 16 September - Kedumba Pass, Kedumba Valley & Lions Head Pass
6 of us took on this walk in fairly warm conditions. Although we have walked down Kedumba Pass plenty of times, the ascent up through Lions Head was a new and exciting one. Enjoy the Relive Video: Kedumba and Lions Head Passes
Saturday, 9 September - Birdwatching at Rhododendron Gardens
|What a keen lot of birdwatchers!|
We saw Golden Whistlers, Grey Shrike-Thrush, Rosellas, Kookaburras, White-browed Scrubwrens, Striated Thornbills, Currawongs, Magpies, Red Wattlebirds, Eastern Spinebills, a Yellow Robin, and lots of small and quick moving birds. No photos of birds as I was too busy looking through my binoculars! The gardens were beautiful too.
|And Alie's shot of the day - the Golden Whistler's bum!|
Saturday, 2 September - Perrys Lookdown to halfway up Du Faur Head
It was a perfect Spring day to walk through the Grose Valley. The descent down Perrys Lookdown left our knees a tad weak before we stopped for morning tea on the Grose River.
We then crossed the river and ascended around 2/3rds of the way up to Du Faur Head for lunch. The crossing of the Grose River was by way of a downed tree.
The walk back up Perrys Lookdown is always a good challenge and it was somewhat of a relief to see the cars at the top.
Saturday, 26 August - Loftus to Audley
Seven Lemons enjoyed the Royal National Park. The weather was fine & warm. The 14km of tracks were dry with very few other bush walkers. Highlights were Bungoona Look-out (views over the Hacking River), Honeymoon Track, Robertson Roundabout, Kangaroo Creek, gorgeous angophoras, massive outcrops of sandstone, Waratahs in bloom, stunning green 2m high Gymea Lillies leaves, & a painter’s palette of spring-time flowers. Up & down we went. Then more up & down. It was a fabulous day out adventuring together. The photos (below) tell the story best …Sue. (photo credits to Sue, Rachel, Julia)
|Bungonia Lookout view|
|Stairs down escarpment|
|View into Botany Bay & north to Centrepoint|
|Drosera spatulata - carnivorous perennial herb|
Saturday, 19 August - Box Head, Bouddi National Park
6 lemons enjoyed the spectacular views and weather in Bouddi National Park. Thanks for coming and sharing and thanks to Rachel and Leah for photos. Dee
Saturday, 22 July - Cowan to Berwra (va Berowra Waters)
We had fantastic winter weather for the 7 Lemons on the walk. It was up & down all the way - ie tough, but extremely enjoyable. Hikers were rewarded with stunning views, and continually changing tree & plant species during our 6 hour adventure. [13km; 630m descent/ascent].
This walk is part of the “Great North Walk” route. Lots of sandstone, bush & some creek crossings. Mainly single track, but also a km or two of management trail. Highlights are the Aboriginal middens & the descent into the timelessness of the Hawkesbury River at Berowra Waters. Here is the photographic record of the day (thanks photographer Kylie). Sue
|Roland Murray Bench|
|Triumph after walk back up from Hawkesbury River|
|View near the end|
Saturday, 14 July - Medlow Bath explore
There are places on this walk when you feel like you are walking back in time. Some gorgeous old tracks through a wide variety of landscapes. Thanks to those who came along. Anne
Saturday, 8 July - Lower Porters Pass & Centennial Pass
Walking these two lovely lower passes means that you rarely see anyone and you can get off the main tracks. However, it also means there are a lot of obstacles, including a huge amount of downed trees, but that can also be part of the fun! We did lose the track a few times but it was all good in the end and everyone was very patient and good company! Enjoy the Relive video:
Saturday, 17 June - Sphinx Track & Bobbin Head loop
A most lovely walk today in beautiful winter weather.
Relive Video: Sphinx & Bobbin Head loop
Saturday, 10 June - Asgard Swamp & Thor Head, Mt Victoria
What a lovely King's long weekend walk 19 of us had today. Thanks to everyone who came along, to Anne, Olga and Lesley for their cars. Check out the video: Asgard Swamp & Thor Head
And then there was the lovely lunch at the Victoria & Albert Guesthouse afterwards
Saturday, 3 June - T3 track to Colo River
What a fantastic walk this is in such a spectacular wilderness area. We all agreed that the challenge of the ascent back up from the river makes this walk, even as tough as it is. Thanks to the tough Lemons who came along!! Enjoy the video: T3 to Colo River track
Friday, 26 May - Sunday, 28 May
Well yes, it was cold.....perhaps one could say freezing. Six of us threw caution to the winds and enjoyed a weekend at Kedumba River Crossing Campground. This valley is teeming with wildlife and beauty.
|Glossy Black Cockatoos|
|Kangaroos in the campground|
|Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos|
And we did some walks out of the valley too.
And the frost and ice had it's own beauty too.
No, not a magic trick, just frozen water.
Thanks to those who shared their photos and came along on this adventure. Jocelyn
Sat, 20 May - Gordon Falls & Sublime Point, Leura
A beautiful walk today and more lookouts than were promised. Thanks to Anne for leading this walk.
Relive Video: Gordon Falls & Sublime Point
Turon Gates weekend camp, 12-14 May
Turon Gates really is a fantastic place to camp with a beautifully located campground, good bathroom facilities, wildlife, pet friendly, lots of walks, fireplaces, places to explore, bike rides etc. We made the most of it, but we also had lots of chats, laughs and times around the campfires!
There were good walks, bike rides, painting, photography, cooking, gazing at the river....
And we were pretty lucky with only one rain shower....
Thanks to everyone who came along, to Olga for bringing her gazebo and everyone for the firewood and your wonderful company! We will be back to Turon Gates!
After a solid day of rain on Saturday, the clouds finally ran out of water to drop. Blackheath to Medlow could have been ridden or canoed, the puddles were large, deep and plentiful. Thanks Rach for doing the Relive and Vee for taking out “best in puddle ride technique”. Muddy butts and big grins … enjoy. Olga
Puddle video: Puddles video
Relive video: Blackheath to Pt Pilcher Relive
Happy walking everyone. Anne
|The quiet before the storm|
|Gathering for the dance practise|
|A chat and rest!|
Thank you to all who joined the Kiama Coastal Track walk travelling from near and afar.
It was quite hot at times but the north easterly made walking more comfortable as did the occasional dip in the ocean.
Such a lovely group of women, interesting conversations, laughter, excitement in anticipation for Mardi Gras and a beautiful swim in the waves to finish.
We are all so lucky to be part of the Bush Lemons.
With thanks, Fran.
Wrasses a plenty - (Crimson Banded, Senator, Maori and Snakeskin Wrasse), Eastern Pomfreds, schools of Silver Sweep swimming and turning in unison, Old Wives, A Moorish Idol or two, Eastern hulafish, large schools of sand whiting and Scad, Rock Cod, Rainbow Cale (out for Mardi Gras), Red Morwongs, Leatherjackets, bottom-dwelling Gobys, Kapalensis Stingarees (common stingray but cute none-the-less), bright yellow and blue juvenile Scalyfin (worth googling), a mystery fish later identified as an Estuary catfish, simply thousands of Mados, several large as well as juvenile Easter Blue Groupers, Rock Blackfish, the appropriately named Piano Fangbelly, and a hover of seven baby cuttlefish.
And not forgetting the beautiful sponges, soft corals and sea grass beds.
A spectacular day underwater - thanks to all who came along! Rachael
Six of us enjoyed the stunning Sydney weather for a social spin around Sydney Olympic Park today.
There were celebrations after reaching the top of the Bay Marker spiral lookout that gives 360 degree views over the park and surrounding city & river landscape where we paused for morning tea. It was way more fun on the way down where we could get up a bit of speed!
The next stop was Shipwreck Bay where old & unused vessels were transported in the 1960s and 1970s to be decommissioned & disposed of. The yard vanished and nature took over, slowly turning the wrecks into floating forests.
The final stop before lunch was the Brickpit Ring Walk (or cycle!), which serves as a water storage and frog habitat. It's also home to black swans and ducks that leave dark trails as they swim through what we thought was algae, but is actually a tiny native plant called Duckweed Lemna disperma that the water birds love to feed on.
Thanks to everyone who came along and to Vee for her detailed knowledge of the roads and tracks throughout the park. Jan
|Lots of flannel flowers|
|What a view!|
We finally had our Victorian Period Costume walk, after proposing it years ago. Thank you to all those plucky women who came along to recreate the costumes those amazing women wore in the Victorian era. We all agreed that walking in long skirts, stiff collars and large hats took a bit of getting used to. Some also found it hard to not smile in the photos, however I found it came naturally to me. We had a private tour of the Hydro Majestic which was quite a highlight and walked on some of the older tracks behind it. We waved our hankies at a departing train and picnicked in Medlow Bath Park listening to live music. Prue has put together a most amazing video which is available on our Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who came along. What a lot of fun we had!!! Enjoy the photos. Jocelyn
|Our tour of the Hydro|
|Navigating a fence in skirts aint so easy|
|A little bit of rock climbing (as you do)|
|What a gorgeous bunch of Victorian women|
|We also visited the Aboriginal grinding grooves|
|The elusive 'rock' bird|
|And some people were such keen birdwatchers that they seemed to be everywhere!|
Thanks to those who came along and enjoyed the sun. We will have another birdwatching walk soon. Jocelyn
|The old post office and tailor shop|
The Lemons had a lovely time at the ghost town of Yerranderie, which is now managed by National Parks. It is roughly a 3.5 hour drive from the upper mountains, but very worthy of a visit. There are old buildings (some of which have been restored) relics from the silver mining days, two campgrounds and bushwalks.
|Private Town campground|
|View from Bartlett Head|
Sat, 10 Sept - Staples Lookout to Patonga
The weather was perfect for this lovely walk in an absolute
wildflower wonderland every step of the way! 6 Lemons started from Staples
Lookout, navigated various criss-crossing trails, and as a small side hike,
climbed Mt Wondabyne with its breathtaking views across 3 national parks and
back down to Brisbane Water. Here we had morning tea absorbing the beauty,
before descending again onto the ridge with its rock platforms encasing little
gardens, and a huge snake made of rocks. As promised, we passed through a tiny
but beautiful rainforest gully just after the Woy Woy tip - the contrasts of
Lunch again found us with fabulous views across distant hills and the Hawkesbury hinterland. We then crossed Patonga Drive into an area famed for its waratahs, explored another little side trip with wonderful rocks and yet more wildflowers, until we reached Warrah Lookout over the Hawkesbury mouth with panoramic views of Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Lion Island and West Head. Descending down into Patonga we finally reached the beach.
Thanks to the wonderful Lemons who made this walk such a funny, friendly and fab experience, and thanks to Manuela for the gorgeous photos! Jem
Sun, 28 Aug - Lockleys Pylon & Du Faur Head, Leura
Sat, 10 Aug - Sassafras Gully & Magdala Gully walk, Springwood
What a most gorgeous walk today! This is a beautiful area full of lush rainforest, spectacular Sassafras trees, impressive temple-like rocky outcrops and lovely swimming holes. It's a loop walk which starts behind Springwood shops, so easily accessible. Enjoy the video:-
Sat, 16 July - Porters Pass & Centenial Glen
There were numerous cancellations for this walk (it's the world we live in at the moment) so we were a small group that did this most lovely of walks today. There were quite a few other people out walking, and the occasional dog too. As I was sometimes carrying Scrumpy (he's a dog, not a Lemon) some of my photos in the Relive video were taken quickly, and for some reason the Relive video stopped short of where we did! Sit back and enjoy the Zen of the video:
Fri, 24 - Sun, 26 June Black Range 3 day walk
|All fresh at the start|
We had a great walk exploring the firetrails off Black Range, out in the Kanangra Boyd Wilderness. The temperatures were pretty low overnight, but the day time temps were perfect for walking. We descended down Moorara Boss Firetrail and camped the first night on the lovely Jenolan River (where we had a very quick dip! Yes, there were some screams).
After a rather chilly night we plodded back up to the range and then down to the Little River to collect water. We had the option to camp the 2nd night here, but it was quite damp and evidence of 4WDs using the small campsite, so instead decided we needed more of a challenge, so ascended back up onto Black Range and found a lovely campsite on Cronje Mountain Trail. We ascended more than 1000m this day!
|Finally relaxing on Cronje Mountain|
It was a slightly milder night here and we had a lovely outlook back towards the twinkling lights of the Hydro Majestic.
Sun, 19 June - Burramoka Fire Trail to Hanging Rock, Blackheath
Sat 11 June - Ngula Bulgarabang GLBTQ walk
It was a beautiful day for our annual GLBTQ walk. This time we visited Ngula Bulgarabang with its terrific tracks and views. Thanks to all who came along and enjoy the Relive video below:
Sat 4 June - Cowan to Berowra
This is a very pretty walk with lots of ups and downs, great views, gorgeous Angophora trees and rock outcrops. We were a pared down group after a few cancellations but that didn't stop our enthusiasm. Unfortunately my Relive video didn't work for some reason, but the walk was 15.7km and took us 6 hours.
We stopped for sustenance and a brief rest at the beautiful river at Berowra Waters.
Then we pushed on to the end of the walk at Berowra. What a lovely walk!!
Sun 15 May - Gordons Bay Snorkel
9 Bush Lemons plunged into the pleasant autumn waters in search of the Gordon’s Bay underwater nature trail. We set off from Gordon’s Bay beach up the southern side of the bay and were greeted by a beautiful 2 metre Wobbegong swimming slowly along. Several schools of Luderick (with black stripes), blue and green groupers, Māori wrasse, and a few parrot fish.
We then headed across the bay to the Northern side and finally found the trail. Some of the markers were difficult to spot due to recent weather events. This side of the bay had an abundance of Mados, Sweep, Angel fish and Stingarees and a strange looking conglomerate of anemone called Isaurus Cliftoni.
|Isaurus Cliftoni Anemone|
After 80 minutes in the water it was time to head in and get warm. Thanks to everyone who came and splashed around, to Joc for going back to fetch the buoy, and to Vanessa for her photos! Rachael.
Sat 14 May - Tempe to Brighton Bike ride
It was a cracker of a day for our ride from Tempe to Brighton. Eight keen women turned up for the ride. We followed the Cooks River to Kyeemagh cycle and walk path to Brighton Beach, where we stopped for morning tea, the sun came out just as we arrived. There were no swims but one Lemon decided to ride back home and pick up her stand up paddle board and drive back for a paddle. Along the way we saw some sand sculptures and community gardens. We all had a wonderful time trying to solve the problems of the world over a cup of coffee, tea and cake for some. After morning tea we rode back to Tempe the same way. Britta
Sat 7 May - Sunday 8 May - Splendour Rock, Wild Dog Mountains
Thanks to the marvellous walkers who took on this challenging hike to fantastic Splendour Rock. Everyone ought to do this hike at least once! I have chosen appropriate dramatic music for the video!
Sat, 30 April - Zigzag & Reinits Pass Tracks, Mt Victoria
Good on those who joined us for an expected wet walk along these tracks, but we were pretty lucky with the weather. There was a tricky landslip halfway along the Reinits Track to negotiate, and then I complicated things by losing one of my dogs (you can see on the video where I backtrack to try to find him. He was found at 5am Sunday rather bedraggled but okay). Thanks to the walkers for their forbearance and patience and to Portia for keeping us all in line!
Saturday, 2 April - Perrys Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon Track
Sunday, 20 March - Ingar & Andersons Fire Trail
Our 25km walk on the Ingar and Andersons Fire Trail was on a dry sunny day (amazing!). It's a long walk with a really decent hill and very varied scenery. My Relive video doesn't have many photos but it gives a really good overview of the walk.
Sat, 19 Feb - Spit to Manly
This walk is always lovely with harbour views and swims. Our lunch time swim at Fairlight Tidal Pool was extra exciting due to the big swell and we frolicked like kids. We also spotted a lovely acquatic animal off 40 Baskets Beach. Enjoy the Relive video:
Sat, 12 Feb - Faulconbridge Point and Grose River
The gate to the National Park at Glenbrook was closed due to water over the causeway, so we chose to do this alternate walk: Faulconbridge Point and Grose River
Fri, 4 - Sun, 6 Feb - Ganguddy camp
What a lovely weekend spent out in this beautiful area near Rylstone. We were pretty lucky with the weather as most showers were brief and followed by sun. Thanks to the 32 Lemons who came along and embraced all the different activities or just relaxed and chilled out.
There were games aplenty. Thanks for Ali for bringing her circus skills and toys!
Many thanks to generous and patient Kate who brought all her Nomads kayaks with her and led memorable kayak trips on the waters, including a fantastic evening kayak where we drifted along as night fell listening to all the beautiful sounds of nature. We were welcomed back to the camp by the other Lemons who welcomed us with fairy lights and song!
There were a numbers of bushwalks, including the lovely Pagoda lookout and Long Cave. Orchids were spied and bird lists made.
Watch the video of our bushwalk here: Video of Pagoda Lookout, Weir & Long Cave walk
Bec & Belinda put on a lovely cheese platter spread for us, there were visits to check out the campervans, small tent problems were fixed, possums, quolls and turtles spotted, friendships made, swims aplenty, much laughter and stories told.
Thanks to Anne and Sophie for many of the photos. Thanks to Olga, Deb & Gaby for their gazebos for shelter when it rained.
What a wonderful time spent in nature with a wonderful group of Lemons. Thank you all!! Jocelyn
Sun, 30 Jan 2022 - Cabbage Tree Bay Snorkel
It really was a perfect day for snorkelling, and Cabbage Bay Aquatic Reserve off Shelley Beach was the perfect location.
A lovely group of Lemons gathered for the day and very soon we were in the water and just amazed by the variety of fish that we saw! This is an accessible and wonderful spot to see so much. I'll let the photos speak for themselves!
|Eastern Fiddler Ray|
|A Wobbegong's tail|
Thanks to Ange and Anne for the photos and Rachael for leading us on such a wonderful snorkelling day, and thanks to all those adventurous souls who came along and were treated to such amazing sights! Jocelyn
Lockley's Pylon Track to Grose River - 2 Jan 2022
Bikeride Mt Blackheath & Hanging Rock, Blackheath - 16 Jan 2022
After what seemed like weeks of wet weather, the day of the ride began with dry blue skies and the rare sight of a golden orb in the sky. I am told this is known as the sun.
We warmed up our legs on the more forgiving part of the ride out to Mount Blackheath, then headed in the opposite direction on our way to hanging rock.
This area had been affected by the fires and it was encouraging to see all the new greenery especially in the valley.
|Looks flat doesn't it?|
Thanks to Bec and Alison for joining me on this jolly jaunt and apologies for forgetting to take happy snaps at mount blackheath. 🤦🏻♀️
Staples Lookout to Girrakool, Central Coast - 8 January 2022
Wentworth Falls Lake - 18 Dec 2021
Lawsons Long Alley to Lockyers Rd, Mt York - 11 Dec 2021
Furber stairs to Ruined Castle - 4 Dec 2021
The Bloody Long Walk - Palm Beach to Manly - 35km
Rachael, Angela D, Vee and Fiona B
The route (with lots of comfort stops)
The weather forecast (~10-25mm per hour, every hour)
The Bush Lemons team at the starting point in Palm Beach. Fiona demonstrating her headwear style
Avalon Beach with Bilgola Head in the background. 7kms down and feeling quite sodden; time for a chemist stop and coffee #1.
Mona Vale Beach - White-out! 15kms down, Checkpoint 3, with friendly marshalls giving out fruit and lots of encouragement. Angela was mistaken for a volunteer marshall in her yellow jacket.
The water jump!
Lunch stop at North Narrabeen, coffee #2. Thanks to the wonderful café owners who did not mind all our dripping gear. Rachael pulling a sad and wet face. Time to apply warm, dry socks. Vee’s bee socks did not go unnoticed.
After several more kms, lots more rain, feet checks, and spirited conversations with other walkers (including the Mito Minions, and one very inspiring member with a prosthetic leg), we made it to Manly.
Elated, relieved and feeling proud of our achievement. Thanks to Angela and Sam for the early ride to the start, thanks Fiona for the carpooling home. Thanks gals – it was a great team effort. Rachael
Saturday, 26 June - Fortress Ridge & Darks Cave
Fortress Ridge is a fairly easy and accessible walk out to one of the best views over the Grose Valley. 20 of us from Bush lemons and Bandanna Social Lesbians were lucky enough to do this walk on a sunny, though slightly blustery, day.
11 of us then continued on for the second part of the walk to Darks Cave, a gorgeous cave used by the Dark family as their holiday home decades earlier. The gully in which it is located was not affected by the fires and it is full of birds, plants, a gurgling creek and a beautiful hush.
Thanks to all those who came on this walk, to Stevie and Bandanna Social Lesbians, to Anne for some photos, to those who helped carpool, and to those who came to the lovely dinner at The Bunker on the Friday night. Jocelyn
Saturday, 19 June - Palm Beach to Narrabeen
It was understandable that numbers were small on this walk, considering the forecasted gale winds and heavy rain, but we were very lucky with the weather. Palm Beach was gorgeous as always.
There was road walking, tracks over headlands and pathways next to beaches. And because of the huge swell the waves were extraordinary - we could have watched them for hours.
The walk took 5 hours and yes at the end the rain had started, but it just made the walk more action packed.
Nothing like a hot drink to finish off a bracing walk. Jocelyn
Saturday, 2 June - Porters Pass & Centennial Glen, Blackheath
It was a blustery winter's day for our walk in his lovely historic area of Blackheath. Under foot was still wet from melted snow, but the views were sublime and the company wasn't too bad either.
We accessed Corona Point via a rockclimbers track to take in the view and enjoy morning tea.
Then it was onto Centennial glen, the lovely waterfall, lunch at Walls Ledge, and then the return walk back up.
Sunday, 7 June - Bike ride Lawson
Pumped and rearing to go we all dismounted to make a tricky decent 😅
Our first mechanical incident only 5 minutes in had us in pit lane.... wheels off, tubes flying, pumps pumping. A world record tube change after a nasty pinch flat saw us back on the trail in no time
Some tight switchbacks tested our skills and balance.
It was discovered that an outburst of expletives was an effective method to stay upright in tricky situations. Pedalling with perseverance found us all to quickly at the end of the loop and heading to the nearest cafe for coffee and pastries
Thanks to all for making the effort to join this Bushlemons ride and add some extra joy to the weekend!!
Saturday, 22 May -Narrowneck, Katoomba
10 of us started off on Narrowneck, with 3 doing a 'lite' version of the walk. It was the perfect day for this walk as initially we had the foggy valleys and once it lifted we could see forever.
Lunch was at Clear Hill at the end before we strode back. Thanks to all for their photos and company. Jocelyn
Saturday, 15 May - Lawson Waterfall circuit - evening walk
7 Lemons thought it would be a good idea to walk around a waterfall circuit in the dark, on the coldest day of the year so far - and it was so worth it! We started the walk in the late afternoon, and enjoyed getting away from the cold wind as we descended to the first of the waterfalls. We were there in time to see it in daylight and enjoy how clear the water was. There is still a lot of water in the creeks following the recent heavy rains, so all the waterfalls are flowing and can be heard echoing through the bush. Its magic to walk beside the creeks and through the bushland at twilight, with very little human noise and the sound of babbling water to keep us company. We enjoyed the muddy sections, occasional wet feet (did I mention how clear the water was) and the beauty of exploring the area by torchlight. The highlight came at the very end of the walk, at Cataract Waterfall when we all turned off our headlights and waited… to be greeted by the twinkling lights of the glow worms as they put on their show. Standing under a damp rocky ledge and looking up, it was like seeing the night sky but with totally different constellations. While their light is so bright, we couldn’t see them when we turned on our torches and tried to find them - they must be so tiny. A fantastic walk and with good company - a perfect way to spend a Saturday evening!
Saturday, 15 May - Mt Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass
9 of us braved the sleet and wind and had a lovely walk through the Grose Valley. The regeneration after the fires is going well and the waterfalls, creek and river were beautiful. The track down to Burra Korain has had a lot of good work put into it. We had morning tea near Burra Korain, where the creek joins the Grose River.
The walk along the river is lovely, with the escarpment towering above. We soon reached where the Pierces Pass track heads up to the escarpment and through lovely rainforest.
Many thanks to Liz, Olga and Ursula for helping with cars early on the chilly morning. Jocelyn
Saturday, 1 May - Kedumba Pass, Wentworth Falls
Eleven of us descended down Kedumba Pass and luckily the fog lifted from the valley.
We stopped for morning tea along the way before checking out the wonderfully restored Maxwells Hut.
We then lunched by the river before we walked back up the pass.
This valley is such a beautiful treasure, full of animals and birds. We may do another overnight walk down here soon. Jocelyn
25 year anniversary weekend - 23-25 April
What a way to bring in our 25 years!!! 40 women gathered at the lovely Wollemi Common for workshops, games, talks around the firepit, wonderful food, incredible desserts, drumming, the amazing olympics (full of sleeping bag stuffing, timed tent erections, boot throwing, captain ball and tunnel ball) - organised by sports mistresses Anne, Ange and Sharron.
Saturday night was full of music, speeches, stories, and a brilliant and funny skit (I still haven't stopped laughing). On Sunday there was a great attempt at recreating Renoir's painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party. Many thanks to Prue for her filmmaking skills (see her olympic games & painting recreation films on our Facebook page).
|Winning tunnell ball team (missing Vee)|
What a wonderful time we all had during the weekend. Many thanks to all those who helped, washed up and cleaned up. Many, many thanks to Anne, Sharron and Max for being such a wonderfully easy organising group!! We may make this camp at Wollemi Common a yearly event. Thanks Lemons. Jocelyn
Saturday, 10 April - Furber Stairs to Giant Staircase
18 Lemons visited the Sculptures at Scenicworld Exhibition after descending down Furber Stairs (with one Lemon taking the Railway). The sculptures were lovely in their perfect setting in the rainforest and viewed from the boardwalk.
|This answers the question of how many Lemons you can get in an old railway car!|
|A familiar scene for anyone who has done an overnight walk with us|
We then walked on the Federal Pass past the bottom of Katoomba Falls to where the group split up to tackle the Giant Stairs through longer, shorter or quicker options.
It was a beautiful day for such a lovely walk and thanks to everyone who came along.
Thanks also to Ange for sharing her artwork with us, which seems to have started encouraging other items of underwear to come out! Jocelyn
Friday, 12 March - Monday 15 march - Kanangra to Katoomba (50km)
8 Lemons left Kanangra Walls very early on Friday after being safely delivered by our drivers, Sharron and Sue - thank you girls! Even though the plateau was covered with mist, it was still beautiful.
|The Pass off Kanangra|
|Pink flannel flowers|
Once down the pass and off the plateau we stopped for morning tea at Crafts Wall and then steadily climbed up Mt Berry, High & Mighty, Rip, Rack, Roar, Rumble and eventually Mt Cloudmaker herself!
|Morning tea stop|
|The Summit team on Cloudmaker!|
Immediately after Cloudmaker the track conditions changed. We had been expecting some difficulty in following this track since the bushfires and were prepared with a navigation device. It was just as well as weeds, grasses and saplings now covered the area and we only occasionally saw the track. Shortly after leaving the summit one of our party had a bad fall and did an injury to her leg. Initially it was thought it could have been a break, but after first aid was applied and the contents of her pack split and carried by the rest of us, she was able to continue to Dexs Creek where we camped the night.
|Dexs Creek had lots of available water|
The next morning we set off to again find the track fully overgrown, so we had to navigate every step. It was an exhausting day, but beautiful scenery (when you could see over the weeds & saplings!). We had been leapfrogging with a solo walker (Garry) who found the track conditions equally challenging and asked to tag along with us. He stayed until we were well along Narrowneck on the last day before thanking us, complimenting our team and bidding us farewell.
Such a long, exhausting day full of bushbashing and navigating! There were numerous falls since we couldn't see where we were putting our feet, and the descent down Mt Strongleg was particularly trying. It could not have been done without Angela's calm navigating skills and everyone trusting that we would reach Coxs River eventually. What a bloody good bunch!!! And of course laughs kept us going, such as when we discovered that Olga and Rachael were actually twins.
The swim in one of the creeks next to our campsite late that afternoon was bliss!!
The next morning we had to cross the creek twice and then the Coxs River, and Rachael showed off her piggybacking prowess to ensure that Sharon's wounded leg did not get wet. Another team effort!
|Clearly Angela didn't get the email about which direction to go|
After successfully reaching the other side of the Coxs River, we then started the long ascent up Yellow Pup Ridge in the rain. It took awhile and then we continued along the sometimes visible track towards Mobbs Swamp/Soak, where thankfully we were able to take shelter in the cave here to warm up and dry out!
|The perfect cave on a wet and cold day!|
So that everyone could camp where they wanted to, we left 2 walkers at the cave to have the óvernight in a cave' experience (complete with Agile Antichinus), whilst the rest of us walked onto Medlow Gap for our last night.
Thankfully our last day dawned sunny and bright and when our 2 cave campers joined us we started the ascent up Mt Debert and to Taros Ladders.
The group cleverly engineered the best and safest way to get all our packs to the top (oops! sorry about the Jetboil, Erin!), and had a lot of fun whilst doing it!
|Rachael and our good mate, Garry|
After clambering the rest of the way up to Clear Hill, we lunched and then did our #FedUp #EnoughisEnough performance!
Then it was the long slog back along Narrowneck to the locked gate and cold drinks from the esky in my car!!!!
|Here's to a wonderful bunch of walkers!|
The best thing about walking in the wilderness is that you have to handle anything that happens yourselves, and that is exactly what we did....from navigational challenges, to injuries, wet & cold weather, sharing the load, working out problems, making decisions as a group! Well done Lemons √
27 February Grand Canyon Loop Blackheath
It was a hot muggy morning and the canyon was totally beautiful. We were all very glad we had started early as the tourists were thin on the ground.
Easy to forget how beautiful this walk is – no wonder there are so many people. With all the rain we have had lately there was lots of water and waterfalls and the spiders webs were magnificent.
After having morning tea under a huge overhang we headed back up. We certainly came up with some great ideas for the anniversary weekend….
Saturday, 21 February - Spit to Manly
The weather forecast had not looked good for this walk, but it turned out perfectly. It's such a gorgeous and picturesque walk and because of the forecast it meant not so many people as usual were out. Lovely swims and company.
Thanks to those who came along. It was so nice to have a walk without rain!! Jocelyn
Sunday, 14 February - 6 Foot Track to Coxs River
24 kayakers and 7 yachtswomen joined forces for our day in the sunshine.
The kayakers started at Bayview and circled Scotland Island before checking out Lovetts Bay & lovely Salvation Creek.
The yacht took off for a jaunt up Pittwater whilst the kayakers enjoyed the challenge of the headwind on our trip back to Bayview.
Thanks to the Lemons and Nomads who attended and to Kate and Janene for leading us, and to those who shared their photos. Jocelyn
Saturday, 6 February - Snorkelling, La Perouse
The Lemons had a wonderful day near Bare Island at La Perouse. Rachael had chosen 2 good spots for us to explore, full of sea sponges, varieties of fish, an octopus that fell in love with Angela (or perhaps it was Angela's flipper). It rained a bit but it didn't matter since we were in the water. After lunch most of us retired to a local cafe for lunch. Thanks to Rachael and Meg for their expertise and to those who came along and also shared their photos! Jocelyn
|Angela's adoring octopus|
|Chart of local fish|
|Spot the Flathead|
Sunday, 31 January - Gladstone, Lindemans & Copelands Pass
Saturday, 23 January - T3 Walk from Mountain Lagoon to Colo River
Yes, it was a hot day, but what a beautiful area to spend it in. We cut out the dirt road walking so as to limit our time out in the sun and the highlights certainly were the wilderness area and the magnificent Colo River.
We played, frolicked and laughed in the river, we caught the current down from the nearby small rapids, and we lunched in the shade on the banks of the river. I was too busy enjoying the river to take many photos!
But what goes down must go back up and it was not without its challenges. Everyone looked after each other admirably.
Thanks so much to all those who came along and to those who shared their photos. What a day!!! Jocelyn
Saturday, 9 January - Vera & Hippocrene Falls, Wentworth Falls
After morning tea we then descended down along the creek and through the beautiful trees to firstly Hippocrene Falls and then Vera Falls for lunch. One brave (or foolhardy) Lemon went in for a splash under the falls!
After lunch it was up and up and we did hit the crowds through the Valley of the Waters but it didn't take away from our wonderful experience lower in the valley.
Saturday, 19 Dec - Euroka and Nepean River
So our Plan A was Erskine Creek, but with the road closed due to a miniscule amount of water over it, we came up with Plan B - the Euroka Clearing track and Nepean River. Thanks to Prue for one of her wonderful videos....
Saturday, 5 Dec - Tinpot, Coxs River, Breakfast Creek
This track is always a good challenge. Due to the impact of this year’s bushfires, it has areas where the track is even more difficult to find due to the influx of some weeds. But the Chestnut Quail, Golden Whistlers, Sea Eagle, black snake, echidna, axe grinding grooves, views, gorgeous Breakfast Creek, flowers, all made it very worthwhile. I'll let the photos do the talking....
Thanks to those who came along for the walk! Jocelyn
Saturday 28 November - Wentworth Falls Lake
The scheduled walk to Ripple Rock on Fortress Ridge was cancelled due to the hot conditions, so instead we did the Wentworth Falls Lake walk followed by swimming, a picnic and kayaking. Thanks to Prue for her lovely video below:-
Saturday 22 November - Nature Trail Wentworth Falls
7 Lemons headed out on a slow explore of this lovely track on Saturday morning. We started at the Conservation Hut and headed out on the easy flat section which allowed us to get our eyes working so we could see the wonders that surrounded us. The bush is subtle and as we slowed down we could see the wonders everywhere.
We must have seen at least 30 different flowers – most of them purple! Plus the cream pom pom of the Soft Leaf Mimosa tree and the iconic Mountain Devil. The views and rock formations along the way are fantastic too.
We found a beautiful little swimming hole that I had on good authority was “very refreshing”. The Empress Canyon is gorgeous but we passed so many canyoners I do wonder how it copes – another example of our resilient bush.
It is a bit of a climb back to the Conservation Hut but we all made it safe and sound.
Thanks to everyone who came along. Anne
Saturday, 7 November - Macro Lems Street Art
It was a great turnout with nine of us taking to the streets of Newtown, poised and ready to snap the plethora of art surrounding the area. The precarious weather did cast some doubt on some Bush Lemons, hence choosing to take a raincheck for now…..pardon the pun!
After a few technical issues, we were able to secure a group photo.
Thanks to Norma and Rachael who provided commentary on the local area, in addition to taking us to some beautiful areas for more Macro Lems photo opportunities.
Norma was able to direct us to this beautiful spot which is like a mini version of the streets in Grafton when the jacas are in full bloom.
From this point, some Lemons started to make their long journey home while the rest of us finished off at the Sydney Park brick kilns and chimneys. Poppy
Sunday, 8 November - bike ride Blackheath to Pt Pilcher, Medlow Bath
The early cloud kept away the intense hum of the cicadas so we were able to prattle as we pedalled.
At the halfway mark of Point Pilcher we had the added bonus of not only a great view, but the presence of an ah-teest
After a drink and snack we mounted up with the incentive of a fine coffee at the finish line.
Tete de la course on the race to coffee
And as promised... some beautiful Waratahs doing what they do best 😁 blooming!
And lastly... dodgy deals in the carpark ... what is this world coming to?
Thank you ladies for making the effort to join me on this lovely ride. For enhancing the experience with your tales, mirth and tenacity to the end. Great day! Olga
Fri, 23 Oct - Sun, 25 Oct - Six Foot Track
The next day it was an early start with the first 8km along the fire trail with orchids, flowers, and butterflies spied.
|Caper White butterflies|
We paused at the shelter of Alum Creek Campground for lunch before pushing on up the hills to reach the Coxs River Campground.
|We did manage to talk Ange into not taking the tour operator's esky & other items here|
|Liz and her trusty umbrella|
We had been pre-warned by some other walkers about the party atmosphere by a group here, so after refilling our water we decided to walk on and camp up near the swing bridge.
|The bridge was a tad slippery in the wet weather|
However, after another Lemon joined us and due to the very wet conditions, we decided to walk out to Megalong Road rather than wait till the following even wetter day. This added 8km to our already long, wet day, but everyone rose to the challenge magnificently! Thanks to Olga for walking in with full pack to meet us, and then walking out swiftly with us! We were out at Megalong Rd by 7.15pm.
|At the top of the last hill!|
This was also the last of our walks totalling 100km for Trek for Timor. Thanks to those who participated. It's not too late to make a donation: https://trekfortimorbm.org.au/. Jocelyn
Jamison & Kedumba Valley camp, Fri 16 - Sun, 18 October
Sunday, 11 October - Macro Lems at Scheyville National Park
9 Lemons ventured back in time to explore the historical and natural features of Scheyville National Park near Pitt Town in the Hawkesbury.
This site has been a farm training school for young men predominantly from England in the early 1900s; a post World War II migrant camp in the mid 1900s and an officer training school for the Australian Army during the Vietnam War (to name just a few).
There remains a number of buildings and structures from these uses, many of them falling into dereliction.
Saturday, 3 October - LittleZigzag, Reinits Pass, Mt Piddington
This 10km walk covers a lot of interesting areas in Mt Victoria, caves, waterfalls, rainforest areas, views into Kanimbla Valley. 18 Lemons and 5 dogs enjoyed this walk. Prue threw together a wonderful video for us, but unfortunately I couldn't upload it (it's on our Facebook page instead). Enjoy the photos. Jocelyn
|Safely in Mum's arms|
Sunday, 27 Sept - Pisgah Rock, Erskine Creek, Blands Pool
Erskine Creek is a magical area. It is accessed from Glenbrook and the exciting descent and ascent at Pisgah Rock.
And then there is the gorgeous creek flowing over rocks, creating natural pools and little waterfalls everywhere.
|Blands Pool itself|
|Woody Pear Tree|
|The adventurous bunch!|
Seven Lemons enjoyed a very nice meander around Wentworth Falls Lake on Saturday. Somehow, we managed to turn a one-hour walk into 2.5 hours! Although it was windy and cold, the Lake was a treat and there was plenty to see. We were all surprised at how full the lake was, with water lapping over the spillway next to the bridge. Spring has really brought out the contrasts between the bushland and the cultivated gardens. With flowers everywhere, it was the majesty of the waratahs that really captivated us. There is now a coffee van (Love Bites) parked beside the Lake most days, so it was easy for us to have a very good Covid-safe coffee in the park afterwards. I have it on good authority that the Reuben sandwich was the “best ever”! Hope you enjoy the shots, and my apologies for not getting one of the group - I promise, there really were 7 of us! Sharron
|Can you spot the bird?|
|Mama duck and her ducklings|
|Just in case the ducks went for a walk....|
|Spring was everywhere|
|Not quite warm enough for a swim|
Saturday, 19 Sept - Gerringong to Kiama Coastal Track
Contrary to the forecast, we had great weather. Cloudy and humid to start, followed by periods of sunshine and warmth.
Morning tea was on one of the headlands with great views and a couple of squadrons of Pelicans gliding overhead.
Lunch was under the shade of a Coral Tree on Easts Beach, followed by sightings of whales breaching out to sea.
At the Kiama Lighthouse we then finished the walk with a refreshing swim in the Rockpool.
Thank you all for your lovely company and for making the trip down south. Fran
Saturday, 5 Sept -Ngula Bulgarabang Regional Park
Our very talented Lemon filmmaker, Prue, threw together this video of today's walk (best watched on Full Screen). Although initially it seems the photogenic poodle is hogging the limelight, thankfully enough screen time is given to the bushwalkers and the joyous labrador. Thanks Prue and everyone who came along today! Jocelyn
Sunday, 30 Aug - Walls Lookout
The bush continues to recover and last month when I did this walk there were no birds at all. But there were a few seen and heard today.
Thanks for the great company and look out 'Macrolemers', between the three of us we have come up with a few ideas for future walks. Vicky
Sat, 29 Aug - Fortress Rock & Darks Cave
This lovely walk is 8 km along Mt Hay Road and is then a relatively short walk to Fortress Rock and the beautiful views over the Grose Valley.
|Lemons down on Fortress Rock|
Darks Cave is getting more visitors now that people can even find it's location on google maps. But this doesn't take away from its atmosphere, and the gully it is situated in is gorgeous.
|Our very own Darks Cave expert. Lizzie, giving us a talk over lunch|
We then walked over to Fortress Ridge and ended up admiring the view from Ripple Rock
Thanks to everyone who came along and those who helped with cars out to the start. Such a lovely way to spend a beautiful day in great company.
And last but not least, there's always one Lemon who decides to go too close to the edge and has to be hauled back....
Sunday, 2 August - Great Mackerel to West Head
Sue's picturebook bushwalk report:-
5 August 2020 Birdwatching Minni Haha Falls Katoomba
Where whistles 'n' bells, sweet songs could be heard.
With binoculars raised and ears tuning in
To Minni Haha we headed let the watching begin
New Holland Honeyeaters – there’s always a few.
Crimson Rosellas – the call of the bell
The Red Wattlebird has more of a yell.
And then there’s the littlies, the cute Pardalote,
The Eastern Spinebill looks good in its coat.
The Brown Thornbill tweets, is tiny and plain.
Had trouble finding the Tree Martin's name.
The birds were all active – chasing each other,
Preening and singing – finding their lover.
The Kookaburra laughed in the old gum tree
The Grey Shrike Thrush sang – especially for me.
One brave Bush Lemon just jumped right on in!
As we left the bush and headed for tea
Dronus Irritatus was a buggar to see.
With hot drinks in hand and blueberry muffin
A nice little walk – no huffin and puffin
Just as we left there were sprinkles of rain
I like this bird watching let’s do it again.
Thanks to Tessa, Lesley, Vicky and Jocelyn for photos and to Jocelyn for muffins, Kaye for chocs
Saturday, 8 August - Roberts Pass & Lindemans Pass
After a number of cancellations due to the possible wet conditions, it was 6 Lemons who tackled Lindemans Pass. We started off in sun and only had a brief shower during the day, so perfect walking conditions.
Roberts Pass descends below Moya Point and is accessible from the Fairmont Resort. After the short descent we soon turned off onto Lindemans Pass.
The track has had more people walking on it over the years so its therefore easier to follow, but we didn't see another soul on it! The waterfalls were many and gorgeous.
There have been lots of large landslips over the last 6 months, which were pretty shocking.
We had morning tea at Dash Cave and lunch a beautiful ampitheatre near the bottom of Gordon Falls
And then it was a matter of getting to the end of the Pass and walking up all the stairs to finish at the top of the cliff near Solitary Restaurant.
Thanks to those who came along with their sense of adventure, thanks to Anne for helping with cars, and thanks to those who shared their photos. What a hidden treasure this track is! Jocelyn
Fri, 24 July - Sat, 25 July - Overnight camp past Medlow Gap
|Lemons at start|
We decided to modify this weekend walk to 1 night due to the forecasted rain and possible thunderstorm. So we decided to leave Splendour Rock for another weekend and aimed to camp in between Medlow Gap and Mobbs Swamp. 2 Lemons joined us for the walk to the end of Narrowneck.
After a short rest at Clear Hill we then descended down the pass and had morning tea at Mt Debert.
|Some small adjustments were made to Erin's boot to stop blisters|
|Pauline adds emergency blankets to her inner tent before adding the fly as an ingenuous way of keeping warm|
Thanks so much to those who came along on a lovely short break out in the bush. I will hopefully re-schedule Splendour Rock on the next calendar. Jocelyn
Sunday, Hat Hill Road Blackheath
8 chilled Lemons enjoyed a blustery exploration followed by a good leg stretch along Hat Hill Road today. We started before the crowds descended at the car park right next to Hat Hill itself, and walked to the top to get a good view over the fire ravaged valley. There’s such a stark contrast between the ribbons of bright green hanging swamp and the deeply burned ground where, even after 8 months, there’s still little sign of regeneration.
|Lemons at the top of Hat Hill|
|The burn-line on the far hill shows how quickly the fire turned, leaving devastation alongside unburned bushland|
|Looking across to a deeply burned hillside|
|Beautifully physically-diistanced Lemons|
Saturday 18 July Devils Hole /. Nellies Glen Circuit
11 Lemons enjoyed the very crisp clear winter’s day to do the Devils Hole/Nellies Glen circuit.
Must have been a lot of people with the same idea as the carpark at the start of the 6ft track was full to overflowing! Luckily most were doing a different track so we had the track pretty much to ourselves.
We found a sunny spot for lunch and then headed up Nellies Glen and returned to the cars.
Thanks to those all who came along in such good cheer and to Jocelyn, Sophie, Fran and Max for your photos. Happy winter walking – it is THE BEST!
|Photo courtesy of Sally|
|Whoopsies....how did that get in there?!|
|Little Tallow Beach|
We finished by doing Walls Ledge and watching an amazing 4 year old rockclimber, then it was coffee in Blackheath to finish. Thanks to all the lovely Lemons who came along for this walk, and thanks to Fran and Ange for their photos. Jocelyn
Old and exciting walkways established when the Hydro Majestic was THE place to go. Some Lemons even faced their vertigo demons and won!
Incredibly HUGE rock formations that reduce us to our real size (can you find the Lemons?)
And then there is the minitia –featuring a bowerbirds nest and fungi:
Sunday, 31 May - Narrowneck Plateau, Katoomba
We did the right thing and split into 2 groups of 9. It was a shame the 2 groups couldn't socialise 😔but of course it was for the greater good.
|Group 2 - some were more assertive with their physical distancing|
|Burnt areas with no regrowth|
|And some with lots!|
Thanks to all who came along for the walk, and lets look forward to the next one where we can socialise with all! Thanks, Jocelyn
Saturday, 21 March - Wattamolla to Marley Head (rtn)
Sunday, 22 March - Faulconbridge Point & Grose River
The upper Grose Valley is still closed due to the fires, but not the lower Grose Valley, so it was lovely to get into it. The fire trail gets you out to Faulconbridge Point quite quickly, where you will see we took our social distancing seriously (note the tape measure!).
We then descended down through some lush areas to the gorgeous Grose River, which had clearly been cleansed with the torrential rain a while ago.
Most of us threw our clothes off and jumped straight it. It was sublime!!! The Grose has to be one of the best rivers to swim in.
And then it was just the stride out back along the fire trail to the cars. There was a swim for some afterwards. Thanks to those who came along, and to Angela, Isobel and Anne for the photos. Jocelyn
Sat, 7 March - Sun, 8 March - Ingar overnight walk
Ingar was always a lovely area when you could drive there, but now only walkers or cyclists can access it, it is much more beautiful and serene.
It took around 2.5 hours to walk in, and after setting up our tents a few of us jumped into the water and swam over to the waterfall. It was cold but so beautiful and crisp and clean. We rigged up an engineering masterpiece to keep us dry as we sat around a picnic table for dinner.
It was a peaceful night and the rain set in overnight which made for a soggy pack up the next morning and after a leisurely breakfast we made our way back up the road.
Thanks so much for everyone who came along to spend some time in this most beautiful area, undaunted by the wet. Jocelyn
Saturday, 22 November - Blackheath fire grounds
14 of us (plus 4 dogs) had a lovely time in beautiful weather on the Spit to Manly. We had swims, stops for morning tea and afternoon tea, and lunch near Manly. Thanks to everyone who came along for this most lovely walk. Jocelyn
Saturday, 18 January - Centennial Glen & Porters Pass, Blackheath
|Centennial Glen Canyon|
This track is full of waterfalls, dripping escarpment, tree ferns, lushness, and the 10 Lemons and 4 dogs enjoyed it immensely.
We lunched under a dry overhang and then walked up Porters Pass before walking back to town via Fort Rock. Thanks to all the women and dogs who came along to enjoy this beautiful and accessible area! Jocelyn
Sunday, 5 January 2020 - Palm Beach to Narrabeen
It was so good to have a big walk by the ocean! Palm Beach is always lovely and we tried to decide which house we could afford to buy. Our illusions were destroyed by the very long set of stairs and hills. The views were sublime as we wandered along roads, bush tracks and beaches.
The route we walked was for Coastrek Sydney 2020, and you can just download their interactive map on your mobile to follow it.
We had stops for snacks and lunch, and tried to keep from getting wet feet from the waves on the beaches. We finished at Narrabeen and a few of us had a blissful swim as a reward! Thanks to everyone who came along on this adventurous jaunt. Jocelyn
Saturday, 21 December - Kamay Botany Bay NP - Henry Head & Cape Banks circuit
Refreshed we headed up & around to Cape Banks
Saturday, 14 December - Paradise Pool, Linden
Saturday, 30 November - Mt Banks
2 intrepid Lemons drove to Mt Banks the night before the walk and camped out under the stars. With no other campers and no clouds or lights, the star show was reportedly spectacular.
Sunday, 1 December - Megalong Rd to Coxs River
Let's face it, this walk was all about getting to the river for a swim! The Megalong Valley is so very dry now, and although the river height was down somewhat, it still has a goodly amount of water in it.
The water temperature was sublime and only 2 hours walk to get here.
Sunday, 23 November - 3 Sister & Leura Forest
After a quick morning tea with our friendly currawong we had a silent walk through the beautiful Leura forest listening to the birds. After doing the giant stairs for the second time I now call them my favourite stairs out of the valley!
Saturday, 16 November - Great North Walk, Cowan
Saturday, 9 November - Cowan to Brooklyn
Seven determined lemons headed for Berowra waters along a section of the great north walk. With a mix of ridge fire trails and steep descents we had our work cut out for us. The effort was well rewarded with wildflowers, a bit of botanising and a some spectacular views of the Hawkesbury river.
Saturday, 2 November - Erskine Creek to Pisgah Rock Track
What a beautiful walk! We started the walk from the Pisgah Rock carpark, where it was short dirt road walk to the top of the Jack Evans Track. It was a quite quick descent down to Erskine Creek where we had the first of many swims.
Walking along the creek was lovely and included some rock hopping, clambering, bush bashing and following some foot pads.
We lunched at the junction with Lincoln Creek and had a lovely last swim before we started our ascent up the Pisgah Rock Track, which includes a few scrambles up rocks!
Thank you to everyone who came along on a rather warm day for this great walk! Many thanks to Olga, Fran and Pandora for their cars, and Anne and Angela for photos. Jocelyn
Sunday, 27 October - 7 Bridges Walk
10 Lemons and 3 dogs tackled the 7 Bridges Walk in Sydney on a beautiful sunny day.
The 28km was broken up by regular bridges and villages along the way, and the good company kept us going! Although the route is noisy and busy, there were some lovely bush pockets and great views.
Our team raised almost $2000 for the Cancer Council - Yay! Thank you to our walkers and to those who donated. There's nothing like walking for a good cause. Jocelyn
Saturday, 26 October - Ingar Picnic Area bike ride
Saturday, 19 October - Maroubra to La Perouse
We walked east along this Long Bay out & around its southern headland. Randwick Golf Club is located on this massive headland. We scouted around the very edge of the fairway.
Onwards & up off the sand, around another large headland skirting more golfers teeing off. [St. Michael's Golf Club, 3rd]. Then eventually along a wider track towards the historic Coast Hospital Cemetery for morning tea & browsing the headstones.
And, then up the stairs back to La Perouse. It was a fabulous adventure.
[Photo credits: Lissa S]. Sue
Saturday, 12 October - Mt Victoria Falls to Perrys Lookdown
Although the day was wet, we didn't really get much rain, but it did mean I had quite a few cancellations. The bush was beautifully soaked and consequently looked lovely. 5 of us did this walk, with 2 walking down to the morning tea spot on the river and returning back up the same way.
|At Victoria Falls Lookout|
|Top of Victoria Falls|
|How a tree treats a silly human sign|
|Bottom of Victoria Falls|
From here you follow the track by the river all the way past the Pierces Pass turnoff, through the Little Blue Gum and then to the impressive Blue Gum Forest itself. The bush has marvellous pockets of rainforest, ferns, vines that try and trip you up, and of course gorgeous trees and birds.
|Olga & Kate recreating a scene from the lesbian shorts at last weekend's Queerscreen|
|The majestic Blue Gum Forest|
|At the top - wet but happy!|
|Coffee & cake rewards!|
Saturday, 28 September - Ruined Castle
The walk back was uneventful and the climb up the stairs was well done by everyone.
Saturday, 21 September - Six Foot Track in 1 Day
We started this 44km walk from Jenolan Caves at 5.30am. It was lovely staying at Jenolan Caves House overnight as they have retained its olde world charm. We were serenaded by the dawn chorus as we left.
Only 3 of us undertook this walk as its a tad challenging to walk this distance with such ascents and descents in a day. However, it is just downright cruel that one of the biggest ascent is right at the start. We saw lots of birds and kangaroos along the way.
Just a bit further down this hill I tripped over my own big feet, skinned my knee and put my back out. Owwwww!
After a quick bit of first aid we continued on for another quick break at Coxs River Campground.
Then it was onto the slog up towards Megalong Road.
At the 36km point on Megalong Road I departed to let Olga and Angela push on for the last 8km. They finished the 44km walk at 6pm. Way to go girls!!!!
Many thanks to Diane and Sharron for lifts and support on the Megalong Road and at the end. Your blood is worth bottling! Jocelyn
Saturday, 14 September - 'Time to Fly' book launch
Thanks to everyone who attended Saturday's book launch. It was a powerful event with few dry eyes. Many thanks to all those who helped set up, pack up, provided the sumptuous food, Juls for taking the photos, the amazing Suze for her songs, Liz for organising the panel, Ursula, Lissa and Vicky for being on the panel and being so honest and open, Jude for speaking and doing the official launch, Anne for being Anne, Olga for almost selling out of the new BL buffs, all the authors who came, and all of you in the audience who came along for the rollercoaster of a ride. If you don't have a book yet you can contact me to order one. Jocelyn
Saturday, 14 September - Grand Canyon, Blackheath
The Grand Canyon is a very special place in the Blue Mountains and easy to access, and consequently has become a rather busy walk. However, it doesn't take away from the unique beauty of the area. 13 of us did this walk in beautiful weather and it only took us around 3.5 hours. The photos speak for themselves. Thanks to all who came along! Jocelyn
Sunday, 8 September - Perrys Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon
Soon after we arrived at Mt Hay Road where we had left cars for the return drive to Blackheath.
Thanks all for the fantastic walk, and particularly to Liz and Isobel for helping with the cars. Jocelyn
Saturday, 31 August - Anderson Fire Trail
This loop walk has it all.....views, waterfalls, historic tracks, a canyon....and it's dog friendly as it is on Council reserve. 10 Lemons and 5 dogs did this walk in gorgeous weather. If you haven't visited this area before, then I encourage you to do so....the descent down through Centennial Glen and the gorge there is beautiful and cool. Enjoy the photos. Jocelyn
Sunday, 11 August - Muogamarra Nature Reserve
Six warm hearted souls donned layers and had a snow free walk to Peats Crater and Bight, Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Not being as chilly as expected the layers soon came off and we were met a bushscape of purple! Boronias, Eriostemon, Grevilea and a few Lobelia. The vulnerable species of Tetratheca got a look in. There were bacon and eggs, Banksias, bracken and Bloodwoods. Then mangroves, melaleucas and much much more!
It’s a beautiful little spot of seldom seen Sandstone flora, worth a visit. It’s open until end of September. There’s another walk in the area I want to do, so stay tuned!
Thanks for coming girls! Vee
Saturday, 3 August - Dingoes Playground, Wild Dog Mtns
And then we were here at the Dingoes Playground! A very atmospheric large rock platform surrounded by a ring of trees.
No dingoes, but one could imagine them frolicking here. At least one of our walkers was overcome by the whole experience and seemed to become rather dingo-like herself.
We lunched back on the beautiful end of Mt Merrimerrigal with its great view, before starting back. If you continued along the top of this ridgeline then you would reach Splendour Rock at the end of Mt Dingo in around another hour.
We continued in the adventurous frame of mind, and decided to take a track which led off the saddle and we presumed must have been a shortcut to Mobbs Swamp. It was initially quite steep, but easier once in the valley and we indeed arrived at Mobbs Swamp and then had the slightly easier way back on this track to another break in Medlow Gap before arriving back at the cars in Dunphys Campground at 4.30pm. A fantastic walk with wonderful company!!
Thanks to all those who came along for this challenging and adventurous walk, and thanks to Olga and Ange for their cars. How lucky are we to get to spend time in these beautiful areas! Jocelyn
Sunday, 28 July - Mt Banks
Four of us enjoyed a beautiful, sun drenched walk to Mt Banks on Sunday. There was no wind to speak of so we had a lovely time peering over the edges of sheer drops and listening the the cacophony of birds in the forest. This walk isn’t particularly long but there are so many beautiful places to stop and sit that it could easily take a day. We completed the walk as a circuit, climbing up the steps and footpad to the top, then coming back via a traverse through a pretty wooded area and the Banks Walls Fire Trail.
Saturday, 27 July - Box Head
With fabulous weather and great company we all 11 of us enjoyed the walk to Box Head. We had our first stop at Lobster Beach where we gathered for the group photo.
Up the hill to Hawkes Head Dr with great views over the Ocean side to Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Lion Island and beyond. Down to Little Tallow where the foolhardy among us rolled around the edge of the ocean which had a heavy shore break and treacherous rips. Up again and along the ridge to Box Head which is the Northern side of the Deerubbin (Hawkesbury River) entrance to the sea. Here we had lunch watched by a soaring sea eagle.
Our journey home via a different route to see Aboriginal rock engravings and 4 quails. We descended back into the Bay by a mountain bike trail to finish at the hardys Bay club, where we had well earned refreshments. Great day, thanks to all who came and Belinda and Ines for the photos. Dee
Crowea saligna or Eriostomen
|Epacris microphylia or Coral Heath and Epacris longiflora or Native Fuschia|
(photo credits to JanB & AngeJ)
This walk explores the valleys to the western side of the train tracks. It is part of the “Great North Walk” (250km from Sydney to Newcastle). Initially the walk goes down a steep, paved fire trail. Eventually the route becomes a single track as we walked down to Lyrebird Gully Creek. Much of the early part of the walk was accompanied by the sound of the water flowing.
Throughout the day, there was a lot of rock-hopping across the creek.
Although much of the time we were walking along Lyrebird Gully Creek & Calna Creeks, the terrain was mostly very steep either side of the track.
We had a few sightings of individual Lyrbirds. And, 1 pair on the track.
Given the accessibility of this walk via the train, we didn’t encounter many other walkers until the afternoon. And, much of the walk appeared to be free of weeds. Sue G.
Sunday, 14 July - Dadder Cave, Glenbrook
What a cracker of a walk! We started from the Pisgah Rock carpark and started descending down some wonderful scrambles to the creek.
Quite quickly we were at beautiful Erskine Creek where we had morning tea.
We discovered the Lincoln Creek campsite.
We then followed some faint tracks and bushbashed a couple of kms up the creek. It was amazingly beautiful bushland with such a diverse variety of trees, birds, waterholes and overhangs & caves everywhere!
Dadder Cave itself was smaller than I was expecting, but quite lovely. There was a log book and lots of cooking equipment, seats etc. You could have a lovely overnight camp here.
After lunch on the creek again we started on our way back which was just as much fun as our way here!
Thanks to all who came with an adventurous spirit, and thanks especially to Liz for her 4wd which fit us all in! We loved this area so much that I'm already planning our next walk here for the next calendar! Jocelyn
Saturday, 6 July 2019 - Blue Gum Swamp to Grose River
Sunday, 30 June 2019 - Devils Hole & Rennies Tunnel
6 Lemons enjoyed the crisp clear winter day to go exploring!
Meeting at the start of the 6ft track (Katoomba) we walked through the bush,
had a short road walk and then headed into the gorgeous Devil's Hole. It is
a spectacular pass and "the rock" stopped us in our tracks
Once through the pass we followed the base of the escarpment and enjoyed
morning tea at Waterfall Cave under a magnificent overhang and sandstone
It is easy to see why the Sydney Water ladders are no longer used - they are
missing the last 3 metres!
From here we walked down to the firetrail after a short chain scramble.
We quickly found the very small entry to Rennie's Tunnel and after donning
head torches we headed in.
The passage is very small but soon opens up to standing height.
We then headed out to the Six Foot Track, found a sunny spot for lunch and
then headed up Nellies Glen and return to the cars.
Thanks to those who came and especially Jocelyn for her local knowledge - it
was a great little adventure. Happy winter walking - it is THE BEST! Anne
Sunday, 23 June - Kanangra Walls to Crafts Wall
|View from Kanangra Walls which shows Crafts Wall up on the right|
Walking up onto the plateau shows the beautiful views to the north, east and south!
We clambered down the pass and then onto the track whch leads along the ridge and up to the bottom of Crafts Wall. This section of wall is pretty awesome. We found the track that leads around to the south west corner and ascended up it to take in the 360 degree views. Beautiful!
After lunch we returned the same way, enjoying the Black Cockatoos, rosellas, yellow robins and lots and lots of small honeyeaters. It was somehow much easier going up the pass than the tentative clamber down!
We quickly visited Dance Floor Cave on the way out.
A sensational walk in a most spectacular area. I'm hoping to put on a camping weekend at Kanangra Walls on our next calendar so everyone gets to enjoy this area and the variety of walks. Thanks to Jude for her car and driving and to all for coming along. Jocelyn
|How this tree dealt with a human's sign!|
Initially we walk north along Garrawarra Ridge Trail. Near the Garrawarra Farm car park, we descend towards the north point of Burning Palms beach.
1 June 2019 - Mt Solitary, Jamison Valley
Mt Solitary is always a wonderful place to walk to and takes around 3 hours one way. 11 of us tackled this walk in the most perfect weather conditions. We descended down the Golden Stairs to the Federal Pass and followed this beautiful track through the light rainforest area before it opened up into more dry forest. The Federal Pass is a great place to hear and see Lyrebirds, and they didn't disappoint!
Morning tea was had at one of the recently constructed shelters, complete with water tanks and toilet. Then it was on to the bottom of Korowal Knife Edge and the fun clamber up and up. There are lots of false tracks which lead to nowhere, so the aim is to keep to the top of the ridge.
We couldn't resist the pose on one of the larger rocks here where I asked everyone to access their inner model for the photo (you know.....the disinterested look, the fake gaze into the distance, the hint of a sneer - for some it came very naturally!).
|The gorgeous models posing|
|The south side of Mt Solitary|
Sat, 25 May - Ironpot Ridge, Ironmonger Spur, Breakfast Creek, Wild Dog Mtns
Well you know its going to be an interesting day when our early morning start gets delayed by a major truck accident just outside Blackheath. Luckily some of our walkers got through before the accident shut the highway, but some got stuck and unfortunately couldn't make it (and they were missed!).
We drove down to Dunphys Campground, and one of us had to block the cute pony who wanted to make a dash for the gate whilst we were driving thorugh. The walk started with a bit of dirt road walking and then there was the big ascent up to Ironpot Mountain. We saw a lovely wombat and several wallabies along the way. It was nice walking along the top of ridge for a while before we stopped for a quick morning tea at the axe grinding grooves.
|Sliding our way down|
Lunch was had at a nice grassy clearing, before we turned onto the track heading up Carlons Creek and the slog back up the hill.
All up the walk was around 6.5 hours due to our increased pace because of the later start and also its easier walking up Breakfast Creek without so much water (but not as pleasant).
We celebrated getting back to the car with Angela doing a handstand, but to cap off the weird start to the day, my camera missed the actual handstand!
On our drive back out we came across the previous said pony who had obviously finally escaped two gates and was trotting most determinedly up the long hill. We briefly discussed fitting him in the back seat, but instead we stopped off at the Tea Rooms to advise them and they were going to contact the owner. (I think the Lemons need their own cute pony (and perhaps a wombat too).
Thanks to the Lemons who made it, and commiserations to those who missed it. Jocelyn
Kanangra to Katoomba, Fri 10 May - Mon 13 May
|Lemons under a rainbow|
Many thanks to Sue A. & Olga for driving the 8 walkers out to Kanangra Walls for the start (your gold stars are in the mail). We started walking around 8.30am out on the Kanangra Walls plateau and it took a little while to locate the pass off and begin lowering our packs for the first tricky descent.
|Looking towards the mountains we would be climbing!|
|Lowering packs down the pass|
|Looking back to Crafts & Kanangra Walls|
After a wet and windy night we were up early and summited Mt Cloudmaker to cheers and the sun!
Then onto Dex Creek for breakfast and topping up our water supplies.....oh and for gorgeous chocolate cake for a walker's birthday...as you do.
Then it was a more gentle ascent back onto the ridge before climbing Mt Moorilla Maloo, more ups and downs, and finally onto Mt Strongleg for lunch. The views, as always, were just sublime. After Mt Strongleg there was a very steep and long descent down towards Kanangra Creek, near Coxs River.
|Down, down down.......|
There were some stumbles and tumbles on this rather precipitous descent and we were all very thankful to arrive on the banks of Kanangra Creek. Instead of walking up to camp at the more popular campsite at the junction of Coxs River, we located a beautiful grassy campsite and quickly made it our own.
|The most lovely Kanangra Creek|
|Gorgeous tree in Kanangra Creek|
|Give us a wave Sophie!|
|And we still look relatively fresh at the end!|
Narrowneck Bike Ride - Sun 28 April
On a brisk and slightly blustery morning 7 hardy lemons made tracks to enjoy the spectacular views offered by Narrowneck plateau.
The trail was a little rough and steep in sections,(it’s a shame photos never do gradients justice) but we all made it up and down safely in our own way in an upright fashion.
Luckily I had the camera on the sports setting!!
Not too much haze about, giving us a great view of Burragorang (part of the Sydney water catchment)
After a few happy snaps and snacks we mounted up for the return journey.
Asgard Swamp, Mt Victoria - Sat 27 April
5 of us enjoyed a very relaxed walk to Asgard Swamp in Mt Victoria on Saturday. The weather was perfect - just a hint of crispness in the air under a clear blue sky. This walk is quiet easy, with a gently sloping firetrail that meanders down to the Asgard Swamp area. The swamp itself is dry, with grasses and small bushes creating a meadow-like landscape.
|The rock face that gazes out over the valley!|
Middle Head walk – April 21, 2019
18 Lemons came along for this walk. For more than half, it was their first Bush Lemons’ walk. Sydney’s stunning harbour was complemented by perfect walking weather. The walk can be best summarised by this first photograph “Harbour view”. (photo Karen S)
We all met a Circular Quay, then caught the ferry to Taronga Zoo. 98% of the ferry crowd went into the zoo. Yee ha! And we started our walk eastwards through Sydney Harbour National Park. The protects islands and foreshore around Sydney Harbour. It is predominantly a thin piece of bush. But in parts there are significantly large parts of bush protected. (photos SuzanneB)
All along the walk, there were view across to the southside of the harbour (eg Opera House & Watsons Bay). After we ascended up to Georges Head Lookout, we had panoramic views of north head, south head & middle head (photo SueG)
All recording devices were confiscated so that there is absolutely no evidence that any Bush Lemons availed themselves of refreshments at Frenchies café in the arts precinct of Middle Head.
Saturday, 13 April - Govetts Leap, Junction Rock, Evans Lookout loop
|Emerging from Rebirthing Rock!|
|My favourite set of stepping stones|
|The view from Govetts Leap|
Sunday, 31 March - Blue Gum Forest
And extra thanks to Olga and Sam for their cars and Anne for going above and beyond in support of walkers. Jocelyn
Saturday, 23 March - Little Beach to Putty Beach
10 Lemons had a wonderful walk along the coast track in beautiful Bouddi National Park, with glorious weather and perfect swimming conditions.
Sunday, 17 March - Leura Falls, Lindemans Pass, Copelands Pass
Not surprisingly I had a number of cancellations for today's walk, given the extremely wet conditions, but 4 of us were
We were mostly protected under the tree canopy from any rain, but regardless we still got very wet, grubby, dirty, soaking, grotty etc etc. The ascent up Copelands Pass is challenging but fun! Lots of scrambling, steep sections, drop offs, dodging of rocks, spectacular views out to the cloudy valleys, intimate moments with leeches and lyrebirds, and of course getting dirty and wet.
Thanks so much for Jan, Ines and Olga for coming along and rising to the challenge of this great walk! Jocelyn
Sunday, 10 March - Bantry Bay kayak
We paddled around to Flat Rock Beach for morning tea which was a delightful little beach.
Then we slowly kayaked back towards The Spit, enjoying the wash from passing boats. A lovely easy paddle. Jocelyn
|Sprocket came along for the ride!|
Saturday, 9 March - Terrace Falls
Saturday, 23 February - Ingar Picnic Area
Ingar Picnic Area used to be an over-used, noisy and dirty area when cars could access it, but now that the road is blocked to cars it is a rejuvenated, clean and serene campground and waterhole. It's around 10km to walk to it on a dirt road off Tableland Road, Wentworth Falls.
There are lots of camping areas here and the Lemons may take advantage of it's new pristine state to camp here in the near future.
|Woody Pear tree fruit?|
Saturday, 16 February - Narrabeen Lagoon
This 8km loop walk at Narrabeen is quite easy and lovely, but do watch out for all the bikes whizzing past! This made it an exhausting and sometimes stressful walk. Regardless we had a nice time and enjoyed having the dogs along, looking at the local birdlife, and the cafe afterwards!
Saturday, 9 February - Six Foot Track to Ford Crossing
|Kate and Olga couldn't resist the chains!|
Saturday, 2 February - Euroka Clearing & Nepean River
|Blue Pool....looking more Brown Pool|
20 January - Walls Cave, Blackheath
7 Lemons enjoyed a short walk down to Walls Cave in Blackheath this morning. This is an easy walk and quiet pretty, although there are a lot of stairs.
Surprisingly, Blackheath turned on a misty day for us. Spider webs were bedecked with droplets and the bush had a beautiful, mysterious feel. Lots of black cockatoos were feasting on the hakeas, and the little birds were serenading as we passed. There are still a lot of wildflowers in bloom - mountain devils, little mauve fringed lilies (aka fringed violets), lots of tea tree, plus many tiny flowers. The creek is low but flowing well, with the debris and muddy bottom showing the impact of the storms we've had over the summer. We spent quite a bit of time enjoying the ambience of the cave itself, although it was disappointing to see the graffiti on some of the walls of what is a sacred Aboriginal site. We headed back to Blackheath to "Slurps" for coffee and lunch afterwards - they do a great Buddha Bowl!
A reminder that time is passing - normally on this walk we do a detour to a small hill that overlooks two dams that provide water to the upper Mountains. Today there was a sign at the start of the track, saying it was closed for expected back-burn activities in autumn 2019. I know the heat's been challenging for many, but get out there and enjoy summer - it will pass quickly enough. Sharron
10 January - Wentworth Falls Lake
Saturday, 5 January - Deep Pass
Deep Pass is a beautiful area and 10 of us enjoyed our little explore of this area on a fairly warm day. It takes just over an hour to drive to the carpark from Mt Victoria, and its only around 20 minutes walk down to the lovely campground (keep your eyes peeled on our next calendar for a camp here).
|walking into the campground|