Riparian Walk #2 – Wombat Creek

Our first walk for 2019 started with a bang, with 27 keen walkers setting out to explore the hidden gem that is Wombat Creek. With walkers from all over the state converging on Fergusons Rd, the cool, albeit dry conditions, were perfect for rambling down the creek.

With the creek constantly rearing its head and dipping back underground, crossing the creek was a breeze. Plenty of crevasses, rocks, holes, fences, boulders and fallen trees kept things interesting for walkers. with the creek playing equal parts nature hike and obstacle course. No snakes were spotted this time, but sunbathing lizards, sleepy wombats, grazing wallabies and a timid fox kept everyone entertained. The creek was notable for it’s lack of weeds, especially blackberries.

Among the walkers were experts in local flora, fauna, hydrology and geology, who were keen to share their vast knowledge with anyone keen to learn.

The walk started at 9am and concluded around 1pm, travelling at what some would call a very leisurely pace. As with previous walks, the locations of interesting features and weeds were logged via GPS, and a series of geo-tagged photos has been uploaded to the SRCMN Flickrfor public viewing.

Thanks to all of the walkers who came, to the SRCMN members for their help and enthusiasm and to Ian Pruess and Bruce and Jenny McMahen for allowing us access to the creek through their properties.

You can find a more detailed writeup of the walk at the Strathbogie Naturview website here.