On Wattle Day a group of 19 from Batemans Bay Bushwalkers travelled north to Lake Conjola for a mainly flat hike through the nature reserve at Narrawallee Inlet, then along the coast and back through good forested tracks. There are four distinct ecosystems within the reserve, each described by the walk leader, Mary Taylor.
First were forested areas that differed from the Eurobodalla in species because of the sandstone plateau they grow on. Thence a swampy area, currently dry but full of birdlife, followed by a scenic stretch of beach with dolphin spotted fishing in the waves and finally an old mining area where silica was once extracted.
Having their own geologist handy meant that the group was given an explanation of past mining practices. The shed that housed the explosives once used, is now an artistically twisted tin shed with a flowering wattle backdrop.
A refreshment stop at Yatte Yattah nursery on the return journey made for an excellent day out.
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