Thirteen Batemans Bay bushwalkers, led by Philip and Erica Cleaver, set out at low tide to investigate the rock platforms and lookouts at Point Upright, Depot Beach.
The soft sediments have been eroded by the ocean over time to create a large flat platform and very tall cliffs. The walkers could see evidence of “drop stones” from icebergs that floated over this area of shallow seas 250 million years ago. The group saw fossil molluscs in the rocks, exposed by the erosion of countless waves.
Hikers climbed up the steep path to the clifftop and enjoyed vistas from a new viewing platform erected by the Shire. Being November, there was the obligatory sighting of a whale cavorting in the waters as it headed southward for summer.
The trail took the walkers back through a forest of spotted gums to the carpark where the group heard a flock of crows making a huge racket in the bush and discovered a large goanna strolling through the undergrowth as if he owned the place, as well as a water dragon in a pond, with only his nose to be seen.
The bushwalkers all agreed that this would make an excellent walk if you have visitors from out of town or overseas, not too long, interesting views and forest vegetation. “Calm Bay” facing Durras would also make a great safe swimming spot in summer.
For more information go to www.baybushwalkers.org.au.