Batemans Bay bushwalkers set off to search for Christmas bells on Little Forest Plateau and were surprised to find more wildflowers blooming now than in spring.
Perhaps the recent rains had encouraged this later than usual flowering.
There were only a few Christmas bells but their bright red and yellow colours demanded the walkers’ attention.
Masses of Teatree with large pink flowers, and along the tracksides clusters of Slender Yellow-Eye delighted hikers.
This flower is one of three seen by walkers that does not appear on the list of species collected on Little Forest Plateau for Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens.
Another was Callicoma serratifolia or Black Wattle, tucked down in a gully amongst rocks.
The group paused for lunch whilst gazing out at marvellous views of the Budawangs with Pidgeonhouse and the Castle dominating the skyline.
The third previously uncollected species seen by walkers was the Grasstree or Xanthorrhoea which had tiny white flowers emerging up its tall spikes.
Rain the previous day had left many puddles on the track for bushwalkers to sidestep.
One such puddle offered a clear view of two frogs mating.
Reaching the end of their route, Pointer Gap Lookout, the hikers enjoyed wonderful views of the whole coast.
Baetmans Bay Bushwalkers publish four Walks Programs per year, with two walks a week of varying grades. Visitors are welcome on walks and are covered by our insurance for three walks per financial year
Walks are led by volunteer walk leaders, who carry a GPS, topographic map, and when appropriate, a safety beacon. For more information go to www.baybushwalkers.org.au.