Ian Barnes led eight other members of Batemans Bay bushwalkers to a rarely visited and difficult to access part of Monga National Park rainforest.
The 8.5 kilometre walk took members through areas of White Ash forest, where long strands of bark, shed by these trees meshed together with bracken, fallen branches and thorny vines to make progress very slow.
The effort was rewarded when the gully floor revealed a lower canopy thick with tree ferns, rocks and logs covered by mosses, ferns and fungi.
All of this, towered over by ancient Pinkwood and Brown Barrell (a type of eucalypt) trees that had been rejected by early loggers as, even in the 1900's they were too large, warped and knotted to supply straight timber planks.
The walkers found that most body parts ached at the end of the day but, the memories will linger long after the pain has subsided.
For more information go to www.baybushwalkers.org.au. We are a crew of around 200 members.
Pictured: Tracey Anderson, Simon May, Denise Strickland, Helen Ransom, Karen MacLatchy, Donna Garten, Simeon Ivanovski and walks leader, Ian Barnes.