Thirteen Batemans Bay Bushwalkers recently enjoyed a very pleasant hike in the Mogo State Forest. The walk started on the crestline of Dog Trap Road that was logged a few years ago and is experiencing rapid regrowth.
Following an old logging road the walkers headed downhill to the Tomaga River. Only Australians could call this dry creek a 'river' but the moist environment with dense vegetation in the valley creates a perfect home for many birds.
The bike track followed the river for about a kilometre and while our noisy hikers usually scare off most birds, we experienced the calls from many varieties close by. Along the river there were a number of hybrid Sydney Blue Gums and Spotted Gums with very interesting quilt-like patterns going up their trunks for over 20m.
The walkers stumbled across an interesting hanging rock sculpture left by an artist that is apparently part of a larger display in the forest closer to the Botanical Gardens. This art piece is well off the usual Gardens tracks so they felt pretty special to see it. All downhill walks have to end with an uphill climb but all the hikers agreed this was a great walk.