Gloucester Environment Group experience Gloucester Tops

Wilderness: Stef Pillora, Penny Drake-Brockman, Uli Beer, Jeff Kite and Celia Giles during the group walk.

Wilderness: Stef Pillora, Penny Drake-Brockman, Uli Beer, Jeff Kite and Celia Giles during the group walk.

Members of the Gloucester Environment Group braved a cold but sunny morning for a trip up to Gloucester Tops.

The group walked from Kerripit Road along the lower section of the Link Trail leading up to Barrington Tops.  A fortunate decision to stop for morning tea at the Gloucester River camp site revealed a flat tyre on one of the vehicles. It was soon replaced by some handy members of the team. 

The track winds through a forest of huge, beautiful, lichen-draped Antarctic Beech, tree ferns and Honeysuckle Banksias with many colourful fungi and across small streams. 

Trees block the views of the valley to the north, but it is a very interesting walk. On the way back, the group took a side track to visit the Darby Munro shelter hut at the valley's edge and to admire the nearby creek with its moss covered logs, pools and little waterfalls.

The group’s next walk will be in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area on Saturday, July 15. There will be a choice of an easy 4.5km walk or  a longer 7km medium difficulty walk. Fuel-sharing cost will be $5 per person.

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