Williams River to Rocky Crossing return

Ulrich Beer, Celia Giles Mark Sutherland, Joost Werz,  Pat Burrows, Kylie Goldthorpe, Alison Lyon and Chris McRae. Photo. Supplied
Ulrich Beer, Celia Giles Mark Sutherland, Joost Werz, Pat Burrows, Kylie Goldthorpe, Alison Lyon and Chris McRae. Photo. Supplied

For 11 Gloucester Environment Group participants, setting off in light misting rain made a delightful start to this month’s bushwalk along the Williams River after months of dry.

Starting not far from the old Barrington guesthouse, northwest of Dungog, this 16 kilometre round trip to Rocky Crossing on well-maintained tracks is one of the best day walks in the region.

While the track runs parallel to the river, multiple short side tracks give access to some very beautiful rock formations, rapids and pools along the way.

Williams River and its sidestreams were gushing afresh after overnight heavy rain and spring bird song rang through the trees, revelling in the much needed moisture.

Lyrebirds, rufous fantails, golden whistlers, catbirds, and fantail cuckoos were just a few of the many birds seen and heard during the day, The forest is dominated by massive blue gums and includes tallowwood, turpentine, sassafras, strangler figs and many other rainforest species.

Lunch at Rocky Crossing, surrounded by native elder in bloom, was a welcome break and provided an opportunity to explore some of the rock pools and small waterfalls up and down stream. On the return walk, a visit to the Pool of Reflection inspired one brave soul to swim and several others to test their stone skipping skills.

To top off a great day of walking, the group enjoyed a very convivial pub meal in Dungog before heading back to Gloucester.

The next GEG walk is the annual camp and will take place in Hat Head National Park from November 17 to 19. For information, contact Alison Lyon on 0409718795.