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Walkers head to Crowdy Bay National Park

Gloucester Environment Group walkers at the Cattai wetlands. Photo supplied

Gloucester Environment Group walkers at the Cattai wetlands. Photo supplied

On Saturday May 15, 11 members of the Gloucester Environment Group travelled to the beautiful Crowdy Bay National Park on the coast just to the north of Taree.

National Parks website has this to say about the park:

"Crowdy Bay National Park is a great coastal getaway. Offering beach camping, picnic areas, fishing spots and walking tracks, there is plenty to see and do.

Protecting a pristine sweep of coastline near Port Macquarie and Taree, Crowdy Bay National Park is one of the most glorious coastal parks of NSW.

It offers jaw-dropping ocean and mountain views, an abundance of wildlife and, despite its name, crowd-free beaches."

Our First Nations People have known of the delights of the area for thousands of years.

After arriving at the campground, we headed off along the undulating Diamond Head loop walk, which took us through coastal heath and forest, with spectacular views of the rugged coastline.

The area had been devastated by bushfire, but nature has made an amazing recovery with new growth everywhere.

We paused to take a break at Kylie's lookout, named after former resident Kylie Tenant, and scanned the waters for dolphins and whales.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, none was spotted.

We reached the remains of Kylie's hut, sadly destroyed by the fires, where she wrote many of her delightful novels, including The Man on the Headland about her hermit friend Ernie.

Hiking at Crowdy Bay National Park. Photo supplied

Hiking at Crowdy Bay National Park. Photo supplied

Booktopia says this about the book:

"Kylie Tennant has painted his (Ernie's) portrait vividly and with love, and with it the portrait of Diamond Head - a place to which Ernie was so closely bound in spirit that in the end they seemed to be one. She evokes its fascination and its subtle menace, its rocks and beaches, its wildflowers and wild creatures, the light on sea and land, so that the reader, too, falls under its spell and shares her grief and anger at its later devastation by mining."

We then waded across a crystal-clear creek bordered by lush undergrowth before returning to our cars, after which we drove to Cattai Wetlands for lunch, and then a leisurely walk to a bird hide where we checked out the abundant local bird-life.

The wetlands are a not well known but are one of the natural treasures of the mid north coast.

It was a great day out.

Bushwalks, which are held every month, are open to all members, and details are published on the Environment Group Facebook page.

The date of our advertised June bushwalk has been changed.

The walk will now be held at Woko National Park on Saturday, June 19.

Woko is a beautiful National Park with two walks on the cliffs above the camping area on the Manning River.

The Cliff Face Walk is steep and more challenging at about 3 kilometre long with dramatic scenic views.

The Brush Turkey Track is a 1km loop from the campground through dry rainforest.

Walkers can do one or other - or both!

Bring the usual gear including stout shoes, hat, water, food, binoculars.

Meet: Billabong Park skatebowl in Boundary Street, 9 am on Saturday for 9.15am departure.

Please contact Terry on 0419 018 419 or terryhardwick@gmail.com.