Walkers: Julie (leader) Michele & Gary, Werner & Vangie, Steve, Christine D, Vincent, Christine J, Jackie, Melissa, Colin
We set off just after 9 am to do the West Canungra Creek Circuit. The Take a Walk book says it's 14 kms. The track was very dry this time but because of the leaves on the narrow stairs it was still very slippery. I had just called back to tell everyone to take care on the steps and then I slipped myself. Luckily I was not hurt, well only my pride! There were a lot of dry leaves on the track as well. We had morning tea at Yerralahla (Blue Pool). Lovely to sit by the water and listen to the sound of it while we ate and chatted. There was also another large group sitting a bit further up and Jackie and Christine knew some of the people in the group.
After morning tea the track and surroundings changed and it was a bit more lush following the creek and seeing the waterfalls. I came across a Red Bellied Black Snake just on the side of the track and called out for the walkers to stop and back up a bit. I stepped back and then took a couple of photos but they were not very good. It was a blessing that I had spotteed the snake before I'd stepped any closer as it was facing towards the track and my leg. It then slithered away into the bush and we all walked further along the track. I was very alert watching along the track for the rest of the day from then on though.
We saw some lovely waterfalls and then decided to have lunch in a creek where there were lots of rocks for us to sit on. It was before Elabana Falls and a lot closer than Picnic Rock where I had planned for us to have lunch but time was getting on and the walkers were getting hungry. We were lucky enough to see a large Blue Lamington Spiny Crayfish and so Vincent and others got to take some good photos.
Some walkers climbed up to see the Elabana Falls which are the most photographed falls in the park. They really are very beautiful but I didn't go up there this time. We then zigzagged back up the hill to our final crossing at Picnic Rock and continued uphill (a bit of a hard slog) past a huge Brush Box and an ancient Antarctic Beech tree and onto the Border Track. From then on it flattens out and is less than 2 kms walk back to Green Mountains.
A lovely day with great weather and good company again. Some of us had our refreshments at The Outpost Cafe but some had to head off because of family commitments. Many thanks to all for a great day! Julie