Boxing Day walk, 2006

We hadn't had a bushwalk for a while, so Joel devised a never-before-attempted expedition around the creeks and bush tracks of the central North Shore in Sydney, which we (Joel, Jacqui, Ann, Christoph, Chu Wai and her sister Chu Yok - note absence of brother) executed on Boxing Day, in order to walk off the Xmas ham.

We started from Forestville Oval and started by walking around Bantry Bay to Roseville Bridge on the Flat Rock track. We crossed over Roseville Bridge and headed up the true right bank of Middle Harbour Creek on the Two Creeks track.

After a couple of small bush-bashing escapades, we crossed the creek at its navigable limit, then continued up to the Cascades, where a small amount of bathing was undertaken to ward off the day's sun. Then it was up through French's creek track and through a bit of suburbia to take us back to Forestville on the Pipeline Track.

In total, we covered about 30 km in what was a fine day's walking - amazing the bushland and tracks that you can find right in the middle of Sydney!

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Stopping for an early morning tea - Two Creeks track. (93kb) Don't do it Christoph! (81kb) The Natural Bridge near Bantry Bay. (87kb)
Climbing around Bantry Bay. (115kb) One of the sandstone overhangs on the Two Creeks Track. (74kb) A bit of impromptu rogaining... (117kb)
Lunch time on Middle Harbour Creek. (94kb) Christoph and a view. (102kb) High tide on Middle Harbour Creek. (97kb)
More high tide. (109kb) Chu Yok crossing the creek at the navigable limit. (85kb) Some ferny growth. (52kb)
Cooling off in a stream at the Cascades. (71kb) Ann at the Cascades. (79kb) Everyone relaxing. (79kb)
The highlight of the walk for Ann. (76kb) One of Australia's large snake species. (96kb)