The first walk (and the topic of this post) saw us start near the bridge and walk along the western bank for about 2.5km.
The land along this part of the river, despite having been altered by white settlement, retains a wide variety of natural diversity which was eagerly pointed out to us. In addition to the flora and fauna, there are also a number of manmade changes to the surrounding landscape.
|A natural beach on the opposite bank|
|Basalt flow running down to the river|
|The Leigh carves a path through the basalt|
Although much of the native flora is evident, also to be seen are a number of pervasive weeds such as blackberry, gorse, periwinkle and wattle trees. Whilst ongoing attempts have been made over the years to clear the land of these pervasive pests, nearby crown land has not been likewise maintained, meaning that reinfestation is a continuous battle.
|Looking towards the conjunction of Upper Williamsons Creek and the|
Leigh (notice the gorse bushes with their yellow flowers)
Our second walk will be the subject of a future post.