We took a drive through the neighbouring village of Tallong, out to Badgerys Lookout. It too is on the edge of the escarpment, but I’d never seen such expansive valleys before in the Southern Highlands. The river below eventually joins up with the Kangaroo River, which eventually flows into the Shoalhaven.
The bush looked much barer and drier at this end of the Shoalhaven Catchment. It also looked as if landslides were a frequent occurence.
When we emerged from the bush we were greeted by these views.
Below, Bundanoon Creek carves through the landscape towards the Shoalhaven River. I was surprised that the Shoalhaven River catchment stretched right up to these parts. The mouth of the Shoalhaven is all the way at Nowra (not too far away from Gerroa). I was to find out that the catchment area is very big indeed.
We encountered quite a few scribbly gums along the way.
These insects certainly have been busy ‘drawing’ during the year.
The gullies gave way to pretty open dry eucalypt forest. There was evidence of fire from seasons past, like this half-burned tree.
On the group, pre-spring was in full-swing with plenty of wild flowers in bloom.
Bacon and egg peas.
We will be heading back into the bush, not too far from home. We spent a weekend in the Southern Highlands at the end of August. We chose to stay at Bundanoon at quite an extraordinary bed and breakfast called Yallambee. The house was on a suburban street, but right next to the boundary of Morton National Park. It was clear but windy when we took our walk to the lookouts.
First we walked through some cool gullies with plenty of fern and moss.
The morning light under the canopy was soft, making the ferns very photogenic.