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The Great North Walk

by Kynie Evison

In October a group of bushwalkers decided to explore some country a little further afield and do a couple of sections of the Great North walk which runs from Sydney to Newcastle. Having been to an absolutely fabulous campground on the Hawkesbury River some 10 years ago I felt it was time to revisit and do a couple of sections of The Great North Walk close by.

Arriving Monday lunchtime, the rest of the day was free to set up camp and explore. Julie Davison and Karen Corr were so organized they jumped in their kayaks and headed for Spencer, returning soon after with essential camp items (grog). We liked their style!

Tuesday we put in a good 6 hours walking from Somersby through to just short of Yarramalong, passing through the gorgeous little community of Hidden Valley. A lovely pony club complete with a jump course and also an impressive cross country course was there and heaps of horses grazed freely. What I found amazing was that there were no fences to keep them off the road but I guess it wasn't necessary. The most amazing part of the walk though was the amount and size of the Gymea Lilies. Some were over 15 feet high.

Wednesday unfortunately greeted us with pouring rain and some decided to head off home. For Colin, Sandra and myself we decided to do a shorter version of our planned walk doing The Piles Creek circuit near Kariong and Somersby Falls. The creek was very spectacular after the nights rain so we were very pleased that we did brave the elements.

One of the best things about car camps is the socialness of them. The happy hour that lasts for hours around a campfire and I encourage those of you who have not been on one of the clubs to come along, even if you haven't got camping gear as many of us have 20-30years worth of accumulated bits and pieces we are happy to lend. I thank Colin, Ray, Bruce, Sandra, Julie, Karen and my husband Chris for coming on my car camp. You guys made it great.

(November 2005)