DSCF1392The weather held; we even had blue sky on a wonderful walk to Sandy Creek Falls. About 50 people joined in as we walked in virtual silence along a track that took us north off the Barjarg Rd and down a dry, northerly spur of open forest. It was steep in places, but still fairly easy walking. Occasional boulder-outcrops, plenty of fallen timber and an understory of ferns, low shrubs, lillies and tussock grasses met us as we descended 150 m in altitude, to the valley-bottom.

Sandy Creek drains the highest peaks of the Strathbogie Granite Massif, before winding its way down to the northern end of Lake Nillahcootie.

Location of the Sandy Creek Falls near the eastern margin of the Strathbogie Ranges.
Location of the Sandy Creek Falls near the eastern margin of the Strathbogie Ranges.

Here are a few pics of the walk down to the falls:

And some of the plants and fungi that flourish in this narrow, hidden valley:

Happy to improve ID’s if I’ve made mistakes – let me know.

Thanks to Sim, for organizing this great walk. It was good to see familiar faces and new. The walk is part of a program of discovery being run by the Strathbogie Sustainable Forests Group, to show people what we still have here in these ranges and what’s at risk if industrial logging, wood-chipping and firewood harvesting get a foot-hold in these forests.