Shirley & Sue overlooking Berowra Creek
On a beautiful sunny day four Cartophiles (Sue, Ken, Don & Kit) met at Berowra Station. We were to be joined by our newest member, Desh, for his first EVER bushwalk. Unfortunately he was delayed by railway track work, so the rest of us had to have coffee in Cafe Boccelli until his bus arrived (ah, the tribulations of bushwalking!). While Kit was collecting Desh we were joined by Shirley, a walker from St James, Thornleigh, who had lost her group and asked if she could join ours. So, eventually, six of us struck off towards Berowra Waters.
The outbound 5½km leg follows the high ground above Berwora Creek, with some spectacular views back towards the Crosslands Reserve. As we got closer to the steep descent to the water we were also treated to forest-backed panoramas of the boats and houses of Berowra Waters.
Crossing Berowra Creek to lunch, L-R Don, Desh, Sue
We planned to stop for lunch at the Berowra Waters Garden House café, but it was shut. We blame Kit. Instead we hopped on the ferry and crossed to the marina for an al fresco bistro (and a couple of beers for certain unnamed walkers).
The beer-laden postprandial uphill walk back to Berowra, in the much warmer weather, subdued the happy conversation only slightly. Don’s mouth organ accompaniment helped. Kit’s singing didn’t.
Our next day walk, the last for 2010, is the Manly Scenic Walkway, often called the Spit to Manly walk, on Saturday 27th November. This 9.1km Sydney classic provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour and the heads, Aboriginal rock carvings and, if we’re lucky, dolphins. Sadly, Kit won’t be able to do it so he’ll meet the team at Manly Wharf to celebrate.