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Durras Lake and Murramarang National Park
This meeting we will be visiting the garden of members Anne Phillips and Michael Shiel, before venturing to the National Park.
10.30 a.m. Saturday 5th May 2018 - Meet at 2 Scott Street North Durras (Click here for map)
Anne is a long time member of the Australian Plant Society, Canberra Region, and in recent years has been a regular visitor at our meetings. The bushland around North Durras is quite diverse, and at this time of the year, Sunshine Wattle, Acacia terminalis should feature prominently, despite the hot and dry conditions we are currently experiencing.
The house garden of Anne and Michael is about 20 years old, first planted with favourite trees, including a red cedar, Toona ciliata and a coachwood, Ceratopetalum apetalum. Then subsequent planting was for privacy and attracting birds. There are also some experimental species from other areas of Australia. Kangaroos are a major pest in the garden, tasting most things, lying on others or the males marking their territory. After wandering around the garden, we will drive to our lunch spot beside Durras Lake, where we will meander and botanise, see a majestic grove of cabbage tree palms and carpets of fan flowers by the edge of the water.
The lake was written up in the Sydney Morning Herald 1999 as the “Last pristine lake”, due to the fact that its catchment area is 99% uncleared. Its nutrient levels have maintained the same equilibrium since before the arrival of Europeans.
North Durras turnoff is about 10k north of Batemans Bay on the Princes Highway. Turn right onto Mount Agony Road;-follow this for approximately 5.2km, and take a right hand turn at North Durras Road. This road continues to North Durras (in total about 10km from the highway). Scott Street is the 2nd on the left; - No 2 is the 2nd house on the right.
North Durras is surrounded by Murramarang National Park which for those not holding an annual Parks pass, requires purchase of a day pass - $8 per vehicle, coins only. This pay station is located before the steep decent to Depot Beach. Car pooling before leaving the garden might be prudent.
Lake Road to the Discovery Trail is a good unmade road, and this is where we are going for lunch.
BYO morning tea and lunch, and a camp stool or chair in case convenient rocks or logs are not available.
Wear sensible clothing and shoes for wandering around on soils which can be slippery due to their structure.
Be aware the roads we will traverse are unmade, but generally suitable to 2wd vehicles with care.
Note also that dogs are not permitted at APS activities.
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