Self Guided Spring Walks in the Bega Valley

Rock Lily, Dendrobium speciosum. Photo: A Rodway

Whilst we haven’t been able to organise any workshops or field days this Spring due to restrictions on gatherings, the beautiful flowering plants that that we usually visit and identify at this time of year continue to bloom.

So that you don’t miss out, here are are a couple of suggested walks you could take over the next month, with species lists to help you identify what you’re seeing along the way.

Tathra’s Coastal Cliffs

This is a short coastal walk (1.8km one way) from Tathra Headland to Kianinny Bay Picnic Area, with lots of beautiful coastal spring plants in flower. To get there, park at the Tathra Headland, look for the sign “Tathra Walking Trail” on your right (after the last house on the headland) and turn right to walk along the coastal track. Click here for a map.

Scaevola aemula, Fanflower: Photo: A Rodway

Along the cliffs you’ll see this bright purple Fanflower blooming now. Here is a link to a species list for the Tathra Coastal Cliffs area prepared by botanist Jackie Miles for a CMN workshop in 2018.

Sandy Creek Loop Track in Bournda National Park

Kennedy rubicunda, Running postman. Photo: A Rodway

This is a 6km loop walk from the Bournda Lagoon Carpark. There are many plants in flower now on this varied and beautiful walk including rock orchids, twining guinea flower and mint bush. For more information and directions, click here.

Here is a link to a species list for the first section of the Sandy Creek track (before the creek crossing), organised into plant families by botanist Paul McPherson for a CMN workshop to help you practise your plant ID skills. Or search for any plant in the Bournda Environmental Education Centre Digital Herbarium. This is such a useful resource where you can search flowers by colour or month of flowering.

Hibbertia dentata, Twining guinea flower. Photo: A Rodway
Prostanthera incisa, Cut-leaved mint-bush. Photo: A Rodway

We hope you get a chance to do these walks whilst the flowers are still in bloom. Let us know some of your other favourite spring flower trails in the Bega Valley.

4 comments on “Self Guided Spring Walks in the Bega Valley

  1. Thanks for this information on potential walks. You mention there is a link to a species list for the first section of the Sandy Creek track (before the creek crossing), organised into plant families by botanist Paul cPherson for a CMN workshop.

    I couldn’t find this link anywhere. Would you mind making this as well? Or let me know where else I could find this inormation?

    Thanks very much in advance.
    Brigitta Wimmer

    • Thanks for alerting me to this Brigitta. I’ve now inserted the link so you should be able to find the list.
      Best wishes
      Ali

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