In late August, Yuraygir Walking Experiences were pleased to greet 5 friends and a single veteran traveller, to take them on the Yuraygir Coastal Walk.
Unfortunately, one of the party arrived with advanced symptoms of a dreaded flu and things did not look particularly positive weather wise either. However, all assembled early on Monday morning with some cheer, travelling with laughter and hope through pouring rain to the walk start point near Angourie.
Arriving to meet with charming Yaegl Elder Uncle Ron Heron for a talk about Aboriginal connections to this landscape, the rain miraculously stopped. After Uncle Ron wished the group well on their journey, they set off in high spirits. The rain stayed behind and wildflowers bloomed in front. Big oceanic views and sounds provided the background to a great walk, complete with surfacing dolphins and whales.
Day 2 offered magnificent blue skies and clear views all the way from Brooms Head village down the beach to the beautifully picturesque Sandon village. After crossing this close to pristine estuary and heading off down the track, Pam lost the sole of of her boot – but soldiered on, while Susanne had to retire with a painful calf injury. Luckily though, YWE’s driver Phil was able to reach her via 4X4 and whisk her back to her comfortable holiday house with full views of the walk she missed. He also provided remedial massage and medicants that totally restored her for the remainder of the walk (all part of the service). The rest pressed on to complete the 20km walk and all welcomed the gentle stretch-relaxation session that evening.
Passing through Diggers Camp on Day 3 was so beautiful that some found jumping in the ocean irresistible, while being greeted at the top of the hill at the Borkoom campground by a friendly guide/mobile ‘barista’ Adrian for morning tea was close to a ‘peak experience’ for some.
Because YWE can guide groups on some of the unknown back trails through old growth Eucalypt forest and wet heath areas, the walkers were offered greater wildflower and landscape diversity than on the standard route, which was much appreciated. The gorgeous Wooli River at high tide provided perfect conditions for another swim to cap off this beautiful walking day.
The most remote section of the walk on the final day provided new interest and challenges. Isolated rugged beaches interspersed with large rock shelves necessitated a substantial amount of careful rock hopping, much of the way down to the lovely Pebbly Beach for lunch.
A final river crossing was made with a group of enthusiastic kayakers who offered their services, with much laughter.
The group returned to base tired, satisfied, and looking forward to their last evening meal together at the local pub.
As always, YWE will build on the feedback provided but were naturally very pleased that this group loved their experience so much. So much so that one claimed:
“everything seemed to fit together perfectly and your team read the wishes, mood and ability of the group to perfection. Relaxed and wonderful walking. I just wish you did other walks so I could join you and your wonderful style again.”