For those of you who would like a bushwalk, come with me! At the southern end of Bingie where the land runs into Coila Lake, the Bingie Dreaming Track traverses low land behind the sand dunes. Still further on the track runs along a narrow sand spit that separates Coila Lake from the ocean, except for those rare times that the lake ‘opens’. We parked our car near the start of this track section, and descended though a fairytale banksia forest.
Banksia serrata likes to grow on sand, so we have none on the clays around our place, but here in the hind dunes they thrive. Here is one spectacular tree! Light was very low, dark clouds in the sky and rain was returning, so the images are a bit fuzzy.
We walked down hill to the water that was lying behind the dunes after recent heavy rain. A neighbour had told us it was deep enough to swim in! Let’s go and see ….
Here we turned back, after enjoying the watery scene.
We found another way around the water, emerging on the Dreaming Track, where once again water blocked access. This was the place to swim! I hope you brought your swimming costume … but then no-one else was there so undies would be fine 🙂
Sure enough we walked in along the track, which was firm and smooth under foot, then swam in gorgeous fresh water, while listening to the sound of the surf just across the dunes.
Here, just like everywhere else at the moment, ants are busy rebuilding after flooding rains. Be careful not to disturb them as you pass. This magnificent mushroom is another gift from the rain, a large flowering body belonging to an unknown fungus that lives in the sand year after year, waiting for a chance to flower.
As we walked back up the hill in to the forest I was fascinated by the leaf litter … well not just leaves but these marvellous banksia cones, bits of flowers, and lots of serrated leaves. As children we loved these cones, and pretended they were the scary Banksia Men of the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie stories, the villains of the bushland life. Now they just look bold and prickly, but for those who like to take a souvenir home they are the perfect thing!
If you enjoyed this walk do pop over to visit Jo and take a walk in Hartlepool!