birding-aus Fw: Bago Bluff

Subject: birding-aus Fw: Bago Bluff
From: "Brian Everingham" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 10:34:02 +1000
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From: Brian Everingham <>
Date: Wednesday, 14 July 1999 1:13
Subject: Bago Bluff

Part three of the various new parks

Bago Bluff National Park

The western part of Broken Bago State Forest 184 and the northern part of Lorne State Forest 58 is the core of this park. It has an unusual boundary. A large salient intrudes from the east and a case for boundary rationalisation can be made to take the park up to the Sandy Hollow Road. The current park does include the Lorne Flora Reserve 79936 and Black Creek Flora Reserve 80023. In the north the old Bago Bluff Flora Reserve 97531 and Six B Flora Reserve 98005 are within this park too.

Easiest access to this park is through Wauchope on the Oxley Highway. Several old forest roads then enter the park to the south. Forest roads from Kendall to Swans Crossing also allow access.

Swans Crossing is in Kerewong State Forest 54 and is an excellent camping and picnic facility. It is situated on Upsalls Creek road and the area comprises 150 hectares. It was revoked from the State Forest in 1932 to create the Swan family dairy and beef property. It was re-purchased in 1964 by the then Forestry Commission. They planted out the cleared flats with blackbutt but frosts on the creek flats killed the seedlings and in 1976 it was turned into a picnic and camping area.

At this site we took the Gorge Trail along Upsalls Creek through riparian rainforest of coachwood and related species. Between 9.00am and 10.30am there was no light at all in this gorge and it remained moist and quiet. No birds here. Only when we joined the logging track up the hill, into light and amidst moist eucalypt forests did we begin to see the flocks of Striated Thornbills. Golden Whistlers, Spotted Pardalotes, Grey Fantails, Green Winged Pigeon and Large Billed and White Browed Scrub Wrens. But back in Swans Crossing there were Pied Currawong, Kookaburra, Magpie (the accoutrements of a good picnic area) and four Guinea Fowl!

The forest roads enabled us to explore the edges of Lorne Flora Reserve, along the Dividing Ridge and up along Rollover. From here the main feature of the park is a steep and spectacular cliff line. The Rollover trail skirts this cliff and there are a number of places where people can stop and explore. Views over the Hastings are breathtaking and it is so good to know that to the north there is Kumbatine, Willi Willi and Werrikimbe, all within view.

Brian Everingham

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