On a miraculously sunny and rain-free weekend (sandwiched between weeks of rain and flooding!), 21 Cubs and six Leaders set-off a challenging overnight Cub bushwalk. Starting from Gordon, we catch the train via Hornsby to our starting pont at Cowan.
The first day is a long one, with the Cubs covering about 16km from Cowan station to Crosslands. We drop down into a valley and cross Joe Crafts Creek, before climbing back up to a ridge with views over Berowra Creek.
A steep descent brings us to our lunch stop at Berowra Waters, past another lookout and an Aboriginal rock carving on a vertical rock. We have an extended break at Berowra Waters to eat lunch, refill water bottles and make sure everyone is OK to continue.
What makes this bushwalk tough is that from Berowra Waters, there is another steep ridge to climb, before descending (again) to Berowra Creek. Recent floods have made part of the track a bit muddy, and it’s a relief to reach the boardwalk over a saltmarsh, an ecosystem that is becoming endangered in the area.
At Crosslands our journey is not quite over.. there’s no more bushwalking, but there we need to catch a punt acoss to Camp Windeyer, our destination for today.
Everyone (Cubs and Leaders) is in their tent and asleep pretty early, after dinner, marshmallow and hot chocolate by the campfire. Day 2 is a little shorter… but after breakfast and packing away tents, we still need to climb back up to the top of the ridge. We take the Lyrebird Gully Track up to Mt Ku-ring-gai Station – despite some steep sections, this is one of the nicest section of the walk with the track going through fens, semi-rainforest and tall overhangs (Lyrebird Caves).
It’s been a pretty challenging bushwalk for all the Cubs, but there’s also a sense of accomplishent as we reach Mt Ku-ring-station, for our journey back to Gordon. A big thanks to all the Leaders and Parent Helpers who supportrted this bushwalk – and well done to all the Cub Scout!