Wideview Firetrail: 30 days to overnight hiking challenge 

One of the best bits about doing this 30 days to overnight hiking challenge, run by professional blogger Caro Ryan at lotsafreshair, is that I now have the opportunity to show off the local firetrails in my area whilst I do my training walks.

Today, I had just finished a three hour drive back from a family holiday in Canberra and needed to stretch the legs. So I decided to join the short Cliffview firetrail walk to the longer wideview firetrail and hoped that would give me a good hour of training.

I set off along cliffview drive and came to a family favourite spot known by the locals as Lionel’s landing. This was a small area of bushland maintained by the locals as a family friendly picnic and walking area. We had a picnic here ourselves once and found a frog pond. I walked down below the landing to a set of sandstone overhangs that were very pretty.

I then climbed back out and entered the cliffview fire trail proper. Whilst walking I considered a conversation I had with a Facebook group on the need for gaiters and how I am reluctant to buy them. I also thought about all the posts of late on the community Facebook page featuring a surge in snake sighting and wondered why I hadn’t seen any. So I looked in rock crevices and up in the trees as I walked. Fortunately I kept one eye on the ground as I was about to step on an enormous green tree snake!

We regarded each other for a moment. I stepped slowly backwards whilst snapping a picture and it got bored and slithered off quickly into the bush.

Hmmm. Gaiters. Ugh! I just don’t like the look of them!

I walked in a wide arc around where the snake was last seen and soon came to the amazing lookout that was the highlight of the wideview firetrail!

I sometimes come here on a Sunday morning to recharge. There is a stone shaped into a kind of throne so one can sit and survey the valley and clear your mind.

The walk then followed a line of cliffs that were quite imposing and impossible to capture properly on camera. The trail decended a ways then rose to meet a rock platform. Off to one side were some beautiful white plants swaying in the breeze that I would love some help identifying. There is a picture below.

The trail ended too quickly on Lonsdale ave. I walked the road intending to do a loop around town but decided to just turn around and do the firetrail again! It was uphill this time (funny… it didn’t do that on the way out..) so I got some good exercise out of it. Instead of walking back along the cliffview trail I exited the wideview trail onto wideview road and headed home.

This was a very lovely walk and I know I’ll do it again and again!


6 thoughts on “Wideview Firetrail: 30 days to overnight hiking challenge 

  1. Beautiful snake! Excellent views! Unfortunately that white grass flower is a noxious weed, spreads fast. We used to call it cutty grass and back in the mid 80s the Lake Macquarie council eradicated it from our adjacent bushland, with our help. In my recent travels through rural NSW I noticed it creeping back. If you went back and cut off those seed heads, contained them in a garbage bag and informed the park or council officers you might save the local conservation volunteers a lot of work next year 🙂

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      1. If I have made a positive ID on this weed be careful because the grass blades cut skin easily, why we nicknamed it cutty grass. I hope it your community gets it before it is out of control. Good luck!

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      2. Feedback so far is that it is pampus grass. They do recommend garbage bag over the seeds but also say it needs to be dug out. It’s on the list at the local council as something to be dealt with. Others have spotted more in the area. Bigger job. It’s highly flammable too which is a huge worry for my town every summer. We will come up with a plan. It’s a great community for stuff like this.

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  2. If you’ll be hiking in dense brush and/or poisonous snake territory, the gaiters are a good idea. They can get warm, but if they will prevent a snake bite they’re worth the time and cost. If the situation warrants, get yourself a snake bite kit and learn how to use it -very important! Know how it works before you start hiking.

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