A Walk up Mt Majura
By Peter Chandler; Photos: Gail Ritchie Knight
Eleven Wednesday Walkers met under a leaden sky (and the powerlines!) at the bend in Antill Street, Hackett, and began walking east towards the Mt Majura summit along the Casuarina trail. We began in open grassland with a scattering of Eucalypts, some very old, including Eucalyptus rossii, E.melliodora, E.blakelyi, and E.macrorhyncha.
We passed a small pond with an impressive display of Banded Nardoo (Marsilea mutica).
The track ascended towards the main ridgeline between Mts Majura and Ainslie, a highlight being the frequent sighting of Kurrajongs (Brachychiton populneus) both young and old specimens. Higher up, we entered the realm of Allocasuarina verticillata, presumably responsible for the naming of the track. It was good to find all three species of Vittadinia growing in the same local area (V. muelleri, V. cuneata, V. gracilis), allowing comparisons to be made.
Light rain began to fall as we neared the intersection with the summit track on the ridge, but we could still enjoy impressive views to both the east and the west. We elected to complete a circuit, so walked south along the track heading downhill until reaching the powerlines again, and then turned north and returned to the cars just as the rain started to settle in. A very enjoyable walk, and an impressive array of plant species — another visit in spring is warranted.
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