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Mount Lloyd

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Tuesday 25 June 2019 No one disagreed that being to Mount Lloyd, the way went, was hard. We had a route on the GPS but, after looking at the map and satellite image, I worked out a way contouring the slope of Billy Clarks Hill, but it didn't pan out. We ended up in a steep climb over often unstable ground to the top, where they were several open Moss covered rock slabs. These were a nice reprieve from what went before, but beyond lay scrub into the access track to the Lloyd summit was reached.




Following lunch, we split with Dave and Adrian taking up the offer of getting picked up where the vehicle access track meets the road. Neville and I went down using a route from Dennis of hiking SE and this proved a good way and a lot less steep than the inward route. Dave and Adrian made it to road which entailed a drive of almost 4k to collect them.

Calverts Hill and Mays Beach

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Monday 17 June One of the objectives was to visit Calverts Hill Reserve to view an area of about 200 Eucalyptus morisbyi.  They are just over the top of the hill on the western facing slope and are a very threatened species with not many plants now producing seed.  This is to a considerable degree due to climate change and associated warmer and drier conditions.   On approaching the high point, we could see a lot of large dead trees and it was not until reaching a more sheltered slope over 200 metres along from the high point that we finally spotted a live tree.  Then a few more were noticed including we thought some younger ones.  A section of the reserve here a roll top animal exclusion fence which hopefully gives the plants a better chance. The coastal track, really a worn pad would better describe it, was returned to and we continued to Mays Beach. It was a sunny day although cool in the breeze but mostly we were sheltered from it.    Return was quicker without the diversion to Calve…

Mount Marian

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Friday 7 June 2019
As is often the case when traveling past Trestle Mountain, we stopped at the field of pineapple grass for a morning drink; the way in is becoming more obscure and overgrown. Overgrown too was the state of the initial part of the track up Mount Marian.   On top it was cool, but a lunch spot out of the wind was found. 
It was one of those fine days but with a high film of cloud to stop it being brightly sunny.