Saturday 6 April 2013
By the time we arrived at Ellendale to meet John we had entered into fog, but it was not very thick at all and it did not take long to drive above it on the way uphill to the start point. This area had been logged many years ago and was recovering, but there was plenty of evidence of old logging tracks. Part of the land is now in a reserve but after crossing creek and ascending through the wet forest we arrived at an open eucalypt forest on dry slopes that were neither in the reserve and still shy of the national park. Soon after that we arrived at Mannys Marsh which is also unreserved and along with the surrounding forest very much warrants being protected from the threats posed by exploitive industries.
Mannys is an attractive open area completely surrounded by trees with a few pockets of Baeckea bushes and large tea trees on the southern boundary.
It took 1:30 hours each way to walk and most of us found a few leeches on our clothes from time to time.
We are most grateful to John for taking us on the walk and for all the work he put in marking and clearing the way.
Baeckea gunniana and Eucalypts at Mannys Marsh
Lichen in forest
The route taken on the walk