Hike at Crosslands

by John Wilson January. 02, 2021 165 views

A hike through national park at Crosslands on a gloomy last day of 2020 sounded appropriate, as we hopefully cross over to a more positive time in 2021.

Water trickling down the steep walls above Berowra Creek in the north of Sydney.

Water trickling down the steep walls above Berowra Creek in the north of Sydney.

Grass trees abound along Berowra Creek at Crosslands. They can live as long as 900 years.

Grass trees abound along Berowra Creek at Crosslands. They can live as long as 900 years.

We are in a La Nina rainy period in Sydney and the fungi are out.

We are in a La Nina rainy period in Sydney and the fungi are out.

The hike at Crosslands is small section of a wonderful 250 kilometre track called the Great North Walk between Sydney and the city of Newcastle.

The hike at Crosslands is small section of a wonderful 250 kilometre track called the Great North Walk between Sydney and the city of Newcastle.

Remains of a campfire along the Great North Walk.

Remains of a campfire along the Great North Walk.

The alien-like discarded shells of cicadas. Every seven years is a big season for our local cicadas, and this year is the one. They're everywhere, and their roar is deafening.

The alien-like discarded shells of cicadas. Every seven years is a big season for our local cicadas, and this year is the one. They're everywhere, and their roar is deafening.

Here's one of the culprits of all that noise. It can apparently reach 120 decibels and takes you to the threshold of pain when they're singing en masse, as they are at the moment. After seven years underground and with three more weeks to live, I guess there's some urgency to their singing.

Here's one of the culprits of all that noise. It can apparently reach 120 decibels and takes you to the threshold of pain when they're singing en masse, as they are at the moment. After seven years underground and with three more weeks to live, I guess there's some urgency to their singing.

A goanna in a nearby tree watches on. As always, it is well camouflaged and we only saw it by chance.

A goanna in a nearby tree watches on. As always, it is well camouflaged and we only saw it by chance.

The Superb Fairy Wren wasn't paying quite as much attention at camouflage school.

The Superb Fairy Wren wasn't paying quite as much attention at camouflage school.

The flannel flowers are in bloom in New South Wales.

The flannel flowers are in bloom in New South Wales.

The track passes large rock faces and platforms.

The track passes large rock faces and platforms.

Our destination was Sam's Creek, a 5 kilometre round trip. It has some small but pretty cascades. Apparently Sam was a hermit fisherman who made the area his home.

Our destination was Sam's Creek, a 5 kilometre round trip. It has some small but pretty cascades. Apparently Sam was a hermit fisherman who made the area his home.

Nice choice, Sam!

Nice choice, Sam!

Back the way we came, following the creek and mangroves. Not the greatest weather but still a nice way to spend the last day of 2020.

Back the way we came, following the creek and mangroves. Not the greatest weather but still a nice way to spend the last day of 2020.

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