Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The night was nice. Listening to the little critters scurrying around in the night, looking for food and working on not being dinner. The morning was overcast and the fog went down to the ground. It was hard to see your hand in front of your face. We had our breakfast and packed up making sure to check and check again to make sure we didn't forget anything on the ground. We started to hike out and get on the trail.
We soon arrive at Donnelly River Village. The Village is actually an old mill town that was converted to a holiday village. They have a lot of wildlife that walks right through the town as well as on the Trek. This cute little town was originally called 'Wheatly' but the more common name is Donnelly River. In 1912 the town was used as a lumber mill making cross arms and telephone poles by the Wheatly family. It was closed about two years later.
In 1947 the Bunnings, Arthur and Robert, made plans to create a new mill on the Donnelly River with a steam engine it was the first one of its kind in the area. They purchased the engine from Onkaparinga Woollen Mills in South Australia. The mill and town provided employment and family homes for a large community for nearly 30 years. Many of these families have remained in the district. The mill however was shut down in 1978 as part of a Forests Department policy to close less efficient mills and was then became heritage listed.
Some natural attractions in the area include Four Aces, One Tree Bridge and Glenoran Pool. The Four Aces are 4 huge Karri trees that are in a straight line. Somehow even in nature they grew that way. They have survived several forest fires. The One Tree Bridge was originally made in 1904 by felling one huge Karri tree over the Donnelly River and making a bridge out of it. It was in constant use until 1943, it also survived several wildfires without burning down. The forest surrounding the One Tree Bridge was declared an area for conservation and recreation in 1974 and contains patches of 400-year-old virgin Karri as well as younger forest regrowth after logging. The Glenoran Pool is a swimming spot where there are picnic tables and BBQ's around. It is safe to swim there but I still would be careful and look about first.
The town has many friendly Kangaroos, Emu's and other wildlife in the area. Do be careful however as friendly as these animals seem to be they are wild and not tame.
We check into our accommodation and set about in the town looking at everything. We have fun with the wildlife and are very happy to have someone else cooking for us tonight.
I ended up with 1631 steps and 30 minutes helping an elderly lady in her garden. It was a lot of fun and shows the natives that we are friendly. She was able to teach me about gardening in Australia and what type of pests they have problems with there. It was truly interesting.
Well it's sleepy time and I'm about to crash. I finally got my Robaxtin and my muscles are feeling a lot better.