Wonderful Wondabyne

Fourteen joined the walk on 1st Sept climbing steeply from Wondabyne Station and following sandstone ridges to Pindar’s Cave. We were rewarded with a profusion of wildflowers including white heaths, cream wattles, palest pink wax-flowers, deep pink boronias, apricot-hued Banksia ericifolia, deep red Grevillea speciosa and a multiplicity of yellow and red peas. The track afforded a fine view south over Mooney Mooney Creek, and the white dome of the Baha’i Temple gleamed on the horizon beyond.

After a pause to admire tadpoles in a brimming Pindar’s Pool, lunch was scoffed beside the honeycomb sandstone of Pindar’s Cave where sparkling droplets drizzled from the long overhang onto ferns beneath. Notable birds seen near Wondabyne included a vivid male Variegated Wren lurking amongst ferns, and a Bassian Thrush foraging beside the railway line. Footnote: Pindar was an Ancient Greek poet; it is believed Myles Dunphy named the cave-like overhang after him. [Report by Liz Cameron, trip leader]

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