Great South West Walk Day 4

Forest: Fitzroy Camp to Moleside Camp (22km)

After the exhausting previous day, I woke up feeling really sore. A bit of a concern was also the warm and windy weather even early in the morning. And most of the day’s track was closed due to bush fire damage, so I would have to walk most of the day along roads — not something I was looking forward to.

Just before I was going to leave the campsite, I met Gordon again who came to check the signs he installed the previous day. He said walking along the road wouldn’t be very exciting, so he offered me a lift to Moleside campsite. He also informed me that the ranger had declared a day of total fire ban, so it would be wise to stay out of the forest. I’m usually not too keen to skip sections of a track, but I didn’t mind having a rest day, so I accepted.

Moleside camp
Moleside camp

Half an hour later we were at Moleside. It was heartbreaking to see the bushfire damage on the way to the campsite, but the campground itself was not affected.

Moleside campground sits right on the shores of the Glenelg River and seems to be popular among canoeists. The walker’s campsite is a separated part and, again, I was the only person there. On the canoeist campsite there was only one other camper.

Fishing
Fishing

I set up my camp and decided to try out my fishing gear. I brought a small telescope fishing rod with me and I had been looking forward to trying it since I started the walk. It felt good to have a rest day and have the whole afternoon for relaxing.

It didn’t take long though and the weather turned worse. It started to rain, so I gave up the fishing and began cooking early dinner inside the shelter. Later I went back to fishing but soon lost both my hooks in snags, so fishing was over until at least Nelson.

The good thing was, there were no mosquitoes on this campsite, so I was able to stay outside and watch the wallabies until well after sunset.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

Wildlife seen: Red-necked Wallaby, Cormorant.