River: Battersbys Camp to Pattersons Camp (13km)
The night was very cold again, but the morning was nice and calm. No rain this time. I met the wallabies and cockatoos from the previous day again while I was packing up. I could also see some Green Rosellas and Black Wallabies.
Despite having no watch, phone or alarm clock, I managed to leave at 10am again, according to the timestamps of my photos. Walking was easy, near the river the track is often sandy and very soft.
There was plenty of evidence of echidna activity, in the form of holes where someone had been digging for ants or roots, but I didn’t manage to see one. But I saw plenty of wallabies in the morning.
After a few kilometres the track passes the old Murrells campsite that may still be marked on some maps. I walked down the steep section to check it out, but there’s not much to see, just a flat area and no facilities. It’s not an official GSWW camp any more.
Lunch was at Sappling Creek. Light rain started.
On the way to Pattersons Camp I saw some more Green Rosellas, and also some Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos again. Sadly I didn’t get to see any of the rare Red-tailed ones. At some point I got really excited when I spotted fresh emu tracks in the sand, but I didn’t manage to see one either.
At Pattersons Camp it was still early afternoon, only 2pm again. I set up camp and then walked along the shore with my camera. I got to watch an Azure Kingfisher catching fish, pretty cool stuff.
I really liked the new information boards that were set up at the campground shelters, because they always highlighted some of the birds or other wildlife common in that particular area. And if you pay attention, you can really see many of these.
In close distance to the walkers’ camp at Pattersons, there was a camp for canoeists. I could hear and see a family arriving there shortly after I had arrived. They seemed to have a lot of fun fishing.
While I cooked dinner, some canoeists arrived. They had booked a place at the canoeist camp around the corner, but were not impressed with the quality of it, so they were considering moving over to Pattersons. I tried to hint at the sign that said ‘walkers camp’, but in the end I didn’t mind them staying. At least they kindly asked before they did, and they were nice people. A group of friends, about my age. Some of them from Melbourne, and interested in outdoor activites and so on. Their canoe trip would only go for 2 days or so, but each of them seemed to carry more stuff than I was carrying for 2 weeks. But all the latest equipment of course…
It was quite a nice evening standing by the campfire until late and chatting.
Wildlife seen: Red-necked Wallaby, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Green Rosella, Black Wallaby, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Azure Kingfisher, Superb Fairywren.