Saturday 7 October 2023: Settlers Track and beyond. Starting at Brayshaws Hut we’ll walk the first section of the Settlers Track to Waterhole Hut, then leave the track and make our way up Grassy Creek. We will get onto the Bobeyan Divide and see several of Harry Mouat’s border survey marks dating from 1915, then make our way back down the valley to Westermans Homestead, and back to Brayshaws.
From Garmin Connect (MAP66i) – Distance: 16.78km | Climb: 360vm (Elev Corrections Enabled) | Time: 4:10 moving + 1:29 of stops = 5:39 | Grading: M/E-M; M(10).
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Here’s where we went.
About 1 hour to drive from Conder to Brayshaws/Settlers Track car park. Toilet there.
Away at 9.10am and down to Brayshaws Hut. A tank there, as with Waterhole Hut and Westermans Homestead.
I had a quick look at the Brayshaws Shearing Shed site, nothing recognisable now. Rejoined the others at the nearby Settlers track.
It was lovely walking. This area, and the Boboyan (Bobeyan) Divide where we were heading, was unburnt in 2003 and 2019-20.
We stopped at the Grassy Creek Sheepyards and Dip, where Phillip explained the drop log fencing to us.
We next visited the Crawford-Perry Hut site. As with many of these sites, only the granite rocks of the fireplace remain.
Next stop was the Burnt Camp site.
Delightful walking after we left the Waterholes Fire Trail.
We headed west-ish, then up to the border. Our first contact was at border marker H87.
I was a bit confused. Phillip and I thought this is where the Mouat Tree at the Namadgi Visitors Centre came from. Yet there was a blazed tree there.
It should have twigged with me at the time, or over lunch which we had there. The blaze and marking doesn’t quite look 100+ years old. It’s a new blaze to mark the area!
Here’s the original in place in 2010. It was dug out, helicoptered to NVC. ‘debugged’ and re-erected!
Our leader indulged me with a visit to the 112 Mile marker. An analogy of my life! Fallen over, rotted, but saved.
Top left – 2010, standing | top right – 2012, fallen | bottom left – 2013, blaze on underside | middle right – 2014, tree rotting | bottom right – 2015, blaze rescued and in CMAG.
Not much left of it today.
From here, we dropped down to the Grassy Creek FT. Phillip took us to ‘twin trees’, one Black Sallee, the other Blue Gum.
KHA do a fantastic job.
Across the Settlers Track bridge over Grassy Creek and back to the cars.
We took a quick stroll across the road and up to the Tin Dish School site.
A great trip! Thanks Phillip and all!
10 walkers – Helen B, Jacquie B, Tam G, Roger H, Teresa H, Di McD, Graeme McD, Phillip S (leader), Sonja W, me.
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