Issue 3: SEPTEMBER 2003 


Welcome to the third issue of 'Kevin's Walk on the Wild Side,' the e-magazine of 'Kevin's Wilderness Journeys' website and 'Kevin's Wilderness Walkers Mailgroup.' In this issue there is news of my last three short trips to Mount Royal National Park, Kooragang Island Wetlands and the Watagans National Park, as well as news of updates to the website. There is also news on past and upcoming trips that I hope to take. Enjoy this issue of 'Kevin's Walk on the Wildside.'





This trip was essentially unplanned, with the decision to go on a trip decided on Thursday and then the destination arrived at in my mind on the Friday that I actually left. So after finishing work at 1.30 pm, I rushed home and got ready. I was off by 3.30 pm to Mount Royal National Park, about 2 hours drive away.

For all the information on Mount Royal National Park and this actual trip, visit the webpage at:




My first and only trip so far to Western Australia's Wave Rock was in November 2001, as part of my Australia Trip 2 ( of that year. I have quite a number of photos of the area in my Australia Trip 2 galleries (See Australia Trip 2 - Gallery 3). For more information on the Wave Rock area see


ABOVE: Wave Rock - Western Australia


Associated with 'Kevin's Wilderness Journeys' web site is the 'Kevin's Wilderness Walkers Mail Group.' The mail group currently only has a few members and very little in the way of activity. One of the members (other than myself) has posted some photos in the photo album of her visits to the Colo and Wollemi wilderness area west of Sydney. Hopefully as more people join the group there will be an increase in activity.

Why join the mail group? A good question. The group gives an opportunity for those who love wilderness and the bush, especially in Australia, to share their experiences and perhaps pass on information about destinations, tack conditions, etc, to other group members. By doing so, there is an opportunity to assist others who are planning trips to the same area, etc. When you think about it the opportunities for the sharing of information are limitless.

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On August 17, 2003, I went for a quick trip to the Watagans National Park. During this visit I walked to the base of Gap Creek Falls and also walked to above the falls via the forest walk. It seems that some improvements have been made to the area since my last visit. A lot of the weeds have been removed from along the track and a seat provided for the return journey from the falls.

During the walk to the base of the falls I saw a lyrebird. It seems these are plentiful in the area, having seen one or two each time I have visited the area.

For More Information on the Watagans National Park Visit:

For Photos Visit:


Another feature of the 'Kevin's Wilderness Journeys' web site is the discussion board. As of yet there have been no comments or thoughts left in the forum. There are two comments/questions posted by me on the boards, but no responses have yet been received. This is another feature of the site that has the potential to be a real help to those travelling around Australia.

To visit the discussion board and perhaps leave a thought or two for further discussion among visitors to the forum, visit the forum:

KOORAGANG ISLAND - August 16, 2003:

Modern day Kooragang Island is made up of reclaimed land that has brought together a number of islands into one, including Ash Island, Moscheto Island, Dempsey Island, Walsh Island and Spectacle Islands. The purpose of this reclamation was to establish an industrial area, but constant flooding has limited this idea. The former islands were used by the Worimi Aboriginal people for hunting and gathering purposes.

Ash Island became the property of A W Scott in 1827, where he grew various fruit and vegetables. It was further sub-divided in the 1860s, with a small farming community established (including members of my family). The farmers were all but forced from the land by constant flooding, especially the large flood of 1955. The former Ash Island site is now managed by the Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project (since 1993). The wetland project is made up of the Ash Island site, an area at Tomago which has no public access and the Stockton High Tide area (near Stockton Bridge).

In my opinion there are no areas of spectacular scenery to take in the bushwalker, but this is not Kooragang Island's claim. Rather than tremendous vistas, the island provides a haven for various bird species, thereby providing a wonderful opportunity to view a great variety of bird species in their natural habitat. Kooragang is a great place for bird-watching in a wetland setting. Of course it is also an important fish breeding area.

Opportunities exist to view wading birds on the mud flats feeding on crabs, worms and other creatures at low tide and roosting in the saltmarsh and mangroves during high tide. A great number of species (over 200) can be found at various times of the year (including some 34 migratory species), including the Eastern Curlew, White-Fronted Chat, Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper, White-Faced Heron and Red-Necked Avocet. The best time to view the migratory species of birds is from October to April.

There is said to be some ten species of crab on Kooragang Island. The wetlands also provide habitat for the endangered Green and Golden Bellfrog, in areas of freshwater wetland, not subject to saltwater incursion.

Small areas of coastal rainforest also exist on Ash Island, with the majority having been destroyed by early timber-getters in the early 1800s, including the virtual removal of all cedar and ash trees.

The Ash Island section of Kooragang Island is reached via the Pacific Highway and Ash Island Bridge (near Hexham McDonald's).


ABOVE: Welcome Walk and the Swan Pond Area

For More Information and Photos, visit:


I have created a number of screensavers of various trips I have taken. These can be downloaded for free from the web site. There are screensavers of the Australia 1 Trip, the Barrington Tops, Dangar Falls, Dorrigo National Park and the Great Ocean Road. Visit the screensavers page at:


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