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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Fossil Cove

Thursday 4th October 2018

Fossil Cove
The walk to Fossil Cove is only very short, so to make it a decent walk I made up a circuit which included some tracks, roads, local links, lanes and just about anything else one could think of. It turned out quite well and was predominantly an urban walk with some bush thrown in.
I parked in a small parking area on a gravel road, just off Jindabyne Road, Kingston Heights and set off on one of the many tracks in Boronia Hills Conservation Area. I followed this along and then walked a few roads and lanes to end up at the southern end of Kingston Beach.

Boronia Hills Track

Ibis out for a stroll

Local Colour

Kingston Beach
It was then on to the Boronia Beach track which took me to the other end of Jindabyne Road.

On Boronia Beach Track

Boronia Beach

Boronia Point

Boronia Beach
I then followed more roads to the Blowhole Track and up to the top before descending to Blackmans Bay Beach and walking along that to the southern end to pick up the Suncoast Headlands Track.

More Colour

Up above the Blowhole

Around the Blowhole

Cliffs around the Blowhole

Blackmans Bay
Blackmans Bay Beach

Blackmans Bay
The weather was perfect once again and it was an easy amble around the track until I came to the waste treatment plant where the track had been closed. I could hear heavy machinery and building works going on so I had to take to the roads once again and bypass the plant coming out onto the track on the other side of the construction site.

Suncoast Track

Suncoast Track

Other side of treatment plant

Cruise liner coming up the Derwent
From here there was a bit of a track through the scrub to Fossil Cove.

Fossil Cove

Fossil Cove
Fossil Cove

Fossil Cove
Fossil Cove
Fossil Cove
Fossil Cove
Fossil Cove

Fossil Cove
After a snack I walked along the Fossil Cove Track to the main road and then found a 10 metre wide council reserve that runs between Tinderbox Road and Estuary Drive. I wanted to go this way so I could walk back via Peter Murrell Reserve. The easement or whatever it is was overgrown with bracken but I managed to negotiate it okay and came out on the drive. I was careful to stay in the reserve so as not to upset the neighbours. Once in Peter Murrell Reserve I followed the track for some time before taking various roads and tracks and easements back to the car.
An enjoyable walk through various types of terrain.
Distance: 17.5 kms.
Time: 5'00"
Ascent: 700 metres
GPX file is here.