I’m standing very very still, the only muscles twitching are those on the backs of my legs, stressed from the steep scramble down the sandstone escarpment, the bush around me has gone deadly quite, all the normal chatter of insects and birds has ceased, everything seems to be holding it’s breath, there’s nothing to be heard, except silence and what we’ve all been listening to.
There’s something large heading my way, scrub and branches are cracking, shimmering and waving as it approaches through the bush.
I have visions of wombats, a wallaby maybe, even a feral pig or goat out on the hunt for a mid morning snack.
The sweat I’ve worked up on the climb down the steep path is slowly trickling down my back, whatever is making all the noise is slowly moving through the bush, edging closer and closer to my spot on the skinny little sand track.
I contemplate an escape, wild pigs can be nasty when surprised, there’s a sandstone cave up on the ridge to my right, but it’s a good 100 meters through scrappy bush.
“Morning” calls out the equally surprised bushwalker as he rounds a large sandstone outcrop in front of me, “lovely day for it” I call back as he makes his way past.
Much to both our amazement, we’ve stumbled on to each other about half way along the Bullawarring track, a beautiful trip through virgin forest and bushland in the Heathcote National Park around 40 minutes drive south of Sydney.
Sydney is blessed with many National Parks surrounding the city and Heathcote is one of my favorites, the beautiful scenery and a real mix of bushland, wild flowers, watering holes, sandy paths and wildlife make it a perfect day out.
To do the full track you need to put aside around 5 hours, and it can get tricky in places, with some steep sandy ridges you’ll need to clamber down.
But it’s all worth the effort to spend a few quiet hours in Mother Nature.
If you’re looking for a day out of the city and fancy a bush walk, you can find out some more at the National Parks web site here
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