Walk Number 23 – Goorooyarroo


There was an unusual odour.  Unexpected.  Pungent.  Sort of urinal, but not quite.  I wondered if I was downwind of somewhere.  I wondered if it was me.

It might have been the stand of yellow box gums.  They’re supposed to smell of honey.  It was a very warm morning and it’s been threatening to rain for a few days now.  I suspect it was the closely-packed eucalyptus woodland.

When I got home, I took a deep breath and confirmed it wasn’t me.

I drive past Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve whenever I need something from the hardware store.  Finally, today I made the effort to crawl through the narrow opening that is the gate.  After so many urban parks and streets these last couple of months, I decided it was time for some open space.


Goorooyarroo Grassland
The openness of the grassland …


Yellow Box Eucylpts
… sits alongside the yellow box woodland.


Wash Away
The eroded track mirrors the yellow of the trees. Surprisingly, the water washes down from right to left of this photo, not top to bottom as you might expect.


Yellow Box Bark
An example of the various shades of yellow in the bark.


Goorooyarroo Woodland
The track, heading back to the parking area …


Illegal Dumping
… where I was not surprised to find these old televisions illegally dumped behind some rocks.


I say “not surprised” because the roads around the waste management centres in Canberra are often strewn with such rubbish.  Sometimes it may have fallen off a trailer or truck.  In this case, there’s been an obvious attempt to conceal it.  It’s one of the problems associated with the introduction of charges and fees to dispose of rubbish at the official drop-off centres.

Series Notes

The walking inspiration for today was drawn from Marion Stuart’s “Best Bush, Town and Village Walks in and around the ACT”, published by Woodslane Press Pty Ltd.


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