The Blue Gum Track and The Great North Walk

After returning to Sydney from Cairns, one of the first things I appreciated was a lessening of humidity and heat so the possibility of enjoying an exploratory bushwalk became a peasant option. As I set off for a local track nearby, it felt ages since I had started a walk at mid-morning.

The Blue Gum Track is aptly named after the beautiful Blue Gums which inhabit the area. The track stopped at a sign announcing the beginning of the Great North Walk. Ah yes! I remembered the walk from when I lived in Sydney all those years ago.

This majestic walk starts in central Sydney and weaves along cliffs, beside creeks and rivers, through rainforest, beaches and bush to the city of Newcastle , 250 kilometres north.

But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir,

Taking this well constructed walk reminds you of the enduring beauty of the Australian bush and what it must have been like for the First Australians before European settlement. I descended solid stone steps at the beginning of the walk and wondered about my calf muscles and thighs on the return journey. All sorts of ideas came to mind as I ruminated and reflected, my mind free to explore as my body moved with deliberation.

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.

~Søren Kierkegaard

After losing track of time and reaching the fishponds, one marker on the journey, I decided to stop and rest before commencing the return journey. I felt in equilibrium as I sat on a friendly rock, hearing the soft rushing of water and smelling Boronia and Eucalyptus.

I stopped for a breather quite a few times on the massive ascent. At one stage where I had chosen a spot to sit and drink my water, I noticed what looked like an old and weathered book left lying there by some walker. In fact it was a creation of metal, bolted to the rock. its open pages revealing a picture of the Blue Gum flower on the one side and a description of the tree on the other,

How could its creators know that was the exact spot for a breather? It was just the kind ot thoughtful addition to the stone staircase which made the walk such a memorable one

Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard

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