Gorgeous Gunbower

Wandering around the Gunbower forest and creek was just what I needed this week.

Mala and I headed up to Koondrook for a couple of days and camped at the local caravan park. I was a little dismayed to find a bustling tent city when we arrived. Mid-week camping is usually pretty quiet outside of holiday periods. I like it that way! However, the manager kindly gave us a spot away from the hustle and bustle.

On our first morning, we tried the Koondrook Red Gum Forest Walk. I was hopeful the signage in the forest might be helpful, but it hasn’t been well maintained. A few kms into the walk I came across an intersection of several tracks and wasn’t sure which to take. This coincided with a major mozzie attack so I just wanted to keep moving. Turns out I took a wrong turn and after realising I wasn’t going in the loop I’d intended, I headed back the way I’d walked in – back through the mozzies!

There were a few reasonable campsites in this section of the forest – though the main campground is further east. Disappointingly, we came across a campfire that was still smouldering. Just as well it wasn’t mid-summer. And after hearing a noise like something like dogs crying, I saw something extraordinary – a car being chased by a pack of emus! I googled it when we got back to camp, wondering if it was a regular thing. I wish I hadn’t. Seems it’s usually the other way around. And the emus don’t fare well.

Mala about to take a dip in the creek

On our second morning, we did a shorter walk around Gunbower Island starting by crossing the bridge near Koondrook Retreat (a group of glamping ‘tents’). Thankfully there weren’t many mozzies on this part of the creek. And the environment was so pretty.

There’s lots more to explore, so I’m sure to be back.

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