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April Pre-Outing notes

23rd April will be an outing to Billy Goat Hill, across the Mt Norman Road from Twin Peaks where Michael took our club outing in November last year. This is one of my favourite walks as although it requires a little effort to get to - high clearance vehicle, though 4wd not needed – the walk to the top is mostly on gentle granite slopes and there are views of most of our notable peaks from the top. A bonus is the large gnamma (rock pool) near the top with a colony of shield shrimp Paralimnadia urukhai which were very active on my pre-outing trip. So active I estimated there were over 300 of them in a photo taken looking down into the water. These strange little crustaceans survive in these harsh locations by breeding when rain fills their waterhole then laying eggs which are able to remain dormant until the next time there is sufficient water to hatch and continue the cycle.

We will meet at Weeroona Park as usual for a 9.00am departure and as mentioned above 4WD vehicles are needed as the road is rough. We will have morning tea at the vehicles before heading up the hill and carry lunch to have at the top then return to the cars on an alternative route by descending on the eastern side of the hill via some interesting boulders and forest. There is the option to continue along Mt Norman Road and return home via Wallangarra (4WD definitely required!) or return the way we drove in,via Eukey.

This is quite a short walk and although a bit of a climb we have plenty of time so don’t be put off with the Grade 7 rating.

 For further information please call Rob McCosker 46835371

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