- There were loads of different wildflowers.
- Also huge numbers of butterflies.
- Really interesting rocks - the round stones indicating ancient riverbed, conglomerate boulders, etc
- We had extra sunscreen with insect repellent, so nobody got burnt or eaten.
- Although we went off-route, we were able to reorient ourselves pretty easily (once we had a bar of 4G!)
- We had brought more water than we thought we’d need - which turned out to be enough… just.
- We had a snack with us and a picnic waiting in the car.
- Amazing views at different points, looking into the hills and out onto the plains.
- For me, the scrambling up the rocks to the top of Mount Hedrick was an absolute highlight, and I can’t wait to head out there again!
- Although we were pretty hot and bothered, we took our time, stuck together and kept in pretty good spirits.
- Despite the forecast, no rain eventuated - I’m glad we weren’t hauling ourselves over those boulders in a thunderstorm!
- We didn’t have anywhere we needed to be, so there was no stress around us taking more time.
- We all made it without any emergencies!
Things to learn
- I haven’t done much bushwalking in this area, and my assumption from reading the info sheet was that the whole loop trail (not just the walk from Huggetts Lookout to Mount Hedrick) would be well signposted. Now I know not to assume and to pay more attention to the contour maps before I leave. AllTrails relies on internet connection or a DLed map and we were out of range at the point where we missed the turning, and the info sheet doesn’t have contours. I don’t think we would have missed the turnoff (or we would have turned back) if I’d had a better idea of the geography of the area.
- Bring the PLB, just in case. At some point I’ll be deciding on a tracker (Garmin InReach or InReach Mini) and will bring that along on my walks, too. If it’s the InReach, I can load maps and trails into it to help keep on course.
- Carry an antihistamine in my first aid kit (for other folks more than for me) - and always remember to actually bring said kit!
- Bring extra snacks. We were fine, but it would have been nice to have something else to go around.
- When unsure of your location or cranky and overexerted, sit down and have something to eat and a sip of water. I mean, we know this and we did it, but it’s worth reiterating!