My family are holidaying in Northern NSW at the moment, and while my husband took the kids fishing, I decided to try a trail. I did a fair bit of research, and found the Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club site was useful in finding local trails. After some consideration, decided to head to Rocky Creek Dam. My husband and I had picnic-ed up there about 10 years ago, and I had fond memories so thought it would be a good option to try.
When I arrived, I checked out the information board and decided to head off on the Swamp Turkey Walk which was 6km return. I’m still building my distance slowly after a minor knee injury and was looking for 5km, so that was perfect.
It was raining when I got up this morning, but wasn’t going to be deterred, so packed some salt for the leeches, and a hat to keep the drips off my face. Not wanting to get my phone drenched, I didn’t take many photos, but there’s some excellent pictures on this blog, Travelling Type. I did manage to take this photo on the left, though.
Here’s the map, I didn’t do the full 6km, just a 5km return instead.
The run starts by crossing the dam wall, which is always fun and heads into some rainforest. Shortly after, the run heads across the spillway of the dam (which you are only allowed to cross when the dam is not full and no water is overflowing). The run then heads into the Nightcap National Park which is a dense rainforest of fig trees, black butt eucalypts and vines.
As the rain was steady, I didn’t see much wildlife but the bird calls were incredible. I’m pretty sure I heard some Lyrebirds too, as something sounded a lot like a sheep and I wasn’t anywhere near a sheep paddock.
All up it was a great run, and I didn’t need the salt after all (although a saw a leech on my shoe as I was taking it off). There’s something very special about running in a rainforest in the rain.