Boundary Stream – Heay’s Deer Farm, Wednesday April 13 2011. Map: BH39
Trampers: John Marshall, Vic Bullock, Peter Slagter, Ken Ross, John Burrell, Ted Angove, Paul Exeter, Diane and David Hills, Jenny Burns, Gary Bowler, Alison Greer, visitors Jane Thomson and Anne Addsett, and Rosemary Jeffery
What a great day to be tramping. As we set off from Church Road, there was a bit of fog lying around, but by the time we got to Heay’s Farm it had cleared and the scenery was fantastic.
Alison, Vic, John Marshall and the two new ladies left the remainder of us and went back to Boundary Stream to meet us at lunchtime at Shine’s Falls. We climbed steadily up the fence line to the trig, passing a monument where an old hunter’s ashes are buried. Further up, we looked over the gully which had a very steep drop to where stags were roaring. Beatrice Heay’s plaque was also located at the farm’s highest point.
We stopped for morning tea in an ideal sunny spot and then carried on towards the area we thought looked like the road to the start of the track to Shine’s Falls. We couldn’t have picked a better day: warm and no wind. We arrived at the start of the track up to the falls and we decided that it was much steeper than the last time we had been through. DOC personnel were in the process of maintenance work on the track, with a lot of gravel being laid, and there looked like some sort of rubber matting tiles in a pile ready to be put down. There were no workers there; it must have been their day off!
We arrived at the falls at 12.15pm and met up with the others. Vic and John had already been there and were heading back up the track again. Those guys are amazing, a real inspiration to us all. We had our lunch and then headed back up the track with the sounds of birds all the way. We were pleased to be under the trees, even though there was a lot of perspiring going on.
It was good to get back to the car park, and a change of clothes. DOC has certainly spent a lot on the Boundary Stream area, with impressive information boards and a big shelter area, and even a toilet with a deck.