The stretch of sandy beaches and rocky promontories between Valla Beach and Urunga Lagoon present not only an opportunity for a delightful coastal walk, but also the chance to engage in beachcombing, birdwatching, rockpool exploration, coastline geomorphology and some observations on projected sea level rise impacts.
* NEW LOCATION* – Meet at Urunga near the footbridge (boardwalk) (see update below)
UPDATE FROM ANDREW – 7/8/18
My original concept was to walk from Valla Beach to Urunga but I’ve noticed how the average age of the YNC over recent months has moved towards the younger end of the spectrum so I’m concerned that this would be too great a distance. Instead of starting at Valla then I’m proposing we start at 8.30am at Urunga (near the footbridge at the river mouth) and walk to Third (Wenonah) Headland. This is still a fair stroll but allows for some stopping along the way to investigate tracks and learn some stuff about fish habitats and how to interpret surf conditions for rips and side-sweep. Once we get to Wenonah Headland (where I will have left my car earlier), I can ferry a bunch of drivers back to Urunga to pick up their vehicles and then pick up all the kids back at the headland. For this to work we need a couple of things to happen:
- I just need someone to be able to meet me at 8am at Wenonah Headland where I will leave my car and catch a lift back to Urunga. If there’s not enough room for me and my 3 kids I can leave them at Urunga so it will just be me needing the lift. Volunteer??
- I can take 6 people in my Prado back to Urunga at the end of the walk to retrieve vehicles, but we will need a couple of adults to remain at Wenonah Headland to supervise the children while this happens (probably takes about 15 – 20 minutes for this round trip). Suggestions??
If this is all looking too complicated we can just walk from Urunga as far south along the beach as we like and the return to Urunga, but there is something about a longer coastal walk that has appeal so I’m keen to make Plan A work if we can pull together some team help. Please contact me with offers of assistance so I can coordinate.
In any case, it will be a 8.30am start at Urunga near the footbridge.
The Young Naturalists Club strives to create life-changing experiences and promote nature awareness for young people.
We aim to create the next generation of field ecologists.
Supported by adult mentors and in a unique learning environment, participants learn directly from experts about the different ecosystems while developing their passion and curiosity and self-led investigations into the natural world.
The Young Naturalists Club (YNC) is a club for budding young nature-lovers who, with support and guidance from adult mentors, can develop their naturalist observation skills into lifelong learning. The group meets one Sunday morning per month to explore a range of local environments and engage in birdwatching, animal tracking, canoeing, snorkelling, beachcombing and other naturalist skills.
A box of fresh, local fruit, nuts and other snacks are kindly supplied free of charge at each YNC outing for morning tea by our generous sponsor, Bello Food Box.
Walks are led by Andrew Turbill and Karina Davila (both of whom also work for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife). Most outings also have a special guest – including a local ecologist, botanist, marine biologist, or field tracker who provides specialist insights for the group on location. Andrew and Karina volunteer their time.
Who can attend?
YNC is for anyone aged 10-15. Children interested in joining should have a strong interest in nature, are able to participate in group activities which require quiet observation and concentration, and are independent. Participants should be self-motivated and be willing to mix easily with a smallish group of like-minded students.
If anyone would like to offer car pooling for taking other children to any of the outings please just email Andrew and arrangements can hopefully be made between parents.
- Binoculars (if you have them)
- Magnifying glass (if you have one)
- Water and snack
- Shoes and clothes suitable for walking off-track
- Small sketch book and pencil/sharpener/pocket knife
- Rain jacket (if weather looks iffy).
- Small backpack to carry the above
Please email Andrew on theagitator(AT)bigpond.com with any questions or text him on 0428 205 554 the night before if you have any last minute questions.
How much does it cost?
We offer two tiers of tickets: CEL Members $15, and Non-CEL Members $20. CEL Youth membership is $20 per calendar year and available <a href=”www.cel.org.au/member”>here</a>
What happened to YNC Membership?
YNC Membership didn’t seem to be working very well so we have transitioned to ticketed events. If you have already purchased YNC membership, please select that option when buying your ticket. We are offering discounted tickets for CEL Members to encourage CEL Membership – which we rely on to run our organisation. If you’re new to YNC and just want to try it out before buying a CEL membership, purchase a Non-CEL Member ticket. Otherwise, become a Youth CEL member for $20 per calendar year at <a href=”www.cel.org.au.member”>here</a>.
Andrew will have the list of paid YNC and CEL members with him at the event.