Our next Layli, on November 20th at Lobster Falls, may require a bit more of an effort than usual. It is definitely a bush walk rather than a picnic - however a relatively easy bush walk.There are no toilets, picnic tables or any other facilities and parking is just on the roadside. Assuming we don't want to eat and pray in the noise of the traffic we need to walk for at least quarter of an hour to get away from the traffic noise so bring only a modest amount of food that can be carried at least that far.
The walk to the Falls takes about an hour each way and is a rough track at best so you need good shoes and remember if it starts raining there is no shelter. I've checked out the first part and it was easy going but some websites warn of steep drops beside the track near the end. Nevertheless here is a family's story of a walk there including a three year old who walked the whole way so it can't be too bad.
Some good photos here
We'll meet at 12 noon as usual. The start of the track is signposted off the Deloraine to Chudleigh Road about 15km from Deloraine. Its easy to miss - a small sign on the right hand side if going towards Chudleigh on a down hill section that curves left. If you reach Chudleigh you've missed it - you need to go about 4kms back. Console yourself with a honey ice-cream from the honey farm is my suggestion.
It certainly isn't a pristine forest we will walk through - there's a fair bit of gorse but there are great eucalypts and banksias. When I was there a couple of weeks ago there were flowers in abundance, incessant bird song, and the occasional wallaby. Its the same kind of country as will be familiar to some Layliseekers from our efforts to find her at Alum Cliffs both being part of the Gog ranges.
Hope to see you there!