Three Sister Walk by Kristy Theissling, Hiking Mums Northern Rivers
23 March, 2016
A few kilometres south of Australia’s most Easterly Point at Byron Bay, this impressive cliff-top walk departs from the northern end of the Broken Head car park, and is marked with an information sign, visible from the amenities block.
Winding through coastal Littoral rainforest, a special endangered type of rainforest found behind dunes and headlands, this walk is especially welcoming to little feet as at a slow pace you can discover all its treasures. On the recent Hiking Mums walk in mid March, some of these treasures included a beautiful birds nest, the soft bristles of a Banksia bush, a lightly flowing creek nearby the walk, and tiny, petite mushrooms.
The walks star attraction – The Three Sisters – are three rock formations at the Broken Head point. The Bundjalung story tells of three sisters who bathed at this spot, and after one got in trouble in the current, all three sisters drowned. The rocks are there to remind us – be cautious! You can take in the view from a grassy, steep flat, and check the back-beaches from a purpose built lookout.
A chorus of crickets, frogs, unique birds and thundering ocean will sing as you take in spectacular views of Broken Head and beyond to Byron Lighthouse as well as the neighbouring Kings beach.
In Autumn, fallen leaves create a good flooring to keep little feet relatively dry. Winter is also a good time for exploring as there are some native flowers in bloom along the track, large and yellow bell-shaped, as well as our Humpbacks and Southern Rights heading along their own Pacific Highway, often stopping for a chinwag.
The not so pleasant features include Jumping Ants and steep drops, so long pants and extra eyes and hands for supervision is helpful. There are sections of board walk for wetter areas and the majority of the walk has a fence to deter venturing young spirits.
If the surfs on – which it was on our walking day – look out for the occasional surfer jogging up the track soaking wet with her or his board, saves them paddling back to the beginning of the wave.
Next Hiking Mums event:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 10 AM
Bush Tucker Tour with Rachel Heaton
Federal Community Children’s Centre