Beyond Mount Kiera 34°24′S 150°51′E

Trail Disappears

November 24th, 2011
by Brogan Bunt

Every so often I walk up the escarpment to an old coal mine on Harry Graham Drive. The last few kilometres follow an obscure track that winds up through the rainforest, passing the scarcely visible traces of old farms along the way. This time, in heavy rain with leeches creeping up my legs, I left the shelter of a copse of flame trees to discover a sea of green ferns. The trail had disappeared altogether.
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One Response to “Trail Disappears”

  1. 1 Jo Law
    November 26th, 2011 at 11:53

    The Illawarra Historical Society has a weekly piece in the Wollongong Advertiser that ‘brings you a story from [Wollongong’s] rich past’. This week features ‘Wollongong’s first luxury home’, which was the residence of a Roger Therry, the Attorney General in the Legislative Council in the 1840s. The Illawarra historian tells us that he was most impressed by the view from Mount Keira. This is what Therry had to say:

    ‘The traveller is, however, repaid at the end of this toilsome journey on reaching the top of Mt Keera [sic]. There is a view suddenly burists upon the sight of unsurpassed magnificence. Before him is speard the Pacific Ocean in all its expansive grandeur… the visitor should arrive at the top of the mountain in time to see the sunset here, he will behold a golden halo shedding a mild lustre over the numberless tiny islets of the late, and the graceful group of the five islands scattered close to and decorating the Illawarra shore. The whole assemblage of the most attractive objects in Nature are here combined in one view.’

    Quite a poet.