Today we visited the Audley Boatshed which was first established 1893. Our plan was to paddle a canoe upstream along the Hacking River’s tributary Kangaroo Creek and have a relaxing time. And that we did.
We set out from the Audley Weir, then up Kangaroo Creek until we arrived at a small waterfall. The views along the creek are breathtaking as we glide through rain forest and lush bushland.
Kangaroo Creek, a tributary of the Hacking River, is the other major stream in Royal National Park and flows through open forest sandstone country to the west. Its catchment is almost wholly contained within Royal National Park and is largely undisturbed.
The catchment is mostly bush land and there is very little residential run off which makes the quality of the creek water close to the water quality that would have existed before European settlement. It’s crystal clear.
The cleared areas of the flats where the picnic facilities have been erected give way to steep sandstone cliffs and slopes with terraces which display a range of eco-systems, including rainforest, heathlands, eucalypt forest and wetlands.
The records of the National Park show that there is a diversity of vegetation that provides for a range of habitats for many native vertebrates and invertebrates.
Apparently there are many rare or threatened species including 43 species of mammals, 241 species of birds, 30 species of amphibians and 40 species of reptiles. These species include possums, sugar gliders, bats and wallabies and sometimes Koalas but platypus have not been recorded for many years.
The most recognized species of birds include the sulphur-crested cockatoos, crimson rosellas, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets. We saw one brightly coloured red, black and grey bird.
The Kangaroo Creek tributary of the Hacking River is a beautiful and peaceful place to embrace nature.