It’s stinking hot and I only have about two hours free but I’m passing Mount Coottha. I’ve never done any of the walking trails here so decide to stop and check one out. Simpsons Track starts near Simpsons Falls. It’s a short walk from the carpark to the start of the trail. A walk that takes me through a pretty park with barbecues, water taps and picnic tables along with plenty of space to drop a picnic blanket.
Dry creek bed
The rocky creek bed is bone dry. The heat rises from the rocks. It’s a baking dry heat and I imagine that a drop of water might sizzle on contact.
The trail leads ever uphill towards a picnic area near the top of the mountain. Mt Coottha is not exactly wilderness but it’s still fairly rugged for a being so close to the city. My shoes leave footprints in the sand. If it weren’t so hot I’d take them off but I haven’t yet worked up enough toughness to sustain even this short 5km (3 mile) hike without shoes. It’d be okay if the ground weren’t radiating such heat.
Simspons Falls are predictably dry. In a few months water will likely be tumbling over the falls and into waterhole below. The wet season hasn’t set in yet but when it does the dry dusty track will become a mud bath, the air sticky with humidity and the creek full.
Red tree in the bush
It’s wonderful to be outdoors exploring the bush. This is one of the key reasons why I’ve made these latest lifestyle changes. I have to balance it with work, study and family. But today I had a little spare time and used it well.