14 of us enjoyed a picturesque & tranquil paddle last Sunday which had a bit of everything starting with a beautiful 7 kms forest drive through soaring stands of timber to the wide expanses of Queens Lake & the more intimate environs of Bob’s & Limeburners Creeks which run off the lake.
The drive into Queens Lake Nature Reserve along Bob’s Creek Rd. is one of the nicest rural roads you could find & along the way are very interesting historical signs detailing the history of the area with photos of original settlers, their homes & other interesting memorabilia. Every now & again clusters of tall, white trunks of ghost gums stood out from the shade of the forested areas. All the trees are ram rod straight & tall, an indicator of what the original timber in the area must have been like. Glimpses of Bob’s Creek could be seen through the lower vegetation with the sun illuminating the tanin coloured water. When we pulled into the reserve the lake in all its glory was an enticing sight through the trees along the shore. It was a clear, calm winter morning & the view across the lake from the little timber jetty was breathtaking, with North Brother perfectly reflected straight across the lake. After unloading & launching we paddled to our left up Bob’s Creek until stopped by timber blockages. Although just a short paddle it was beautiful & very atmospheric with tall trees surrounding us on either side & Mother Nature’s landscaping all around us.
Back out of the creek we paddled around the northern perimeter of the lake, past little rocky headlands, enjoying the vista all around us. While the other side of the lake is comparatively flat, heavily timbered banks with rocky sections climb steeply upwards on this side. We paddled across the openings of two small bays before entering Limeburners Creek which was lovely & easy to navigate. Last time we were there the water was covered with a dense carpet of casuarina leaves which made paddling almost impossible. We managed to get all the way up the creek, once again enjoying all the timber surrounding us, before heading back with the wide open spaces of the lake stretching out ahead of us with clouds & North Brother perfectly reflected in the dead calm water. All in all a very pleasant two hour paddle in perfect conditions.
Back at the reserve we enjoyed a picnic lunch looking across the lake which was even more calm than when we were paddling.
The area around Queens Lake was declared open to free settlers & up to the 1850’s it remained the southern outpost of Port Macquarie with industries such as lime burning, cedar cutting & bush grazing being the main activities. In the late 1800’s the area was settled by a number of pioneer families, some of whose descendants are still in the district. They made their livelihood from timber. Trees were felled & conveyed to Herons Creek wharf & taken by steam punts to Laurieton. Eventually land was cleared & agriculture commenced with maize being the main crop. Gradually farming & dairying began. I have attached a photo of one of the original houses belonging to the Latham family.
If you are interested, take a drive out here, check our the historical signs & also take a detour down Roseneath Rd. which leads to Herons Creek Winery & the creek.
Thanks everyone for joining us & we hope you enjoyed the morning.