It was fitting that the walk to Mt Seldomseen was perhaps the smallest walking group we’ve ever had – six! So, Mt Seldomseen remains just that.
It was a gorgeous day – blue sky and warm, perfect for a bush walk. Sim led the way and though the track into the bush was seriously degraded by illegal, off-road trailbike riding, that all changed once we left the track and headed towards Mt Seldomseen, in the Toorour Reference Area – an area devoid of roads and tracks, where the only access is on foot. The Toorour Reference Area was created in 1986, one of two reference areas in the Strathbogie Ranges (the other being the Glen Creek Reference Area), for the purpose of “maintain the ecosystem … for scientific study related to the impact of Man’s activities…” (LCC 1986).
We were headed to one of the reference area’s rocky outcrops, Mt Seldomseen, by first walking through state forest for about 1 km, then up onto a broad, dry ridge dominated by Red Stringybark trees, including some large, handsome specimens and flowering Broad-leaf Peppermints that filled the air with the sweet smell of abundant nectar.
From there, the ridge sloped gently to the north and about 800 m later we reached the first of the two large rock slabs that we explored.There rock escarpments are truly magical places; intimate, exotic and unspoilt. We’d just missed the peak of the wildflower season, but the tell-tale signs suggested the place was recently a riot of colour and buzzing with life. Rock-pools, holding a precious cargo of tadpoles almost ready to metamorphose, indicated how precarious existence could be in these rocky environments. From our picnic vantage point we could see Rocky Ned across the deep valley to the north west. Fortunately, Mt Seldomseen has no intrusive rails to spoil this view.
The entire walk was 2.8 km each way and well worth the effort. Finding the precise location of Mt Seldomseen was harder than we’d imagined, with a small rock cairn providing the only clue that we were probably in the right place. Finding this gorgeous, special spot was well worth the effort.
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This walk is part of our 2017 Strathbogie Forest Citizen Science Project. This project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government.