Cassinia Walk, Long Point

A pleasant stroll through forest with views over the Macleay Gorges on Cassinia Walking track

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Cassinia Walk, Long Point

Long Point is a ridge about an hour from Armidale, with Bakers Creek to the west and Chandler River to the east, with the ridge extending south to the junction of the Chandler and Macleay River. There are two walks, both starting from the picnic shelter: the 1.5km Cassinia loop with views over the Macleay Gorges, and the 6km Chandler walk which explore dry rainforest.

A cool autumn day after significant rain made for a colourful walk with lots of bright fungi and lichen among the forests and grasses. It was quiet and we were rewarded with lots of wildlife about – wallabies, birds, and a curious ant-spider who looked like he was wearing shoes. A quick photo and a search on iNaturalist identified it as belonging to family Zodariidae, maybe the common Storena cyanea with its red legs and pale spots on the abdomen.

After completing the Cassinia Walk, we stopped at the entrance to the park for a short stroll down to the Chandler View to admire the lookout over the wilderness gorges. In the distance is Raspberry Mountain (we previously explored Raspberry Road going to West Kunderang).

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