During our stay at the heritage red cedar homestead at East Kunderang, we walked downstream to Georges Junction (and back) and also upstream to Kunderang Brook. Both walks are on the National Trail, which then continues up the Brook to Youdales Hut. We were delighted to meet some horse-riders as we walk alongside the Macleay River. We chat with the riders while the horses munch enthusiastically on the grassy riverbank.
The walk is an easy going on gravel river banks and grassy terraces. There are three river crossings, the first at Carrai Flats, where Carrai Creek meets the Macleay. The distinct peak high above is Mary’s View. We’re told there is an off track up the spur for experienced bushwalkers with rock scrambling skills, so we waypoint the spot to leave the track on Gaia, a hike for another day.
After two more river crossings, we fork left to climb the hillside; right continues to West Kunderang which is private property. From higher up we can see Kunderang Brook meeting the Macleay. The National Trail continues a further 40 kilometres up the Kunderang valley to Left Hand Hut, Middle Yards Hut and Youdales Hut. Kunderang Brook rises near Racecourse Swamp in Werrikimbe National Park.
After enjoying the river views, we turn around for the return trip, stopping for lunch among the flood-tortured callistemon on the river bank. A fat python is enjoying the autumn sunshine on the track as we arrive back at the homestead.
If you have energy to spare, you might enjoy the short heritage walk around East Kunderang. Or spend the afternoon snoozing (yes!), reading, swimming, kayaking, birding, backyard cricket, and dreaming up more walking ideas!