We designed a tourist walk using QR codes.

We designed a tourist walk that includes a QR code link.

In October, a thicket of blackberries forms a challenging barrier hiding the head of the track. If you follow the watercourse, it’s possible to get past the introduced pests and find the natural wonderland of our Blue Mountains. But be careful… If it’s been raining it can be slippery.

After a bit of walking you will see Sandstone Cave. It looks like honeycomb because it’s a very bright yellow. If you stand underneath it, darkness will surround you. If you look at it from a further distance it looks pretty small but if you’re inside it, it’s huge! There are little plants surrounding it and huge trees too. The astonishing moss and lichen on it looks like little polka dots. The outside is a dark grey with some light bits on it.

At the top of the stairs there is a plant called Golden Glory Pea. It is a wonderful yellow flower that only blooms in Spring. The black-green leaves are like needles that will stab into your finger and make it bleed with fury. Some flowers will puff up with pride and others will stay as flat as paper.

Further down you will see graceful, changing-crystal, green and white grasses that are fascinating and look great. They are tangled and knotted like bundled up, slithering, stuck snakes. Anything that drops under the grasses will blend with the rocks, sticks and broken off bark. The grasses can also seem like they are messier than the world’s untidiest scribble. These luscious, green grasses with the great rocks and sticks look sensational. 

Around the middle of the track you will see a tree and down the bottom another small trunk with vines covering it all over - a great place for fairies to have accommodation. If you stay quiet you might hear fairies laughing. Stay very still and you may see the fairies. But be careful! A Bunyip may be close behind. The vines are as strong as pieces of wood. They keep some amazing secrets. Do not ask the tree for the secrets or you will have to run from the stampede of angry, fast running Rock Dogs. Some people say there is a giant spider walking slowly on the tree.

Legend has it that inside the leaves of this patch of ferns there lives a Bunyip; a fat, furry, funny looking Bunyip. Hiding up in the trees is a colony of Gumnut Babies. They liked it up there until the Yowie came. He put this forest of luscious green ferns there. No one knows why. Some people say that he put it there so the Gumnut Babies get lost when they leave their homes. It is surrounded by a brown, murky moat to prevent them from escaping. Five have escaped by jumping over the slippery bridge of stones. It is very rare that you see those five Gumnut Babies either gathering food or going for a stroll. Only one explorer has seen them. Could you be the next one?

Near the lowest level of Florabella Pass you might find a splash of black and brown tinged with orange. It is a hollow log that once fell on a windy day and landed on two very large rocks that are covered in moss. It forms a bridge across the creek. The creek is beautiful with reflections on the surface like a projector. The leaves fall gently from the trees, settling down on the lake and slowly dissolving into slime.    

A rock with no sharp edges is hidden behind ferns as green as emeralds. Around it, tall thin trees’ bark blends into the rock as specks of light shine through to show what’s really in those hidden rooms where creatures sleep at night. There is a white fungus with a tinge of turquoise. In the shimmer of light it glows in the darkness around it. The bark on the trees is all the same, so the rock is hardly seen. As the ferns get all the sunlight they blind you with a white shine.

At the bottom there is a creek. On the other side of the creek there is a rock that has got emerald moss. Nearby thin, tall trees form a canopy. The shining light through the trees creates little spots that make it look like a disco.  The rock looks like an eagle’s head. We call it Eagle Rock.

Eagle is tough and to protect her two eggs from predators, eagle has a hooked beak so she can catch her prey. When her eggs hatch she can feed them wiggly worms. Her eyes are as quick as buzzy flies and her wings are metres long. She has a coat made of fuzzy moss to keep her toasty warm and a forest of trees keep her cool from the blazing sun. Fairies curl up in her mouth but remember keep an eye on eagle rock or she’ll eat you. When the rock dogs come rumbling down the eagle snaps its beak shut keeping them safe.

This rock with emerald green moss is a beauty of our bush. Inside the rock there is lots of graffiti. Eagle Rock is still a beauty even with the graffiti inside. I think that bugs or snakes are hiding inside to protect themselves from predators. The moss on top of Eagle Rock looks like trees from a distance so the predators of bugs or snakes might not see the rock.

Nearby is the most amazing and beautiful plant ever! This plant might not seem magic but it is because its small, luscious, emerald leaves are like tiny little shelters for fairies. The emerald leaves also protect the fairies because the spikes on the leaves are as sharp as swords.

There is an area on Florabella Pass where fabulous fairies roam the earth looking for poor, hurt or injured animals lying on the wet soggy ground. Sometimes you may not see them because these fairies are no ordinary fairies. These fairies can camouflage themselves so they disappear into any of their surroundings. They live in between two rocks that look like they have been glued together in a funny way. You can also look out for the Bunyip and the Yowie because they love to eat the beautiful leaves surrounding fairy rock. They also love to come and hang out with the fairies. Make sure you look out for them.

The descriptions and photos above were produced by the students of 4K and 3/2P in Term 4 2012.

Florabella Pass Photo Gallery