Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Bucketts Scenic Walk (Wk 28)

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

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And everything in between.

The Bucketts Walk is a according to the council website a “1.5 hour walk to complete” (1 hour up and half an hour back) “with good views of the Gloucester township and surrounding area. The ascent is hard, but well worth the effort. Ferns and Orchids can be seen during the climb, as well as Wedgetailed Eagles.It is possible to continue the walk beyond the end of the official walk, however, extreme care should be taken as there are some steep drops and loose material underfoot. Wildlife in the area includes the Wallaroo, Red-necked Wallaby, Burtons Lizard and Peregrine Falcons.”

Everything the council site said I can verify. We decided that it was the best place to show off the town to my seventy-five year old German brother-in-law when he and Roger’s sister were visiting us. We had not done the walk but many of the countless people we had recommended it to whilst we were at the store said it was fantastic. They didn’t tell us you needed a level of fitness that perhaps we didn’t have.

Off we set, Ludolf wearing what had become his Australian uniform – hat with fly net set off at a slow pace. Roger took off at a rapid pace but Ludolf soon caught up with him as Roger, doubled over, perspiration dripping from his face struggled for breath. “You should take off at the pace you are going to be able to continue at so that you never have to stop” said Ludolf as he strolled past him, little perspiration evident on his brow. Ludolf, despite his years managed the climb easily at his constant pace. “I’m used to walking in the alps” he informed us when we were all finally at the half way tin roofed shelter.

The shelter was obviously an old structure where someone had lived or camped at some point as there was an old cement pebble water tank from which we obtained some drinking water. We looked up and then we looked down and decided to continue upwards to the top of the Bucketts. There are many theories on how the Bucketts were named. Most likely it was from the aboriginal Buckan Buckut (Father of Stones looking down on sacred land) and the European settlers heard this as Bucketts. One of our famous bushrangers Thunderbolt made camp and evaded the law in some of the many caves found in the rocky summit.

When we reached an area where we had to rock climb to go further up I decided to stay behind but I became bored waiting and wondering what was up there, I too climbed the rocks to the top. The view was fantastic. Our car was just a spot in the valley, 450 metres below where we were standing. A Peregrine falcon circled above.

Descending was much easier that ascending but much harder on the knees and legs. By the time we reached the car my legs were shaking uncontrollably. Ludolf seemed to have no ill-effects at all.

Given our experience I was in awe when a friend decided that she was going to walk the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea and to get herself in shape for it every morning she walked up the Bucketts before breakfast. I haven’t done it since although if ever you are there I’d recommend you do it at least once, taking Ludolf’s advice and taking it slow and steady.



About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Bucketts Scenic Walk (Wk 28)

  1. M. R. says:

    Thank heavens you took photos to make it all worth while! [grin]


  2. You will certainly get fit going up the hill. Well done for getting up there and for taking these awesome photos. 😀


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  4. jesh stg says:

    … with orchids along the way… I’m envious! Love it when the ones up in years can keep up with the rest, or even out walk or out run.


  5. Debbie says:

    Well done, what a view! I’m never likely to get there myself so thank you for sharing with us.


  6. Y. Prior says:

    I would like to take that scenic walk – how beautiful and natural. – and whew – all that green!


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