Thursday, 23 June 2016
Fern Glade track starts out the back of an industrial suburb of Burnie. It's very popular with platypus and platypus spotters, and it's obviously a well loved picnic area.
We arrived to do the walk just a week after some pretty serious floods and the damage was pretty evident - although it was also evident that a lot of clearing up had already been done. I found out afterwards that 'Friends of Fern Glade' has a very active Facebook page which I'm sure translates into a lot of hands willing to help clean up.
We did our walk between 2 orienteering sprint races in and around Burnie, so we didn't have heaps of time, but we didn't need it - it's just a stroll up and down the bank of the river really. It would have been really pretty and tranquil normally, instead it was really amazing (and sad) to see the destruction of the previous week.
But, I"m sure in time it will be restored both by human and nature's touch to it's former peacefulness and tranquility.