Hiking “The Long Paddock”

Over the June long weekend 8 scouts and 4 leaders completed a 30km stretch of the famous “Long Paddock” stock route between Hay and One Tree Hotel.  The Hay Plain is one of the flattest places on earth, a feature which gave it novelty appeal for us!  The district has had good recent rainfall and the landscape was a carpet of shrubs and herbage in flower – subtle but beautiful.  Flat or not, 30km loaded with heavy packs is still a long hard walk and our scouts did a magnificent job on the second day, completing 22km to arrive at the end point at dusk.  They camped at a picturesque site on the edge of the stock waterhole, under the canopy of some very rare things, called…ummm……oh yes……trees!  Bunyip and Kestrel both had birthdays during the weekend and celebrated with a classic Rainbow Layer Cake.  We also had time to visit Shear Australia, which incorporates the Shearing Hall of Fame, an interesting museum about the shearing industry, and a maze.

The Team at Start
Starting out, 8km from Hay.
They Made It
They made it! At One Tree Hotel, 30km down the road from the start!
Shearing 2
Shearing demonstration
The Birthday Duo
Kestrel and Bunyip with their birthday cakes.