This time the wattle is just coming into bloom on Chatauqua Peak near Hall’s Gap in the Grampians.
I don’t get so much time to bushwalk at the moment what with jobs and family. When we do manage to get away we usually don’t get to Hall’s Gap until late afternoon, when only enough daylight remains for a quick stroll to the top of Chatauqua Peak. It’s not lofty, but it’s handy to the town and has a great (although occasionally snaky) wee scramble at the end with storming views of much of the central Grampians ranges. And of course, if we hadn’t been up there in the evening, the light wouldn’t have worked as it did through the newly budding wattles. Late in the day is a great time to be out on the hills, as long as you have a head torch, or a tent.
Note: I’ve checked the spelling of Chatauqua Peak on several maps. Although it was seemingly named as a result of its popularity with the adult education movement of the early 1900’s, it resolutely refuses to be called Chautauqua.