There’s a Pathway through the Bushland,
In the heart of the mountain range,
Sun-tipped trees, and golden sunlight.
Shadowed rock and sheltered vale,
Tinkling sound of many a waterfall,
Tuneful notes of joyous birds.
Ferny nooks, and flannel daisies,
Canopied o’er by gum trees tall.
Splashes, too, of golden wattle,
Boronia pink ‘gainst rock of grey,
Regal waratahs and gum-tips
As the seasons hold their sway.
There’s a Pathway through the Bushland
Leading to the Uplands fair,
Just a bridle-track to follow,
To the gully ending there.
Steeper still, to reach the summit,
Pathway left, and bridle track.
Halting stumbling for a foothold;
Looking upward, never back.
Summit reached, the view enchanting,
Resting, we see again
The beauty of Hill, Plain and Valley
Remembrance that ever will remain.
There’s a pathway leading to the Uplands,
Seemingly, there’s not any track at all.
And the heart and feet grow weary,
Seeking for the path, ‘ere night will fall.
Fairest paths that had not any foothold;
Crumbling rock and tortuous maze enclose.
No wonder that the heart and feet grew weary
With the fears that made heavy the road.
Come weary heart – Come back to the valley!
‘Tis but a step away,
Rest by the cool, quiet waters,
Everything must righ’ itself someday.
Ar’ the pioneers forgotten? Never.
Not while the Universe holds sway.
Great minds ever held the courage
To wrestle with the barriers on the way.
“Blazed” tracks, for those to follow,
Where homesteads gladden to this day,
With ploughed field and flower, in many a garden,
Brought from the Homeland far away.
Set along the bushland tracks and pathways.
Marked by railway, towns and cities stand.
Pioneers are the beacon-lights of Australian History.
In this fair Southern Land.
Photos from myself, John Newman & Greg McKay
Passes of Narrow Neck
Narrow Neck Gate - Harmil Ledge - Glenraphael Head - Dunphys Pass - Narrow Neck Gate
Lindemans Pass Loop
With Greg McKay
Kedumba Gate - Goat Track - Kedumba Valley - Rucksack Point - Kurrowall Ridge - Point Repulse - Miners Pass - Sublime Ridge FT - Kedumba Pass - Kedumba Gate