We have had some really hot weather over the last week and I’m not sure if this was actually a great idea on a 40+ degree day in Lismore, but we all decided to hit the river and try and escape the heat. After some initial engine problems, all four of us and my two little dogs hit the water.
Lismore is on the Wilson river, the original forest of the area was called the big scrub and was filled with beautiful large cedar trees, and other cabinet timbers. In the 1840′s the big scrub was cleared by European settlers for the beautiful timber and to make way for agriculture. The Wilson and Richmond river became the highway for transportation of the felled trees. There is only fragments of the big scrub forest left now, but one of the largest sections was our destination, Boat Harbour Nature Reserve. Boat Harbour served as a base camp for the timber getters in the late 1800′s its where they loaded logs onto barges to transport up to the coastal port of Richmond (Ballina). I remember stories when I was a teenager of a set of swings somewhere hidden in the reserve that was haunted by the ghost of a dead child, apparently you could hear the sound of the swing moving when walking through the reserve.
We had the most lovely time, we stopped at Boat Harbour reserve for a picnic of our favourite Goanna Bakery delights on the river bank, collected specimens, and on our way back to Lismore we stopped at a local swimming spot and cooled off. I cant wait to get back out on the river again and explore more of the hidden spots that can only be found by boat. I think the river is in my blood, I grew up on the Edwards river in Moulamein and much of my childhood was spent exploring its secrets.