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Published December 15th 2018
A wander through the old woods of Witta
Berganns Lane Walk is a comfortable 2.2km return walk, connecting Berganns Rd to Witta Rd. The walk is a wide grassy lane meandering through a forest with pastoral vistas on either side. This walk traverses the original footpath from Berganns Rd to Witta Rd used by school children in the early days.
The track is clear and wide with a few gentle slopes and regular rest stops for a quiet pause or breather. There are a variety of wildlife sanctuaries including a platypus site, wetlands and a section of uncleared remnant rainforest. Unfortunately, I did not encounter an elusive platypus but you just may.
Nature walks are perfect for practising mindfulness. You can listen to and watch birds warbling and fluttering about in the canopies of various native trees including white beech trees, sandpaper figs, black bean trees and ubiquitous gum trees. Stepping out in nature offers a sensory experience and is a way to gain knowledge and observe your local environment closely. Along the way, I smelt the invigorating perfume of rainforest flowers, heard the belching of an unfamiliar creature hiding in the wetlands, I observed the vibrant plumage of rosellas and the tangled limbs, shapes and textures of aged trees.
At the beginning of Berganns Rd is a section of uncleared remnant rainforest and original forest cover of this area. This is where the path narrows and gnarly tree roots jut out of the undergrowth, so be careful as its easy to trip over them.
Berganns Lane Walk is a Sunshine Coast Regional Council managed walkway and was opened to the public in 2005 after revegetation and weed control works. The track is well maintained, so you don't have to bushwhack your way through dense long grass. This is a comfortable walk for all fitness levels. Be sure to wear appropriate walking shoes, and carry water. This track is not wheelchair accessible.