West Coast bush – you just never know what she might be hiding. With so much history on the West Coast there is bound to be something hiding in the undergrowth. Alborns Mine walk near Reefton is one such place. It is an abandoned coal mine high up in the beech forest of the Victoria Forest Park.
Heading West from Reefton and after winding our way up for 9kms we come to the car park. Very nondescript hiding well the secrets that lay within the bush.
DOC have done a wonderful job of the walking track with numerous board-walks to help protect the regrowth of the vegetation. It is a dense forest thick with Beech trees, manuka trees and shrubs shedding their bark and moss-covered low growth and old logs.
The trail meanders up, down and around through the bush with occasional relics lying wasting and slowly merging with the undergrowth. This was once a family coal mine left now to slowly rust and let nature re-embrace her. As we wander along we come across a new mine – Oceania Gold Mine and it is amazing to see the contrast of the old mine verses the new mine. You can do a tour around the gold mine but we’ll leave that to another day.
Eventually the trail brings us to some wonderful relics – an old Leyland truck rusting away and a winching relic. The history the bush holds on to always amazes me. You can image this beauty in her glory days. Not a bad place to be left to let lie – surrounded by this magnificent native bush and the call of the bird song.
The track continues to lead us through the forest doing a nice loop back to the car park.
West Coast native bush – glorious on her own but fill of hidden treasures and keeping many secrets of our history.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and exploring the many wonders of the West Coast and enjoy sharing their adventures and discoveries. Check out their other blog postings or Activities page on their website for things to see and do when visiting the West Coast of the Southern Alps.