On Sunday 20th November another successful KARUAH HERITAGE WALK took place.
Our congratulations and thanks to all who assisted in making this walk a special occasion. Special thanks to all the volunteers-those doing the many registrations, those preparing the food, those doing hidden tasks, the guides, the ferrymen, the Aboriginal Land Council for transport and first aid station, for Tahlee afternoon teas and tours and especially for the total organisation and smooth flowing day.
The approximately 114 people who registered enjoyed a sausage sizzle and then set off in groups of 10/12 to walk across the bridge, cross the Yarimbah Creek with the assistance of Holdom’s oyster punt, then walk along the original old road above the tidal water line before tracking through the regenerated bushland to Tahlee House, a distance of between 5-7 kms.
The guides expanded on what was set down in the free booklet that each registered walker was given, highlighting points of interest such as ‘the 3 bridges’, the corduroy road(probably the oldest in Australia), road formations, No 1 Farm and of course Tahlee House.
Once again on behalf of all the walkers who took part, our sincere thanks for an interesting and worthwhile walk through our own local Heritage. The photo shows quite clearly how well preserved this corduroy section of the road is even after 170 years. A Happy Walker

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The 2011 Walk Press Release

New Press Release – Walk

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The 2011 Walk to Tahlee

It’s on again!

This year’s walk will be on Sunday 20th November 2011. We’ll gather at Longworth Park, Karuah for a sausage sandwich while we register, then we’ll head off in groups under the direction of our guides. When you register, you’ll get tickets for the walk, the creek crossing, the devonshire tea at Tahlee and the bus ride home. Cost is $20.

You can book by contacting Dave at or phoning 0249975409. This year you can pay on line …. details by email or you can get more info by logging on to and following the prompts.

We reckon we’ll get to Tahlee around 2.00pm

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Here are some pictures that give a bit of perspective on the corduroy section of the road. The Google Earth view shows the corduroy section crossing the salt marsh to the site of the old Yalimbah Creek Bridge. It would be great to get an accurate date on the logs that make up the road here just to see how old they are.

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Figure 1:  c1830 convict built Tahlee to Karuah Corduroy road (PSC), photograph Garry Smith

Whilst remains of corduroy roads in Australia have been found, they are almost exclusively 20th Century in origin. If archaeological research indicates that this corduroy road is of 19th Century origin, it would be of great importance. It is certainly possible that given the twice daily dunking in salt water and the nature of the soils that form the salt marsh in which the road sits, the road dates back to the 1830s.

The following articles give some insight into corduroy roads:

A section of old road dating back to the early 1920s has been uncovered by workmen on the Mardi to Mangrove Dam water pipeline

A SECTION of road dating back to the early 1920s has been uncovered by workmen on the Mardi to Mangrove Creek dam water pipeline.

Known as a ‘corduroy road’, it’s made of sections of hard wood that were laid in boggy or swampy patches of roadway from as far back as 4000 BC to as recently as the mid 1900s.

While the Central Coast had many corduroy roads, especially in the swampy areas of the valleys, finding a large intact section in such good condition is rare.

The section of road was discovered late last week when pipeline crews were excavating near Kidman’s Lane off Yarramalong Rd. Work stopped immediately as required by the project’s approval until the find could be properly assessed.

The section is 6m wide and 10m long.

Archaeologist Andy Roberts, of Umwelt Australia, and two workers from the Conacher Environmental Group excavated the section and took photographs and other measurements for archival records.

Long time residents said they remembered driving over the old section of road which ran parallel to Yarramalong Rd.

Construction on the pipeline is continuing with about 8km of the 21km pipeline now in the ground and steady progress on associated works at Mardi Dam, Wyong River and the fishway at Lower Wyong Weir.


According to Wikipedia,


Excavation of a corduroy road from the 16th Century in Oranienburg


A corduroy road or log road is a type of road made by placing sand-covered logs perpendicular to the direction of the road over a low or swampy area.  The result is an improvement over impassable mud or dirt roads, yet is a bumpy ride in the best of conditions and a hazard to horses due to loose logs that can roll and shift.  This type of road was already constructed in Roman times.  It is known to have been used as early as 4000 BC with examples found in Glastonbury, England.[1] Compare the puncheon or plank road, which uses hewn boards instead of logs, resulting in a smoother and safer surface.

Roads can also be built as a foundation for other surfacing. If the logs are buried in wet, acidic, anaerobic soils such as peat or muskeg they decay very slowly. A few corduroy road foundations that date back to the early 20th century still exist in the United States

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