Since I began working at Cravens Peak, I've been trying to find all the old bores established by the previous owners. Often these bores still have the old Kubota motors that run the bore motors and some level of shade shelter.
It's been a priority of this year's work program to resurrect half a dozen of these as remote work stations where volunteers can base themselves to be closer to specific areas of work.
Sydney University students have been using Ocean Bore for many years as a base for their fauna survey work. On a recent visit from Conservation and Wildlife Management, they were also were interested in using these sites as bases for feral animal control.
Most of the bores are accurately located on the current maps of Cravens Peak, but finding 3 of the bores has always eluded me. In developing the fire management plan for Cravens Peak early last month I was looking closely at Google images when I came across the reflection of a tin roof. This lay in an area that's intended to be burnt as a part of a strategic north-south firebreak.
I went to investigate this with some volunteers and found no discernible track in. We navigated in through old spinifex and mallee country and came across a beautiful set of bloodwood yards, to our surprise a herd of camels was grazing in the paddock, then around a small stony range, Corner Bore humpy, turkey nest and overflow came into view.
The bore humpy has a spectacular setting with views of the ranges to the west and of the old yards. There was evidence of previous occupants still in the camp, including razor blades and an old radio mast.
The humpy was identifiable as Corner bore by a gum tree and iconic stone hearth that I'd seen in an original asset photo taken in 2005. The humpy was in reasonable nick but unfortunately the bore motor was toppled and non operational. The next day we returned and conducted fuel reduction burns and fixed the shelter uprights where they'd been previously burnt. There was no indication that anyone had been there for many years.