Inspired by an event by the UOW Outdoor club that we missed, Shawnee, Max, Steven, Lucie and I decided to go for a hike in the darkness to Sublime Point Lookout to see the stars and the illawarra region lit up in lights below. Steven got to borrow his flatmates car and so we drove to the base of the walking track, excited and nervous for an adventure in the dark. When we arrived at the car park it hit us how dark it actually was, away from the intensity of the city lights. Luckily we came prepared, equipped with head- and hand held torches. We headed into the thick shrub and admired the serinity of the Australian forest at night. The forest came alive with shapes and silhouettes from the towering eucalyptus trees, the humongous tree ferns and the other dense vegetation. The air was cool, which was a nice temperature for the intensity of hiking we were just about to commence. Quickly the trail turned from flat to endless steps after steps after steps. Eventually the steps were replaced by a series of steep ladders that symbolized the final stint of the hike. On the final stretch we were met by a ring-tailed possum sitting quietly on a branch. After having a good look at the possum we headed onwards to the top, where we were met by the spectacular view of city lights and the coast. At the top there was a wedding reception going on in a beautifully fairy-light showered restaurant (the top can we reached by car via the escarpment motorway towards Sydney). We had a laugh from the hundreds it took to take a good group picture before heading back down again. On the way down, Lucie and I (being the useless hikers that we are and lagging at the back) were blessed with an incredible close encounter with another ring-tailed possum, so close we were within arms reach. Further down we located a sugar glider high in the trees after hearing it’s calls into the forest for other mates. We watched it effortlessly jump between some branches before it scurried away from our presence. Around the corner we were met by a shy, yet curious fox, in our paths. A bitter-sweet encounter, being that it is an introduced species that causes a lot of havoc in the Australian native fauna, there is still something special about sharing a moment with such a beautiful and majestic animal. All in all it was a wonderful hike and I am so glad I didn’t chicken out!