Cascade Hut (26-27 January 2018)

Total distance: 21.32 km
Max elevation: 1791 m
Min elevation: 1457 m
Total climbing: 1484 m
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This Australia Day we took a trip down to Kosciuszko National Park for an overnight hike at Cascade Hut. After parking the car at Dead Horse Gap, we made our way along the fire trail which followed a beautiful, meandering creek (Thredbo River). It was a 10kilometre walk out to the hut, passing through an array of different scenery; open plain areas, areas of beautiful snow gums, and a tall wooded forest area.

In addition to the stunning scenery, the National Park area is also known for the wild brumbies; it was easy to see why. Along the trail, there were mounds of horse droppings and we were surprised that we only caught sight of the Brumbies when we were a couple of kilometres from the hut. After setting up the tent, and checking out Cascade Hut, we took a short walk down to Cascade Creek, and it was easy to see why the Brumbies pose such a significant threat to the ecosystem; large ruts in the area close to the creek and areas that has been trampled.

We had in our minds that the Brumbies would be mangy, but they were quite the opposite. They had beautiful shiny coats, and seemed quite curious of the humans, stopping to take a look at us at the campsite.

After a delicious dinner of three cheese tortellini and scrumptious apple pie dessert, we hit the hay, ready for the walk out the following day.

This is an amazing place to visit and camp if you have the time. A great supply of water and even a pit toilet (if you could brave the relentless March flies who took relish In biting humans). A popular spot for bushwalkers and bike riders alike!

Photos from the trip can be found here.

Hanging Rock (16 July 2017)

A great short day walk out to Hanging Rock and Baltzer Lookout. It is well worth the walk out, especially on a lovely day.

We spent a while enjoying the day and watching others walk along the edge & the climbers nearby.

A short video from the day:

And as normal the GPS logs:

Total distance: 11.53 km
Max elevation: 1067 m
Min elevation: 970 m
Total climbing: 430 m
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Splendour Rock Dawn Service (23-25 April 2017)

Another splendid 3 days in the Wild Dog Mountains to attend the Dawn Service at Splendour Rock. This time we did it a little different and went Carlons Farm > Black Horse Ridge > Mobbs Swamp > Mount Dingo > Splendour Rock > Wombat Parade (on the east side of Mt Warrigal) > Medlow Gap > Carlons Farm.

Total distance: 30.73 km
Max elevation: 945 m
Min elevation: 300 m
Total climbing: 3486 m
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Sunflower Fields (3 Jan 17)

Having the missed prime sunflowers in 2015 we headed back again this year armed with more information on the prime time to visit. I highly recommend you can sign up to receive the flowering notifications by following the information on the VisitQuirindi website.

This year there were two locations, Dimby Lane & Blackville Road near Blackville.

Splendour Rock Dawn Service (23-25 April 2016)

Total distance: 31.05 km
Max elevation: 934 m
Min elevation: 578 m
Total climbing: 1186 m
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The Basin (13-14 Dec 2015)

Total distance: 5.64 km
Max elevation: 158 m
Min elevation: 3 m
Total climbing: 217 m
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Sarah and I camped overnight at The Basin campground. It’s a great little spot (but very popular) with access via Ferry or a short walk in and out via car.

Barenjoey Lighthouse (1 Jan 16)

Total distance: 4.4 km
Max elevation: 122 m
Min elevation: 6 m
Total climbing: 170 m
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The Barrenjoey Head lighthouse, constructed in 1881, is found on the Barrenjoey headland. It’s a short uphill walk from the carpark and definitely worth it for the views alone. Lighthouse tours are available on Sundays, run by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Highly recommended!

Fun fact: The outside of the lighthouse has never been washed. The wind keeps it clean.

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More photos can be found in my gallery here.

Quirindi Sunflower Fields (29 Dec 15)

We decided to detour on our way back from our trip up North to try and see some sunflower fields. We stopped in at Willow Tree visitors centre and they gave us some directions to some fields in bloom at the time we were there.

There are two crops both on Blackville Road, Parraweena. To get there turn off New England Highway onto Merriwa Road just south of Willow Tree. Continue along for 24km then turn right onto Blackville Road. Follow this for 7.8km until you reach you reach McDonald Creek Road on your left. This is where the first crop is. There is apparently a second large crop going up a slope 11km further towards Blackville, however I did not get a chance to visit this one on my trip.

Please remember that sunflowers are the farmers livelihood, don’t jump the fence unless you have permission. Please respect their private property.

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More photos are on my website here.