Shaws Creek (21 January 2018)

It was a typical, boiling hot summers day, and we decided to check out a local waterhole in the Lower Blue Mountains. The track down to this spot was moderate consisting of fire trail, rock scrambles and a fairly steep descent to the creek. We weren’t sure what to expect, or even sure if there would be water in the creek given how dry it had been over the past couple of weeks.

Fortunately, we were pleasantly surprised; this place was an absolute gem! The watering hole was surrounded by the steep, sandstone escarpment and beautiful tall gum trees. The creek cascades over rocks before finally hitting the widest pool of the creek. This secluded spot was incredibly inviting and was the perfect place for a refreshing swim. The water was cool, and it was easy to feel dwarfed.

The place was teeming with a variety of wildlife including lizards, a variety of water insects, and huge water spiders.

 

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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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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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.

Mailes Cave (3-4 Oct 2015)

Total distance: 11.37 km
Max elevation: 341 m
Min elevation: 35 m
Total climbing: 536 m
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Sarah, Andy, Cal & I headed down to the Colo River on the long weekend. Water levels were still quite low (~0.6m at the BOM gauge) despite the recent rain, so we decided to head upstream from the bottom of Bob Turners track to check out Mailes Cave once again. Water levels upstream were more than adequate for the lilo trip upstream.

Andy at the sign at the start of Bob Tuners Track.
  
It was a pleasant walk down to the Colo River before the heat of the day. 

There was allot more grass on the sandy section at the bottom of Bob Turners.
We had a nice paddle up the river until we came to Mailes Cave (just past the second set of rapids). The obligatory “National Park” sign photo on the way out.

All the photos are in my gallery here.

 

 

Looking out the Backdoor (31 Aug 2015)

Total distance: 1.99 km
Max elevation: 281 m
Min elevation: 163 m
Total climbing: 211 m
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A nice afternoon bushbash on the Southern side of Warrimoo to find GCPVP3.

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Dr Darks Cave (7 Jun 2015)

Rusty, Ryan, Steph, Sarah and I headed to Dr Darks Cave for a shortish walk. We decided on this one as it had a bit of history around it and due to the 50km/h+ winds.

It is believed that in 1937 Dr. Dark’s discovered this cave which is located in the Fortress Ridge area of the Mt. Hay. It was used as a family home for a couple of weeks at a time. The main room comes complete with a shower (waterfall) and his rusty metal cooking items still remain in place (see photos below). Near the fire ring there is a square rusty metal box which contains a visitors book.

A short walk past the waterfall leads to you some fantastic views!

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Splendour Rock ANZAC Day Dawn Service (24-25 Apr 2015)

Total distance: 34.2 km
Max elevation: 920 m
Min elevation: 562 m
Total climbing: 1320 m
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This year I was joined with Sarah, Andy and Cal for the annual Dawn Service at Splendour Rock. We left Carlon’s Farm at 20:00 and headed out via the fire trail (Medlow Gap). It was good weather and made decent pace, getting in at Mobbs Swamp at midnight to get some rest. We set the alarms for 03:30 to make it up to Splendour Rock in time for the dawn service.

Andy at Splendour Rock waiting for the dawn service to begin.

Sarah and Cal at Splendour Rock waiting for the dawn service to begin.

Sarah and I at Splendour Rock waiting for the dawn service to begin.

This year we had fantastic weather and a beautiful sunrise.

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