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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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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Mount Riverview Rambles (3 Sep 2014)

Total distance: 6.05 km
Max elevation: 229 m
Min elevation: 127 m
Total climbing: 770 m
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A nice exploration walk around Mount Riverview to find GC42NAA and GC47XXQ. Both great caches and well recommended.

Pryors Hut (31 May 2014)

Total distance: 10.68 km
Max elevation: 1673 m
Min elevation: 1559 m
Total climbing: 392 m
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A nice shortish walk out to Pryors Hut from the carpark whilst down in Canberra to meet a friend.

It is a lovely old hut and definitely worth the walk out.

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At the beginning of the walk there is a trip intention book to sign; a brilliant idea which should be implemented in NSW.

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Next time we will walk from Corin Dam up to Mount Gingera via Stockyard Sour and back. It would be a great hike definitely in the snow.

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Cox’s River via Breakfast Creek (5-7 Oct 2013)

Total distance: 19.61 km
Max elevation: 622 m
Min elevation: 214 m
Total climbing: 740 m
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Trip Report:
Weather was looking good, and we had the long weekend, so we set off to Cox’s River via Breakfast Creek.

We headed up on the Friday night and camped at Carlon’s Farm (Green Gully). There were at least 30 Kangaroo’s hopping around, far more than we had seen there previously, and they definitely weren’t to scared of the car.

In the morning after we cooked up a storm of bacon and eggs we headed off down Carlons Creek where we battled the now head-height stinging nettles that had taken over the area. Once we met Black Horse ridge the track seemed became quite faint and jumped the creek side to side. Luckily for us the creek was very dry. After taking our time and encountering a few Red-bellied black snakes and Goannas we made it to Cox’s River.

Cox’s River was relatively quiet, we expected to see a few more people out and about. We found a nice little site just near the junction of Breakfast Creek, nearby to the plaque in memory of Miss Oonagh Kennedy (The story behind has been written up by Allan here).

On Sunday Morning we planned to head down the Cox’s and explore it a little, we ended up going only about 500m downstream and finding a nice sandy patch to go for a swim.

Monday morning we packed up and headed off at 8:30 as we knew the original forecast was rain in the afternoon. We decided the best option would be back up Breakfast Creek, rather than tackle Ironmonger Hill in the heat. The track was far easier to follow along Breakfast Creek heading upstream than down, so we made it back to the car in about 4 hours.

More photos of the trip can be found here.

Splendour Rock & Knights Deck

The Route:

Total distance: 25.9 km
Max elevation: 1185 m
Min elevation: 166 m
Total climbing: 2220 m
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Report:
What a fabulous four days we had! Our plans got switched around at the last minute, which meant we could leave Wednesday night rather than Friday noon, so quickly after a quick run around we had everything sorted at set off, with a quick stop in at Katoomba to drop off the trip intention form & pick up an EPIRB and get some delicious pizza from Rene Pizza Place. We didn’t end up reaching Green Gully until 10!

The walk down breakfast creek went quite well, despite the stinging nettles (we were prepared with long pants and gaiters, but they had grown allot since I was there last!). We eventually got into bed around 12:30am, took a little longer than we had planned and we missed the bottom of Black Horse Ridge which set us back about 15 minutes.

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