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.

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.

 

 

Heathcote Rambles (3 July 2014)

Total distance: 14.03 km
Max elevation: 207 m
Min elevation: 40 m
Total climbing: 885 m
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A great exploration around Heathcote National Park to find a couple of caches. A nice bit of bush bashing along from Woronora River to the top of Tamaroo Ridge and then onto Scouters Mountain. There was the occasional can but didn’t appear to be a very defined trail. Definitely recommend if you have a day and up for a challenge.