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.

 

Bob Turners Track (1 Dec 2013)

Today we headed off to the Colo River via Bob Turners track. The original plan was to go to Crawfords Lookout, but this was still shut due to the fire activity recently. The Bob Turners track is a nice hourish walk from the carpark with a lovely swimming hole on the Colo River.

Total distance: 7.39 km
Max elevation: 345 m
Min elevation: 26 m
Total climbing: 494 m
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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.