Its Friday night and I am lying in bed listening to the sound of heavy rain falling on the roof wondering why I am going walking in this terrible weather. A less than enthusiastic start when at 6am I must leave my nice cosy bed and get going – I check my phone making sure I haven’t missed a vital message calling the week-end off.
All the way to Yass it rains but ten minutes out on the Wee Jasper road it stops, we reach our camp site, Fitzpatrick Trackhead Reserve (named after James Fitzpatrick one of the men who accompanied Hume and Hovell), and the sun comes out spreading its wonderful warmth and light so its smiles all round.
Tents are the first priority, lunch and then it’s a short drive to Micalong Creek to commence our walk to the junction where the Goodradigee River joins the creek. The Goodradigee River eventually flows into Lake Burrinjuck before joining the Murrumbidgee River.
The walk is reasonably easy although slippery and some steep sections with a chain to help over the worst part. Due to the very recent rains the creek is in full flow, tumbling down rocks and over fallen branches and some newly uprooted trees. The scenery is lovely and plenty of birdlife to add to the pleasure.
Back to our starting point and then its off to the waterfall in the other direction – sadly due to some very slippery conditions, formidable rock walls, we can’t quite get through but I’m not disappointed as many smaller falls delight us as we watch the rushing water carve a seemingly impossible path through giant boulders.
Reaching our campsite it is decided that some of us will take the short walk to the sinkhole near the Hume and Hovell track. We meet some army men training in the area who look exhausted and covered in mud from caving. The sinkhole is quite amazing and very colourful with the opening to a cave at the bottom just visible from the top.
An enjoyable night is spent around the campfire before we toddle of to bed.
(Overnight camping is $10 unless you book as a club it is then $8. You are welcome to collect and use the wood around the area for fires. Hot water showers are available at some of the camping sites. Contact Wee Jasper Reserve.)