Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Royal National Park

16/1/2017 – 20/1/2017

This place is AMAZING and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to walk most of the Coastal Track while I was there – only due to a total fire ban we didn’t make it to the end.
Our first night is at Litle Garie Beach and it is quite a sight walking in as the sun goes down climbing up quite a steep ascent followed by a just as steep descent with a rush at the end to get our tents up before it gets really got dark. On the way our walk weaves in and out of several beach shacks dotted around the headland. These very compact, basic buildings, built with whatever they could lay their hands on, were once home to families during the depression years where communities were self sufficient growing vegetables and living on the fish they caught. The shacks cannot be rented, bought or sold and can only be inherited.

One of the shacks built during the depression years for next to nothing with a million dollar view.

We are starting at Bundina, taking us passed Indigenous rock carvings, through lovely coastal bush and views of the coast. The first few kilometres are very pleasant but when the track turns away from the coast, the sand becomes dry, hot and soft and the bush is so thick no breeze comes through so we really struggle to get to the first break point.


Although the conditions were very warm for the rest of our walk that day we make it to Wattamolla Bay. We enjoy the incredible views that we are privileged to witness, colourful sandstone cliffs towering over an incredibly blue ocean.


Unfortunately our next days walk is called off for a total fire ban but we do venture over to Cronulla and walk along the promenade, cooling our heels hopeful we can walk tomorrow.
Thankfully a cool change comes in and we are suddenly hunting for jackets so quite a difference in the temperatures. We decide to head off from Wattamola and reach Garie Beach. Of course it is much easier walking in these cool conditions and enjoy the well marked track immensely. Work is in progress on the track with some lovely sandstone steps making it an all weather accessible. I hope to finish the walk from Little Garie to Otford at a later date.

J B Hut

11 & 12th December 2016

Snow, mountains and an almost full moon, walking and good company what more could a girl ask for!!

From Wagga we follow the usual road to Albury and instead of taking the Hume Highway we head off through beautiful country roads to enjoy the green lush pastures and the small quaint townships of Yackandandah, Myrtleford, Bright and Harrretville along our way to Mount Hotham and JB Hut. The road twists and turns and as we we climb the views open up to wonderful mountain vistas – truly magnificent.

Our first walk takes us around a small section near Dinner Plains and we get to see the snow on the top of the mountains – just a little bit but quite special at this time of the year.

Saturday

We are off to Tabletop Mountain and it is quite a challenging walk. We head down through a lovely wooded area to the bottom of a gully and in the back of my head I know that it is going to be tough going back up. The vegetation changes again to more open wth some stunning floral aspects and weave in and out of smaller saplings. Buttercups line the track their little yellow heads bobbing in the wind is like a welcome and cheers up the weary walkers. Happily we make the top and head back the same way. The walk up the climb is taken slow and steady with plenty of rest breaks. The trees and ferns seem to lock in the warm air making it very humid but it is a great feeling to get back onto the plateau with our camp in sight and a lovely cool breeze.

In the afternoon we head to Carmichael Falls which is only a short hike from the Dinner Plains Village. Two falls in one over a huge granite rock makes the short but steep walk definitely worth it – just spectacular.

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Weddin Mountains National Park

3/4 December 2016

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Ben Hall’s Camping Ground

Saturday’s Walk

Starting from the Ben Hall’s Campground we follow the marked trail to Eualdrie Lookout crossing the creek several times which is especially nice as the day begins to heat up. Its not an easy walk with some challenging sections that require a little scrambling but, as always, the views are well worth the hike.

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Basin Gully

You can definitely see why these mountains were a popular spot for the bushrangers of a bygone era with panoramic views across the plains as dust being kicked up by a horse and rider could be easily spotted some distance away allowing plenty of time for a getaway.

Sunday

An early start as the day is going to be very hot and we take the trail leading to the reputed  Ben Hall’s hideout cave. This is a a nice 30 minute walk and some curious, but unconcerned, wallaby’s watch our small party climb the well worn path.

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View from Ben Hall’s hideout 

In 1862 Ben Hall, along with 7 other bushrangers, successfully held up a gold coach outside Eugowra. They escaped with £3,700 in cash and 2,719 ounces of gold, or the equivalent of around one million dollars. Local legend still maintains that the booty is still hidden somewhere in the Weddin Mountains.

We continue along the walk up through Bertha’s Gully which has a very difficult section where the track has fallen away and requires a little more scrambling than the description alludes to. Rock formations illuminated by the rising sun are breathtaking singing the illusion that the rocks themselves are glowing from within.

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I love a good waterfall and although not the most spectacular I have seen I am delighted in this inviting, picturesque, secluded gully which is a cool and shaded place to enjoy before the walk back.

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Seaton’s Farm was purchased in 1936 and was built by Jim Seaton and his father from second hand iron, mill off-cuts, mud earth and hand-cut timber. I believe these two could make anything out of some iron and wire. Everything was done by hand with bits and pieces of this and that – quite a fascinating  glimpse into another life.