Exploring Danjera Plateau (5-7 Oct 2019)

The October long weekend has had many great, if somewhat tough, trips over the last few years. Longer daylight hours, hopefully not too hot, perfect for getting a walk with a bit of ridge and a bit of creek. This year was no different. I’d been angling to go to this area for years, but with the installation of a locked gate adding a 13km fire trail bash Tom was never really that keen. I must have got him at a weak point this year, though he did meddle with my route so we didn’t have to do the full fire trail twice. Day 1 we were on the go from 8am – 5:30pm, Day 2 we base camped and did 2 expeditions for a couple of hours each, Day 3 was another long day on the go from 8am – 5:30pm (or 7am – 4:30pm for those still running on pre-daylight savings time). Members of SBW can read my full trip report in the magazine.

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The Locked Gate and cause of our 13km fire trail bash

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Carl in Blayden’s Pass

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Paul and Carl in Blayden’s Pass

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Easy descent down to Boolijah Creek

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Open forest walking

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Alex taking the non-dry feet route across Boolijah Creek

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Impressive staghorn fern – we saw lots of these

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Not quite sure how to caption this one!?

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Making our way up Danjera Creek. Interesting to note the high water mark.

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Photographing rock orchids

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Nicci, Paul & Tom climbing up a waterfall

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The team climbing another waterfall. I took an alternate route allowing me to get this photo.

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Crossing the tops

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Carl doing the limbo

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Tom & Carl in a crack

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Paul negotiating an awkward boulder

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Rock Orchid (Dendrobium Speciosum)

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Orchid (Dockrillia Striolata)

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Alex’s first jump of the season

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Someone had gone to a lot of effort to construct the seats in this cave

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Perfectly cooked damper

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Made even better with raspberry jam!

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Home for 2 nights

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Tom squeezing through

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Easy walking across the tops… when you could find rock platforms!

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Spectacular gorge… but what is everyone looking at?

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… this pool. A great lunch spot. Though no fish.

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Enjoying lunch after a swim

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Big boulder!

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A well camouflaged frog

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The pool at the end of the side creek

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Looking back upstream

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Speccy!

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It goes that way :)

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Alex taking the wet route

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A bit of a scramble

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Emerging from the scrub

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Our old friend the fire trail, as the low cloud descends