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.
The Locked Gate and cause of our 13km fire trail bash
Carl in Blayden’s Pass
Paul and Carl in Blayden’s Pass
Easy descent down to Boolijah Creek
Open forest walking
Alex taking the non-dry feet route across Boolijah Creek
Impressive staghorn fern – we saw lots of these
Not quite sure how to caption this one!?
Making our way up Danjera Creek. Interesting to note the high water mark.
Photographing rock orchids
Nicci, Paul & Tom climbing up a waterfall
The team climbing another waterfall. I took an alternate route allowing me to get this photo.
Crossing the tops
Carl doing the limbo
Tom & Carl in a crack
Paul negotiating an awkward boulder
Rock Orchid (Dendrobium Speciosum)
Orchid (Dockrillia Striolata)
Alex’s first jump of the season
Someone had gone to a lot of effort to construct the seats in this cave
Perfectly cooked damper
Made even better with raspberry jam!
Home for 2 nights
Tom squeezing through
Easy walking across the tops… when you could find rock platforms!
Spectacular gorge… but what is everyone looking at?
… this pool. A great lunch spot. Though no fish.
Enjoying lunch after a swim
A well camouflaged frog
The pool at the end of the side creek
Looking back upstream
It goes that way :)
Alex taking the wet route
A bit of a scramble
Emerging from the scrub
Our old friend the fire trail, as the low cloud descends