Venus Tor (2 Jul 2023)

I’d only been to Venus Tor once before, 12 years ago. It couldn’t have been in more different conditions – a drizzly, foggy day where we saw no views. We were also on a much, much harder trip – an overnight trip crossing the Grose Valley. This trip on the other hand; we couldn’t have had better conditions and a very cruisy route plan for the day (7km – all on track or rough pad). Today was an absolutely stunning day in the mountains – winter bushwalking at its finest.

Classic Blue Mountains scenery

The group (joint SBW/BC/UBMC)

Checking out familiar features from different angles

Descending Mt Hay

Beaut morning tea spot

The route out to Venus Tor

Rock colours

Wattle in bloom

Approaching Venus Tor

Bob deciding perhaps the lower ledge was a little too narrow

Belinda negotiates the narrow (upper) ledge onto Venus Tor

Fuschia heath (epacris reclinata)

Views up the Grose

Rock formation

Most of the party below the ledge

Walking below the cliff lines

Heading back up to Mt Hay

Enjoying the sunny, still day

Walking towards Butterbox Point

Rock formations

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