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The Box Vale Track, Mittagong

Posted by redkoireviews on 21/06/2007

Box Vale TrackOn our holiday to the Southern Highlands, we also did this bushwalk. As we set out, it started to rain. However we pressed on and it was well worth it. The track is in Mount Alexandra Reserve near Mittagong. It follows an on rail line built to mine coal, and as a consequence there are very few stairs and almost no hills.

The rail lines where all pulled up and removed when the mine shut down in 1896, and in that time there has been plenty of regrowth so it feels lovely and bushy again. However the fact that it’s an old rail creates some novel features. There are several cuttings that have created corridors of ferns, and a tunnel. At the end of the route there’s a great view of the valley.

All in all this is a great walk that you might otherwise miss because it’s not in a national park.

My Rating: 3 stars


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Carrington & Fitzroy Falls

Posted by redkoireviews on 16/06/2007

Fitzroy FallsMy partner and I recently took a short holiday in the southern highlands of NSW. The first few days we spent at Moss Vale, where we did some walks around some of the local waterfalls. Unfortunately the drive down was pretty hellish – bucketing rain as the central coast was battered and flooded. Luckily it wasn’t that bad for us, but it was still very wet.

Carrington FallsThe upside was that the waterfalls where absolutely spectacular. The two main falls we visited were Fitzroy and Carrington Falls. We’ve seen Fitzroy before, but not with this much water in it. Just amazing. To see and hear these falls in full flight reminds you just what an awesome force nature is.

Next stop was Carrington falls, where the walks are not as long or nice, but the waterfall is truly mystical. A fine fog gave everything a ghostly atmosphere and the falls themselves are in more of a canyon, so they feel closer and somehow more urgent. Make sure you go to the other side of the falls and take a look at Nellies Glen – It’s also a very nice spot.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Hazelbrook Waterfall Bushwalk

Posted by redkoireviews on 06/01/2007

Junction FallsIn the last few days of my holidays I’ve been doing some things that have been on the ‘To do’ list for a while. One of the was this bushwalk. It starts at Hazelbrook train station (handy since I don’t own a car). You take a few backroads and tracks west towards Lawson, where I took lot’s of photos of an obliging dragonfly. From the ridges you descend down into gullies, where you find Adelina Falls, Junction Falls, Federal Falls and finally Cataract Falls. Waterfall ShrineAt Federal falls someone had built a kind of tiny, twig shrine at the base of the falls (Photo on right). It was mysterious and touching. They are not a Niagara, but they are full of ferns, moss, birds and sandstone. No leeches makes them even better.

From there you head back up onto the ridges and along to the next set of waterfalls and pools. The first is Victor falls followed by Terrance Falls. Willawong Pool is a short stroll away, and had the day been hotter, I would have taken a swim there. Bedford pool is the last feature, with a sandy beech along the creek’s edge. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snorkelling at Bushranger Bay

Posted by redkoireviews on 04/01/2007

Bushranger BayI have a mate who lives in Wollongong, on the coast south of Sydney. I wen down there for a few days between Christmas and New Years and went snorkeling in Bushranger Bay, just south of Shellharbour.

It’s too far south for brightly coloured tropical corals and fish, but there was plenty to see. Not more than a few meters from the shoreline, small schools of small fish where having a rest. I floated with them for a while checking out their coloured bands – very cute. Then I noticed a group of about 5 largeish silver fish, each about a foot long. They where stalking the small fish looking for an easy lunch. Further out, in the middle of the bay I spotted a sand coloured sting ray about 20cm wide. I ducked dived down close enough to see those two weird eyes on the top of it’s flat body. Finally, at the mouth of the bay, a large school of fish where having a rest. They where about 15cm long, blue with a white strip on their tail. I floated around them and as they got used to me they came closer, surrounding me. Totally amazing!

I loved it and will be going back. If you choose to go, here’s a few tips;

  • Go in the morning, while the wind is low and visibility is good
  • Go at low tide – it just seems to be better
  • Flippers are a must, a wetsuit and a weight belt would have been great – I had to get out an warm up regularly. You can hire everything in Shellharbour or Windang.
  • Take care not to get burnt!

I highly recommend it – it’s just not that often you can get close to animals like this in the wild!

My rating: 4.5 Stars

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Govetts Leap to Pulpit Rock, Blue Mountains

Posted by redkoireviews on 12/07/2006

Bridal Veil FallsAfter staying the night at Jemby, my Partner and I got up the next day to do the walk from Govetts Leap to Pulpit Rock. Compared to the Grand Canyon loop, it’s easy going, mainly because it doesn’t drop down to the floor of the valley. It is pretty rough in places though, so bring good boots.

The walk from Govetts leap rewards you early on with good views of Bridal Veil falls (see opposite). Take the time to look out over the spectacular Grose Valley. The natural amphitheatre formed at the head of horseshoe falls is spectacular – it’s shear cliff faces look more geometric than most of the cliff-line.

After horseshoe falls the walk is still nice, but not as spectacular as the previous sections. I suspect this stretch could have a lot of flowers in spring and summer. Once we reached Pulpit rock, we’d already seen so many amazing views that we probably didn’t appreciate these ones as much as we should have. That and the fact that it was bloody freezing made us turn round and head home.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Evan’s Lookout – Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains

Posted by redkoireviews on 09/07/2006

Grand Canyon near Evan's LookoutMy partner and I went away for an overnight stay in the Blue Mountains for our 8th anniversary together. It we stayed at Jemby Rinjar, and went for walk from Evans Lookout down into the Grose Valley. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to do the full Grand Canyon loop track. But we did get as far as Rodriguez Pass, down near Greaves Creek.

This walk involves a lot of steps, so be warned, it will give your thighs a workout if your an office-bound worker like me. However, it’s definitely worth it. There are spectacular views out across the Grose Valley, rainforest, creeks and lot’s of birdlife.

The walk really reminded me how much I like bushwalking, and made me wonder why I don’t do it more often. Anyway, we have plans to go back and do the Grand Canyon loop track, which takes about 3 hours. See the National Parks and Wildlife website for more information, and a map of the walk located here. NPWS realy need to lift the quality of their website!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Auburn Botanical Gardens

Posted by redkoireviews on 12/02/2006

Red bridge in Japanese GardensWe tried to make a bit of walk of this by leaving the car at the end of Sixth St in Auburn and walking along the banks of Duck River to the gardens. However, Duck river is very infested with weeds and so was not a great walk.

The Gardens however where fantastic. The best area is definately the Japanese Garden. I has lovely ponds with large Koi, swans, zen gardens, waterfalls and is beautifully landscaped. Other setions include a pool of reflection, maze, scented garden, billabong, and bonsai collection. The ‘rainforest’ section isn’t quite convincing because, lets face it, Auburn is too dry and hot!

My main suggestion is to spend more time there than we did – bring a rug and have a picnic. It’s too restfull a place to zoom through it. Oh, and watch out for the swans – they’ll peck your feet if you don’t feed them!

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Berowra Valley Regional Park

Posted by redkoireviews on 28/01/2006

My partner and her parents went on this bushwalk today. We started by leaving the car at Francis Greenway Dr. After a few boring streets we came to ‘The Lakes‘ which is a local park with loads of ducks. From there we walked down into the bush, surrounded on both sides by housing and weeds for a while 😦 until we made it into the park proper. For an urban bushwalk, the variety of flora was pretty wide, with angophora, coachwood, blackbutt and other gums in abundance.
Down near Berowra creek we saw two wallaby as they thumped away from our intrusion :-). After following the (quite dry) creek for a while the track returns up to Francis Greenway Dr.
The easy access to this walk (although not by public transport) makes it atractive. On the downside the beginning and end are quite polluted and weedy.
My Rating: 3.5 stars

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