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Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:28 am
by beaujest4
After talking to a few people that have done a bit of abseiling I was told of a waterfall further up a creek that we occasionally drive past. I have always wanted to go and explore it and see what I could find and now that I have the time, I just had to find the fitness and time. As we have had a little bit of rain of late I decided this was the weekend. Due to the geography of the place I had to convince the bride to drop me off and for her to pick me up a few kms downstream. She didn't like the idea of me being so isolated by myself and had to invite my young bloke to come and baby sit me. Any that meant the follow weekend was the time to go.

The Sunday was meant to be overcast with possible late showers. Sounds good, but it turned out to be clearing with bloody hot afternoon. Local temps reached 36 by the coast so we would have been hotter again. Anyhow we headed off on foot about 11.30am, told the bride to give us about 3 hours to walk and photograph the creek and what we find. Famous last words. We finally made it to the rendezvous point about 6.45pm, totally knackered, dehydrated regardless of how much water we drank due to the heat and the terrain we ended up climbing.

All up we would have walked about 4kms of creek and dropped 200 meters, but wow what a section of creek so diverse. From a typical rain forest stream to cascades to waterfall, 10-15 meters high to smaller double falls, into one plunge poo into the next etc, to a gorge before going into a canyon where after the third plunge pool with vertical rock pools 2 to 3 meters high before disappearing around the rock cliffs to more waterfalls cascades and back to the babbling brook we are used to.

Very early in the piece I knew we were going to be over time maybe by an hour or so, and stopped taking photos trying to make time, but the heat killed us and we needed to stop very regularly to rest before being able to continue. These are a few of the photos, first few from camera and last couple with phone camera but stopped taking all photos and still ended up being 4 hours overdue, but at least we made the rendezvous point in daylight.

Definitely a place I will be going back to but will get there early in the morning and allow the full day to really enjoy the place. Enjoy the photos.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:30 am
by beaujest4
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:31 am
by beaujest4
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by beaujest4
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Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:45 pm
by Kenny Koala
Very nice Al, it's good to see you're out enjoying your retirement. :thumbsup:

Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:56 am
by Taziiy
looks like a nice place to camp a couple days

Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:00 pm
by beaujest4
You have driven past all this Taz

Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:41 pm
by Taziiy
must of been to busy driving then to notice

Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:52 pm
by beaujest4
without walking you would not know it was there

Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:44 pm
by El_Freddo
That's awesome Al.

I need to get into walking more often too. I used to do a lot of hiking at Uni. The last time we did a walk on a 4wd trip was in the Vic desert. Pretty awesome.

Cool pics mate. Definitely a place to really slow down in and do a proper hiking trip through, spend a few nights up there enjoying the waterholes.

Cheers

Bennie

Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:51 am
by Taziiy
beaujest4 wrote:without walking you would not know it was there



well i guess that's why i didn't recognise it then :thumbsup:

Re: Adventures on Foot.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:34 pm
by ST391GQ
we try to walk as much as possible when exploring a different place.
A few years ago we drove out from Arkaroola to Lake Frome. Walking around looking at the unique vegetation and insects there ....we found ourselves a bloody long way out in the lake . The Patrol was really only a dot in the haze and distance.....and while we were still looking at stuff and standing in the one spot talking....we were sinking into the lake. Moved away a bit ...and within a couple of minutes...our boot tops were level with the surface....so decided to head back. Walking stopped the sinking ....but we did cross a set of wheel tracks crossing the lake that were very pronounced....so whoever it was would have been hiking to stay on top hey.

Cheers Keith