On Saturday morning I woke up bright and early excited about what my week had in store. Starting with a long drive from Alexandra I was heading south to Wilsons Promontory and the southern most point of mainland Australia.
My early start unsurprisingly started late with four or five coffees as Terry kept refilling my glass, and then rain, wind a fog made for an interesting drive down to my starting point at Tidal River. What google said would take 3.5hrs ended up taking 5.5hrs due to meal breaks, stops to admire the mist filled Blue Gum forests, and slow Saturday drivers.
Arrive at the information centre at 2:30pm I was a little concerned about whether I’d have time to do the walk I wanted that day, but 15 minutes chatting to the ranger set me up with an achievable route for a 5 day walk, confirmation of expected walk times and off I set. Continue reading
On Monday I set off for a little adventure from my cousin’s place in Canberra. For the past couple of weeks I have been madly running around catching up with people and playing with my nieces and nephews so a night in the bush was in order to restore a little energy and sanity.
Starting from the Yankee Hat car park in Namadgi National Park I headed out along the Old Boboyan Rd up to the Naas Vally. The valley is an stunning sub alpine area about 1100m above sea level. Formerly grazed it has wide open spaces that are packed full of roos intersperced with beautiful gum trees and nursery swamps.
I managed to find a clearing free of overhanging droppers about 1km from my intended destination for the day and set up camp. I was using my new alpine hammock for the first time and I can’t say how glad I was to be able to hang it up between trees over the relatively rough ground. It tool a while to get the hammock set right but once it was stable and in the right place I had a great nights sleep watching both sunset and sunrise from my bed!
Tuesday was a shorter but much harder day as I bush bashed my way up to Gudgenby Saddle and along the ridge back towards the car. The scrub up to the saddle and along the ridge was mostly okay, but some sections were dense and required pushing through with my hands in front of my face. Fun times.
On Sunday Mikey and I went for a little wander out on West Head which, only an hour or so by car from the Sydney CBD actually feels so remote and wild I could have happily stayed out there for days. The national park stretches out along a peninsula and surrounded by the waters the Brisbane Waters and overlooking Barrenjoey light house.
Neither of us had ever been there, as it would be a long ride and there is basically no sensible public transport option for a day trip. So we really were surprised to find an amazing national park with tonnes of walking to be done and lots and lots of wildlife. In a 9km walk we found two echidnas, wallabies and a pod of dolphins! Needless to say I will be heading out there again.