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Australia - New South Wales

Semtember 2003


Following work on Friday, September 12, I travelled to Barrington Tops. As I reached the mountains it began to rain, as well as blowing a gale. It wasn't looking good for my planned itinerary this weekend. As I travelled further into the mountains the weather conditions continued to deteriorate and I decided I wasn't going to go to Polblue Camping Area tonight but to Devil's Hole Camping Area which wasn't that far away.

Having arrived at Devil's Hole I decided to sleep in the car as it would be impossible to erect a dry tent and the wind would make it virtually impossible to erect anyhow. So I slept in the car, from about 6pm onwards. The rain stopped at about 3am, and the sky began to clear so I was now hopeful of being able to complete my planned itinerary.

Rising early (about 5.30am) I headed for Polblue Picnic Area and the start of my first walk. This was the walk I had planned in my itinerary for Polblue Base Camp 2003.

The walk began in reverse order from that in the planned itinerary, walking from Polblue to Paddys Ridge Trail. Paddys Ridge Trail was an easy stroll through what could be termed alpine woodland. I reached the Butchers Swamp Trail junction and quickly realised that the map I had was wrong. The map locates the road to Green Gap just past this junction, but that isn't the case. The actual road to Green Gap lies before the junction, being some 300m before it and heading off to the right (the left when returning from the junction). So I went back to the road which I had thought was a little strange since it wasn't on the map.

Following the Green Gap Road I reached the ford across Paddys Creek, which had quite a lot of water in it, no doubt courtesy of the previous night's rain. I crossed the creek and approached the small pine plot at Green Gap. The climb to the plot is a very short, yet steep climb from the creek.

I walked around the pine plot taking the left track and then reached the trail to Paddys Brush Flora Reserve, which I then followed to the left. It was now 7.30 am. Travelling along this trail I discovered what I believed to be Wombat burrows. Eventually the track reached a T-intersection (not on my map), where I terminated the walk. Here I turned back and returned to Green Gap.

Upon reaching the Green Gap track junction I took the trail to the left, leading alongside the pine plot. This trail I then followed to where it joins with the Barrington Trail and back to the Barrington Tops Forest Road. From the road junction it's a 15 minute walk back to Polble Picnic Area. The walk was completed at 9.20am.

Along the walk I saw wallabies, kangaroos, a feral cat, brumbies and evidence of wombats.

Having returned to Polblue I then had a BBQ brunch break. I then decided to do the other walk on my itinerary since it was still early in the day. I travelled for the Horse Swamp area only to find the road closed due to a bridge failure, so I decided to then do a walk from my Horse Swamp Base Camp 2003 itinerary.

The walk began at the Gologolies Camping Area, some 500m down Boundary Road (off Barrington Tops Forest Road near the Dingo Gate). I began the walk at 11.00am, proceeding along Boundary Road. The road follows the State Forest boundary, giving views over Moonon Outlook to the west and north of the state forest. This walk is again an easy stroll following the road until it joins Dundundra Road. The walk is basically a circuit, joining up with the Barrington Tops Forest Road and then down Boundary Road to the camping area. It is only a 70 minute walk.

Following the walk I headed off for Gloucester and the return trip home.

Devil's Hole Base Camp - September 2003 Gallery








UPDATED: 16 April 2011 2011