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8-11 JANUARY 2005

 

This page records my visit to Warrumbungle National Park from January 8 to 11, 2005. It includes my holiday journal entries for the trip, as well as photos I took during the holiday.

 

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HOLIDAY JOURNAL:

Warrumbungle National Park: 08/01/2005

My trip today began with an early departure from my mother's. I followed the Thunderbolt's Way to Walcha and then headed across to Tamworth where my plan was to visit my youngest brother and his family. He wasn't home, so it was back on the road.

From Tamworth I headed west for Gunnedah and Coonabarabran, before arriving at Warrumbungle National Park.

First stop in the national park was the visitors centre to pay the various fees for my three day visit. I also picked up a poster, having destroyed the one I got back in 1996 within a day of getting it (it somehow got caught up in all the luggage of 6 people).

Not wanting to waste any time I decided to get on with the walks, so I headed to Belougery Split Rock Circuit. THis walk I began at 3.40pm and completed at 6.10pm (3.6km).

It's not a bad walk to start an itinerary with, getting straight into the tough stuff. There are some very steep sections, yet there are many rewards in the way of views to be had.

From the walk I headed to the Blackman Camping Area and set up camp. I was able to enjoy a shower and then have a BBQ tea. Not a bad start really.

The night was a horror though, with the tent about to collapse on more than one occasion - at least that's what it seemed like with the gale blowing outside.

 

Warrumbungle National Park: 09/01/2005

The morning revealed no damage at all to the tent and it was still quite intact. Well, nothing to be done it was off for a stroll in the mountain.

I arrived at the Pincham Car Park and set off at 7.20am for the Gould's Circuit and Grand High Tops (3.1km and 12.5km). It was to be a walk of about 15.6km all up.

The walk began easily enough with a number of 'improvements' having been made because of erosion. Such unnatural improvements are not what I like to see, but I do acknowledge the need for it here.

Having turned onto the Gould's Circuit, I traversed both Febor Tor and Machor Tor, before rejoining the main Grand High Tops Walk. Both summits provided good views.

There have been many improvements to the main track, including the addition of a heap of stairs at Sreng Boss, just before the Breadknife. Overall the journey up the mountain is far easier with all the improvements.

I reached the summit of Grand High Tops at about 10.30am. What a tremendous view, one of the best I've seen. Here you can see the natural beauty of all the major peaks - Belougery Spire, Crater Bluff, Tondurin Peak, Bluff Mountain, Mt Exmouth, Split Rock, the Breadknife, etc. Truly magnificent!

More views were had on the journey back behind the Breadknife, with this part of the walk exposing the sheer massive scale of the Breadknife.

Finally I arrived back at Pincham at about 12.10pm - approximately 5 hours after having started the walk.

I then went into Coonabarabran for a while, before coming back and doing the 1km return Whitegum Lookout Walk. Some great views at the end of the walk.

With it being far too hot to sit around camp, I thought I might as well do another walk - so it was off for the relatively unknown Tara Cave (about 3km return).

Tara Cave is found at the end of a walk which begins at The Woolshed. The cave is an Aboriginal occupational site, with little now there to suggest it was a major occupational site for local Aboriginal people up until about 1850.

Finally, the day ended back at camp and in the journal.

 

Warrumbungle National Park: 10/01/2005

Today was a nothing day really. All I did was see some sights and things around Coonabarabran.

The places I went to were Hickey Falls (dried up thanks to the drought), Crystal Kingdom (minerals and fossils), Visitor Centre, Wattagan Winery, The Glasshouse and Siding Spring Observatory.

A BBQ finished off the day for me.

Tomorrow, I'm off home again.

 

PHOTOS OF TRIP:

ABOVE: Belougery Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Small cave on the Split
Rock Circuit

 

ABOVE: Bluff Mountain from
Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Views from Split Rock
 

ABOVE: Stairs to the Split Rock
Summit

 

ABOVE: Views from Split Rock
 

ABOVE: Bluff Mountain


 

ABOVE: The other section of Split
Rock from the main summit

 

ABOVE: The cairn on Split Rock


 

ABOVE: Views from Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Views from Split Rock

 

 

ABOVE: Views from Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Bluff Mountain

 

ABOVE: View from Split Rock

 

ABOVE: View from Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Bluff Mountain

 

ABOVE: View from Split Rock

 

ABOVE: The chain down from the
Split Rock summit
 

ABOVE: Eastern Grey Kangaroos

 

ABOVE: Gould's Circuit turn off

 

ABOVE: Belougery Spire and Crater
Bluff from Febor Tor
 

ABOVE: View from Machor Tor

 

ABOVE: View from Machor Tor

 

ABOVE: View from Machor Tor

 

ABOVE: View from Machor Tor

ABOVE: View from Machor Tor

 

ABOVE: Belougery Spire

 

 

ABOVE: The Breadknife

 

ABOVE: The stairs at Sreng Boss

 

ABOVE: Belougery Spire

 

ABOVE: View from the Grand High
Tops

 

ABOVE: The Breadknife


 

ABOVE: Belougery Spire

 


 

ABOVE: Crater Bluff

 

 

ABOVE: Crater Bluff

 

 

ABOVE: Crater Bluff

 

ABOVE: Belougery Spire
 

 

ABOVE: View from the Grand High
Tops

 

ABOVE: The Breadknife from the
GRand High Tops

 

ABOVE: View from the Grand High
Tops

 

ABOVE: Crater Bluff and Tondurin
Spire

 

 

ABOVE: View from the Grand High
Tops

 

ABOVE: Crater Bluff and Tondurin
Spire

 

ABOVE: View from behind The
Breadknife

 

ABOVE: Balor Peak


 

ABOVE: Balor Hut

 

ABOVE: Toilet at Balor Hut

 

ABOVE: Goanna

 

 

ABOVE: View from Whitegum
Lookout - Grand High Tops

 

ABOVE: View from Whitegum
Lookout - Mt Exmouth

 

ABOVE: View from Whitegum
Lookout - Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Whitegum Lookout
 

 

ABOVE: Tara Cave - Aboriginal
Occupation Site

 

ABOVE: Tara Cave - Aboriginal
Occupation Site

 

ABOVE: Tara Cave - Aboriginal
Occupation Site

 

ABOVE: Tara Cave - Aboriginal
Occupation Site

 

ABOVE: Bluff Mountain


 

ABOVE: Mt Exmouth

 

ABOVE: Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Split Rock

 

ABOVE: Hickey Falls

 

ABOVE: Hickey Falls

 

ABOVE: Camp at Blackman

ABOVE: Emus

 

 

 


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