A LONG DRIVE & A SHORT WALK – WAVE CAVE

 

This short walk (about 6.6 km return) involved a 2 hour drive to get there, east of Canberra, just beyond Nerriga  and in the northern Budawang Ranges, an area of fantastic wilderness.

From the cars we followed a fire trail for a couple of hundred metres before heading off track through the scrub, initially across the plateau and then down a very rough gully through the cliff line to the Creek.   A late morning tea break was insisted upon at the creek,  before climbing up to Wave Cave, a huge overhang  at the base of the rim of cliffs. Much of the cliffs cannot be seen as they are hidden by the forest and scrub.

The size of the cave in itself is quite remarkable.  It is huge, deep and has a very level floor.   However, there is also a great deal of beauty there – the colours of the rock, the  folded strata, the small plants impossibly growing out of the rock walls and the gleaming curtain of drips from on high , falling over the lip of the cave.

Unfortunately someone had been preparing for quite a party in the cave, for huge amounts of firewood had been collected.   Areas such as this are still pristine and we need to care for them, leaving no trace of our presence nor having large fires, if any.   Some members of our party scattered the pile of wood to the 4 winds.  Our fragile earth.    We cannot afford to turn the little remaining wilderness or even wild areas of this earth into places for “tourists”.   Neither should routes in and out of these places be “taped” , thus creating inroads into the wilderness.    Unfortunately, because the wonderful cave and surrounding pristine wilderness is close to the road it will not be long before the uncaring mobs trample in a recognisable footpath with consequent erosion and vegetative damage as well as ugly fire places and rubbish.   For now, though, it is pristine, a place of beauty and remoteness, of birdsong and trickling waters, mosses, ferns, tree ferns, beautiful forest, scratchy heathlands which become alive with wildflowers : an area of enchantment.

After spending some time absorbing this cave we found our way up another break in the cliffs to eventually come out high above the cave with wonderful views across, and up and down the creek.    Here, in the sun,  we had lunch, before returning to the cars.

GOING DOWN THE GULLY TO THE CREEK

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ON THE WAY DOWN, LOOKING UP AT THE CLIFFS

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WAVE CAVE

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 VIEWS FROM ABOVE WAVE CAVE

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A lovely Banksia ericafolia

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View across the creek from above Wave Cave

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View from above Wave Cave, looking across the creek.

THE LAST TWO PICS SHOW US CLIMBING BACK UP THE GULLY FROM THE CREEK

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