SPRING CREEK GORGE , NSW

SPRING CREEK GORGE

YANUNUNBEYAN RESERVE,  NSW

10.08. 2016

 

Well, it was Linda’s turn to lead the inter-club medium to hard weekly Wednesday Walk, and what a great walk she put on.

We met up at Queanbeyan, the small town just across the border from Canberra.   We were due to leave there at 8.30 am and what with signing the walk register and organising cars (for we run a car pool) it is usual to get there 10-15 minutes ahead of time and as usual, a number of good folk arrived only just before the deadline. More delays!  Gosh!  It was cold waiting around.  It was overcast, cold and a bitter wind was blowing.   Later on the weather improved.

Unusually for the medium to hard Wednesday Walks we had a large crowd, 20 of us, so there was a small convoy of 5 cars that headed out.   From Queanbeyan we took the Kings Highway and then the Captains Flat Road before branching off along the lengthy Woolcara Lane, a dirt road, to a picnic site at about 130E, 635N.  From here it was all off-track.

Initially we headed about north-west to the Corner Hill trig station. Once through some thick tea tree scrub at the very beginning nearly all the day’s hike was either along creeks or in open forest. Great walking.  From Corner Hill trig we descended a long ridge to a creek which we followed for a while, before coming out on the Queanbeyan River, which looked lovely in the morning sunshine.  Just a little way up stream on the Queanbeyan River we came to a very large pool with a large shingle and sand beach, at about 124E, 624N.  The clouds had lifted, the sun was shining and the wind had dropped. The reflections were superb. The birds were calling. Linda’s timing was perfect : here we stopped for morning tea.

Our fragile earth. What a fantastic spot.  Peace, beauty, contentment.  Far from the madding crowd.  We are so lucky.  One day, I suppose there will be made up tracks all through here and throngs of people will be visiting every weekend.  After all, what is wilderness for except to attract people to it,  spoiling what drew us there in the first place.  And don’t bushwalkers just love to increase public useage of the places they find so beautiful.  Should I be writing this?   Well, at least my readership is small.

Fish could be seen in the pool, but refused the lure of one of our number who had taken a light rod along.

After morning tea we continued up the river for a short while before climbing a little way up onto the flanking east ridge. We crossed over a couple of small unnamed creeks and headed broadly south along the contours through lovely open forest which looked beautiful in the clear winter light,  the white-trunked eucalypts looking splendid.  Eventually we started to descend a steep ridge and soon had  our first glimpse of the incredible Spring Creek Gorge.

The ridge we were descending took us right down to the Gorge, at about 128E, 605N.  We came out right on the downstream end of the Gorge, just a hundred metres or so up from the confluence of the Queanbeyan River and Spring Creek.

The Gorge is quite stunning. It comes downstream and ends in a pool flanked by vertical cliffs only metres apart.   Absolutely stunning.  Suddenly, in all the usual ancient rounded hills of a water-worn landscape and the usual vegetation of everyday Australia there is this quite remarkable place.

After lunch we climbed up out of the gorge on the true left bank, to bypass those cliffs, before descending back down into the gorge and going right down to that final, stunning end. From there, we walked up Spring Creek for a while before ascending a ridge onto what is virtually a plateau along which we walked almost back to the cars, coming back onto the road less than a kilometre from them.

IMG_1062 Approaching Corner Hill Trig

Approaching Corner Hill summit

IMG_1063 Corner Hill Trig

Corner Hill Trig

IMG_1065 Queanbeyan River

Morning Tea beside the Queanbeyan River

IMG_1064 Queanbeyan River

Queanbeyan River – morning tea

IMG_1068 Queanbeyan River

Taking it all in on a stunning morning – Queanbeyan River – morning tea

IMG_1066 Queanbeyan River (2)

Reflections – Queanbeyan River, morning tea

IMG_1070 Queanbeyan River

Queanbeyan River, morning tea

IMG_1072 Queanbeyan River

looking up the Queanbeyan River, a tributary entering on left

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Lovely open forest before dropping down to Spring Creek gorge

IMG_1079 Spring Creek Gorge

Our lunch spot on Spring Creek.  Wonderful orange rocks immediately downstream from the gorge

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Spring Creek gorge, from the downstream end looking back up

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Spring Creek Gorge.  what a wonderful place!

IMG_1088 Queanbeyan R. at Spring Ck.

looking up Queanbeyan River with Spring Creek coming in on left

IMG_1090 Spring Creek Gorge

looking back up to the Gorge from Queanbeyan River.  We had to bypass these cliffs and went up on the extreme right of the photo after lunch

IMG_1091 Spring Creek Gorge

making our way back down to Spring Creek at the top end of the gorge

IMG_1092 Spring Creek Gorge

Spring Creek Gorge

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IMG_1093 Spring Creek Gorge

IMG_1093a Spring Creek Gorge

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on the edge of the drop into the pool

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CAREFUL!

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Making our way further up Spring Creek

IMG_1099 Spring Creek Gorge

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IMG_1103 Spring Creek

IMG_1104 Spring Creek

Don’t slip on the wet clay!  Continuing up spring Creek

IMG_1105 Spring Creek (2) A

IMG_1106 b Spring Creek gorge C

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4 thoughts on “SPRING CREEK GORGE , NSW

  1. Hi Barrie,

    Another great post.

    I discovered why some of the photos on your last post appeared blurry – I only read the emailed account (as below) and didn’t go to your blog page! Although, this time, the email version is very clear too.

    Cheers,

    Peter

    _____

  2. Glad you like it. thanks, Peter. Also, I am pleased to know that it seems to be a computer problem rather than my photos!! – cheers, Barrie

  3. Hi Barrie, what a lovely day hike ! I particularly liked the photos of Spring Creek gorge.If I had been there , I would have wanted to stay there for a good while to absorb the beauty of it , right into my being !
    You didn’t mention the distance of the hike ?

  4. Thanks for your comment, Teresa. glad you liked it. From memory the distance was about 8.5 km. I can see the day approaching fairly quickly when there will be made up tracks from the picnic area where we parked our cars down to the Queanbeyan River and up to the beautiful gorge. The beauty and the peace will be gone. Instead it will be noisy – kids will be running and shouting, radios will be blaring and there will be the inevitable litter and rubbish. wherever we find peace and beauty mankind inevitably destroys it.

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