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193202 [2018/04/04 21:08]
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 Next day we started early and paddled hard until we reached Upper Half Moon Reach, where we had lunch. From here, however, we reached Wiseman'​s Ferry about halt past one. Next day we started early and paddled hard until we reached Upper Half Moon Reach, where we had lunch. From here, however, we reached Wiseman'​s Ferry about halt past one.
  
->From Wiseman'​s we continued downstream under sail for a couple of miles, but soon, according to custom, the wind failed and we again took to the paddles. We stuck to our work until we reached a nice sandy beach, surmounted by a grassy bank. It was now just on dark and storm clouds were gathering fast in the South. We first of all turned our boat bottom up and after making our stores secure, took our blankets and made our way to an empty house of which the local residents had told us. It proved to be in ruins, with rats and "what nots" scampering all over the floor. Sooner than spend the night here, we decided to try our luck under the canoe.+From Wiseman'​s we continued downstream under sail for a couple of miles, but soon, according to custom, the wind failed and we again took to the paddles. We stuck to our work until we reached a nice sandy beach, surmounted by a grassy bank. It was now just on dark and storm clouds were gathering fast in the South. We first of all turned our boat bottom up and after making our stores secure, took our blankets and made our way to an empty house of which the local residents had told us. It proved to be in ruins, with rats and "what nots" scampering all over the floor. Sooner than spend the night here, we decided to try our luck under the canoe.
  
 On our return we sorted the stores into two groups, namely: those that water would not damage, and those that it would. The latter we tucked away in the ends of the boat and the former we dumped outside. We next spread our blankets under the boat and found to our relief that we fitted all right. On our return we sorted the stores into two groups, namely: those that water would not damage, and those that it would. The latter we tucked away in the ends of the boat and the former we dumped outside. We next spread our blankets under the boat and found to our relief that we fitted all right.
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 Next day, we left under sail and headed for Lion Island, where we landed on a little beach. I will say here that this is one of the prettiest little spots that I have ever had the good fortune to visit. We climbed to the highest point and took many photos. We subsequently found that very few people have ever been up where we went on account of the inaccessibility of the place and the vast numbers of snakes that are said to infest the Island. All that we can say, however, is that we did not see any. Next day, we left under sail and headed for Lion Island, where we landed on a little beach. I will say here that this is one of the prettiest little spots that I have ever had the good fortune to visit. We climbed to the highest point and took many photos. We subsequently found that very few people have ever been up where we went on account of the inaccessibility of the place and the vast numbers of snakes that are said to infest the Island. All that we can say, however, is that we did not see any.
  
->From Lion Island we cruised across to Barrenjoey, and visited the lighthouse, where we autographed the visitors'​ book.+From Lion Island we cruised across to Barrenjoey, and visited the lighthouse, where we autographed the visitors'​ book.
  
 Our next port of call was the Basin, and we turned in to camp at Bonnie Doon. Our next port of call was the Basin, and we turned in to camp at Bonnie Doon.
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 Our next point was Lovett Bay lookout, which we reached about 1 o'​clock. There is a splendid view from this lookout, which although not quite as high as Perry'​s,​ possesses, if anything, a slightly better view of Pittwater. Our next point was Lovett Bay lookout, which we reached about 1 o'​clock. There is a splendid view from this lookout, which although not quite as high as Perry'​s,​ possesses, if anything, a slightly better view of Pittwater.
  
->From here we paddled slowly down to Church Point, our destination,​ which we reached about 2.30 p.m. After seeing "​Joy"​ safely housed, we boarded the car which was to take us to Manly. We started for home at 3.15 p.m., and parted company at Circular Quay at 6 o'​clock.+From here we paddled slowly down to Church Point, our destination,​ which we reached about 2.30 p.m. After seeing "​Joy"​ safely housed, we boarded the car which was to take us to Manly. We started for home at 3.15 p.m., and parted company at Circular Quay at 6 o'​clock.
  
 H. Chardon. H. Chardon.
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 ===== The Blue Gum Forest. ===== ===== The Blue Gum Forest. =====
  
->From Blackheath 2 miles to the top of Govett 's Leap, about 1 1/2 miles down to the Summer House at the bottom of Rodriquez Pass, and another 3 miles down Govett'​s Leap Creek to its junction with the Grose River; this is the most direct route to the Blue Gum Forest, but we thought 6 1/2 miles each way (including the descent into the valley and the climb out again - 2,000-ft each way) would be too big a day for any non-walkers.+From Blackheath 2 miles to the top of Govett 's Leap, about 1 1/2 miles down to the Summer House at the bottom of Rodriquez Pass, and another 3 miles down Govett'​s Leap Creek to its junction with the Grose River; this is the most direct route to the Blue Gum Forest, but we thought 6 1/2 miles each way (including the descent into the valley and the climb out again - 2,000-ft each way) would be too big a day for any non-walkers.
  
 So the Committee that has been fighting so hard to save the magnificent trees of the Blue Gum Forest arranged with Mr. C. A. Hungerford to meet us at the top of the new track he and his mate, Mr. Pearce, have made in from the Bell Rd. to enable them to get their cattle in and out of the valley. This track starts 2 miles beyond the Mt. Wilson turn-off (i.e. 7 miles from Bell). Here we left the cars and proceeded on foot 2 1/2 m11es down to the Grose River, which we crossed, and then followed the track from Hartley Vale and Mt. Victoria for another 2 miles down stream to the Forest, crossing back to the left bank of the river about 1/2 mile above our destination,​ which we reached at 11.45 a.m. - just 2 1/2 hours after leaving the cars. As I remarked, some of our party were not walkers; also, the day was close with the approach of a heavy thunderstorm,​ and the way was much too beautiful to hurry over. So the Committee that has been fighting so hard to save the magnificent trees of the Blue Gum Forest arranged with Mr. C. A. Hungerford to meet us at the top of the new track he and his mate, Mr. Pearce, have made in from the Bell Rd. to enable them to get their cattle in and out of the valley. This track starts 2 miles beyond the Mt. Wilson turn-off (i.e. 7 miles from Bell). Here we left the cars and proceeded on foot 2 1/2 m11es down to the Grose River, which we crossed, and then followed the track from Hartley Vale and Mt. Victoria for another 2 miles down stream to the Forest, crossing back to the left bank of the river about 1/2 mile above our destination,​ which we reached at 11.45 a.m. - just 2 1/2 hours after leaving the cars. As I remarked, some of our party were not walkers; also, the day was close with the approach of a heavy thunderstorm,​ and the way was much too beautiful to hurry over.
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