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 by Bronwyn Seccombe. by Bronwyn Seccombe.
  
-The trip began with an excellent ​starttrue ​to '"yborn' tradition we made +The trip began with an excellent ​start true to 'Wyborn' tradition we made our grand entrance on Friday night at 3 a.m. Uneventful Saturday morning except honourable ​leader ​and rest of party moved off at some unearthly hour; straight after breakfast I believe! But because of our superior bushwalking skills and our brilliant burst of speed, we made up the mile between Enzo'​s ​party and us by about lunch time.\\  
-our grand entrance on Friday night at 3 a.m. Uneventful Saturday morning except honourable ​loader ​and rest of party moved off at some unearthly hour; straight after breakfast I believe! But because of our superior bushwalking skills and our brilliant burst of speed, we made up the mile between Enzo'​s ​party_and ​us by about lunch time.  +"What?" you're saying, ​"Wryborn ​trip, lunchtime already and not a white-ant party mentioned!"​\\ 
-"'That? " you're saying, a rryborn ​trip, lunchtime already and not a white-ant party mentioned!"​ +Hate to disappoint your obvious amazement folks, but official white-anters ​departed shortly after lunch to complete the trip per programme. You realise,​of ​ course, that this isn't a very good example to prospectiveseight members ​settling down for tea at three o'​clock in the afternoon while three prospectives (all girls) and Doone, forged on regardless, through jungle, savannah, desert and alpine ​terrains, just to complete an SBW walk as programmed ​- Portraits of fortitude those three namelessp rospectives
-Hate to disappoint your obvious amazement folks, but official white-antors ​departed shortly after lunch to complete the trip per programme. You realise, + 
-of course, that this isn't a-very good example to prospectives eight meMbers +Well, they made the "​Castle"​ - one stopped at the saddle; one, exhausted by that "​tough,​ tough" rock scrambling, flaked out at the top; but two, just two girls; only two out of the original fifteen made their way over the flat in pitch black conditions and reached the look-out. ​Well we looked and we looked, and frequently, just missed the short cut to the bottom moat, in our blind wanderings, but do you think we could find that little metal box. 
-settling down for tea at three o'​clock in the afternoon while three prospectives (all girls) and Doone, forged on regardless, through jungle, savannah, desert and Alpine ​terrains, just to complete an SOB.. walk as progrcomed ​- Portraits of fortitude those three nameless.prospectives+ 
-"ell, they made the "​Castle"​ - one stopped at the saddle; one, exhausted' ​by that "​tough,​ tough" rock scrambling, flaked out at the top; but two, just two girls; only two out of the original fifteen made their way over the flat +But as I think I mentioned ​before, our superior bushwalking skills pulled ​us through. ​We found the box and proudly ​added our names to the long, long list of SBW's and "other walkers"​. ​We could now realise ​after our wild '50 mile dash' which a certain ​member ​of our party forced upon us, just so she could sign the book on to top. What fabulous ​view confronted us totally unique black mountains of varying shapes silhouetted against a navy sky, while on a far off slope, red tongues of flame, from a retroating ​bushfire, traced the otherwise imperceptible ​ridgesA1though ​bushfires leave a repulsive scar by day, this one held a strange beauty in both colour and power by night. ​Well, enough of absorbing natures ​beauties ​or '​uglies', an inky blackness was enveloping us. Doone was madly signalling us from the other end, and our torches rather limited reservoir of potential ​energy was rapidly depleting. Good enough reasons to call us to our feet once more. 
-in pitch black conditions and reached the look-out. ​17e119 ​we looked + 
-and we looked, and frequently, just missed the short cut to the bottom moat, in +Being a bit too late to tear back to the last camping ​cave, we simply ​plonked ​our packs just bolow the saddle and slept on about a 45 degree ​slope on the walls of the "​Castle"​. ​Slept in inverted ​commas ​ I had a great sleep but the other three had minor disturbancesbats, sounding like souped up mozzies, whizzed past all nightDoone became suddenly aware of his unobtrusive travelling companion ​big, now juicy leech; Linda had some prehistoric ​monster playing tag with her toes and Marion ​was on an 85 degree ​slope. 
-our blind wanderings, but do you think we could find that little metal box. + 
-Ma 1 68 THE STDNEY BUSITI4LnR +As usual, morning arrived too quickly, being on the eastern slope, dawn bid us an early good morning. A mad dash began, to catch up to Enzo's party, which we found just on lunch time (swift as usual) and arrived to find honourable leader had managed to drop his glasses in an 18 ft. plunge pool, full of icy, icy water and monsterous deep sea yabbiesA11 attempts at their rescue ​met with miserablo failure. 
-But as I think I mentioned ​beforo, our superior bushwalking skills pulled ​Us through. ​'​To ​found the box and proudly ​addell ​our names to the long, long list of S0E.70's and "other walkers"​. ​re could now roalise ​after our wild '50 mile dash' which a certain ​membor ​of our party forced upon us, just so sho could sign the book on to That fabulouo ​view confronted us  totally unique + 
-black mountains of varying shapes silhouetted against a navy sky, while on a far off slopo, red tongues of flame, from a rotroating ​bushfire, traced the otherwise imperceptible ​riAges41though ​bushfires leave a repulsive scar by day, this one held a strange beauty in both colour and ,:​owoa' ​by night. ​"ell, enough of absorbing natures ​boatties ​or luglies', an inky blackness was enveloping us Doono was madly signalling us from the other end, and our torches rather limited reservoir of potontil ​energy was rapidly depleting. Good enough reasons to call us to our foot once more. +Enzo and Co., moved off to beat the stars back to the carswhile our mob waited patiently for Margaret and Ross, who had once again, managed to get themselves ​mislaid; ​and who, we later found out, had sat down to a breakfast ​of two sumptuous ​steaks, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, eggs and the works, but ....... Ross had forgotton the matchesso much for breakfast! 
-Being a bit too late to tear back to tho last carping ​cave, we simply ​plonkod ​our Packs just bolow tho saddle and '​sleptt ​on about a 45J slope on the walls of the "​Castle"​. ​'​Slopt ​in iverted ​commas ​ I had a great sleep but the other + 
-' ​three had minor disturbances bats, sounding like soupodup ​mozzies, whizzed past all night Doone became suddenly aware of his-unobtrusive travelling companion ​ big, now juicv looch Lind aq: had some 7)rohistoric ​monster playing tag withtoes ana o was on an 5- slope. +Well, we managed ​to haul ourselves ​to our feet after not one but two lunches, and moved off an hour behind the group ahead. Owing to efficient and capable navigation by Ross, we somehow managed to cross the supposed ​gorge in three separate valleys. Finally, to the utter astonishment ​of the entire ​group, ​we crossed THE gorge only to find ourselves somewhat lost. But dear old Mother Nature, bless her, provided a helping hand, in the form of a huge conglomorate outcrop, which proved to be invaluable aid in establishing our exact whereabouts. Ah, ha l a bod was sighted, many miles back in the direction from which we had just come. We almost dismissed him from our thoughts with the assumption that it was merely the local farmer, when serveral ​other bods came into view. It could only be Enzo and his mob, which we had, somehow or other, managed to pass. 
-As usual, morning arrived too quickly, being on the eastern slope, dawn bid us an early good morning. A mad dash boc;an, to catch up to Enzo/s party, which + 
-we found just on lunch time (swift as usual) and arrived to find honourable leader had managed to drop his glasses in an 18 ft. plunge pool, full of icy, icy water and morstorous tdoopsea'​ yanies411 attempts at their rescue ​mat with miserablo failure. +Believe it or not, recollecting our own snail pace, I hate to think what Enzo and his group must have been up to, to get themselves ​three-quarters of an hour behind us, Well we continued on, having found the general direction to the cars; had a brisk tea of soup and popcorn, on the banks of Wog Wog Creek; and wait for itreached the cars BEFORE DARK and that brought us to the end of yet another ​unforgettablo weekend ​of '​walking'​.
-Enzo and Co., moved off to beat the stars back to the cars while our mob waited patiently for Margaret and Ross, who had once again, managed to get themselves ​mislai(1 ​and who, we later found out, had sat Llown to a broakfast ​of two sumptuous ​stooks, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, eggs and the works, but ....... Ross had forgotton the matches so much for breakfast! +
-Tell, we =aged to haul our-selves ​to our foot after not one but two lunches, and moved off an hour behind the group ahead. Owing to efficient and capable navigation by Ross, we somehow managed to cross the supposed ​tgorgo ​in throe separate valleys. Finally, to the utter astonishmont ​of the =tiro group, crossed THE gorge  only to find ourselves somewhat lost. But dear old Mother Nature, bless 11=9 provided a helping hand, in the form of a hugb conglomorate outcrop, which proved to be invaluable aid in establishing our =act whereabouts. Ah, +
-ha l a bad was sighted,many miles back in the direction from which we had just come. almost dismissed him from our thoughts with the assumption that it was merely the local farmer, when servoral ​other '​cods ​came into view. It could only be Enzo and his mob, which we had, somehow or other, managed to pass. +
-20 THE SYDNEY BUSH7ALKER +
-Believe it or-not, recollecting our own snail pace, I hate to think what ..Dnzo ​and his group must have been up to, to get themselves ​of-an hour behind us, Well we continued on, having found the general direction to the cars; had a +
-brisk tea of SOUD and popcorn, on the banks of r'og wag, Creek; and  wait for it  reached the cars BEFORE DARK and that brought us to the end of yet another ​unforgotablo wo,:,​kend ​of '​walking'​.+
  
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 by Frank Leyden by Frank Leyden
  
-"Hello there, I'm Ray Wall with your taxi." A tall laughing young chap bowled up to the three bushwalkers ​amorging ​from the train 7ith their bulging ​lacks at 7alcha ​Road. +"Hello there, I'm Ray Wall with your taxi." A tall laughing young chap bowled up to the three bushwalkers ​emerging ​from the train with their bulging ​packs at Walcha ​Road. 
-"Hello Ray, this is Alex Colley and Gordon Redmond,", + 
-"​Pleased to meet you. Lot's go this way." Packs were promptly stacked in the boot, and we were away in the fresh morning ​Sunshine ​of the New EnglandTablelands. +"Hello Ray, this is Alex Colley and Gordon Redmond." 
-"There were four other young walking chaps LID here before Easter. ​Viust have read your article.Tried to go crosscountry from Moon Plains ​tO_ Hillgrove. Didn't make it." + 
-"Yes Ray, in BB" ​we have instruction in the art of b4awa],​kino ​and navigation for yTosrective ​members."​ +"​Pleased to meet you. Let's go this way." Packs were promptly stacked in the boot, and we were away in the fresh morning ​sunshine ​of the New England Tablelands. 
-Apsley Falls and area were inspected and showed only a trickle of water + 
-going over, confirming with the dry yellow countryside the semidrought conditions, Though not in the farmer'​s interests, the low water suitedus. +"There were four other young walking chaps up here before Easter. ​Must have read your article. Tried to go crosscountry from Moona Plains ​to Hillgrove. Didn't make it." 
-Leaving the Oxley Highway beyondYarrowitch, we took the Kangaroo Flat road, then Mooraback road andeventually ​Kooke-burra ​road. Further out, the state of the road indicated the need for dry weather for pro{sress ​with a sedan car. The road follows the watershed between the Macloay ​andthe Hastings Rivers. Our road navigation took us to the Cob croft trail (marked). A few miles further on our uncertainty of position was resolved by being overtaken by Alan Youdale + 
-in his fourv/​110.01 ​drive truck. - +"Yes Ray, in SBW we have instruction in the art of bushwalking ​and navigation for prosrective ​members."​ 
-"​Excuse ​ne., could you tell usthe 'way to Tunderang ​Brook?"​ "​Follow along behind ​mo and I'll show you the way."​ + 
-. May 1 968 ... THE SYDNEY BUSHITTA=R 21 +Apsley Falls and area were inspected and showed only a trickle of water going over, confirming with the dry yellow countryside the semidrought conditions, Though not in the farmer'​s interests, the low water suited us. 
-At Alan's "Cedar Creek" property, about 70 miles from '​7alcha ​Road, wo arranged with our driver, Ray, to pick us up again at Moona Plains, 8 days later. Cedar Creek at 3500 ft. is red volcanic soil with high trees and green pastures. ​'​le ​lunched with /Jan and heard of his pioneering of his Upper Kunderang grazing lease in the close on 40 years of his holding. It was one of the greenest ​ana nicest properties-we passed through. + 
-After lunch Alan took us in his Land Rover down a steep road he had made down a ridge, dropping 2300 ft. into Upper Kunderang Brook. Rain forest jungles nestled in the high valleys, and tall timbers and open grass covered the lo7er slopes. About 12 miles downstream some smoke showed from the stockmen'​s +Leaving the Oxley Highway beyond Yarrowitch, we took the Kangaroo Flat road, then Mooraback road and eventually ​Kookaburra ​road. Further out, the state of the road indicated the need for dry weather for progress ​with a sedan car. The road follows the watershed between the Macleay ​and the Hastings Rivers. Our road navigation took us to the Cobcroft ​trail (marked). A few miles further on our uncertainty of position was resolved by being overtaken by Alan Youdale in his four wheel drive truck. 
-grassburning fires. The floor of the valley was open with green flats and + 
-few grazing cattle, and a beautiful clear stream like the Kowmung wound around the tree shaded grass on every bend. Alan showed us his original humpy and,+"​Excuse ​me, could you tell us the way to Kunderang ​Brook?"​\\ "​Follow along behind ​me and I'll show you the way."​ 
 + 
 +At Alan's "Cedar Creek" property, about 70 miles from Walcha ​Road, we arranged with our driver, Ray, to pick us up again at Moona Plains, 8 days later. Cedar Creek at 3500 ft. is red volcanic soil with high trees and green pastures. ​We lunched with Alan and heard of his pioneering of his Upper Kunderang grazing lease in the close on 40 years of his holding. It was one of the greenest ​and nicest properties we passed through. 
 + 
 +After lunch Alan took us in his Land Rover down a steep road he had made down a ridge, dropping 2300 ft. into Upper Kunderang Brook. Rain forest jungles nestled in the high valleys, and tall timbers and open grass covered the lower slopes. About 12 miles downstream some smoke showed from the stockmen'​s grassburning fires. The floor of the valley was open with green flats and few grazing cattle, and a beautiful clear stream like the Kowmung wound around the tree shaded grass on every bend. Alan showed us his original humpy and,
 after inspecting his stock, hit the back of the vehicle for the dogs to jump in, as he left us and returned. after inspecting his stock, hit the back of the vehicle for the dogs to jump in, as he left us and returned.
-The packs were heaVy but the going easy. in the bright hot sunshine and scenery like a picturebook we were on OUT feet, splashing ​'across the stream, crunching over the stones, and scrambling on to the grassy banks, and away at + 
-last from the wheels that had brought us over 400 miles. +The packs were heaVy but the going easy. In the bright hot sunshine and scenery like a picturebook we were on our feet, splashing across the stream, crunching over the stones, and scrambling on to the grassy banks, and away at last from the wheels that had brought us over 400 miles. 
-The lure of Kunderang was its comparatively unspoiled remoteness, the jungleskirted ​slopes with prospects of wildlife, and the giant forested ridges and numerous large side creeks. Frequent open flats and very few rough rocky gorges encourage cattle grazing along the valley. Giant casurinas lined the banks. Yellow grass carpeted slopes descended through open forest to the close cropped lawnlike green that often went right to the water'​s edge. Apart from an + 
- almost overgrown rough road for the first few miles, there was not a break nor scar of erosion to be seen. +The lure of Kunderang was its comparatively unspoiled remoteness, the jungle-skirted ​slopes with prospects of wildlife, and the giant forested ridges and numerous large side creeks. Frequent open flats and very few rough rocky gorges encourage cattle grazing along the valley. Giant casurinas lined the banks. Yellow grass carpeted slopes descended through open forest to the close cropped lawnlike green that often went right to the water'​s edge. Apart from an almost overgrown rough road for the first few miles, there was not a break nor scar of erosion to be seen. 
-Soon we drorTed ​the packs and were splashing in a clear deep pool of -warm water in the sunshine, in contrast to the cold water of the Turon at Easter a few days earlier. Smalls Creek junction provided the first night'​s campsite on a green lawn by the bracken with the stream just beyond the tentpegs. + 
-Next day was hot and sunny but without flies or insect pests. ​70 were easily able to locate our progress by the detailed ​twoinch ​Green Gully map. The going was fast and easy, mostly on cattle pads, so we had plenty of time for frequent +Soon we dropped ​the packs and were splashing in a clear deep pool of warm water in the sunshine, in contrast to the cold water of the Turon at Easter a few days earlier. Smalls Creek junction provided the first night'​s campsite on a green lawn by the bracken with the stream just beyond the tentpegs. 
-swims. Tortoises of about five inches diameter were plentiful in the deep pools, + 
-clearly visible scuttling along the bottoMrfater ​dragons eyed us off, or plopped into the river 011 our approach and ono magnificent yard,-long specimen just refused to move off his log. +Next day was hot and sunny but without flies or insect pests. ​We were easily able to locate our progress by the detailed ​two inch Green Gully map. The going was fast and easy, mostly on cattle pads, so we had plenty of time for frequent swims. Tortoises of about five inches diameter were plentiful in the deep pools, clearly visible scuttling along the bottomWater dragons eyed us off, or plopped into the river on our approach and one magnificent yard-long specimen just refused to move off his log. 
-At Sunderlands were extensive grassy flats and an old stockyard. The ring + 
-of mountainous ridges above reminded us of Bendethra. Threadneedle Creek from +At Sunderlands were extensive grassy flats and an old stockyard. The ring of mountainous ridges above reminded us of Bendethra. Threadneedle Creek from the high country to the east carried a notable flow of water, the largest side creek so far. After lunch we negotiated a rough slatey ​gorge and tortuous bends to get to Dourallie ​Creek junction for another scenic campsite. The location of 
-the high country to the east carried a notable flow of water, the largest side creek so far, liter lunch we negotiated a rough slatcy ​gorge and tortuous bends.to_get ​to Dourallie,​Greek ​junction for -another scenic campsite. The location of +the surrounding ​pompous ​giant stinging trees were noted for after dark avoidance. 
-the surrounding ​poMpous ​giant sfinpang tree-S.werenoted for afterdaiqZaVoidb.nce+ 
-The following day we enjoyed the warm sun and swimming when Koscuiske ​was receiving its first winter snows. ​7e were in mild troDicallike ​calm 2500 ft.+The following day we enjoyed the warm sun and swimming when Koscuisko ​was receiving its first winter snows. ​We were in mild tropical like calm 2500 ft. below the winds on the tablelands above. The ridges by now were'​closing in and appearing ​higher ​and we reckoned on soon encountering the authors of the smoky grass fires. Sure enough, as we were setting ​up camp on the parklike ​expanse 
-below the winils ​on the tablelands above. The ridgesby new were'​closing in and +at the junction of Kunderang ​Left-Branch ​Creek, the stockmen appeared. Three of them, on horseback and with dogs, were bringing cattle down the creek. ​We talked with Alex Macdonald, manager of Kunderang Station. ​The Station is eight miles downstream and on the Macleay River. The rare sight of bushwalkors is alWays remembered
-appearing' hiher and we reckoned on soon encountering the authors of the smoky' ​grass fires. Sure enough, as we were settf.n!=7, ​up cam:: on the parklike ​67,7Panse + 
-at the junction of Kunderang ​LeftBranch ​Creek, the stockmen appeared. Three of them, or horseback and with dogs7 were bringing cattle down the creek. ​'​7e. ​talked with Alex Hacdonald, manager of Kunderang Station. ​mhe Station-is eight miles downstream and on the Macleay River. The rare sight of bushwalkors is alWays remembered  +"There was a bushwalkor from Sydney during the war who came down Kunderang ​with a pushbike, Ha! Hawent and looked in the mirror to see if I was alright. ​He must have got pretty tired carrying it. Then there was another Tarty of two chaps and two girls in 1937. Then at Easter there was about 14 of them with girls and ropes - from Sydney. Came down Rowley Creek and went up Reedy. One had a red beard. ​He laughed ​alright. Could hear the laugh for miles. Next day we were mustering. Couldn'​t find the cattle for days!"​ 
-"There was a bushwalkor from Sydney during the war who cam.downqCundurang + 
-with a pushbike, Ha! Ha' wont and looked in the mirror to see .if I was alright. ​. Ho must have got pretty tired carrying it. Then there was another Tarty of-two chaps and two girls in 1937. Then at Easter there was about 14 of them with girls and ropes  ​frOm ​Sydney. Came down Rowley Creek and went up Reedy. One had a red beard. ​Ho lauched ​alright. Could hear the laugh for miles. Next day we were mustering. Couldn'​t find the cattle for days!"​ +Left-Branch Creek had the biggest flow of the side creeks and rises in the swamps of the 3800 ft. Carrai Tableland to the east. The lower part of Kunderang ​Brook becomes a wider stoney bed with more water and the valley is straighter and shows evidence of heavy flood volume. Profuse ​lemon scented ti-tree ​with up to foot thick trunks ​mingled ​with the casurinas, and after Trap Creek the red bottle brush with similar solid trunks took over. Trap Creek also brought the first granite to the river stones. This came from the spectacular ​granite cliffs looming on this side of Carrai. ​All the higher parts of Kunderang below the volcanic outcrops appeared to be weathered slates. The fires were burning very slow, as there was green under the tall, dry grass of the slopes. Our Left-Branch junction camp was illuminated in the night by the contouring rings of fires on the slopes above. 
-LeftBranch Crook had the biggest flow of the side creeks and rises in the swamps of the 3800 ft. Carrai Tableland tothe east. The lower part of Kuraerang ​Brook becomes a wider stoney bed with more water and the valley is straighter and shows evidence of heavy flood volume. Profuse ​lemonscented titree ​with up to + 
-footthick ​trunks ​miniTled ​with the casurinas, and after Trap Creek the red bottle brush with similar solid trunks took over. Trap Creek also brought the first granite +On the next morning ​we encountered one of the stockmen with the packhorses and stock horses mustered in a group at Trap Creek Junction, and had a yarn with him. His mates were up in Trap Creek and soon the smoke was rising. By this time we found there were 14 women in the Easter party of walkers and the news was still travelling and getting bigger as it went. 
-to the ri-ver ​stones. This came from the s-oectacular ​granite cliffs looming on this side of Carrai. ​2J1 the higher parts of Kunderang below the volcanic outcrops appeared to be weathered slates. The fires were burning very slow, as there was -green under the-tall,dry grass of the slopes. Our. LeftBranch junctien,​cam)2 ​was illuminated in the night by the contouring rings of fires on the slopes above. + 
-On the next =ming we encountered one of the stockmen with the packhorses +"When you're mustering, how do you manage to sort out the cattle?"​ 
-and Stock horses mustered in a group at Trap Creek Junction, and had a yard with +
-him. His mates were up in Trap Creek and soon the smoke was rising. By this time we found there were 14 women in the Easter party of walkers and the news was still travelling and getting bigger as it went. +
-"'​Then ​you're mustering, how do you manage to sort out the cattle?"​+
 "We take out the average ones, and the wild ones and the quiet ones are left. " "We take out the average ones, and the wild ones and the quiet ones are left. "
  
-dos +"Aha! that'​s ​opposite ​to the human case where the average ones are left, and the wild ones and the quiet ones taken out the wild ones to gaol and the quiet ones trampled on," Observed Alex. 
-"Ahal that'​s ​oprJosite ​to the human case Where the average ones are left, and the wild ones and the quiet ones taken out  the wild ones to gaol and the quiet ones trampled on," Observed ​.Alex. + 
-Retrieving a horse breaking from the mob sudaenly ​interrupted the conversation +Retrieving a horse breaking from the mob suddenly ​interrupted the conversation and gave us a fine example of the stockman'​s alertness and horsemanship. 
-and gave us a fine example of the stockman'​s alertness and horsomanshi-e+ 
-The Macleo.y ​River junctionwas a grand sight, a really mighty river. At +The Macleay ​River junction was a grand sight, a really mighty river. At low water now, there seemed an awful lot of water in it probably more than a normal ​Wollondilly. The river swung in great sweeps with forested grass flats long and wide. Densely massed sapling casurinas went like giant lawns for miles. We swam in the clear mild water and lunched opposite Spear Creek on an enormous ​parklike flat. Progress was very easy on the cattlepads, cutting off bends often up to quarter mile from the river. ​Appraching ​old Kunderang Station, a 
-low water new, there seemed an awful lot of water in it probably more than a normal ​7ollondilly. The river swung in great sweeps with forested grass flats +mile of high slate cliffs across the river showed the difficulties to be encountered if the river was too high and rapids ​to be crossed. A great blue pool with a fine cascading outlet below a cliff on the north side at the Station bend, was the setting for our campsite on a green grassy platform ​ten foot above the river. On the next level, a further ten foot above, was the forest, massed casurinas on one side, then gums with the strippy bark for underbody ​and odd rain forest ​things and quite a lot of yellow cedar. ​Spread ​around us was a magnificent scenic sweep of river, mountain and forest. 
-long and wide. Densely massed sapling casurinas went like giant lawns for miles. + 
-We swam in the clear mild water and lunched opposite Spear Creek on an enorucus +Kunderang ​Old Station ​unfolded ​next morning from a cliff at the back of our camp. There were miles of undulating grassed flats dotted with trees below the high surrounding forested ridges. The sheer isolation and remoteness seemed to lend enchantment to this beautiful spot. Henry Kant was not at the shack so we pressed ​on to the Apsley River junction, and were now in territory familiar to us. 
-parklike flat. Progress was very easy on the cattlepads, ​'cutting off bonds + 
-often up to quarter mile from the river. ​Lppraching ​old Kunderang Station, a +The Apsley ​was much lower than in the previous October and, although carrying a nice flow, perhaps fifty percent more than Kunderang Brook, it was no longer the battle to cross as previously, The going was easy and pleasant as usual along the pads. Just up from the Macleay junction a mile long grassy flat was rimmed ​by a scenic circle of high ridges similar again to the Bendethra scene. 
-mile of high slate cliffs across the river showed the difficulties to be encountered +Approaching Reedy Creek a high densely forested enclosure of ridges on the west side gave a "Pit of Sorrow"​ effect. 
-if the river was too high and rapid to be crossed. A groat blue pool with a fine cascading outlet below a cliff on the north side at the Station bend, was the setting for our campsite on a green grassy platform ​ton foot above the river.+ 
-On the next level, a further ten foot above, was the forest, massed casurinas on +The deep valley of Reedy Creek opens out to a large grassy flat along the Apsley. ​We were surprised to find the creek dry at the junction. The cattle ​went up Reedy Creek in a cloud of dust and this time the horses came with us. By now we were getting ​quite used to the routine of the river menagerie. Usually on rounding a bend flocks of duck would "​quack"​ "​quack"​ and take off in a hurried flapping and the. mullet ​would leap from the water. The cows would then take off trotting ahead wherever we wanted to go, and soiling the landscape for our inconvenience. The white yellow-crested ​cookies would "​squawk"​ "​squawk"​ and take off in circling scores and the "​twelve apostles"​ birds would create a loud chattering din without going farLots of small birds, gaudy -butterflies,​ lizards, goannas an odd black snake -there was always semething. Camp was made on a grassy balcony above five little rapids just past the first bend upstream from the junction of Reedy Creek. 
-one side, then gums with the strippy bark for undorbody ​and odd rainforest ​things + 
-and quite a lot nf yellow cedar. ​Spreaa ​around us was a magnificent scenic sweep of river, mountain and forest, +Stoney stretches next day brought us to Rowley creek, diminished again to only slightly flowing. Around the bend Paradise ​Rocks, probablY the most spectacular esoarpment on the river, came into, view in the south Paradise ​is a leftover piece of tableland, connected back to the main tableland by only a narrowneck ​type of causeway. At about 3500 ft. it is 2500 ft. above the river 
-Kunderanz ​Old Station ​-,​cefolded ​next morning from a cliff at the back of our +and at the cliff-girt ​northern end looks not unlike Mt. Buffalo when seen from the river. ​That night we camped by the pines just downstream from Rusdens Creek on a spot that commanded a great view of the cliffs to the southeast and The Front Tableland to the north east. In the evening and morning mists the scene suggested a New Zealand settingFurther impressive views of Paradise Rocks unfolded as we progressed upstream next morning. 
-camp. There were miles of undulating grassed flats dotted with trees below the high surrounding forested ridges. The sheer isolation and remoteness seemed to lend enchantment to this beautiful spot. Henry Kant was not at the shack so we pressea ​on to the Apsley River junction, and wore now in territory familiar to us. + 
-The Apslay ​was much lower than in the previous October and, although carrying a nice flow, perhaps fifty percent more than Kunderang Brook, it was no longer +Green Gully with its brightly ​coloured ​stones showed a surprising water flowfrom the eastand the junction ​with the Apsley was just as beautiful as ever for a swim and lunch. On rounding the horseshoe bend going up the Apsley from Green Gully, a Pidgeon House like peak of one oi the Tooth Rocks came into view in the south. This was on the end of the ridge between the Yarrowitch and the Apsley. At the Yarrowitch river junction we were surprised to find that the Yarrowitch ​had about three quarters of the water flow and the Apsley ​merely looked ​like a large creek coming ​into the Yarrowitch ​river. 
-the battle to cross as previously, The going was easy and pleasant as usual along the pads. Just up from the Macleay junction a mile long grassy flat was rimed by a scenic circle of high ridges similar again to the Bendethra scene. + 
-Approaching Reedy Crook a high densely forested enclosure of ridges on the west side gave a "Pit of Sorrow"​ effect. +Between Jones Spur and Orchard Flat the campsite looked direct at The 
-The deep valley of Reedy Creek opens out to a large grassy flat along the Apsley. ​7e re surprised to find the creek dry at the junction. The caAtle ​went up Reedy Creek in a cloud of dust an this time the horses came with us. +Tooth, 1000 ft. above, and thus decided the next day's excursion for some interesting scrambling. Roughly the area seems to be contorted weathered slates with speeping arcs of outcrops of dark reddish-brown ​to black brittle rock of apparently considerable iron content. The weathering of the slates seems to produce a better soil than that of the Silurians on the upper Shoalhaven. The outcrops string along some intriguing and quite sharp peaks. To our delight The Tooth was well populated with a sizable rock wallaby of rich reddish-brown ​thick coat and a gorgeous thick black tail. 
-By now we were setting ​quite used to the routine of the river menagerie. Usually on rounding a bend flocks of duck would "​quack"​ "​quack"​ and take off in a hurried flapping and the.mullot ​would leap from the water. The cows would then + 
-take off trotting ahead wherever we wanted to go, and soiling the landscape for our inconvenience. ​-The white yellowcrested ​cookies would "​squawk"​ "​squawk"​ and +Ascent to Paradise was made up of a very narrow ridge from the next horseshow bend upstream from Orchard Flat. The cattle by the score spread their horns and gave us a grand final rather too close inspection as we spread out our groundsheets for the final lunch in Paradise before descent to Sydney. 
-take off in circling scores and the "​twelve apostles"​ birds would create a loud chatterinc d:;n.without going farLots of Small birds, gaudy -butterflies,​ lizards, goannasan odd black snake --there was always semething. Camp was made on a grassy balcony above five little rapids just past the first bend upstream from the junction of Reedy Creek. + 
-Stoney stretches next day brought us to Rowley creek, diminished again to only slightly flowing. Around the bend Paradist ​Rocks, probablY:the'most spectacular esoarpment on the river, came into, view in the south  ​Taradise ​is a +"What would happen, Alex, if they all charged?"​ 
-leftover piece of tableland, connected back to the main tablelandby only a + 
-narrowneck ​tr)e of causeway. At about 3500 ft. it.is 2500 ft. above the river +"They won'​t ​charge." Even Gordonquite used to charging, was unimpressed by the bovine ​discernment. 
-and at the cliffgirt ​northern end looks not 'unlike Mt. Buffalowhen teen from the river0 ​That night We camped by the pines just downstream from Rusdens Creek on a spet that commanded a great view of the cliffs to the southeast and The + 
-Front Tableland to the north east. In the evening and morning mists the scone +About 7 miles to Jacksons and another 5 to Moona Plains, then Ray's cab brought us 23 miles to Charlie'​s ​Cafe at Walcha ​after a weeks trip to remember. 
-suggested a New Zealand setting Further impressive views of Paradise Rocks unfolded as we .progressed upstreamnext morning. + 
-Green Fully with its brightly ​co3oured ​stones showed a surprising water flowfrom the castAnd the junction ​.7:​ijth ​the Apsley was just as beautiful as ever fora swim and lunch. On rounding the horsushoe bond going up the Apsley +Trips duration: 9 days\\ 
-from Green Gully, a Pidgeon House like peak of one oi the Tooth Rocks came .into +Season: Last week in April, 1968.\\ 
-view in the south. This was en the end of the ridge between the Yarrowitch +Distance: About 80-miles.\\ 
-and .the.Apsley. At the Yarrowitch river junction we were surrea -th find that the Yarrowitch ​hoZL.about three quarters of the water flow and the Appley ​merely +River depth: Macleay 2ft. 8 ins, .at Bellbrook.\\ 
-looked ​liken large creek comig into the :​D,​rrowitch ​river. +Lands Dept. Maps: Kangaroo Flat 9335-IV-S 31680 Green Gully 9335-IV-N 31680 Carrai-s (Planimetric Prov.) 9336-II&​III 50,000 Apsley(provisional) 9235-I-N 31680 
-.Between Jones Spur and Orchard Flat the campsite looked direct at The + 
-Tooth, 1000 ft. above, and thus decided the next day's excursion for some +**Walks** 
-interesting scrambling. Roughly the area seems to be contorted weathered + 
-slates with speeping arcs of outcrops of dark reddishbrown ​to black brittle +The first weekend of the new walks programme has a weekend trip lead by Snow Brown. For those who don't know him - Snow is the oldest gentleman who walks around with stooped shoulders. He is also extremely unfit, for walking that is. The trip is going from Carlons Farm, Splendor Rock, Yellow Dog, Cox'​s ​River, Galery Creek, Carlons Farm. The walk will cover quite a variety of walking, tracks, ridges, river banks and rocky creeks. The view from Splendor Rock is'​even better than the name implies. This trip is 24 miles long is of medium type and is a test walk. Snows phone No. is 151927 (B). 
-rock of apparently considerable iron content. The weathering of the slates seems to produce a better soil than that of the Silurians on the upper Shoalhaven. The outcrops string along some intriguing and quite sharp peaks. To our delight The Tooth was well populated with a sizable rock wallaby of rich reddishbrown ​thick boat and a gorgeous thick black tail. + 
-Ascent to Paradise was made up of a very narrow ridge from the next horseshow bend upstream from Orchard Flat. The cattle by the score spread their +The trip on Sunday the 2nd June is lead by Jim Calloway. It is of 11 medium miles and is a test walk. Jim is going to Heathcote by the 8.20 a.m, train from Central. Buy tickets, return to Waterfall. 
-horns and gave us a grand final rather too close inspection,as we spread out our groundsheets for thefinal lunch in Paradise before descent to Sydney. + 
-"711ht would happen, Alex, if they all charged?"​ +**Queens birthday long weekend** 
-"They won'​t ​Charge." Even Geldonquitb used to charging, was unimpressed by the bovine ​discernm'​en.t, + 
-About 7 miles to JaCksons ana another 5 to Moona Plains, then .Rays dab +The snow fanatic Wyborn is at it again. A ski touring trip to Kosciusko and the main range, a base camp will be made at Lake Cootapatamba. Last year there was no snow - this year you may need a shovel to get out of your tent. Special equipment will be needed for this trip so you should give plenty of warning if you intend going on the trip. Ross will be able to give you more advice as to what is needed. Ross sleeps near 575218 (H). 
-brought us 23 iAles to Charlicts ​Cafe at 7alcha ​after a week's trip to remember.+There is no other trip planned for this weekend so come in the Wednesday before with your ideas, you will probably get a few bods to go with you. 
 + 
 +**15th-16th June** 
 + 
 +Saturday start a 15 mile medium test walk. To be co-lost by Ros Painter and Spot Noble. This is a private transport, leaving the cars at Pearces Pass. The trip will pass through the Blue Gum Forest via the Grose River. The escape route is up Coalmine Creek and back to the cars....Dot Noble is sitting on the phone on 844497 (H) 
 + 
 +**Orienteering contest** 
 +The orienteering contest will be held on saturday 1st June, 1968. 
 + 
 +Competing teams will be given maps and map references and they will required to complete a circuit visiting all marked check points. They may also be required to perform certain tasks involving knowledge of map reading and compass. Points will be allotted for time of completing course and performance of tasks.
  
-9 daYS 
-Last week in April, 1968. 
-About 80-miles. 
-Macleay .2f-t. 8 ins, .at Bellbrook. 
-Kangaroo Flat 9335IVS 31680 
-Green Gully 9335IVN 31680 (Planil,​etric Prey.) 9336II&​III 50,000 .(provisional) 9235I N 31680 
-imrmlimemos 
-TRIP DURATIONs SEASON: 
-DISTANCEp 
-RIVER DEPTHs 
-LANDS DEPT. IT.LPSt 
-Carrais Apsloy 
-74L17, 
-The first wedkend of the new walks programme has a weekend trip lead by Snow Brown. For those who don't know him  Snow is the oldest gentleman who walks around with stooped shOulders. He is also extremely unfit, for walking that is. The trip is going from Carbons Farr, Splendor Rock, Yellow Dog, Cox's River, Gabory Creek, Carbons Farm. The walk will cover quite a variety of walking, tracks, '​ridges,​ river banks ana rocky creeks. The view. from Splendor Rock is 'even better that the name This trip is 24 miles long is of medium type and is a test walk. Snows phone No. is 151927 (B). 
-The trip on Sunday the 2nd June is lead by Jim Calloway. It is of 11 medium miles and is a test walk. Jim is Going to Heathcote by the 8.20 a.m, train from Central. Buy tickets, return to rlaterfall. 
-QUEENS BIRTHDAY LONG rEEKEND. 
-The snow fanatic Yborn is at it again. A ski touring trip to Kosciusko and the main range, a base camp will be made at Lake Cootapatamba. Last year there was no snow this year you may need a shovel to get out of your tent. Special equippett will be needed for this trip so you should give plenty of warning if you intend going on the trip. Ross will be able to give you more advise as to what is needed. Ross sleeps near 575218 (H). 
-There is no other trip planned for this weekend so come in the redm:sday before with your ideas, you will probably ​ get a few beds to go with you. 
-15TH-16TH JUNE 
-Saturday start a 15 mile medium test walk. To be colost by Roe Painter and Spot Noble. This is a private transport, leaving the cars at Pearces Pass. The trip will -pass through the Blue Gum Forest via the Grose River  the escape route is up Coalmine Creek and back to the cars....Dot Noble is sitting on the phone on 844497 (H) 
- ​ORIENT=ING COUTEST. Illeori-GIA-"​cingdoritt.wir-bollela-:​0S-atur.clan 1st June, 1968. 
-Competing teams will be given maps and map references and they will V'​e-.6quirei to complete a circuit visiting all marked check points. They may also be required to perform certain tasks involving knowledge of map reading and compass. Points will be allotted for time of completing boUrse and performance .of. tasks. 
 Teams must consist of not less than two and not more than three persons. Teams must consist of not less than two and not more than three persons.
-There will be two routes suited. to varying ​ capabilities. 1. Open 
-. 2. Mixed. 
-Contest is only open to.MemborS of affiliated clubs, of Federation of Bus wlking 
-- 
-Clubs.  
-Trophies will be presented to the winningterliin. each grade. - 
-All competitors who complete the course will be awarded cloth badges. 
-IT.B. Trophies and badges will be presented at a  camp fire to be held on the Saturdayinight. 
-See Paddy for Rules and Entrz Forms  these 7.,re.lso available in the Clubroom and. be- sure to:Laail the forms off immediatel to Paddy  
-6 . , 
-cpW' 
  
-fi +There will be two routes suited to varying capabilities.\\ 1. Open\\ ​ 
-j..1 +2Mixed.\\ 
 +Contest is only open to members of affiliated clubs, of Federation of Bushwalking Clubs.
  
-1'​0E:​AY,​ FINCH AND I'7ILL ATTEMTT'​THE FINAL -ASSAULT.+Trophies will be presented to the winning team in each grade.\\  
 +All competitors who complete the course will be awarded cloth badges.\\  
 +N.B. Trophies and badges will be presented at a camp fire to be held on the Saturday night.
  
 +See Paddy for Rules and Entry Forms - these are also available in the Clubroom and be sure to mail the forms off immediately to Paddy. ​
 =====Obituary===== =====Obituary=====
  
- - MRS. MARGARET SMITH (nee TURNDR+**Mrs Margaret Smith (nee Turner)** 
-It is our sad duty to report that one of the persons lost their lives in the recent ​Thine tragedy in Now Zealand, was soMeonee ​well known to many Sydney ​B ushwalkers. She was Mrs. Margaret Smith (nee Turner) who was herself a Member ​of the Sydney ​Bushwalkors+ 
-Margaret was born in Scotland and came to Australia when she -. was 5 years old. She joined the Club in 1935. In 1939 she married+It is our sad duty to report that one of the persons lost their lives in the recent ​Wahine ​tragedy in Now Zealand, was someone ​well known to many Sydney ​Bushwalkers. She was Mrs. Margaret Smith (nee Turner) who was herself a member ​of the Sydney ​Bushwalkers. 
 + 
 +Margaret was born in Scotland and came to Australia when she was 5 years old. She joined the Club in 1935. In 1939 she married
 Mr. Fred Smith and went to live in Orange, thereby curtailing her Mr. Fred Smith and went to live in Orange, thereby curtailing her
 walking activities. In 1962 she moved to Lane Cove and had lived there ever since. walking activities. In 1962 she moved to Lane Cove and had lived there ever since.
-ThoseBushwalkers who knew Margaret may remember thatshe was at the 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Ye Olde Crusty ​Tavoin+ 
-A Memorial Service was hela for her at Lane Cove. Sho-iS .stir,​vived ​by her husband, a daughter, a son and a +Those Bushwalkers who knew Margaret may remember that she was at the 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Ye Olde Crusty ​Tavern. 
-grana-daughter;,Ti:5 her family and friends ​TO can only offer our Sincerest ​sympathy  + 
-.INSTRUCTIONAL W.LLY, ​21st, 22nd 23rd June. +A Memorial Service was held for her at Lane Cove. 
-This is to be held at Konangaroo Clearing. Starters will be grouped into + 
-teams-and each team will take a different route. Prospectives will do all the +She is survived ​by her husband, a daughter, a son and a 
-navigating. ​Tlerfbers ​will only be present to make sure the team does not r,3ot too lost. (17ho said the member could finlhis ​way anyway?​) Parties will zo +grand-daughter. ​To her family and friends ​we can only offer our sincerest ​sympathy
-dawn Howling Dog, Yellow Pup, Merrigal ​Crock, Blue Dog etc. + 
-As extra time is needed to organize this trip, please contact-Ross 7yborn, +**Instructional walk** 
-700400 Extension 43 (business No.) before ​Tioanesdaq:​42th ​June or see him in + 
-the Clubrooml ​on the 12th June. '​ .+21st, 22nd 23rd June. 
 + 
 +This is to be held at Konangaroo Clearing. Starters will be grouped into teams and each team will take a different route. Prospectives will do all the navigating. ​Members ​will only be present to make sure the team does not get too lost. (Who said the member could find his way anyway?) Parties will go down Howling Dog, Yellow Pup, Merrigal ​Creek, Blue Dog etc. 
 + 
 +As extra time is needed to organize this trip, please contact Ross Wyborn, 700400 Extension 43 (business No.) before ​Wednesday 12th June or see him in the Clubroom ​on the 12th June. '​ .
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