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Established June 1931 z 0 Bati 4er-ken:1.K A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to the Sydney Bush Walkers Incorporated, Box 4476 GPO, Sydney 2001. Club meetings are held every Wednesday 'evening at 8 pm at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy Street, 1Cirribilli (near Milson's Point Railway Station). Visitors and prospective members are welcome any Wednesday. To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager. Spiro Hajirtakitas Telephoner 332 3452 (II) 681 4874 (B) (Fax) 892 1036 Joy Hynes, 36 Lewis St., Dee Why 2099 Telephone:-982 2615 (h), 888 3144 (w) George Gray, telephone: 876 6263 Kath Brown - 103 Gipps S. Drtunmoyne 2047 Morag Ryder Kenn Clacher, Kay Chan, Bar ne Murdoch, Margaret. Niven and Les Powell , EDITOR iusDIEss MANAGER PRODUCTION MANAGER. TYPIST AND,LAY-OUT ILLUSTRATOR PRINTERS JANUARY 1993.
Easter Among the Bilbies ' Croajingolong National Park Conservation - Letter to Gladys Roberts How I Joined -the SEW - Part 1 Letter from NSW Nat.Parks & Wildlife Service The Stone Bridge The December General Meeting The “Landslide” Cyclorama Point Adyertisements y Dot Butler Page Stuart, Brooks -2. Alex C011ey )4. “Puffing , Billy” T Pat Harrison 9 Barry Wallace 11 Geoff. Grace 12 15 17 Paddy Pallin - Leaders in Adventure 8 'Eastwood Camping Centre 14 Willis's Walkabouts 18 *# PAGE 2 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER by Dot Butler JANUARY 1993 EASTER AMONG THE BILBIES' ' A' large-range of stall native animals exists in Australia. They were once more widely distributed but, as any bushwalker knows, they are rarely, if ever, sighted. The main reasons for their disappearance are twofold - the-destruction of habitat by clearing, grazing and burn-ing, and the depredations of feral animals (pigs, goats,.cattle, foxes, donkeys and CATS). Many native species Are extinct and many are endangered. The. last refuge of many is wilderness. One of our commonest small animals was the bandicoot. Three of our known varieties are thought to be extinct, and five are endangered, among them-the bilby,-about the size of a rabbit or cat. It has been named by the United Nations as one of the world's most beautiful animals. It was -shat for-sport; -or because horses tripped in its burrows, and many were caught in rabbit traps. By early this century it had disappeared from most of its former inland range: One Of its retreats is Davenport Downs Station on the Diamentina plains of Queensland, so I jumped at the opportunity to go there last Easter with my daughterRomats husband Jack. Between June 1990 and July 1992 Jack (Professor John Pettigrew) has led.9 expeditions to thissTextensive bilby. colony. As Directer of the Vision, Touch and Hearing Centre of the University of Queensland he has been studying the vision of birds, which Is very relevant to the study of human vision, but,. at the Same time, a grant from the Australian Research Council enabled him to study the impact of. dingoes and feral cats on the bilbies. Having brought about the extinction of our own native “tiger”, the, tkylacine, we are now. replacingityith our own “tiger” - the feral CAT. these animals grow to an enormous size - a metre long not counting the tail, and stand twice the height of a'domestic cat.' They can pull down. a small wallaby. and are rapidly causing the extinction of our small_ mamals, birds and lizards. , Travelling in Jack's 4WD with his _assistant and my two small granddaughters, Tara and Chloe, we covered the 1,300 km from Brisbane in one day, witnessing en route at Mount Isa a typically Australian Easter carnival - billy-goat racing down the cordoned-off wide main street, and contests in which'burly countrymen ran a course with a 25 kg bag of cement hugged to their chest. We reached our destination that night, a huge cattle property. Next morhing was “Easter Bunny” day. However a'Queensland confectioner, scorning this introduced pest, has manufactured attractive little chocolate “Easter Bilbies”. We had bought a stock of these and in the morning hid them around the farm property and the littlies had much fun following the cloes to their whereabouts. JANUARY 1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE 3 The next day off we went' over the vast Mitchell Grass plains to Jack's study area amongst a grove of doolibars on the bank of a creek. Night was drawing on as we, started to erect the tents, using the car as one tentpole. Suddenly the grandfather of a willy-willy smote us; the tent-pegs pulled out of the sandy soil and the tents flapped madly upwards. My groundsheet took off like a dervish and disappeared forever across the plain in a cloud of dust. I spent the night in the more sheltered creek bed under a huge coolibar tree. Our days were spent at various places across the plain climbing trees to peer into stick nests and count the letterwing kite eggs or young, and at night we would go in the car, spot-lighting to'count the bilbies, which are night feeders. The ground was peppered with holes of native rats and bilbies,'the bilby holes being distinguished by being nice and tidy at the entrance in contrast to the untidy rats' holes. Bilbies would skitter across our spot-light beam, the white slash on their tail making them easy to spot. Jack came back later in July, when the creeks were so densely populated with cats that a spot-light shone at dusk, just before the cats go hunting on the Plains, made the creek appear as if the bordering trees had been decorated. with Christmas lights. Virtually every tree had a pair of eyes shining,back, and some trees had as many as nine. pairs of eyes. The next day, in a single pass dovn'the creek, 79 cats were shot from 73 tree, all perched on kite nests on what had been a thriving colony of letterwing kites at Easter. Jack's findings, a full page spread on the front page of the Brisbane Courier Mail, resulted in six Army sharpshooters being sent at the'request of the Queensland MiniSter for the Environment, Mr. Comben. They eliminated another 400 cats from this same tiny area- three weeks later. There appeared to be no dramatic change in cat numbers in the other study areas, even though these areas had an equally large population of native rats. Jack is of the opinion that dingoes help to keep down cat numbers. In places where dingoes have been shot out for the bounty ($10 a scalp - Finchy and Barry Wallace take note!) the cats are in plague proportions. LANDCARE - the Federal Government's Yoiith Employment program, aims to employ young out-of-workers in improving and protecting the environment. It willtake in 9,000 this financial-jear. Feral animal control is part of the work envisaged. 15 to 17 year,olds will ,be paid $125 a week, and lg to 20 year olds $150, plus living and travel allowances. This sounds like a useful way keen yOling boYs and girls can do a good job saving our native animals and having adventure at the same time. If the proposed bounty on the scalps of cats as proposed by Jack ($5 a scalp) is brought in, think of the money that can be made! * * * * * * * Traced by Morag Ryder from a Courier Mail photograph. PAGE 4_ THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER JANUARY 1993 ' Croajingolon National Park by Stuart Brooks Croajingolong is a relatively new National Park, amalgathating several smaller ones and some additional areas to form a continuous strip from Cape Howe to Bemm River, except for the Mallacoota township section. We planned to walk the length of the park., This was mainly Alan's idea, as he wished to be able to comment on a plan of management for the park soon to be released in draft. form. As a leading light in the “Friends of Croajingolong” he felt some input was imece8sary to ensure protection of some sensitive areas. There are'fOui large inlets to cross and a number of smaller ones. Out plan was to walk from Mallacoota to Cape Howe and return (3 OW', then from Bemm River to Mallacoota (8 days). Our first hurdle, the Mallacoota Inlet, was solved by engaging the services of the local boat hire business (Mr. Rankin). He ferried us across and promised to pick us up at-the same spot in a couple of days. Lake Barracoota is a large freshwater lake about 8 km from Mallacoota and 1 km inland. Bounded inland by forests and shorewards by immense sand dunes it proved a 'pleasant enough site for a camp for two nights. It is a 10 km walk along beaches to Cape Howe. A year or so before we had-stood under Cape Howe obelisk with Somebushwalker friends from Hobart after a walk through Nadgee - we now felt we had'“done” Cape Howe. The next section Of our walk started from Bemm River. We had left a car at Mallacoota (outside the Police Station) and stayed overnight at “Cosy Nook”, a fishermens retreat run by Di and Don. Don had agreed to ferry us across Sydenham:Inlet - our second major obstacle, so long as we were ready to leave by 7.00 am. This proved no trouble as every fisherman staying at “Cosy N6o0, took it on himself to knock on our cabin door, starting at first light (5A0 am)., So by 8,00 am we were on our way along the long, long beach to Tabobn Inlet - our third large obstacle.. Soft sand, 8-day packs and enough water, for the day made for slow going. There are usually a few boats on Tamboon Inlet as it is a popular fishing spot. Today'was no exception. An obliging couple on a day's sailing gave .us a lift over, saving a long swim, or a short but precarious wade across th e-mouth. Our first-campsite was about 3 km further on at Clinton Rocks CrRek - plenty of fresh Water and a grassy flat, just what we needed. Next day was a bit more varied - a few kilometres of rocky Shore, about 7 km of beach, a' bush track across Cape Everard, which picked up the road from the Point Hicks lighthouse.. This led around to the N.P. camp on the Thurra River. Being a weekencLit was fairly busy but is so laid out that campers don't intrude on each other. We found a spot close to the day area which is equipped with tables and fireplaces, and right on the bank of the river. The river is fresh, and about 70 metres wide but is very shallow on a sandy bottom. The next day was a “lay day” -.but Alan had arranged an inspection of the lighthouse. “This is one of 'many lighthouses being de-commissioned by the Commonwealth so its future is uncertain.. It is a beautiful and historic place and the “Friends” hope it will become part of the Park and hence protected from vandalism and decay. We spent several hours here with the keeper exploring the lighthouse and its attendant buildings and hearing a lot of its history. On the walk back we decided to have an early dinner in Heti of lunch, C_ Xt. To Eden; Mapping Information The fotiouring sheets in the 1:100.000 AUSLIG (formerly NAIMAP)iertes which provide even greater detail, are available at outlets for AUSLIG. 1 Eden. 8823. 2 Malli000ta. 8822; a Cann. 8722 A walk along a moderately steep 'track to Genoa Peak rewards - you wah magnificent views of _. the coast and ranges. ?icnic laciklies are available. Orbost and Melbourne Croajingolong National Park ;11 - ) r Princes Highway , Bemm aiver 441- - To- Ct. ww.., Sydennam Inlet Sydenham Inlet is quite-shallow and suitable only for small –. boats There is good fishing near the entrance. Most of the Inlet is outside the Park. You can camp at Bemm River. where good facilities are provided Ternbooit Inkit t Access to Tamboon Inlet gained by two roads. both outside the Park_ This picturesque estuary can only be seen by boat There is a launching ramp at Furnell Landing. The settlement at Tamboon South is private properly: owners rights should be respected. Camping is available on Peach Tree Creek. at the end of Fisherman's Track. Lighthouse \ / Point Hicks Point Hicks lighthouse Reserve is under Commonwealth control. There are picnic facilities for day visitors in the carneine area near the Reserve. 11113 Seated Road There are campgrounds at the mouths of the Thum' and Mueller Rivers with pit toilels. Fireplaces and picnic tables are provided at Thuvra. 11113 13 CO ill eiDrinking Wider Fishing .15 Remote arid serene, WIngsn Inlet is accessible by private vehicles. Fresh water, camping sites, pi toilets, fireplaces and picnic tables are provided. Attractions include abundant wildlife. walking tracks, estuary fishing and beautiful surrounds. ' The toad is not suitable for caravans. 11110113111111 .13111111111 to.- TuBaberpe . GADO* . MAW 1 4 Wane lighthouse About 560 km east ol Melbourne. Mallacoota is a scenic spot for family holidays. Activities such as swimming. fishing. boating.-bushwalking. beachcombing and picnicking are all popular. Opportunities to see wildlife. bottron land and water. are excellenl. Camping. hotel arid motel accommodation is available in Matiacoola township. There are a number of picnic areas around the Inlet -Many are accessible by boat only. Seeathreti r brochure “Discovenng Mattacoota Inter for details of this ea Utile Herne Head Attractions at Shipwreck Creek 6. include camping. swimming and businvalking. LEGEND 13 Camping gp -toilets Point Hicks has been the Subled of much debate_ It is famous for being the first land sighted by Lieutenant Zachary Hicks on Captain James Cook's tourney along the east coast of Australia in 1770 However the point recorded in the ships diary. lace on rnapi is actually in 50 fathoms of water and 12 nautical miles from the coast Unsealed Road Walking jNational Park pa Fireplace -Tables Canoeing 0 2 4 6 1 1=1 1 (1 Conservation & 12 Boat Launching Swimming IN Nature walk la Environment eripire4 Efthirek ii.Dern. I./1: Kilometres G/6146 a Cann River voingarTInlef- ' To Borntiela and Centernt , Alfred National Park PAGE 6 . - THE SYDNEY *BUSHWALKER JANUARY 1993 then press onto the Mueller River campsite (about 3 km) to cut down the length of next day's walk to Wingan Inlet. Mueller River campsite is primitive - a few sites on the grass behind the dunes on the edge of the inlet. ' There is no fresh water here and no open fires are permitted. The mouth of the river was closed so we crossed with ease early next morning. The next day brought more beaches and rocky headlands culminating in a cut track through the thick and scrubby bush behind Rare Head. There is a cut track Out to the trig on Rame Head (about 2 km)., well worth the visit. Wingan. Inlet has another very pleasant N.P. camp areaset about 2 km in from th'e mouth of the inlet. it is reached from the beach along a long board walk through swamps and ti-tea scrub. Being 'a weekday there were few car campers around, and all were inconspicuous ,because of the thick forest and the well-planned layout. There is a large grassy area for walkers with abundant fresh water from 'a spring. We planned a lay day here, both to explore the mouth Of the inlet for , possible'place to cross, aid to walk some of the “tourise'foot tracks through the rainforest and _ magnificent dunes around the inlet. We had completed our walks and fOU:nd.'a feasible way across the inlet (involving a 50 metre swim) and' wete on our I4ay'back to..caMp when we heard a'pleasant sound - the put-put Of an outboard motor. ' One ofithe car campers. had brought his car-topper in to do a little: fishing on the inlet. He “agreed t,pferry us over - one by one, early next morning, so we had a pleasant afternoon around camp washing, 1)eparing dinner and discouraging the numerous large, over-fed goannas prowling the campsites for handouts. With their 2-inch scimitar claws they make you rather nervous as they lumber within inches of the very fragile (and expensive) nylon tents in search of tid-bits. .` From Wingham Inlet on, the:route is mostly inland along little-used dual tracks winding through forest and across moors covered in wildfloviers, an agreeable change from soft sand.. We had lunch where the track hit S the coast about ,14 km'on, at a spot behind-a little beach backed by high rock. walls and a gushing'cataract.. As-it was only a few “k” on to our campsite at Benedore River, we indulged ourselves with a long lunch, a plunge in the sea and a shower under the waterfall. : Alan had been luring us along with tales of the breath-taking campsite on the Benedore , When we eventually found it, it proved almost allhe said - except it had no fresh water as the inlet here is very brackish. We were only Saved by Harry having left his glasses at our lunch spot: As he had to go back to retrieve them we pressed all our empty water containers on him, starting' dinner with the water we had with-us. Onwards -the track leads through forest and moor again. There is a 3 km diversion out to the trig on Little Rame Head which offers extensive views along the coast and our first glimpses of Mallacoota. On to the N.P. camp area at Shipwreck Creek for our, last camp. We again occupied the day area withits-table and fireplace and were joined by a,young 'couple on a day trip from Mallacoota. We were soon coercing Harry to go back into Mallacocta with them to pick up his car and save us a long roadbash on the morrow. He returned with more than his car some cold cans and a bottle of rough red to celebrate our last cmapfire. With time on our hands we spent the next morning exploring the coast ,around the mouth of Shipwreck Creek, a fascinating area for rock lovers, botanists and beach combers. And so back to Bemm River and Cosy Nook - with Alan reasonably happy with the results of our eleven-day trek. * * * * * *.* * * * * JANUARY 1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE/ Conse rvat ion A 4 THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS SENT TO CLUB MEMBER, GLADYS ROBERTS Postal Address Box 4476 G.P.O. SYDNEY 2001 3rd December 1992 Dear Gladys, I am pleased to tell you that at last night's Committee Meeting the Treasurer, Erith Hamilton, told us that she had received a cheque for $930 from the Australian Conseryation Foundation. This represented your donation, less their commission of 7%. The Committee was very appreciative of your gift. They asked me to convey this to yon and decided to add $70 from Club funds - to it and place it in the Club's Conservation Fund. It will then be invested in a government security which should yield some $80 a year' for a long time to come. The interest from the fund is used to promote conservation. Last year $130 was presented to Tim Moore to establish the Wilderness Fund, $300 was given to the Colong Foundation for Wilderness (of which I am Hon. Sec.), $200 given to the Blue Mountains World Heritage Committee and $100 to the NorthEast Forest Alliance. Joe Turner opened the Conservation Fund with a donation of $500 some years ago. The Committee hopes your gift will inspire others to tollow, I believe 'a :donation to the Club's' Conservation Fund is the. most effective way of ensuring the money will be spent on preserving what isleft of the bush. , 101.14r , 00- Pr Yours sincerely; A. G. COLLEY OAM, 1-1011. Conservation ,Secretary. EARTH WIND FIRE RAIN GORE-TEX VALUE THE BARCOO. $249 The Tanami Barcoo jacket is now available at all Paddy Palk stores. At $249.00 it represents outstanding value for money for a fully - featured Gore-Tex rainshell. The Barcoo passed with flying colours the stringent tests carried out by W.L. Gore as part of their Guaranteed To Keep You Dry programme. The Barcoo is mid thigh length and features seamfree shoulders, a waterproof front closure, external drawcord and 2 large volume pockets. Available in Red and Mid Blue THE PADDY PALLIN CLUB Back in June we launched The Paddy Pallin Club in order to stay in touch with regular customers. 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So did everyone else, born and reared on the endless plains of South Auatralia. Eicepting, that is, the cliffs, alOng-the Riirer Murray, some of which were a staggering 30 metres high. And perpendicular, to boot. South Australians came hundreds of kilometres to view those awesome precipices. Still do. Thus enducated and aged eighteen. in the by-gone age of steam, I ventured to the veryend of the known world, namely to the fabled metropolis of Sydney, and there began my working life. Two years later I nostalgically' decided to make a Christmas visit to my State of nativity; but I was daunted by a worrisome thought: what to say when,as a returning world travellerI was asked, “What do you think of the Blue Mountains?” And I should. have to confess that I had never seen them: I could see the incredulity on their faces and hear their Shocked voices as they responded, “But they're almost in Sydney!” I'could not face the shame; I had to see the Blue Mountains first. So I visited a railway ticket window to enquire the minimum cost of a return to'Katoomba. “Seven and six,” replied the ticket man. “S;g-Seven and s-s'-six,” I s-stammered in ,shock, for that was almost a year's Savings. By the time I paid my board and fares to work, I had 25 cents per week to cover clothes, text books and chasing girls. But I had to see those mountains, so there was only one thing for it From :my'-ader brother when he joined the army, I had inherited a tapered-frame 1-oath-racing bicycle of ultra-modern design. Three gears, no less. Thus a Friday afternoon came when I mounted the saddle after work, with some sandwiches and clothing in a make-shift haversack on my back and a flimsy blanket roll'on the handlebars. As I passed Penrith in the very last light of the evening afterglow, huge black clouds began massing above the western horizon, looming larger and blacker as the darkness got darker. I peddled towards the menacing storms, frantically searching for some shelter as I had no storm clothes. But then, the awesome truth struck me. They were not clouds; I was looking fair and :square at the Blue Mountains, towering above me. My adrenalin gland went directly into overdrive Now'you,who are veterans of the_up-and-down world may well scoff at my reaction to the gentle slopes of Lapstone Hill; but, please remember:,-, my previous altitude record had been those cliffs of the River Murray. Tv say that I was excited would only begin to describe my state. Indeed, I was atop Lapstone Hill and looking back in awe at the blinking sparklets of distant Sydney (which'stopped at Parramatta in those days) before I realised that my legs were tired from the uphill push, while my mouth devoured the first-of my kindly landlady's sandwiches, my eyes devoured the panorama of fairy lights below. Wow! Now I could tell an enthralling tale even if I went no further.' , But Katoomba lay 'somewhere in the rising dark ahead; I had to go on. Reaching Lawson at about 10.30, I slept in the shed of the school. My parents were both teachers, so the prospect of being roused out by the local PAGE 1.0 THE' SY-1)N.EYFIUSHWALKER JANUARY 1993 headmaster held no terrors for me - I knew the placatory formulae. Next morning at about 6.30 I topped the rise at Leura and was almost stunned by the view southwards, down Leura Valley to the cliffs of Mount Solitary and King's Tableland, though the names were as yet unknown to me. 'Enthralled in the iolden-light of morning,I could notsee the slopes of the Jamieson Valley and evefything. that I could; see beyond the Leura,foreground was vertical - Plumb-bobHvertical. ,Perpendipular. Everything - the whole scene. Not a'horizontal anywhere. And the puniness of those.Murray'River cliffs was indelibly' Impressed on my In that one moment, I became a captive and, trite though it may soUnd, my life has never, been the same since. Racing on to Katoomba,. I asked the mandatory, “Where to find the Three Sisters?” However; before proceeding thdnce, I had to attend to a necessity. The glimpse from 'Leura had shown me that there were no roads out there; no towns, no houses, even: It was like the. ogen, eMpty spaces aroundi us at home; but vertical. I knew now that no five minute gawk from Echo Point could satisfy me; I would need some sort of victuals for an overnight,sortie'into the country I had seen. Thus, I bought a half-loaf of bread and two lamb chops in Lurline Street. Goggling at the view from Echo Point, I soon became aware of/frustration. The scene was tantalisingly incomplete. To my right, the cliffs of, Narrow Neck (I now knew the names from a free locality map) formed _a barrier beyond which I could not see, while similarly to the left King's Tableland barred the view. These, however,still left a wide vista of verticality to the front;- but this vista was the cliffs of Mount Solitary, totally blocking the view of who knows what perpendicular enthralments beyond. I just had to see them. Hiding the bike in the bush, I walked as far west as Orphan Rock. No success - - Solitary was unmOving. I started walking down Federal Pass (too poor for 5c on the Scenic RailWay).and, never having descended into the very bowels of the earth before, I waSAialf expecting Old Nick to raise his head to claim me as his own. However, the track flattened out at last and I found myself . wandering along with the Three Sisters in view and' ever more vertically above me. Around midday I stopped by a stream for a brew-up in my jam-tin billy, supplemented by grilled chop sandwiches. On unwrapping the meat, I found it somewhat mobile. Unworried, I washed the wildlife off in the stream. This, remember, was before the days of local refrigeration, when the Coolgardie safe was state-of-the-art technology. Correction; terms like technology and state-of-the-art had not entered the lexicon, the hype 'merchants still confining their talents to religion. Just as modern, also, was the newspaper in which the butcher had wrapped my chops. Not until decades later did the do-gooders warn me that it harboured animalcules more dangerous than my 200-metre fall on Mount French, New Zealand, the survival of which started my now-unshakable belief in supernatural intervention, despite many friends' claims that the Great Architect of the mountains would never haVe intervened on my bahalf By late afternoon I had breasted Leura _Cascades, looking back over my shoulder to see if any new vistas, were opening, but alas, the vista was unchanging - Mount Solitary and more Mount Solitary.. I could new ramble on about my subsequent adventures that weekend', such as my return to Sydney, through 40.plus heat with 7 punctures to be mended-,along the way, followed by three days in bed with heat stroke; but that would not be really pertinent to the conclusion to which I am proceeding. JANUARY 1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER 'PAGE 11 Arrived back in Sydney after regaling my. Adelaide friends with tales of Blue Mountains escapades thatzadkuthe.:afbregaiii Columbus appear like a cut- lunch Charlie, I Was still piqued because inwardly I knew that I had not seen the Blue Mountains, , All I.had seen was frustrating Mount Solitary. “How do I get to see what lies behind it?” I asked my Sydney friends ad nauseam. “You have to join the bush walkers,” they replied with equal nauseam. Thus the die was cast., *#!, , END PART ONE. THE NSW NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE sent the following letter to the Club's Walks Secretary, Bill Holland:- Dear.Mr Holland, Occasionally =members of bushwalking clubs may experience difficulties because organised walks may have been planned on lands managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service without a full understanding of the Service's local key rules which govern such activities. I refer specifically to Nadgee Nature Reserve, a popular walking location, on the far south coast of NSW. Although Nadgee is not a declared wilderness area, much of it has effectively been managed as wilderness, and certain rules have been in place for many years to help protect its natural state. Bushwalking (ie backpacking) is by permit only with a maximum of twenty (20) walkers permitted at any one time in the Reserve. That is, if twenty walkers are in the Reserve no other walkers would normally be permitted during the same period. We try to eneourage small walking groups (say 7 or 8) rather than large groups (say 15 to 20) as, from past experience, several small groups tend to have less adverse impact on the area than large groups. It also provides the opportunity for individuals or other small groups to use the Reserve at the same time rather than the Reserve being dominated by a large single group to the exclusion of others. Bookings must be in advance and are taken no more than three months before the proposed walk. This should give any walk co-ordinator ample time to plan ahead. Walk co-ordinators should not expect Service staff to make special dispensation to their group if the Reserve is already fully booked. In all cases walk co-ordinators should contact this office beforefinalising Plans. I would be grateful if you could make this information available to all of your club's members, preferably by printing this letter in your club's newsletter. Yours faithfully, K. R. Margus, Superintendent - Eden Disirict. PAGE 12 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER JANUARY - 993 THE STONE'BRIDGE by Pat Harrison (The author, Pat Harrison, a long-time member of the Catholic Walkers, also joined SBW for some years in the 1960s and early 1970s. He specialised in trips into the less-often visited parts of our local mountains, and regularly proved he was a first-rate pathfinder. The area mentioned is on the southern 'side of the Hunter River valley, with Doyles Creek flowing from the divide between the Hunter and Macdonald River systems, and entering the Hunter near Jerry's Plains, west of Singleton.) There is a natural arch in the sandstone cliff alongside Doyle's Creek which had tantalised me for years. At last I had to see it. I soon learnt that access was a problem, particularly the walk up Doyle's Creek, the way I had hoped to go. All creatures are territorial, including landowners whose stock have been disturbed, and worse, by the thoughtless few. Doyle's Creek and Appletree Creek therefore were definitely not access routes. The flu put paid to a weekend walk planned for October to see the arch and the nearby Aboriginal Cave, but my cousin Geoff and I were still well enough to do a day of reconnoitring instead; and glad we were that we did because good results came of it The reconnaissance being a Cook's Tour. by 4WD, I decided to say 'Good day' to a member of the old battalion whose property we would pass on our journey. Being a landowner, his knowledge of the surrounding country and of another matter was the sword which cut the Gordian Knot of access. The day's touring thereafter was plain sailing and included a visit to the Aboriginal Cave and its stencils in Appletree Creek. A log book here indicates that the Cave's location was brought to notice about 90 years ago by a surveyor who was exploring Ap'pletree Creek; Needless to say, the overhang has a steel mesh across its front to protect the stencils from 'civilisation'. We came home with first-hand information of all access routes - mileages, road conditions, and knowledge of four possible walking routes to the arch. The following Saturday we were out of bed by 3.00 am, on our way by 4.00 am, and walking by 8.00 am. We followed Little Oaky Ridge to its end, dropped down to the cliff-line immediately above Doyle's Creek, then sidled our way upstream until we founda way into Doyle's Creek. From the cliff edge as we sidled we could see the arch on the far side of the creek. The scrub during this sidling was high, tangled, and scratchy. Doyle's Creek itself was adorned with the,usual junk and campsites were scarce.' When in Doyle's Creek and getting close to Where the arch ought to be it is necessary to keep eyes open because'of intervening trees. The arch is a couple of hundred feet above creek level and a few hundred yards above the junction of Long Rocky Creek and Doyle's Creek., The arch is on the true left, that is, the southern side where Doyle's Creek has an east-west direction. Immediately below the arch two shaky saplings have been placed against the sloping cliff to assist theclimb through the arch to the higher ground on the other side, but care is needed because some skin could be lost by JANUARY 1993 THE SYDNEY-BUSHWALKLR PAGE 1 Alidtfig down the sl4e. k better war to the top of the arch is to go upstream, get above the cliff-line, then walk along the shelf to the arch .good look around, a lengthy' lunch, and.,we were back at the vehicle.- by 430 pm. There was no flowing water in Doiyle's Creek - or in Appletree Creek the previous Saturday - only cloudy pools, the cloudiness possibly , , caused by the yabbies-we noticed , The walk back along the ridge was a delight, the wildflowers and the SYdneY, ip(1 Gals being glorious. Flannel Flower blooms, were as big as saucers and their stems reached to our chests. The flowers of other plants were not as obtrusive but made a really wonderful display. There was also a small ground-hugging plant which formed a mat amongst the junk on the bank of the creek. It had a pale blue-and-white flower and was probably a Violaceae. Small white Daisies with yellow centres, Indigoffera. A small pink-flowering plant, golden Buttercups, Bluebells. A superb golden yellow flower on a, straight stem about 25 cm high with straight, thickish, fleshy leaves about 3 cm long and a delicate fringe around the button-like shape of the flower - possibly some kind of Craspedia. Partictilarly noticeable was the colour 'of' the leaves of the Sydney Red Gums which were numerous throughout th whole area .About half the foliage of most trees was a lovely reddish colour, presumably indicating the flush-of spring in their growth. None of the other trees, which included Stringy Barks, Bloodwoods and Grey Gums had similar variation in their foliage. Distant views of the arch are seen not only from the opposing cliff- line on Doyle's Creek, but also from the end of Little Oaky Ridge. If Australia takes tourism to its ultimate (witness Ayer's Rock), perhaps in years to come there will be a road along the ridge and charabancs will take Japanese tourists to view the arch without their having to walk more than a few yards; to say nothing of encountering the scrub below the ridge! This walk was well worth the waiting. * * * * * 4f. SHORT NOTICE - KIMBERLEY-KAKADU ODYSSEY 5PECIAL. Trip starts with an amphibious,plane drop off and pick up from incomparable Mitchell and King George Falls areas, visiting local gorges with pristine Aboriginal burial and art sites. Visits also to Litchfield/Gregory National Parks and Carr Boyd Range Gorges. ' Optional Ord River/Carlton Gorge speedboat trip. Bungles or extensive Kimberley Coast flights. Trip finishes with Kakadu Highlights “the easier way”. Party limit strictly 5. Period approx mid-late April '93 fOF1-21 'weeks. Price on application.. Please contact leader PETER CHRISTIAN no later than 3rd week arY '93. Phone 4761312' %_ ja tiote: This -trip format will be oporttinity , , QBBJ. Butter Conc'entrate ACT National Maps Vic Outgear Backpacks Accessories Feathertop Wool Shirts Giant Trees Dried meals NSW $leeping Bags J & H, Mont, Romans Rainwear - Mont, J' & Superior Day Packs High Tops, Summit. Gear ;Bonvtrick Caving Ladders Hole:proof :pc Undies 14 Socks Trailblazr Hats Dl3 C n,yon bags. TAS- Blundstone Boots WA Wilderness Equipment Backpacks Goretex clothing ,-/Cycle Panniers SA , Rossi B Fl. 1. ts ers Baby Carriers EASTWOOD AWING CENTRE 3 Trelawney St (PO Box 131) Eastwood NSW 2122 PHONE us AY Bee JANUARYY-1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWA.LKER PAGE 15 THE DECEMBER GENERAL MEETING - by Barry Wallace It was around 2016 and there were some 16 or so members present, if one searched diligently in the corners of the room, when the meeting was called to order. There were apologies from Bill and Fran Holland and Lorraine Bloomfield. New members Shirley Hicks, Patrick Bradley, Maurice Smith and Louise Vernon were called for welcome and the Minutes of the previous meeting were read and received. There wers'no matters arising so we moved on to the Correspondence. There was a letter from your magazine Editor indicating that she will be moving to Melbourne for her work and will therefore no longer be available as Editor. There were letters to our new members advising them of their success and to our Hon. Solicitor, Barrie Murdoch, requesting. that he review the details fo the arbitrator's decision on the damages claim and advise whether the Club needs to make changes in light of the statements made in the decision. There was also a letter to ,Natural Areas Ltd requesting that., they issue share script to the Club reflecting our equity in the organisation. Matters arising saw mention that Spiro Hajinakitas has agreed to take on the Editor's job until the elections in March. The Treasurer's Report disclosed an income of $1,245 for the month, outgoings of $2,187 and a closing balance of $679. The Walks Secretary was off attending a work function so Morrie Ward did the decent thing and presented the walks reports. We began at the weekend of 13,14,15 November with a no report for Laurie Quaken's walk “The. Six-Foot Track, the bludge way”. Oliver Crawford reported a party of 12 on his Budawangs walk which was not to program for some reason. Ian Debert had a total of 10 starters broken up into at least two parties in overcast conditiongnhis day-and-a-half “Yalwal Gourmet Weekend under the Full Moon”. Of the day walks Zol Bodlay reported a party of 9 enjoying lots of swimming on his Glenbrook area trip, and MaUrie Bloom's cycling trip went-but no details were available-. There was also a Morrie Ward Barrington area weekend walk which had been deferred from the weekend before. They had 7 walkers enjoying (?) a harder than average Sunday, and that after they had truncated the walk due to slow going on the Williams River. If arriving at the cars at 2250 means anything it was also a long day. Next up was the weekend of 20,21,22 November with Les Powell leading a party of10 on a water-impeded trip down Ettrema Creek on the Saturday. It got worse when the rain set in that night and the party availed themselves of some local knowledge provided by Frank Rigby (hi Digby),to cut and run via a little used but substantially more direct route out, up an unnamed creek. Greta James's Instructional Weekend went but there were no details to report. Dick Weston in a late report exclusive to this article led 8 souls on his Valley of the Waters day-trip to lunch in a cave to escape the rains, which also fell on the unjust no doubt, exposing their trembling white flesh to the rapacious appetites of the local leech hordes. Kenn Clacher's abseiling instructional produced no report, but Alan Mewett had 8 plus 1 starters enjoying a spot of swimming on his Marra Marra N.P. day walk. The,weekend of 28,29 November saw an outbreak of Saturday-start weekend walks. First came Ian Debert's Tootle Creek/Colo River bludge which was cancelled. Wilf Hilder's Great North Walk (GNW) stages 16 and 17 saw train/ bus confusion start the leader off one hour before the rest of the party. It was of little impact, however, 'for the leader got lost in a new subdivision which had sprung up across the GNW and was sitting enjoying a midday repast – PAGt-Tb THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER JANUARY-1993 of humble pie when the party arriVed. – It took the combined skills of the-party and no small amount of what they Chose to call intuitive naigation to restore them all to the true GNW. Despite threatening weather which kept the party on edge throughout the walk it did not rain during' daylight hours. The Saturday campsite was at a Scout camp which provided hot showers at a reasonable charge. Sunday saw an early start deliver the party to the end of 300 km of total walking by 1510. Tony ,ynestled 12 on his Waterfall to Engadine day trip with lots of swims along theway, Peter Yardley's Walford Creek trip had 10 starters and went to 17Pgr4T and Zol-.Bodlay reported. 15 on hiS,colo'River walk. December 5,5 saw Laurie,Quaken repulsed yet aganin his efforts to con quer_the more relaxed aspects of the Six Foot Track. His walk was cancelled,.. Then followed a pair of no reports With Peter Miller's Otford to urning Palms being the first victim and Ray Turton's Il1awarra Range trap the twin? Dick Weston, in a report which now looks' most suspicious when compared to certain other facts, led a party of two on his Kanuka Brook walk through threatening conditions to shelter from the rain over lunch in a cave. - No, Virginnia, T don't believe it's me. But it is the end of the walks report. ConservatiOn.Report brought news that Gladys Roberts, a senior member of the Club, has made a generous donation to the Club Conservation Fund via the ACF. Pne can only hope there is no relationship between this and the broken leg reported'last months) The Mount Genowlan/Mount Airlie mining saga' grinds on and they have started re-screening “Yes, Minister”. The Confederation Report was next with news that Bateman's Bay Walking Club have joined the Confederation, that the Port Hacking Advisory Committee is again activeand that Confederation are grappling with the vexed question ofiust what, for the purposes of the media; constitutes an “experienced. walker”. One might almost fear the effects of attempting to . impose precision on a beast to Whom it is so foreign a concept. Search and Rescue group have purchased a new trailer and volunteers are still sought for the show at Darling Harbour in the new year. In celebration of - the silly season there was a letter from some well-meaning soul recommending the' utilisation of brightly coloured helium filled balloons for lost bush- walker parties. - . There was no General Busines and apart from mention of the binding into sturdy volumes of the archival opies of the Club magazine,- and -encouragement of all those present and others to search diligently for volunteer/conscript Office Bearers for the coming year, there seemed no reason not to close the meeting. So that's what Ian did, at 2111. JANUARY 1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE 17 THE “LANDSLIDE” CYCLORAMA POINT - CLIO ANSWERED- by Geoff Grace It. would appear that' KatooMba mining. history is not as well known as it could be. Are there” others like Clio (The Sydney Bushwalker,IDe.,92) who are unaware that mining was conducted in the Katoomba area and believe that! more likely explanation of the “Landslide” at cyclorama Point is erosion ofilihderlying'shaleS? .Ample historical evidence exists of miningin the Katoomba area and there is no doubt that the results, of such mining were the primary cause of the “Cyclorama Landslide”. * Traces remain of. the failed aerial ropeway to mine sites at the Ruined Castle. * The inclined railway was built specifically to haul shale and coal out of the Jamison Valley. It is now the “Scenic Railway”. * The present walking track to the Ruined Castle follows the route of the primitive railway along which, commencing approximately in 1891, horses pulled skips of shale from the Ruined Castle area for transfer to the inclined railway. *. A short distance from the lower end of the “Scenic Railway” is a heavily barred entrance to mine workings. A.tunnel was driven under Katoomba cliff lines and through Narrow Neck to allow straight line haulage of shale mined in the Megalong Valley to a point near the lower end of the inclined railway. - - “ThiS is not a natural landslide, but is a result of the coal mining behind - the cliff here: A man-made erosi'OVoUthe supporting coal layer resulting iria 'Sudden (by geological standard) removal of the support under hundreds- of thousands of tonnes of rock. That section of the mine was abandoned in June 1930 when raising of the floor and lowering of the ceiling indicated that substantial rock movements were ,imminent. As was normal mining practide the props were removed to,allow the tunnels to collapse, and the section was forgotten. Six months later Arthur Mellor who worked at the mine discovered a 6 inch crack at the top of the cliff. The next day they went back to investigate and it had widened to '6 feet. The crack was measured at more than 300 feet deep. Six more tension filled months passed until it had Slipped completely into the valley. It didn't topple over as was commonly expected but slid into the valley. The first fall on January 28 1931 at 4am causing 'heavy rumblings' and mild earth ttemors. It fell in three sections. On January 28th, May 2nd and June 20th 1931.7 Surface subsidence resulting from underground mining is a Serious issue. Not only can it cause general surface subsidence but, as with Cyclorama pint, it can cause major cliff falls. Observe the massive cliff falls associated with the Burragorang Valley mining. The Pagodas near the Oapertee Valley could be under threat from mining subsidence. Notwithstandini assurances from mining engineers (whose side are they on?) T believe that mining should not be allowed in, or under, our National Parks. Interesting information about Katoomba area mining is given in a publication of the Blue Mountains travel Association “The Blue Mountains Weekly” July 1978. Regarding the landslide, it states:- , *-X7 PAGE 18 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER J A N1.1A.R Y 199.3 esday.6th' January ntil about 8 pm. from each of the lot of talk about toves, lights . An enjoyale f visitors who THE BARBECUE at Obelisk Bay was held on Wedn despite the rain which delayed the coOking,u About 12 people attended, including someone Xmas-New Year holiday trips, so there was a bushwalking. No swimming - a bit cold. S and liquid refreshments wero all brought. evening4as had by all, including a coupie o may become prospective members in due course
VACANCIES FOR OFFICE BEARERS! At the Annual General Meeting in March there will be an opportunity for new office bearers 7 several people will not be seeking re-election. These include the Treasurer, the Editor and the Secretary. George and Christine Floyd are of on a long overseas trip (bon voyage!) so the Club's secretarial work will be looked after by the Committee and also by Joy Hyn6s, a sort of “stand-In secretary”. Thank you, Joy. One of the mast:beauti 1 Andean parks in South America Walkabouts will spend about ten days trekking through this spectacular park as a part of our five-week tour to southern Chile and Argentina beginning in December 1.993. On our last trip we enjoyed magnificent Views of huge glaciers, snow-covered mountains, beautiful lakes, dense forests and Si,mny meadows covered in wild flowers. We walked through herds of guanacos and watched condors soaring abOve. It was the high point of a trip full of high points. This tour is unlike any other on the market The itinerary is not rigidly fixed. If some place is especially nice, wehave the flexibility to spend extra time there. You pay only $950 for the guide for the full five weeks. Everyone, including the guide, shares the rest of the expenses. If you have a few extra days, you can include a visit to Easter Island in the itinerary. If you have a few more weeks, you can include our Amazon basin wilderness expedition. Willis's Walkabouts , . 12 Canington Street, Mahler NT 0810 Phone (089) 85 2134 Fax (089) 85 2355 Write for full details.