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 SYDNEY BUSHWALKER is a monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc, Box 4476 GPO Sydney 2001.  To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager. SYDNEY BUSHWALKER is a monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc, Box 4476 GPO Sydney 2001.  To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager.
  
-Editor: Patrick James 
  
-5/2 Hardie Street Neutral Bay 2089 +|Editor| Patrick James 5/2 Hardie Street Neutral Bay 2089 Telephone ​ 9904 1515| 
- +|Business ManagerElizabeth Miller 1 The Babette, Castlecrag, 2068 Telephone ​ 9958 7838| 
-Telephone ​ 9904 1515 +|Production ManagerFrances Holland| 
- +|PrintersKenn Clacher, Tom Wenman, Barrie Murdoch, Margaret Niven & Les Powell|
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 THE SYDNEY BUSH WALKERS INCORPORATED was founded in 1927.  Club meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 8 pm at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli (near Milsons Point Railway Station). ​ Visitors and prospective members are welcome any Wednesday. THE SYDNEY BUSH WALKERS INCORPORATED was founded in 1927.  Club meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 8 pm at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli (near Milsons Point Railway Station). ​ Visitors and prospective members are welcome any Wednesday.
  
-PresidentEddy Giacomel+|PresidentEddy Giacomel
 +|Vice-President| Tony Holgate| 
 +|Public Officer| Fran Holland| 
 +|Treasurer| Greta James| 
 +|Secretary| Don Wills | 
 +|Walks Secretary| Bill Capon| 
 +|Social Secretary| Peter Dalton| 
 +|Membership Secretary| Barry Wallace| 
 +|New Members Secretary| Jennifer Giacomel| 
 +|Conservation Secretary| Bill Holland| 
 +|Magazine Editor| Patrick James| 
 +|Committee Members| Elwyn Morris & Louise Verdon | 
 +|Delegates to Confederation| Jim Callaway & Ken Smith|
  
-Vice-President:​ Tony Holgate 
  
-Public Officer: Fran Holland +**December 1998 Issue No. 769:**
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-Treasurer: Greta James +
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-Secretary: Don Wills  +
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-Social Secretary: Peter Dalton +
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-December 1998 +
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 +|2| Le Grande Randonnee by Peter Rossel |
 +|5| Editorial|
 +|6| Morton & Budawang National Parks by Alex Colley|
 +|7| The Kokada Track by Rosemary MacDougal|
 +|9| October 1998 General Meeting by Barry Wallace|
 +|12| Isdell River by Bill Holland|
 +|13| SBW Tigers Prowl by John Poleson|
 +|14| Walls Pass in November by Greta James|
 +|14| Footnotes by Patrick James|
   
  
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 +11 Eastwood Camping Centre\\ 
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-Le GRANDE RANDONNEE 
  
- by Peter Rossel.+by Peter Rossel.
  
 Here Peter retraces his steps of September 1997. Here Peter retraces his steps of September 1997.
  
-Arrived in Belfort by train from Paris having previously walked ​ a section of the GR-10 in the Pyrenes from Hendaye to St. JeanPied de Port as described in an earlier issue of the Sydney Bushwalker. ​ The ancient citadel city would be my starting ​ point for a walk along the GR-5  in northerly direction towards Strassbourg+Arrived in Belfort by train from Paris having previously walked a section of the GR-10 in the Pyrenes from Hendaye to St. Jean Pied de Port as described in an earlier issue of the Sydney Bushwalker. ​ The ancient citadel city would be my starting point for a walk along the GR-5 in northerly direction towards Strassbourg.
  
-The GR-5 is a walking track-approx.2300 km. long that stretches from the Dutch North-Sea coast to the Mediterranean via Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, ​Alsac-Lorraine and the Swiss Alps to end on the beach in Nice.   The mostly single-file track is often poorly marked and at times difficult to find. Intersections ​ can cause confusion and loss of time. On the positive side the track leads through remote and the most beautiful parts of the countryside.+The GR-5 is a walking track approx.2300 km. long that stretches from the Dutch North-Sea coast to the Mediterranean via Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, ​Alsace-Lorraine and the Swiss Alps to end on the beach in Nice.   The mostly single-file track is often poorly marked and at times difficult to find. Intersections ​ can cause confusion and loss of time. On the positive side the track leads through remote and the most beautiful parts of the countryside.
  
 It was the Vosges and Alsac-Lorraine section that attracted me. The  area  is unique in many ways. It offers mountains-forests-vineyards and colourful ancient villages. ​ The Alsatian people are considered the most “un-french” in France. This should not come as a surprise , considering their historical background. ​ The region has been  invaded from the east on numerous occasions from as far back as 50BC. till the 2nd. W.W. It was the Vosges and Alsac-Lorraine section that attracted me. The  area  is unique in many ways. It offers mountains-forests-vineyards and colourful ancient villages. ​ The Alsatian people are considered the most “un-french” in France. This should not come as a surprise , considering their historical background. ​ The region has been  invaded from the east on numerous occasions from as far back as 50BC. till the 2nd. W.W.
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 It was another fine and sunny day. The track passed again through shady forests and a number of “ballons”,​ were negotiated.. Lunched on the track with some Dutch walkers on their way to the Swiss Alps. They kindly helped to lighten my pack by eating ​ most of the goodies- ex Rouge Gazon. It was another fine and sunny day. The track passed again through shady forests and a number of “ballons”,​ were negotiated.. Lunched on the track with some Dutch walkers on their way to the Swiss Alps. They kindly helped to lighten my pack by eating ​ most of the goodies- ex Rouge Gazon.
  
-The last hill was Berlacker Kopf (1042 metres). From there it was down through the forest all the way to Thann. ​  Lost my way on a few occasions and had to retrace my steps.. The descent was rather painful on my toes- a legacy from my walk in the Pyrenes.+The last hill was Berlacker Kopf (1042 metres). From there it was down through the forest all the way to Thann. ​  Lost my way on a few occasions and had to retrace my steps. The descent was rather painful on my toes - a legacy from my walk in the Pyrenes.
  
 I was glad when the road to Thann was reached at about 4pm.  Thann was only 5km. away but a lift offered by a Berlin couple was gratefully accepted. They were not satisfied till I had been dropped off in front of l’office d’Initiative (tourist bureau) in central Thann. I was glad when the road to Thann was reached at about 4pm.  Thann was only 5km. away but a lift offered by a Berlin couple was gratefully accepted. They were not satisfied till I had been dropped off in front of l’office d’Initiative (tourist bureau) in central Thann.
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 It was now 1st. Oct. and time to start planning my return to Holland which I had left on 8th. Sept.  Decided to go by train to Strassbourg for a two day stop-over and subsequently by similar transport back to Holland. ​ The train journey back was partially along the Rhine- a fitting salute to a great walk.  It was now 1st. Oct. and time to start planning my return to Holland which I had left on 8th. Sept.  Decided to go by train to Strassbourg for a two day stop-over and subsequently by similar transport back to Holland. ​ The train journey back was partially along the Rhine- a fitting salute to a great walk.
  
-Last Minute Notice 
  
-SBW +**Last Minute Notice**
  
-CHRISTMAS PARTY+SBW CHRISTMAS PARTY\\ 
 +Don’t forget the SBW Christmas Party.\\ ​  
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 +See the social program for details.\\
  
-Don’t forget the SBW Christmas Party.  ​ 
  
-Bring a plate.+====== Editorial ======
  
-See the social program for details. 
  
-  +Christmas means different things to different people, from a splurge of retail spending to the meaning of life. Christmas is also a good time to say thanks to those many people who have made membership of SBW such a good thing.  ​
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-EDITORIAL.  ​Christmas means different things to different people, from a splurge of retail spending to the meaning of life. Christmas is also a good time to say thanks to those many people who have made membership of SBW such a good thing.  ​+
  
 So you went on one or two walks this year.  Good.  Better say thanks to the walks leaders for their time and effort. ​ But you cannot stop there because your one or two walks were a drop in the bucket of all the walks that were put on during the year.  So better say thanks to the Walks Secretary and his team of 1 who collected all the walks, put them in a logical order in the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer walks programs. ​ Sometimes walks don’t come easily and some leaders need to be strongly invited to lead walks. ​ That’s Walks Secretariat business. ​ So you went on one or two walks this year.  Good.  Better say thanks to the walks leaders for their time and effort. ​ But you cannot stop there because your one or two walks were a drop in the bucket of all the walks that were put on during the year.  So better say thanks to the Walks Secretary and his team of 1 who collected all the walks, put them in a logical order in the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer walks programs. ​ Sometimes walks don’t come easily and some leaders need to be strongly invited to lead walks. ​ That’s Walks Secretariat business. ​
  
-The Walks Programs aren’t found under a cabbage leaf. Someone prints them, staples ​  +The Walks Programs aren’t found under a cabbage leaf. Someone prints them, staples them together and post them to you.  These people deserve recognition. ​ The same people also print, pack and post the Magazine. ​ Thanks again for doing the Magazine. ​ Is the Magazine valued by SBW?  A leading question perhaps but this year 7000 copies and not one single complaint. The important thing about the Magazine is the contribution by its many authors. ​  These people have toiled with pen and ink and their old school dictionary to write to entertain you.  Thank you authors.  ​
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 While all this is going on there’s another group of people working quietly in the background moving the Club along; removing obstacles from in front, oiling the wheels and pushing from the back.  Who are these good people because they deserve your thanks. ​ They’re the members of the Committee who do what you elected them to do, they manage the Club.  And who are all these people? ​ Mostly their names are on page one of the magazine. ​ Merry Christmas from them to you. While all this is going on there’s another group of people working quietly in the background moving the Club along; removing obstacles from in front, oiling the wheels and pushing from the back.  Who are these good people because they deserve your thanks. ​ They’re the members of the Committee who do what you elected them to do, they manage the Club.  And who are all these people? ​ Mostly their names are on page one of the magazine. ​ Merry Christmas from them to you.
  
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-MORTON & BUDAWANG NATIONAL PARKS  
  
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 At the November monthly meeting a sub-committee consisting of Alex Colley, Henry Gold, Bill Holland and John Poleson was appointed to prepare a report on the Draft Morton/​Budawang Plan of Management. The report will be discussed at the January monthly meeting. At the November monthly meeting a sub-committee consisting of Alex Colley, Henry Gold, Bill Holland and John Poleson was appointed to prepare a report on the Draft Morton/​Budawang Plan of Management. The report will be discussed at the January monthly meeting.
  
-The main management problem is overuse of the park, particularly in the vicinity of the Castle and in Hidden Valley, which are  within the wilderness area.. These over-used areas are badly damaged and polluted. One method of limiting this degradation would be to establish camping areas with toilets. This would be unacceptable in a wilderness area and it was considered preferable to ban camping in such areas, This would expose other sites to damage, but by  rotating sites such areas would recover in time.+The main management problem is overuse of the park, particularly in the vicinity of the Castle and in Hidden Valley, which are  within the wilderness area. These over-used areas are badly damaged and polluted. One method of limiting this degradation would be to establish camping areas with toilets. This would be unacceptable in a wilderness area and it was considered preferable to ban camping in such areas, This would expose other sites to damage, but by  rotating sites such areas would recover in time.
  
-It was considered that the place for camp grounds was on the margins of the park.Since +It was considered that the place for camp grounds was on the margins of the park.Since over-use occurs mainly in the vicinity of the Castle, camping there could be banned, but this would be difficult to enforce. The best solution, the sub-committee considered, would be to establish a camping ground, with facilities, supervised by a resident field officer, on Yadboro Creek. The Castle could then be visited in one day and visitors would probably prefer camping in the Yadboro camping ground and some supervision of the camping ban on near-Castle sites would be possible. By parking cars in the camping area damage by vandals would be avoided. Costs could be partly, if not wholly, covered by charging an entrance fee. There would be no roofed visitor accommodation. within the camp ground. The closing of the road to Newhaven Gap will probably reduce pressure on Hidden Valley. ​
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 Damage is also caused by over-use and dispersion of tracks. It therefore becomes necessary to maintain tracks in heavily used and sensitive areas and mark them with unobtrusive signs such as low pegs. Maintained tracks will be used by walkers in preference to other routes. It is regrettable that such measures are necessary in a wilderness area, but the alternative of a permit system. was rejected by the sub-committee. Most of the wilderness terrain is not over used and such measures would not be necessary.. Damage is also caused by over-use and dispersion of tracks. It therefore becomes necessary to maintain tracks in heavily used and sensitive areas and mark them with unobtrusive signs such as low pegs. Maintained tracks will be used by walkers in preference to other routes. It is regrettable that such measures are necessary in a wilderness area, but the alternative of a permit system. was rejected by the sub-committee. Most of the wilderness terrain is not over used and such measures would not be necessary..
  
-Other management issues considered were: +Other management issues considered were: Off- Road Vehicles and Horse Riding.
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-The plan would allow limited off road 4Wdriving ​and horse riding in some areas of the parks. This should not be allowed. Public lands available for such activities include State Recreation Areas and State Forests. The retention of fire trails, negotiable routes and temporary trails was opposed. They provide access for off-road vehicles, horse-riders,​ trail bikes arsonists etc and it is virtually impossible for the parks service to prevent such use. The provision of fire trails should be minimised. We oppose the construction of a second road through Newhaven Gap, or any up-grading of the road.+The plan would allow limited off road 4W driving ​and horse riding in some areas of the parks. This should not be allowed. Public lands available for such activities include State Recreation Areas and State Forests. The retention of fire trails, negotiable routes and temporary trails was opposed. They provide access for off-road vehicles, horse-riders,​ trail bikes arsonists etc and it is virtually impossible for the parks service to prevent such use. The provision of fire trails should be minimised. We oppose the construction of a second road through Newhaven Gap, or any up-grading of the road.
  
 Cave Camping. Cave Camping.
  
-Camping in caves containing Aboriginal art, or of continuing cultural significance to the Aborigines, should be banned.. Most of these caves are near the routes used by the Aborigines, which comprise a limited area of the parks.. Theonly evidence in most caves used by the Aboriginesis the middens left there. Camping on these middens will do no more than disturb the ground surface and probably do less damage to flora that camping in the bush.+Camping in caves containing Aboriginal art, or of continuing cultural significance to the Aborigines, should be banned. Most of these caves are near the routes used by the Aborigines, which comprise a limited area of the parks. The only evidence in most caves used by the Aborigines is the middens left there. Camping on these middens will do no more than disturb the ground surface and probably do less damage to flora that camping in the bush.
  
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-THE KOKODA TRACK by Rosemary MacDougal+====== The Kokoda Track ====== 
 + by Rosemary MacDougal
  
 This is a story about 10 SBW members who walked the Kokoda Track (not Trail). This is a story about 10 SBW members who walked the Kokoda Track (not Trail).
  
-Some of us had relations who had fought there in WWII, some had not. Some spoke about the historic importance of the Kokoda campaign, some did not. Everyone seemed to have  a mission in mind but not everyone discussed it. I perceived an air of determination and excitement for the challenge ahead of us.+Some of us had relations who had fought there in WWII, some had not. Some spoke about the historic importance of the Kokoda campaign, some did not. Everyone seemed to have a mission in mind but not everyone discussed it. I perceived an air of determination and excitement for the challenge ahead of us.
  
 Our research showed that the track was about 90 km long and that we would ascend about 18,000 feet* and descend about the same. It was recommended that the journey be undertaken from north to south. Our research showed that the track was about 90 km long and that we would ascend about 18,000 feet* and descend about the same. It was recommended that the journey be undertaken from north to south.
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 There are a lot of things I've left out with which my fellow travellers will be able to regale you. Thank you Colin, Edith, Kenn, Marella, Margaret, Michele, Morrie, Owen and Ted, for a wonderful trip. Your great sense of fun, determination,​ camaraderie and stoicism is something I will always treasure and ensure that this trip will never be forgotten. There are a lot of things I've left out with which my fellow travellers will be able to regale you. Thank you Colin, Edith, Kenn, Marella, Margaret, Michele, Morrie, Owen and Ted, for a wonderful trip. Your great sense of fun, determination,​ camaraderie and stoicism is something I will always treasure and ensure that this trip will never be forgotten.
  
-Where Kokoda Track PNG +Where Kokoda Track PNG\\  
 +When 3 - 14 June 1998\\
  
-When 3 - 14 June 1998  +Present ​Colin Atkinson, Edith Baker, Kenn Clacher, Marelle Hogan, Ted Kelly, Owen Kimberley, Rosemary MacDougal, Michele Powell, Margaret Sheens and  Morrie Ward.
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-General Meeting October 1998 by Barry Wallace+====== ​General Meeting October 1998 ====== 
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-At around ​2005 the President, as chairman, called the 16 or so members present to order and began the meeting. ​ There were apologies for Bill and Fran Holland, Wilf Hilder, and Patrick and Greta James. ​ New members Winnie Wu, Richard ​Phillipps ​and Michael O’Brien were welcomed to the club with badge, constitution and membership list.+At around ​20.05 the President, as chairman, called the 16 or so members present to order and began the meeting. ​ There were apologies for Bill and Fran Holland, Wilf Hilder, and Patrick and Greta James. ​ New members Winnie Wu, Richard ​Phillips ​and Michael O’Brien were welcomed to the club with badge, constitution and membership list.
  
 The minutes of the September meeting were read and received with no business arising. The minutes of the September meeting were read and received with no business arising.
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 Ian Rannard’s mid week walk went despite some transport problems for the party of eight. Ian Rannard’s mid week walk went despite some transport problems for the party of eight.
  
-The weekend of 18, 19, 20 September was not good for weekend walks, though whether this was due to the presence of the Confederation Bush Dance on the same weekend in uncertain. ​ Whatever the reason both Jan Pieters and Maurice Smith cancelled ​ +The weekend of 18, 19, 20 September was not good for weekend walks, though whether this was due to the presence of the Confederation Bush Dance on the same weekend in uncertain. ​ Whatever the reason both Jan Pieters and Maurice Smith cancelled scheduled walks due to lack of starters. ​ The K to K went that Saturday, under the baton of Phil Newman. ​ There were 10 starters and 9 finishers on what was described as a great walk.  Frank Sander led 13 decreasing to 12 on his Sunday walk from Roseville Station to Gordon Station, and described it as a good walk.  There was no report for Bill Hope’s programmed Sunday walk out from Carlons'​ Farm.
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 The midweek walk that week was conducted by Bill Holland, with an entourage of six reporting warm conditions and wildflowers. The midweek walk that week was conducted by Bill Holland, with an entourage of six reporting warm conditions and wildflowers.
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 Confederation report told of the release of the draft plan of management for Morton National Park.  It appears that camping under rock ledges will be prohibited in an attempt to preserve certain rare ferns, which are being adversely affected by the practise. ​ Other details are expected to follow. ​ Watch this space. ​ In general, NPWS prefer to control bushfires in park areas using their own resources in order to minimise collateral damage. ​ The upshot of this is that other park areas will sometimes need to be closed to public access to release personnel for this duty.  Extensions to existing firetrails during fire control by others are of particular concern. Confederation report told of the release of the draft plan of management for Morton National Park.  It appears that camping under rock ledges will be prohibited in an attempt to preserve certain rare ferns, which are being adversely affected by the practise. ​ Other details are expected to follow. ​ Watch this space. ​ In general, NPWS prefer to control bushfires in park areas using their own resources in order to minimise collateral damage. ​ The upshot of this is that other park areas will sometimes need to be closed to public access to release personnel for this duty.  Extensions to existing firetrails during fire control by others are of particular concern.
  
-There was no general business, but announcements indicated that this year for the first time the Tasmanian Park Service will introduce permit only access to World Heritage areas of their National Parks. ​ The meeting closed at 2148 hours after announcements.+There was no general business, but announcements indicated that this year for the first time the Tasmanian Park Service will introduce permit only access to World Heritage areas of their National Parks. ​ The meeting closed at 21.48 hours after announcements. 
  
-ISDELL RIVER by Bill Holland+====== Isdell River ====== 
 + by Bill Holland
  
 Details are now available for this three week trip to the Isdell River region in the West Kimberley - . a spectacular part of Australia. ​ We will be visiting the middle and lower sections of the Isdell River (east of Broome) in the last three weeks of May 1999.  This is one of the most beautiful walking areas in Australia. ​ Details are now available for this three week trip to the Isdell River region in the West Kimberley - . a spectacular part of Australia. ​ We will be visiting the middle and lower sections of the Isdell River (east of Broome) in the last three weeks of May 1999.  This is one of the most beautiful walking areas in Australia. ​
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-SBW TIGERS PROWL TO WOMBEYAN CAVES   by John Poleson+====== ​SBW Tigers Prowl To Wombeyan Caves ====== 
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-On Tuesday 10th November the ruthless and toothless retired SBW tigers together with assorted others assembled at the Mittagong Visitors Centre for a three day tiger assault ​ on Wombeyan Caves. ​ We were twelve bold souls in all, led by a hard and ruthless leader.+On Tuesday 10th November the ruthless and toothless retired SBW tigers together with assorted others assembled at the Mittagong Visitors Centre for a three day tiger assault on Wombeyan Caves. ​ We were twelve bold souls in all, led by a hard and ruthless leader.
  
-The road to Wombeyan was rugged to say the least but the views were fantastic. We arrived at the caves in time for lunch. ​  ​Setting up camp was not too difficult as Bill had booked two eight bed dormitories. ​ After the usual all-in brawl to obtain the best beds, we settled down to lunch on the lawn outside the camp kitchen. ​  ​The weather was perfect and we spared a thought or two for the poor sods who had to work while we fed the Satin Bower birds and made plans for the afternoon activities.+The road to Wombeyan was rugged to say the least but the views were fantastic. We arrived at the caves in time for lunch. ​  ​Setting up camp was not too difficult as Bill had booked two eight bed dormitories. ​ After the usual all-in brawl to obtain the best beds, we settled down to lunch on the lawn outside the camp kitchen. ​ The weather was perfect and we spared a thought or two for the poor sods who had to work while we fed the Satin Bower birds and made plans for the afternoon activities.
  
 Following a decadent long lunch we set off on a walk to Mares Creek Canyon stopping off to inspect the self guided Tinted cave.  This was a small interesting grotto that opened onto a daylight ledge overlooking the Mares Creek Gorge. ​ We spent half an hour or so discussing the geology of Wombeyan Marble together with the relative merits of stalactites,​ stalagmites,​ fossils and ancient coral reefs. Following a decadent long lunch we set off on a walk to Mares Creek Canyon stopping off to inspect the self guided Tinted cave.  This was a small interesting grotto that opened onto a daylight ledge overlooking the Mares Creek Gorge. ​ We spent half an hour or so discussing the geology of Wombeyan Marble together with the relative merits of stalactites,​ stalagmites,​ fossils and ancient coral reefs.
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-Walls Pass in November  + 
 by Greta James by Greta James
  
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 Thus endeth a magnificent day. Great views, lots of wild flowers, the odd adrenalin surge and good company. Thanks Allan!  Thus endeth a magnificent day. Great views, lots of wild flowers, the odd adrenalin surge and good company. Thanks Allan!
  
-FOOTNOTES ​by Patrick James+ 
 +====== Footnotes ====== 
 + by Patrick James
  
 Its now the silly season of Christmas and New Year. So drive carefully, remember the most dangerous part of a bushwalk is the trip there and the trip back home.  ​ Its now the silly season of Christmas and New Year. So drive carefully, remember the most dangerous part of a bushwalk is the trip there and the trip back home.  ​
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