Waterfall Hunting

Although Uni was only just around the corner, Nick came up with a final trip before the holidays were over. Nick wanted to go back to a waterfall that his brother had taken him to “oh like when I was twelve or something”. I borrowed the Mazda off Mum and Dad for the day and we headed East. 13 kilometers east of Braidwood is the town of Mongarlowe, and taking a right turn after the Mongarlowe Bridge will lead you into the private properties that sit on the edge of the Budawang Ranges. After a bit of searching for the start of the walk, we Parked the car kinda near someone’s house and jumped into the forest, in search of an epic waterfall.

Nick kinda knew where we were going.

Lush undergrowth.

The roads out here are extremely picturesque, “maybe this is the way?”

First leech of the day (that we knew about).

I saw an eel in this pool but it was much too slippery to photograph.

The yabbies however, slow enough.

This was the kind of terrain that we were dealing with.

Slippery, but far from unappealing.

Another section of creek.

Nick is probably knee deep in it here, spirits were still up!

The mist rolled in at this point and it started to get wet.

But what a view.

After about four hours of absolutely treacherous terrain, we made it to this misty view. Hard to say exactly but it was a long way down the canyon floor and even further across.

Because we were at the top of the waterfall there wasn’t a chance to get ‘the’ waterfall photo.

We sat around and had some lunch, before the inevitable leech patrol!

We were stuffed, the walk was actually in a huge loop so all we had to do was climb back out up and over the ridge to get back to the car. This took about an hour and we were spent by the end of it. We took our shoes off and found this kind of surprise in a few places. We would have pulled off at least fifty between us, but there were two that evaded capture. This is Nick’s foot, and I’m not posting a photo of where I got my surprise leech.

We drove back to Braidwood for the bakery, and then hot footed it home to Canberra. Two extremely sopping dudes returned home safe and all in time for dinner. Photos were taken with my iPhone 4s and click through to Flickr!

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