Location: Bundanoon NSW
Event Name:Morton National Park
Leader Tony Marsh
Start Date: 09/11/2018 08:00
Finish Date:12/11/2018 22:00
Member Participants: 6
Guest Participants: 0
Distance/Time: 4 walks over 4 days
Rating:Grade 3 - Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps
Points of Interest: Spring time in the southern highlands part of NSW
Mobile phone reception: Poor at the campground but very good at Bundanoon village. Ok at Kangaroo Valley and Coolana cos of the elevation I guess
Event Report: 6 of us met up at Gambells Rest campground which is close to the gorgeous township of Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands 20 minutes drive south of Moss Vale
Three of the group (Tony, sister Jean and cousin Diane) arrived the night before after a 3 day stay at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains - but that's another story!
In search of a guide book on the walks of the southern tablelands, we first visited Fitzroy Falls visitor centre and the beautiful east rim walk - no joy sourcing the book at the visitor centre but squeals of delight were heard when seeing the falls - a treat from any of the lookouts on both east and west rims.
Fitzroy Falls Morton National Park

Mountain Devil Fitzroy Falls Morton National Park
The guide book continued to elude us in Moss Vale and after visiting 3 bookshops we gave up.
Saturday morning was time for some culture - we were very lucky to be here when this performance was on.

Superb Bundanoon music event

Then in the afternoon we walked the fabulous Amphitheatre trail in Morton NP near Bundanoon - a fantastic ledge walk through the sandstone cliff face to the Fairy Bower Falls
The Amphitheatre trail Morton National Park
The base of Fairy Bower falls Morton National Park

Sunday we decided to explore the Kangaroo Valley area of Morton NP - about 50 minutes drive from Bundanoon.
This boasts being the most beautiful valley in Australia - however it was pretty busy in the town and we soon headed out to find the Sydney Bushwalkers bush block called Coolana. And what a treat it is - a magnificent bush block with Kangaroo River frontage owned and maintained by Sydney Bushwalkers since 1969
Walking track to the Kangaroo River at Coolana - sydney bushwalkers property in the Kangaroo Valley
Apart from the river attraction the block was a picture with native vegetation in good health and very few weeds.
The Kangaroo River at Coolana - sydney bushwalkers property in the Kangaroo Valley
Coolana - sydney bushwalkers property in the Kangaroo Valley

Check out the document on 101 things to do at Coolana - and yes the club is entitled to utilise this property (we just need to register our intentions).
We then continued on to the start of the 3 Views walk - with a number of u turns and stops to look at the map!

The walk was delightful and we enjoyed the wildflowers on display especially a grove of bloodwood trees.
Corymbia gummifera or bloodwood tree On the walk to the Shoalhaven river lookout near Kangaroo Valley

We walked out to the viewing location for the Shoalhaven river before setting sail for Bundanoon.

Maps of Kangaroo Valley Vicinity and Walks


Kangaroo Valley Overview Map 300kb jpg file

Three Views Trail Map 300kb jpg file

Three Views Trail Notes 400kb jpg file

On Monday morning 5 people walked to the Erith Coal mine from Gambells Rest campground - a fascinating insight into the past. No trip to Bundanoon is complete without a visit to the Deli Licious Cafe where we dined before starting the trip back to Albury Wodonga.
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Photos on Flickr: The photos of this event are available here
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