Cedar Valley Blue Mountains.
Neither walks are related- It's only that I want to combine two walks in the one post!
Last week I walked the Narrow Neck to the fire tower, then headed east to Walls Pass, (a chain down a rock ledge), that leads into the Cedar Valley. Why? To gain another perspective of just how someone could get lost for 12 days. Why Cedar Valley? Well, it's to the west of the Ruined Castle and if you click on the photo you will see that the valley looks like and ocean. Many years ago I walked through this valley and despite the best navigation, the terrain pushes you to the South, and it's difficult to fight.
I retuned after a number of hours and 20km (approx). There are just so many walks off the Narrow Neck and I have done posts on what an enjoyable bike ride it is too- some walks require rope so you can lower your pack down but again I was equipped only with a camel back so it was not an issue.
Birds seen:- Lewins Honey Eater, Eastern Spinebill, New Holland Honey Eater, Yellow Rumped Thornbill, Wattlebird, Australian Magpie, Bell Minor, Rosella, King Parrot. White Plumed Honey Eater.
The Burralow swamp is in my back yard, no not literally! I mean its a short ride, or 4wd drive into this magical place. This was Australia's first rice farm and may years ago I could ride my horse passed the ruins of the old homestead. It has long gone and in fact the trails are becoming overgrown and its a literal bush bash to even walk where I could once ride even a bike. I am not sure why the national parks do this. I can understand stopping vehicles, but this is such a great walk.. There are even convict ruins- so much a part of our history, yet there is no information about it provided anywhere.
Where once the Homestead stood.
However, the day was perfect- golden sun 18c, the wattles perfumed the air, and it was not too long before we spotted a Glossy Black Cockatoo! These birds are on the "scarce" list, potentially endangered, so we have to report the sighting to National parks.
Soon we spotted Yellow Robin, Superb Fairy Wren, Whip Bird, both male and female and of course a Kookaburra. The woods were full of brown flitty things, but they were so quick I could not get a good spot. I will say they looked like thornbills etc, but what type I do not know.
The bush began to thicken and in some parts we were almost on our hands and knees. In one spot the dew had frozen to the grass creating a magical environment.
After 4 hours we returned, tired but satisfied we had explored further this wonderful valley.
PS. It appears that David may have been bitten by a snake.. He seems fine but has 2 distinct Puncture marks on his lower leg. We will monitor this and see how he goes. Not all snakes inject as it takes so much out of them.