Situated only a few kilometres from my home is the Vale of Avoca. Named after the "Vale of Avoca" in Ireland, it is an impressive and magical sight.
If you are in Sydney, and see the Blue Mountains, you will see a large "cut" or ravine. This is the Vale. Its the mouth of the Grose River gorge, and the start of one of the most impressive gorges in NSW.
With rain, mist and fog about, the choice was- do we sit and watch a DVD, vegetate in the computer, or do we make the effort and get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors? No contest! We chose to explore the various tracks and rock formations.
Dave was straight onto a small bearded dragon which scurried across the darkened sandstones, as we walked towards the lookout. A railway track was attempted by early settlers and small amounts of the engineers track can be seen if you look closely enough.
After a few hours of exploring, and with rain falling we returned to the car. We plan to walk from the Vale of Avoca to Blue Gum Forest. The walk is difficult with large boulders, rock pools that require paddling, and plenty of scrub "bashing". It will take about 3 days, and we are both looking forward to it.