Plinky Prompt: Share the Most Dangerous Thing You've Ever Done For Fun



Waterfall

Hmmm, I generally play it safe I have to admit – but occasionally I do do something stupid and/or dangerous during my normal activities. This generally happens when I’m out bushwalking, though I find myself being more cautious these days.

Some of the most dangerous situations I have found myself in while bushwalking have been when trying to ascend/descend waterfalls. I have fallen on several occasions now and on one occasion suffered some injuries that required me to abandon the rest of my walk/climb on that day.

On another occasion I fell and landed far too close to what was effectively a spear, right beside by throat.

Some falls like these do tend to lead you to more caution in future times.

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Plinky Prompt: Describe Your Dream Vacation


Patagonia: My Dream Vacation

Patagônia … BOA SEMANA!

My dream vacation is one that I will probably never go on – it is trekking through the Patagonian wilderness. I have loved everything about Patagonia from the moment I read about it in a wilderness article some years ago. I don’t believe I’ll ever go there though.

What's My Favorite Summer Memory?


Summer is a great time of the year – I love it. Summer has generally been the best time for getting into the Great Outdoors and exploring Australia. Summer has brought me many great memories – so many that it is hard to place one as being THE favorite summer memory. However, there is one summer memory that means more to me now than a lot of others, for one particular reason. It was in a November (summer in Australia) a few years ago now, that I traveled to Gloucester Tops with Bec and we enjoyed the bush, the river and the waterfalls together. It was a special time. It is even more special to me now because Bec died 2 years ago (June 25) and this is one of the greatest memories I have and times I spent with her. It was a great day I will never forget.

BARRINGTON TOPS TREKS – OCTOBER 1996 AND 2003


On several occasions I have been able to walk across the Barrington Tops in New South Wales, Australia.

For more information on the Barrington Tops and on the treks themselves (including photos) visit my web site at:

http://kevinswilderness.com/

http://www.kevinswilderness.com/NSW/tops.html

 

BELOW: Videos I have made with photos from the treks:

October 1996

October 2003:

NEW SOUTH WALES NATIONAL PARKS UNDER THREAT???


The New South Wales government is now considering some level of development in the national parks of New South Wales. Just what level of development that may be is yet to be made clear. It is understood that the development may include accommodation projects, various commercial enterprises and guided bush walks.

Tourism Minster Jodi McKay, a former news reader with NBN television, is waiting on a report from a government commissioned taskforce looking into ways that tourism can be increased in the state’s national parks.

The planned tourism development of national parks is a major step away from the ‘wilderness’ goals of recent times and represents a threat to the wilderness values of national parks and world heritage listed areas.

However, a certain level of development may be appropriate, given the serious deterioration of many of the amenities and signage within New South Wales national parks. Many access routes are also seriously degraded following years of poor management.

Perhaps a quality New South Wales national parks and reserves web site could be developed, with the current web site being quite dated and not particularly useful for visitors to the national parks of New South Wales. Quality information on the attractions and access to each national park would greatly improve the tourist potential of New South Wales national parks.

If quality visitor brochures/leaflets on such things as camping facilities, access routes, walking trails and park attractions could be developed and made available via PDF documents on the web site, potential visitors could plan their trips and this would certainly increase visitor numbers to the national parks.

Quality content and relevant up-to-date information on each national park, as well as well maintained access routes and facilities would encourage far more people to visit the national parks and give visitors a memorable experience.

BELOW: Footage of the Warrumbungle National Park in NSW.

GLOUCESTER TOPS TRIP WITH REBECCA: 20th November 2006


Back on the 20th November 2006 I went on a day trip with Bec to Gloucester Tops and the Gloucester River Falls. This is the best memory I have of my time spent with Rebecca (Rebecca died in June 2008) – my dearest friend.

Below is a file that contains a brief record of my trip with Rebecca and it is dedicated to her memory:

http://www.kevinswilderness.com/NSW/Gloucester Tops with Bec.exe

Wingham Brush


Today I took my mother around Nabiac and Wingham. Firstly we drove to Nabiac and the local markets there. There wasn’t a lot happening there, however, we did buy some local produce which was good. The auction nearby was nearly over so we decided to move on.

After Nabiac we travelled to Wingham to take my mother to Wingham Brush – she had never been there before. So we spent a little time wandering around the various boardwalks and looking at the Brush Turkeys and Grey-Headed Flying Fox Bats. There are some very large Fig Trees in the reserve and I took a picture of my mother standing within the buttress roots of one of the trees.

 

My mother at Wingham Brush within the buttress roots

 

After that we returned home.

More on Wingham Brush, visit:

Wingham Brush

Ellenborough Falls and Other Places


Today I took some time out and went for a bit of a drive to a few places – also did some bushwalking. I just felt I needed some time out and took advantage of the opportunity currently available to me to do some bushwalking.

First off I travelled to Wingham and to Wingham Brush. There I did a short walk along the boardwalks. Wingham Brush is an area of remnant rainforest along the Manning River, in which there are quite a number of Brush Turkeys (with their nest sites – actually, they are nest mounds) and a large population of Flying Fox Bats.

My final destination was to Ellenborough Falls, near Elands and about 40km from Wingham. Given the amount of rain that has been about the last few days I thought it would be a great opportunity to view the falls in all their glory. I wasn’t disappointed. They were great.

The walk to the base of the falls included some 641 steps and a fall of some 200m. The walk down was easy enough, but the climb back out was a little more difficult, given the steep climb and the many steps.

This was the first time that I had been able to see these falls and so I really appreciated the opportunity to do so.

More on Ellenborough Falls, visit:

Ellenborough Falls

Spray at the base of Ellenborough Falls

Ellenborough Falls from The Knoll Outlook across Ellenborough Gorge

From the base of Ellenborough Falls

Flying Fox Bats at Wingham Brush

 

ROSEBOURNE GARDENS – WOOLGOOLGA


It was an early departure this morning for Nightcap National Park and Protesters Falls. This area is accessed via Terania Creek Road and the Terania Creek Picnic Area. The walk is a 1.4km (30 minutes) return through what is a simply a special place.

I have to say that I’m very thankful to all those people who protested back in 1979 against logging in the Terania Creek area. This place is just too special to be so ridiculously wasted.

After Protesters Falls it was off to the Mt Nardi section of Nightcap National Park, found of Newton Road. This is a bitumen road all the way in – which is a nice change.

At Mt Nardi there are quite a few walks. This time round I did the Pholgi Gap Walk (3km return) and the Mt Matheson Loop Track (1.5km return) combined, which took about 1 3/4 hours to complete.

At the end of these walks I passed the spectacular Nimbin Rocks on the way back to Lismore and then on to Woolgoolga. Again I’m staying at Rosebourne Gardens Motel.

LISMORE TOURIST CARAVAN PARK


Today I began my journeys by heading for the Richmond Range National Park along the Sextonville Road. The road in was generally good, though parts where not so good.

First stop was Peacock Creek Rest Area for a look at the camping facilities. Then I headed along the Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive which is quite a good gravel road.

The Cambridge Plateau Rest Area has a very good lookout, as well as a couple of walks. The first is a very easy 5-10 minute loop through the rainforest, the second a much more strenuous 40 minute 2km walk to Culmaran Creek and then loops back to the rest area.

After this I went on to Lismore and booked into the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park, where a cabin without ensuite cost $40.00 for the night.

Having booked in it was off to Whian Whian State Forest and Nightcap National Park. This is a very easy drive. Here I visited a couple of picnic areas and Minyon Falls. Because both Minyon and Quandong Falls where all but dry (due to the drought), I did not complete the walk to the base of Minyon Falls (a hard slog of a walk). I’ll save the effort until a visit when there is plenty of water. The walk itself is a 7.5km return walk which would take about 3-4 hours to complete.