Day 14 :: Swamp Oak to Murray River
We head South again today. The Guidebook promised some delights today: two old rail formations and Murray River... but there were some gorgeous unexpected delights in store for us today as well! A day that threatened rain all day, but only really delivered right at the end.
Day 14 Google Earth Track
Swamp Oak Murray River
|Length||19.58 km||Day Length||6:08|
|Ascend||991 m||Descend||1021 m|
We had a bit of confusion getting onto the track this morning, misprint in Guidebook had us going in circles for a while ;) We set off in wet weather gear as the morning was looking inclement.
Started our walk with the inevitable post mortem on what we could've done better where the lost family was concerned. I think overnight pondering the situation I was so struck by the delicacy of the balance of survival once out in the bush. Even our own, our situation was OK because of arriving at the hut and being prepared with back ups. If they took the right track even walking slowly an hour max should have seen them on a large gravel road, wished I'd escorted just to make sure they were heading North, not South. Possibly have given some bars and maybe a space blanket, made sure they had a torch. Also wished I'd said that even without reception 000 might bring help. Also wished I'd said to try phone again once reached high ground! What a litany.
Initially today the Track is along old vehicle tracks, up and over a small ridge then down to Swamp Oak Brook and along Swamp Oak Road. The presence of Soap Bush is very noticeable by the perfume, and it often encloses the track so thickly that it excludes all views.
Managed first part of walk well, but had to shed rain gear going up 1st real hill. It made a huge difference to steam level.
We had morning tea at the top of the hill before descending to the Yarragil brook. The valley here is quite steep, but has great views.
Lots of water in creeks, and was very heartened halfway up to see our first spider orchid, then another pink one we'd not seen before. So wonderful. Amazing what a surge it gives.
Some very different landscapes we walked through and lovely soft casuarina forest. The views getting down to the river are brilliant. Just gorgeous. What a big river too: splendid.
Took a lunch break once we'd ascended to the rail formation after Yarrigal Brook, Sandi a little the worse for wear. Then had a lovely walk down to cross a creek, then over a wee hill and into camp along the river.
The rain has been threatening all day, and once we climbed the hill out of the creek we could see the approaching weather.
Arrived at the hut just in time for afternoon tea. A little wet -- the only heavy shower this afternoon was 700m before the hut. First job after photo was to change out of wet gear and get the wet clothes drying.
Arrived at Murray River: yeeha! Bit disappointed to get wet within a km of the hut, but really it has been the most amazing day in terms of NOT getting wet. Quite remarkable. Terrific too to use our handy just less than 10m of thin cord, hanging and airing stuff. And here we are overlooking the river: Azure. A school group has just arrived, so we know what to expect...
I think the FUSE stops charging when the battery is drained, and when it's got more charge it doesn't automatically start again. Saw a pelican in the bush! The walk down into Yarragil brook and out was pretty amazing -- including the seats! Great views -- though misty / cloudy when we walked through. The walk along the old railway (Loop Road) was really nice too -- an interesting grade: very different to track. The hill after which was devoid of an understory looked quite odd (I guess the HRB before winter?).
With clothes drying and the sun probing into the hut we were kept busy moving the FUSE around and trying to get clothes dry, as well as staying warm (although the sun disappeared fairly early).
The school group came and went all afternoon: they really were very friendly, and it was interesting to see how they'd been set up by the school. Went for a couple of wanders along the river, but it certainly wasn't warm enough to swim! We prepared our dinner whilst all the kids battled with their trangias.
|Soup||Bacon & Potato||4||4||4.0||3.9|
|Meal||Honey Soy Chicken||4.5||4.5||4.5||4.3|
Very happy to be at this end of the day! The kids are pretty excited and we're wondering what the night will hold? We're in the shelter again tonight, just to put a little extra space between the kids and us ;)
|Swamp Oak Campsite||0.0||8:35 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Yarragil Form||7.7||7.7||235.1||11:12 AM||2:37||2:37||70.3||2.9||2.9||3.3|
|Murray Campsite||11.9||19.6||247.0||2:45 PM||3:33||6:10||73.8||3.4||3.2||3.3|
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