Monday morning 2 October 2023: Red Rocks Gorge and ‘The Chasm’ – 2A/B/C/E. Starting from Tuggeranong Pool, walk along the Murrumbidgee from Tuggeranong Creek confluence to Red Rocks Gorge. We will be off-track, close to river for about 2 km to get spectacular views of the rapids. Not difficult but expect rock scrambling and some prickly bushes. Return via Centenary Trail. About 10 km with total climb of 200 m.
From Garmin Connect (MAP66i) – Distance: 8.03km | Climb: 150vm | Time: 2:11 moving + 1:32 of stops = 3:43 | Grading: S/M-R; M(8).
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Here’s where we went.
I recently rejoined NPA(ACT) as a member and I reckon I got a year’s worth of subscription from this morning walk. An excellent little cameo!
We crossed Athllon Drive at the Tuggeranong Stone Wall.
Crossed Tuggeranong Creek via the bridge and generally SW went down to the Murrumbidgee River.
Mike turned us downstream, passing by brilliant grevillea.
A washed down tree trunk was perhaps once a scar tree.
A small cascade promised of things to come.
Further downstream we came to our objective, ‘The Chasm’.
Most impressive! And just a couple of kilometres from Tuggeranong, and a few hundred metres from the CCT.
There was a small bluff up behind us.
Quite impressive little cliffs too. One, just after smoko, caused us to double back from an impassable point.
There were calmer parts of the ‘Bidgee.
Quite a vege garden for a yam feast, bulbine lilies, at Red Rocks gorge.
The red rocks of Red Rocks gorge (the cliff is closed atm for raptor breeding) looked impressive.
We left the river here and walked back along the Canberra Centenary Trail. A detour to the Tuggeranong Stone Wall.
We walked up the side of the wall, back to our cars.
A truly excellent walk – flowers, a little scrambling, the Chasm, good company. Many thanks Mike and all.
9 walkers – Mike B (leader).
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