Tuesday 9 July: Tallowa Gully Clifftop Walk, Morton National Park – L/R, ptX. The start is in the Wingello State Forest 16 km east of Marulan. We’ll walk 6 km east on fire-trails in Morton National Park, then spend about 5 hours off-track following the clifftop on the rim of Tallowa Gully, to a point overlooking Bundanoon Creek. There are excellent views and some interesting side creeks that have carved deep gullies. Some of the walk is in steep, scrubby country and some rock scrambling is likely, when negotiating the small side creeks. Note: this walk continues further east along the clifftops from the point reached on the trip of 11th June. Off-Track: 6 km Fire Trail: 12 km. Leader: Ian W.
Distance: 19.3km | Climb: 680m | Time: 8.30am – 3.40pm (7hrs 10mins), including 40 mins of breaks | Grading: L/R; HM(13-)
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Met 6.30am in Woden and drove via Hume Highway, Murrimba Rd to Wingello, Forest Rd, Caoura Rd aand through the Wingello State Forest to the corner of Gap Rd and Spotted Gum Rd. Around 2hrs 20mins.
Set off along Gap Rd (a fire trail).
After 6km in 1hr 15mins we went off-track through lovely Turpentine forest.
We crossed Fergusons Gully, shallow here (but grander as it dropped over the edge when we crossed it on 11 Jun 19) and stopped for morning tea at 10.10am. Plenty of colour in the bush.
Continuing generally to the east across another couple of shallow gullies, we reached the top of the cliffs overlooking Tallowa Gully at 11.05am.
The plan was to continue along the cliff tops, ducking to the edge whenever possible.
Some wattles out.
The views continued to be spectacular.
More side gullies, getting a little more serious, to be crossed before we reached the third lookout.
Inland a little to cross this side gully between third and fourth views.
Our fourth viewing point at last revealed some water in Tallowa Gully.
Between us and the trip’s objective lay the best side gully of the day. An easy ramp got us down to the bottom, which included a nice cave.
However, the gully turned into a mini canyon and our way was blocked.
We extracted ourselves and went a long way inland to get across. The flowering shrubs continued to provide colour.
A tongue of the cliffs led us to our objective, a vantage point above the confluence of Bundanoon Creek and Tallowa Gully.
The water level seemed low (friends have paddled up into Bundanoon Creek), but we could see the upstream end of Lake Yarrunga.
A magnificent spot for lunch!
At last it was time to leave. We began the walk out at 1.15pm, with last views the the rugged cliffs across Bundanoon Creek.
It was a 2km in 55min walk up to join Gap Rd, then 6.8km in 1hr 30mins back to the car.
Another classic trip put on by Ian W. Huge thanks. Great, quick crew.
4 walkers – Greg B, Ian W (leader), Mitchell Z, me.