Bellbrook to Wauchope

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Bellbrook to Wauchope

Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:25 pm

Last weekend a group of Dads and their sons went on an adventure. The plan was to travel from Bellbrook to Wauchope, via the Carrai Plateau.

All the pics below were taken using my phone camera, so some of the colouring is not the best.

First stop was at an old cabin on McKenzie's Creek Road. Tom (one of the Dads) had camped here in the past as his wife's family had a connection to the property.

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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:30 pm

There were a few bushfires in the ridges to the south and west of where we were. We weren't sure whether we'd get through or not, and at one stage we were thinking of a Plan B, maybe a weekend at George's Junction or the Styx River somewhere.

Just south of the hut is an intersection, Fife's Fire Trail to the west and Kempsey to the east. As we headed up Fife's we mat a local fella that was checking out the fires. He advised us that the gates along the fire trail were locked and we'd need to find another way to the top.

After a chat, he ended up guiding us around to Willi Willi. A great gesture. From there it was on to the ridges in the west.
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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:34 pm

Just before Daisy's Plains we came across a Toyota wearing Lada Niva badges

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Then along a bit further and came across another clearing. This little hut looked like what I expect the Vic Alps to look like in summer. McMillan's house.

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The leaning house of McMillan's
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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:38 pm

Along a bit further, and at another clearing we came across what looks like an old steam engine used to drive a saw mill. Could be wrong though.

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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:35 pm

After the kids had finished climbing all over the old machinery we headed off to Mary's View, while keeping an eye open for a camp spot for the night.

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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:39 pm

Sunday morning, and the camp was all made up by 9am and we were on the road.

First stop the site of an old saw mill near Kookaburra, an old village site.

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"The Brush Electrical Engineering Co. Ltd"
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The steel looks hardly rusted, must be the good quality of yester-year
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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:42 pm

Just across the road is a walk to a waterfall

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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:51 pm

On to Spoke's Lookout and a view of Kemp's Pinnacle.

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A couple for Kenny and Al
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Postby Astro » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:53 pm

We will definitely be going back up there to have a better look around.
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Postby beaujest4 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:36 pm

Looks good Steve. One day we will get there
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Postby nig » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:02 pm

Looks like a nice bit of country Steve

Did anyone get a GPS log out of the trip? wouldn't mind seeing it on a map.
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Postby Astro » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:15 pm

Mate, if I find the time I'll put together a google earth kml file. They are a very small file that is opened using GE. I just need an email address to send it to - pm me if you like.

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Postby beaujest4 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:50 pm

Cowboy knows the area quiet well and wants to take us down there. See what we can organise later
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Postby Foo » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:35 pm

Very nice area that and surprisingly green still. :cool:

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Postby hissen » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:50 am

Cool looking trip
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