I don’t know what or why it’s, however for the previous 12 months I’ve had such horrible luck with climate on a lot of the weekend journeys I had deliberate. Like, horrible to the purpose that I ended up pulling out of some of them on the final minute resulting from a very-depressing climate forecast – together with my very own birthday tenting journey final 12 months!
So this 12 months, I made a decision to plan a visit for my 34th birthday that wasn’t so reliant on heat, sunny climate (i.e. no seashores). With that, I gathered my journey babes and we set off for Wollemi Nationwide Park, near the Blue Mountains, to discover some canyons.
We camped at Deep Go Campground on what turned out to be a really wet day and night time, after which the next day we set off to seek out River Caves Canyon on a sizzling sunny day.
Unbeknownst to me till, oh, the night time earlier than we left, these spots aren’t really easy to seek out. Google Maps gained’t offer you a path to observe as a result of a number of sketchy grime roads are concerned in the direction of the top of the drive. We needed to scramble on the final minute to attempt to discover instructions on-line, after which map all of it out manually with pins. The GPS on our telephones confirmed us after we have been on vs after we have been veering off this mapped monitor, which is all we needed to go off of with out Google Maps telling us the place to show.
All that to say: I’ll attempt my finest to elucidate the right way to discover these canyons, however you’ll must have a robust sense of journey to be able to fill within the gaps your self when you’re there. However you realize, it’s higher this manner: imprecise instructions imply fewer individuals will enterprise out right here, which makes it extra particular and hopefully better-preserved.
I promise you it’s properly value it!
Deep Go Campground & Canyon
How To Get To Deep Go
First, drive to Zig Zag Railway – Google Maps ought to be capable of get you right here simply (it’s about 2.5 hours from Sydney). You’ll know you’ve arrived once you see a bunch of fellows taking the air out of the tires of their 4WD autos.
From right here, it’s a maze of grime tracks all via Wollemi Nationwide Park and Newnes Plateau. There are the primary grime roads, that are doable in “regular” vehicles (AWD or 4WD really helpful although – or no less than a automobile with extra clearance than a sedan); and there are the gnarly 4WD tracks simply off these major roads which individuals on grime bikes or in bigger big-wheeled autos come to play (very like the time I went 4WD-ing right here!).
We adopted the instructions from OzFinal (see beneath), which regarded tremendous questionable however have been really fairly correct and straightforward to navigate. As a consequence of our sluggish and cautious driving, it took us practically an hour to get from Zig Zag to the Deep Go automobile park.
Tenting at Deep Go Campground
From the Deep Go automobile park, you’ll have to hold your entire meals and tenting gear all the way down to the Deep Go Campground. I used to be pleasantly shocked to seek out that it was solely a 15 minute hike down (fairly certain a weblog I’d learn mentioned it might take about an hour).
The campground is a widespread grassy clearing with some timber across the perimeter. There are a couple of trails main into the bush to nowhere particularly, which we had enjoyable slipping round on within the rain. Apparently there’s a cave with aboriginal artwork on it 100m downstream, however we didn’t see it.
It could not appear like it, nevertheless it was very moist on the market!
Deep Go Canyon
For those who’re going to depart the campsite for one factor, let or not it’s to discover close by Deep Go Canyon.
There aren’t any indicators directing you there, however to seek out the path simply retrace your steps from the campground again the way in which you got here from the automobile park. A couple of minute after you permit the campground, you cross the creek after which there’s a path on the left aspect (perhaps ~10 steps from the creek crossing?). Observe this alongside the creek and also you’ll quickly attain Deep Go Canyon.
Not too far in, there’s a picturesque swimming gap with a waterfall. The way in which ahead is through the rope main up and across the rock wall. We didn’t go previous this level as a result of the rock was super-slippery within the rain and we have been ill-equipped, however there are speculated to be heaps of different swimming pools and canyon goodness additional in.
From what I’ve gathered, you don’t want any particular tools to hike additional into the canyon, and there are ropes all through that you should use to drag your self up rock partitions. I’d positively be sure to’re carrying footwear with grippy soles to fight any slippery rocks you might need to climb on.
River Caves Canyon
How To Get To River Caves Canyon
From the Deep Go Campground, there’s meant to be a monitor that results in River Caves Canyon that takes about an hour one-way. From what I’ve learn, the monitor isn’t all the time simple to observe – this, coupled with the truth that we couldn’t even spot the beginning of it from the campsite, led us to seek out an alternate route.
As an alternative, we hiked out of Deep Go with all our gear, packed it up, and drove nearer to River Caves Canyon. There appeared to be two roads we might take that may lead us near the automobile park at Pure Bridge, which is the place the path begins from. However as a result of each have been flooded in elements after the rain, we ended up parking our vehicles and strolling a couple of further km to the Pure Bridge automobile park. A correct 4WD automobile must be fantastic driving via water, however we didn’t need to danger it.
Fortunately we encountered somebody on a mud bike at one among these water crossings, and he supplied to escort us down into the canyon. I doubt we might have identified the place to go with out his assist (although there exists a nifty guide referred to as Canyons Close to Sydney that spells out the instructions!).
River Caves Canyon
My motivation behind this entire journey was to succeed in River Caves Canyon. I’d saved a bunch of photos of this magical spot over the previous couple years and knew that if we might handle to outlive these bumpy, water-logged grime tracks and by some means discover the path main down, it might SO be value it as soon as we reached the canyon.
And boy was it ever!
It is a very simple stroll. We went the day after a rainstorm in February (summer time) and the water wasn’t very deep within the canyon, nor was it freezing chilly, so no want for wetsuits, dry baggage, or any particular tools. We have been fantastic strolling via the canyon barefoot (although for the bushwalk portion of the hike, you’ll need trainers or climbing boots).
The instructions above from Canyons Close to Sydney acknowledged that the canyon walk-through is about 400m, and you could hike down on one aspect after which take a path again up from the opposite aspect. We stopped on the swimming gap with the massive boulder on the appropriate aspect and didn’t see a path main out, so I believe the canyon goes a bit additional past the place we stopped. We didn’t really feel comfy climbing up and round resulting from slippery rocks, so we simply retraced our steps and left the identical approach we entered.