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Kanangra to Katoomba Walk (October 2001)

by Sandra Kelley

Having left our cars at Packsaddlers in the Megalong Valley, we journeyed to Kanangra Walls by way of the Wilderness Transit bus. We set up camp and went for a short walk to the lookout and the Kanangra Brooks Falls. Sunset provided us with spectacular views of the Walls.

Day 1 - we began walking across Seymour tops with fantastic views all around and Mt Cloudmaker on the distant horizon. To reach it we had to climb nine mountain tops or knolls with a combined elevation of six hundred metres (Craft Walls, Mt Berry, High and Mighty, Stormbreaker, Rip, Rack, Roar and Rumble). A very windy night and not much sleep.

Day 2 - at breakfast we were greeted by a lady walking in the area on her own - not something that I would recommend. A pleasant walk to Mt Strongleg and the beginning of a steep descent to Kanangaroo clearing (580 metres in one and a half kilometers). Karen was nearly knocked over on the way down by a very frightened wallaby, desperate to get away from us. That afternoon we explored the Kanangra Creek and the Cox's river after setting up the tents at a very nice camping spot.

Day 3 - After crossing the Cox's river we had a steep climb (500m) up Yellow Pup ridge to Yellow Dog Mountain. Whoever named the features in this area had a fetish for dogs - Brindle Pup, Howling Dog, Brown Dog, Spotted Dog, appearing on the map. We left our packs at the bottom of Mt Dingo and climbed up to Splendour Rock, Brett taking the more challenging route using a chain and spikes. Splendour Rock is well named, with splendid views from Lake Burragorang all the way back to Kanangra Walls far behind us. Water was scarce at Mobbs Soak, our campsite at the end of the day.

Day 4 - We left Mobbs Soak on our last day, hiked out to Blackhorse Ridge, then descended to Breakfast Creek and finally slogged up a weed-infested Carlon Creek to our cars for lunch. This is a classic Blue Mountains walk, and it was well worth doing.

(Click here for first photo and then click on each photo for the next)


























Kanangra Walls with Cloudmaker in the distance


























Kanangra Walls and Crafts Walls


























Kanangra Walls and our route to Cloudmaker


























Kanangra Brook Falls


























Kanangra Brook Falls 2


























Kanangra Gorge


























Thurat Spires


























Crafts Walls


























The ridge to Cloudmaker


























Kanangra Wall


























Fiona Wilmot and Ray Spratt in gully off Walls


























Morning tea in overhang of Crafts Walls
Fiona Wilmot, Ray Spratt, Karen Davis, John Prior, Sandra Kelly and Yuriko Ball

























Looking back to Kanangra Walls


























High and Mighty


























Resting on Rack Knoll


























Bushwalking is a bloody business


























Ti Willa Top and Byrne's Gap


























Yerranderie Peak (left distance) and Mt Colong (right)


























On top of Cloudmaker
(Brett took the photo and later edited himself into the picture using Photoshop)

























Jennifer leading group in Tai-Chi


























More Tai-Chi


























More Tai-Chi


























More Tai-Chi


























About to descend Mt Strongleg


























The last few metres of the Strongleg descent


























Crossing Kanangra Creek


























Campsite by Kanangra Creek


























Kanangaroo Property


























Complete with gas hot water


























Karen crossing Kanangra Creek


























Crossing the Cox's River


























Fiona icing her knees
(Elle McPherson's legs Photoshopped in later)

























On top of Mt Yellow Dog


























Two bums with the "A" out of their pants


























Yuriko takes a break


























What happens when your digital camera runs out of batteries