Warrumbungles

October, 2017-10-15

Once again, we packed our Coleman Instant Tent, other camping gear and food and water into the back of Jeeplet, and headed to Coonabarabran for three nights in the Warrumbungles National Park.
We chose a different camp site, which meant we did not have a view of the Belougery Spire from the tent site but of Split Rock instead. However, it was on grass and a flat surface, close to the stream, with lots of trees, birds, frogs and roos. It was a good choice as it rained on the first night, fortunately after we had set up the tent and cooked.
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We woke to mist, and headed up to the Breadknife and Grand High Tops. The heights were in the mist, but provided opportunities for slightly different photographs.
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We then followed the Western trail of Grand High Tops, returning via West Spirey Creek. The mist cleared and there were a few opportunities for photos.
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We were entertained by roos and birds on the second night, and had to deal with a very large raven that stole a large packet of meat. This same raven seemed to know how to get into rubbish bags, and open eskys.
On the second day we climbed Mount Exmouth via the Burbie Canyon, but returning past Split Rock. It was a very long slog up a fire trail until one reached Danu Gap, after which climbing to the top of the Mountain became interesting, although challenging. A GPS trace of the walk with some stats is included.
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On the way up we saw a goanna.
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The top of Mount Exmouth is simply stunning with views in all directions - the signature Warrumbungles mountains, spires and peaks, as well as the Western, Southern and Northern plains. Grass trees are abundant and photogenic.
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We spent at least an hour on the top, enjoying comparative freedom from flies and almost no wind, a change from our previous excursions.
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The trip back was equally long, but the time at the top made it all worthwhile. We walked past Split Rock on the way down.
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On our way back to the camp site we saw a dragon lizard on the road seemingly ignorant of the dangers. It liked lying flat on the warm tarmac. Tim stopped the car, took a photo, warned an oncoming vehicle and then shunted it off the road. Hopefully it did not return.
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The final night was special, watching roos, birds and having most of the camp to ourselves.
Packing up the tent was easier than we remembered and the clean up after the rain not too much of an issue. Back in Lawson, we enjoyed our newly painted house and waratahs.
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We treated ourselves to a Thai meal at the local restaurant.



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On 16 Oct 2017, 21:07.