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Short hikes in Bungonia National Park – White Track

After our adventure on the Red Track at Bungonia, my son and I decided to do an overnight camping trip down the White Track to camp on the edge of the Shoalhaven River.

The day was bright and clear as we headed down the slope to the River, once again quite steep, but not quite as bad as the Red Track.

BungoniaWhiteTrack view of the Shoalhaven from Mt Ayre lookout

The view from the top was awesome and you can make out our campsite right at the bottom of the slope.

Campsite

We found a great little spot which was actually on Bungonia Creek, but also only 50 metres from the Shoalhaven River. The birdsong was just gorgeous – have a listen here.

We set up camp, then swam and explored the area before cooking some dinner and resting up for the night.

In the morning we explored some more by the banks of the Shoalhaven River and relaxed and watched the bubbles coming up from what we assume were turtles looking for food in the river.

By midday we had packed and were ready for the climb back up, which was steep, but we encouraged our efforts by counting our steps and guessing how many steps it would be to the top.

Bungonia White Track climb out

It turned out to be about 1500 steps or so to the first flat area.

On the way up

Once back at Mt. Ayre lookout we rested and then tramped back to the car and drove to Goulburn for a coffee and some cheesecake at Greengrocer Cyclery before heading home.

Bungonia White Track Mt Ayre Lookout

It was a great trip. If we do it again, we will spend a few days down in the valley hiking further along the river and maybe head up to Tallong at Long Point Lookout.

Short hikes in Bungonia National Park – Red Track

Over the past few weeks of school holiday time, I’ve spent a couple of days with two of my kids hiking and camping in Bungonia National Park, which is situated in southern New South Wales, Australia, about 25km from the inland town of Goulburn.

Officially, Bungonia Gorge is Australia’s deepest gorge and the hike down and back up the Red Track takes you right to the bottom of the gorge and back up again after traversing the gorge’s creek bed for a while.

Bungonia Gorge Red Track

The track in and out is very steep and the sign at the top telling you that the walk needs a high level of fitness is probably justified.

BungoniaGorgeRedTrack

The track bottom includes a section of huge limestone boulders as big as houses and tumbled over one another, which are interesting, challenging and fun to scramble over, under and through.

My 11yr old son simply used his budding “Parkour” skills to hop from one rock to another, but my daughter and I played it safe and found slower, more certain paths through the maze.

BungoniaGorgeRedTrackClimbOut

Bungonia is famous for the gorge, its many limestone caves, its excellent rock-climbing and abseiling and the nearby Shoalhaven River, which winds its way north and then eastward towards the coast.

The Red Track is only 3.8km long but the estimated time to walk it is 5hrs return. We took about that time and that included two stops to go swimming in the cool creek water for refreshment on what turned ut to be a fairly warm day.

We saw lots of lizards and thankfully no snakes. We were also greeted by some wild goats on the way back up to the car park, and a protective ram with big horns who gave a loud snort of disgust before running off when I pointed him out to the kids as he poked his head around a bush about 20 metres from us.

All in all, we had a great time. Our legs ached the next day from the climb out, but it was well worth it!

New women’s focused cycling site – Ella Cyclingtips

The boys and girls over at cyclingtips.com.au have just introduced a women’s focused sister website called Ella, from the Spanish for ‘her’ or ‘she’.

Ella Home

As some of you will know it’s supposed to be pronounced ey-ya, but in Australia it will no doubt be pronounced el-la and that sounds good too.

Tell all of your female cycling friends and don’t forget to bookmark it even if you’re a male cyclist. We all need to raise the profile of women’s cycling.

Well done cyclingtips!

Ella Home.

Saddler and Co | Fine Saddles and Leather Goods

A plug for a very talented saddler and leather worker from country New South Wales, Australia.

Bede Aldridge of Saddler & Co. crafts saddles and leather goods from the finest quality leathers at his workshop in Dubbo , NSW, Australia.

He has launched his online store with a stylish range of quality saddles and leather goods available for sale, but he also makes saddles and leather goods to your own specification.

The online store sells leather belts, bags, iPad & iPhone cases, whips, knife pouches, covers for (paper) notebooks, bridles, reins, tack and saddles, among other things.

I’ve seen and caressed some of his beautiful leather tote bags with my own eyes and hands and they are a delight to the senses as well as being practical and solid in construction.

Check out his online store and get in touch with him if you need him to make some specialised leather goods you just can’t find anywhere else!