Splendour Rock Dawn Service (23-25 April 2017)

Another splendid 3 days in the Wild Dog Mountains to attend the Dawn Service at Splendour Rock. This time we did it a little different and went Carlons Farm > Black Horse Ridge > Mobbs Swamp > Mount Dingo > Splendour Rock > Wombat Parade (on the east side of Mt Warrigal) > Medlow Gap > Carlons Farm.

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Splendour Rock Dawn Service (23-25 April 2016)

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Splendour Rock ANZAC Day Dawn Service (24-25 Apr 2015)


This year I was joined with Sarah, Andy and Cal for the annual Dawn Service at Splendour Rock. We left Carlon’s Farm at 20:00 and headed out via the fire trail (Medlow Gap). It was good weather and made decent pace, getting in at Mobbs Swamp at midnight to get some rest. We set the alarms for 03:30 to make it up to Splendour Rock in time for the dawn service.

Andy at Splendour Rock waiting for the dawn service to begin.

Sarah and Cal at Splendour Rock waiting for the dawn service to begin.

Sarah and I at Splendour Rock waiting for the dawn service to begin.

This year we had fantastic weather and a beautiful sunrise.

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Splendour Rock (5-6 Oct 2014)

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20141005_185443I’m not normally one to take the freeze-dried meals but this one was quite good!


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Splendour Rock & Knights Deck

The Route:

What a fabulous four days we had! Our plans got switched around at the last minute, which meant we could leave Wednesday night rather than Friday noon, so quickly after a quick run around we had everything sorted at set off, with a quick stop in at Katoomba to drop off the trip intention form & pick up an EPIRB and get some delicious pizza from Rene Pizza Place. We didn’t end up reaching Green Gully until 10!

The walk down breakfast creek went quite well, despite the stinging nettles (we were prepared with long pants and gaiters, but they had grown allot since I was there last!). We eventually got into bed around 12:30am, took a little longer than we had planned and we missed the bottom of Black Horse Ridge which set us back about 15 minutes.

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