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.
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.
Weather was looking good, and we had the long weekend, so we set off to Cox’s River via Breakfast Creek.
We headed up on the Friday night and camped at Carlon’s Farm (Green Gully). There were at least 30 Kangaroo’s hopping around, far more than we had seen there previously, and they definitely weren’t to scared of the car.
In the morning after we cooked up a storm of bacon and eggs we headed off down Carlons Creek where we battled the now head-height stinging nettles that had taken over the area. Once we met Black Horse ridge the track seemed became quite faint and jumped the creek side to side. Luckily for us the creek was very dry. After taking our time and encountering a few Red-bellied black snakes and Goannas we made it to Cox’s River.
Cox’s River was relatively quiet, we expected to see a few more people out and about. We found a nice little site just near the junction of Breakfast Creek, nearby to the plaque in memory of Miss Oonagh Kennedy (The story behind has been written up by Allan here).
On Sunday Morning we planned to head down the Cox’s and explore it a little, we ended up going only about 500m downstream and finding a nice sandy patch to go for a swim.
Monday morning we packed up and headed off at 8:30 as we knew the original forecast was rain in the afternoon. We decided the best option would be back up Breakfast Creek, rather than tackle Ironmonger Hill in the heat. The track was far easier to follow along Breakfast Creek heading upstream than down, so we made it back to the car in about 4 hours.
More photos of the trip can be found here.
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.