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march-fixer: Track 2139 in area near Australia, New South Wales ()
Wentworth Fall Track
Length: 12.3km, Creator time taken: 6h , Ascent: 1059m,
Descent: 923m

Places: Start at Lon 150.374, Lat -33.7281, end at Lon 150.376, Lat -33.7097 2km N from Start
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As we were staying in the YHA in Katoomba we got a train over to Wentworth Falls. From the train station we headed SW and crossed the Great Western Highway towards Wilson Park. At the south eastern end of the park we took the track called Charles Darwin’s Walk.

This track follows a lovely bush walk down along Jameson Creek. The track eventually leads you to Wentworth Falls and then Wentworth Track. The GPS trail looks all over the place here due to the fact that the trail wends its way down an enormous vertical cliff face! You end up switching back and forth as you descend each level. Due to the huge cliff overhangs there are spots where the GPS loses signal. There may also be the possibility that GPS signals may get confused as they descend between two towering cliff faces? (Either that or it was the local hootch affecting my direction!).

The Falls were truly spectacular after all the previous day’s heavy rain. We went along the Wentworth Track, choosing to walk the valley floor rather than the Under-Cliff walk. We went down Stack Stairs, a series of vertical ladders that involved stepping down backwards. We eventually descended to The Valley of The Waters. We photographed a lovely large lizard that was reluctant to move from its sunny spot on the track.

The track became quite a challenge at times as the swollen rivers made some places nearly impassable and one had to pick a route over large boulders that were not submerged ... so leaping over possibly slippery rocks was the order of the day. Caroline slipped once but luckily Tom was able to prevent her going over the edge into the water!

On way back to the train station we visited Wentworth Lake. We discovered we had picked up 4 leeches between us, Caroline's were on her boots but Tom had one on his calf which Caroline spotted. It was enjoying a nice meal on a full vein ... until we pulled it off. You could see it squirming and seeking out the heat for more food. Luckily the bite spot congealed quickly.

This is a most exhilarating walk, requiring an acceptance of heights, providing spectacular views (if the weather permits) and no aversion to steel ladders or leeches!

Uploaded on: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 (12:50:49)
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