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    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Northern Tablelands Easter 2010 - Day 6
    Day 6 - Tuesday 6 April 2010 - Halls Peak Camping Area, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park to Sydney

    For the previous part of this trip, click here.

    Day 6
    Day Six - Halls Peak bottom right and Armidale just out of screen at left - journey to Sydney not shown

    Again it was warm last night due to the lower altitude (250 metres) and the heavy overcast. It is about 17ÂșC when we get up at 8 am. We had planned a very slow start to the day but at 8:15 am it starts to rain. It is not heavy, but it is annoying. It stops and starts. We decide that we might as well leave and as we have a long trip back to Sydney, we figure we might as well leave earlier than planned.

    While packing up, the brumbies (wild horses) seen last night come down to the river to have a drink. Before leaving, we check out the group camping area (overgrown with long grass and mostly occupied by a portable stockyard for storing the brumbies. The day use area is very nice, but I cannot see that many people would ever use.

    At 9:10 am we leave the bottom. There has not been enough rain to make the track up slippery. It is low range third and second all the way to the top. It is four kilometres up in which you rise from 250 metres to 900 metres. A short distance from the gate, I spot a huge wedged-tail eagle standing on a side track. As I stop, it flies up into a nearby tree and then further away. Magnificant! We also see some red-tailed black cockatoos near the top of the track.

    We travel back via Raspberry Road to the Kempsey-Armidale Road which we get to at 10:00 am. Here we saw good-bye to Eric, Jane, Tegan and Drew as they will head back to their home near Kempsey.

    Halls Peak RoadStyx River Bridge
    The top of Halls Peak RoadStyx River Bridge

    We turn left towards Armidale. A short distance along we stop at the Styx River. This is a nice gorge with an old timber bridge. We continue on and the turn left onto Waterfall Way (the Armidale-Grafton Road).

    Not far down this road we see a sign to Wollomombi Falls. This is also in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. It is a few kilometres off the main road. We first go to the main lookout. Here there is a large shelter shed, with barbecues inside and many outside with nice picnic tables. It is a 75 metre walk to the lookout. This has great views back to Wollomombi Falls as well as down into the shear gorge (it must be at least 400 metres to the bottom from the lookout). These are the third highest falls in Australia, the Wollomombi River dropping 260 metres. To the right of these falls are the smaller Chandler Falls. This is where the Chandler River drops from the plateau into the same gorge. This river is of course the one we were camped at this morning.

    Wollomombi FallsGreen Gully Camping Area
    Wollomombi FallsOne of the sites at Green Gully Camping Area

    There are some nice walking tracks here to other lookouts. We do not have time to do them as it is already obvious we are not going to get home till well after dark. We drive to another lookout, Edgars, which has views over a different section of the gorge. It also has a barbecue and table.

    We then go to the Green Gully Camping Area. This is within easy walking distance of the lookouts. It has about a dozen flat sites, although each site can only take one vehicle/tent. There are timber barbecues, toilet and water. It looks quite nice, we will have to come back and stay here on another trip.

    We are back on the road at 11 am. Fifteen minutes later we pass the road to Long Point which is also in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and has a camping area.

    At 11:30 am we stop at Armidale and have morning tea in a cafe. It is drizzling slightly. We depart at noon and just outside town join the New England Highway. We continue towards Tamworth where we arrive at 1:30 pm. I need to put some fuel in to make it home. A bit south of Tamworth, we stop at a truck stop area and have lunch.

    We leave at 2:15 pm and continue along the highway via Scone, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Maitland. We then cut across to the Pacific Highway/F3 and head back to Sydney. We have a pretty good run, with no delays.

    We arrive back home at 7:45 pm.

    Kilometres: 648 kilometres
    Weather: Varied, fine in spots and raining elsewhere, maximum of 20ÂșC

    TRIP SUMMARY

    While there was a section of this trip that you could not do without the access to the private property gate (day 4), the rest could be done by everyone. Even a fair bit of the trip could be done in a two wheel drive (virtually all of days 1 to 4). We saw some amazing wilderness, with a few historic items as well. An excellent shorter break.

    There is still a lot more to do in this area, you could easily spend a couple of weeks alone in the area bounded by Kempsey, Wauchope, Walcha and Armidale. highly recommended.

    Total kilometres: 1,343
    Total fuel cost:approx $260
    Other costs:$30 for park access, food and drinks

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