Caves to Caves - May 2012
Attendees – Driscoll, Gartland, Van der Wel families, Colin and Marge Higgins and Paul Morton
The 19th of May and the club finally managed to get a "Caves to Caves" started. It had been postponed due to weather on two occasions in the past. The 'meet' was at Mount Victoria at 8am and it was here that one trailer decided to shed a brake shoe. A little time and greasy hands had that repaired but saw the group almost an hour late in setting out. The days travel consisted of a run through Jenolan Caves, then over to the Komung River and through Dingo Dell. From there our destination was Yerranderie. The trip is not difficult, but it does take quite a while, so we arrived mid afternoon. Camps were pitched and kids did what kids do. A relaxing afternoon after a long drive and early start. Dinner and campfire among friends with the bonus of clear weather - what a great way to spend the evening!
Yerranderie is an old mining area located SW of Sydney in the Blue Mountains National Park. It was cut off from its main access when Warragamba Dam was built and the backwaters it created, Lake Burragorang claimed the road. The only public access is therefore a long way around. A number of old buildings still survive in the township as do mining relics scattered around the area.
Sunday morning was spent with the group walking around the relics scattered between two of the main mines. After lunch, the group retraced their steps along the access as far as Mount Werong where we left the main track heading south toward Wombeyan Caves. It was on this fire trail that our next mechanical malady occurred. A campertrailer that had just returned from major repairs by the manufacturer shed a bolt from its spring. Someone didn't tighten the nuts on the springs - very careless. This lost us an hour trying to get things straight enough to put it all back together. A pit stop/tea break was made at Wombeyan Caves just before dark, and then the long and dusty climb up to Mittagong was undertaken. All together another very successful club trip.