Kanangra Boyd NP - July 2016
Kanangra Boyd Day Trip
After our original trip for his weekend was shelved the call
went out for a day trip on the Sunday. The decision was made to head out to
Kanangra Boyd NP out past Jenolan Caves for a bit of easy 4WDing and to see if
we could find a few more challenging tracks.
We had six vehicles in all and for a change everyone was at
the meeting point Mt Victoria on time and we were on our way by 8:30. We headed
west out past Little Hartley and then down Jenolan Caves rd through the caves
before eventually turning off into Kanangra Boyd itself. A brief stop to air
down and we made the short run to the Kowmung River fire trail. The drive is
fairly easy with mot not actually requiring 4WD till the last couple of km down
to the river crossing itself where it gets quite steep and a little slippery in
patches. On arrival at the crossing we found it was considerably deeper than
any of us had previously seen it but certainly within the capability of our
vehicles. We all crossed with numerous photos and videos being taken.
After a bit of a chat we continued on to Dingo Dell where we
turned around and headed back through the Kowmung crossing, where Ray did his best
to make it look like a Cape York river crossing with water up over the
windscreen, and then made the climb back up towards the Kanangra Walls Rd via
the Morong Creek fire trail. We found a few more puddles and another small
creek crossing but nothing too difficult and eventually made our way to the car
park for the walk down to the lookout. The fog and cloud had mostly blown away
by the time we got there so the views were pretty good.
After returning to the cars we quickly headed up to Boyd
River crossing for a lunch stop. As luck would have it the shelter was all ours
and we quickly set about getting a fire going. The kids had a great time
running around and we spent a pretty relaxing almost two hours there.
The decision was made to head back across through Jenolan
and find some tracks to play on back towards the state forest. It didn't take
long to find some a couple of challenging hills to try and get up with everyone
getting up in one or two attempts. We then continued on looking for a lookout
that we had been to several years back but with time starting to get away we
decided to turn around. Still in the mood for a little more play time we found
a nice little bog hole on the side of the track and after testing the depth and
getting the winch ready (just in case) the Disco was the guinea pig and blasted
through in full voice. Almost all of decided to have a go and with no
recoveries it's safe to say we came out on top.
After a brief stop to air up, a bit more chat and a photo or
two of a cracking sunset we called it day and headed for home.