Silent Creek August 2012
We all met up at Shell Bowenfels and after refuelling and grabbing coffee and pies (how else does one kick off the day) we were off and running. The country side and farms between Lithgow and Oberon are indeed picturesque and had most of us day dreaming of a tree change and wondering just how much it would cost to move out this way. After a couple of hours and a few questions as to whether or not we were on the right road we turned off into the Abercrombie National Park. The drive in was fairly easy with a few creek crossings, some great photo opportunities and some steep downhill section which had Mark wishing for trailer brakes. The only problem we encountered was the top half of an 80 odd foot gum tree inverted in the middle of the track. Team work and a few well placed cuts with the bow saw had the track cleared and us back under way in no time.
After a couple more steep descents and another water crossing or two we arrived at the camp ground at Silent Creek. Half the camp ground is currently closed off for regeneration works and looks a little unsightly but the scenery and view out are fantastic. We could only assume that there must have been a good amount of rainfall of late as the water level in the rivers and creeks were up and the water quite dirty from the run off. Once we were all set up and had lunch out of the way we set about getting the fire started which was going to be a must have with the forecast showing a sub zero overnight temperature. The kids spent most of the afternoon throwing rocks in the river, building dams and trying (some unsuccessfully) to stay dry. Before long we had the fire cranking and dinner underway then we all settled in for a few quite drinks, marshmallows and discussion of the upcoming adventure show.
After breakfast on Sunday we all got packed up and started the drive out which was again fairly straight forward with only a few tricky assents to overcome. We headed to Oberon and stopped for lunch and to let the kids run around in the park for a bit before turning towards Jenolan Caved road and on to home.