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Ben Nevis- BMC- Wallamarra BP    Back

 

Entry and Exit via Private Property

Contact details available from the Public Officer/President of Armidale Bushwalking Club.

Walk Type

Approx Daily Km.

Terrain

Fitness

DW- One Day Walk

BP (3d2n) – Backpack, 3 days, 2 nights

CC (2d2n)- Car Camp, 2 days, 2 nights

S - Short - Less than 10km
M - Medium - 10-15 km
L -Long -15-20 km
XL - Extra Long - over 20 km

1 - Graded track, some incline
2 - Graded track, hills, creek crossings
3 - Rough track, steep sections, creek crossings
4 - Off track, moderate terrain
5 - Off track, thick terrain
6 - Rock climbing and exposure
A - Low fitness
B - Moderate fitness
C - Good fitness
D - Good fitness with agility
E - High fitness level
F - Strenuous - experienced walkers only!

Walk Type: a medium difficulty 2 day 1 night backpack ( BP 2d1n L 4 D)

Location and Access Permission needed from owners of ‘Ben Nevis’ and ‘Wallamarra’ - contact details available from the Public Officer/President for Armidale Bushwalking Club.

Maps: W= Winterbourne 9236-2-N ( + A= Armidale, G= Gostwyck, E= Enmore for the car shuttle)

2 cars -party of 6-8. Travel:

Method 1 ( Both cars drop off at ‘Ben Nevis’ Saturday morning, return to Armidale, then travel back to pick up at Wallamarra gate on Sunday at 4.30 pm )-

Total for the two trips= 2 X(41.0 + 46.9) – about 180 km

Shuttle 1- Drop off to ‘Ben Nevis’

Leg Description LegKm Tot.Km To Landmark/ Grid Ref
Armidale PO (S on Faulkner St)

1.3

1.3

Kentucky St
L.on Kentucky St-

0.9

2.2

Kennedy St
Rt. along Kennedy St (= Dangarsleigh Rd)

2.0

4.2

Gostwyck Rd A. 719 199
Dangarsleigh Rd veers left – continue on it

5.8

10.0

War Memorial A.738 146

Keep right along Dangarsleigh Rd.

2.0

12.0

Enmore Rd A.727 129
Left along Enmore Rd

17.0

29.0

Blue Nobby Rd G.790 001
Left onto Blue Nobby Rd

6.7

35.7

Melrose (‘To Sherwood’) Rd E. 851 998
Rt. along Melrose Rd

2.1

37.8

Sherwood Rd E.868 988
Right on Sherwood Road

3.0

40.8

Ben Nevis’ W.866 962
(Shed is about 200 m further on )

0.2

41.0

Shed Yards W.866 960

Shuttle 2 – Pickup at Wallamarra gate-as above( shaded section overlapping).. ..

Rt. along Melrose Rd

2.1

37.8

Sherwood Rd E.868 988
Continue Left along Melrose Road

3.4

41.2

4WD track W.894 971
Right along 4WD track

2.4

43.6

Track Junction W.916 970
Right on Enmore Long Point 4WD track

3.4

47.0

Wallamarra’ gate W.944 973

Method 2 Section A as above to ‘Ben Nevis’. Leave most walkers there, drive both cars to ‘Wallamarra’ gate (Section C below). Leave one car there, shuttle the walker-drivers back to ‘Ben Nevis’, then go back to Armidale in the shuttle car before returning to pick up walkers at ‘Wallamarra’ gate .

Total distance for shuttle car and driver = (180 km as above, + 2 X 12.4)= about 205 km.

(the car left at ‘Wallamarra’ gate will travel (41.0 + 12.4 + 47.0 = about 100 km)

Section C

Leg Description LegKm Tot.Km To Landmark/ Grid Ref
Backtrack from ‘Ben Nevis’ Shed Yards

3.2

3.2

Melrose Rd E.868 988
Right along Melrose Road

3.4

6.6

4WD track W.894 971
Right along 4WD track

2.4

9.0

Track Junction W.916 970
Right on Enmore Long Point 4WD track

3.4

12.4

Wallamarra’ gate W.944 973

Walk (Maps: W= Winterbourne 9236-2-N; Enmore 9236-1-S)
 

Almost all the walk is on 1:25 000 “Winterbourne 9236-2-N” map, using Australian Geodetic Datum 1966 = AGD66. (note – figures in bold plain text are taken by GPS at site; figures in italics are scanned from topo maps- accurate to within c. 100 metres)


 

Geode AGD66, Zone 56J

WGS84

WPName
UTM Latitude
Prefix 65
UTM Longitude
Prefix 03
Latitude
Deg.Min.Sec
Longitude
Deg.Min.Sec
BENNEVYA 96975 86593

S 30.45.43

E 151.48.58


 

 


 


 

BULLPTDING

94356 87205

S30.46.36

E 159.49.20

BULLPTBMC 93621 87723

S 30.47.03

E 151.49.31

BMC+HOLECK 95256 94286

S 30.46.09

E 151.53.47

BMCGRANCAM

96418 96244

S 30.45.32

E 151.55.01

BMC+POSTMA 96525 97876

S 30.45.30

E 151.56.03

WALLAMAGAT 97238 94409

S 30.45.05

E 151.53.53


Sections AA, AB, AC)


Filled Route Card from 2009 walk

Start Time

Day 1 Walk Description

(all on Winterbourne map)

Walk Leg -Km

Bear-ing T

To Grid Reference

Ht Gain (m)

Ht. Loss (m)

Travel Time

Hr.Min

End Time


 

BENNEVYDS ‘Ben Nevis’ Shed Yards 866/960 ASL 1050


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

10.43

S +/- along fence , then veer left round high point SSE down to internal fence gate ASL 900

1.6

170

871/ 946

0

150

0.35

11.18

11.19

4WD road across creek , then sharp right to BULLPTDINGO – gate in Dingo fence ASL 880

0.5

150

872/943

30

50

0.15

11.34

11.34

S through fence, zigzag down Bullpoint Spur, then left on horsetrack to BULLPTBMC Blue

Mtn Ck ASL440

c. 2.0

190

877/ 936

0

440

1.01

12.35

1.40

Down BMC to Hole Creek junct ASL 320 BMC+HOLECK

c 12.0

+/-E

94286/ 95257

0

120

4.00

5.40


 

Totals

c. 16.0


 


 

30

760

5.51


 

Day 1.Ben Nevis- Bullpoint Spur- Hole CreekThe view from the woolshed at ‘Ben Nevis’ is a real bonus for people who may be waiting while others do the car shuttle. There’s often a bit of fog hanging over the gorges, but as it gradually clears, Tabletop Mountain appears , looming over the opposite side of Blue Mountain Creek to the Southeast, and then the distinctive nose of Point Lookout appears far away to the ENE.

You bear a bit to the right from the woolshed, over pleasant open grazing country to the gate in the Dingo Fence. The track is then pretty obvious, zigzagging down Bullpoint Spur with views upstream across Razorback Spur. About 2/3 of the way down, keep an eye for where a track turns off abruptly left to angle down across the face of the slope and fetch up at Blue Mountain Creek.

The wander down Blue Mountain Creek is delightful, with open flats mixed with occasional tight pinches. Take your time, have a good lunch somewhere, and brew up a coffee somewhere else- at this ambling rate, it’ll take a few hours to make it into camp at a broad grassy flat beside Hole Creek. There’s always water here, with the junction pool usually OK for a good swim.

sections W, V, AD


 

Filled Route Card from 2009 Walk

Start Time
Day 2 Walk Description (all but 2 km of 4WD track on Winterbourne map)
Km
Bear-ing T
To Grid Reference
Ht Gain (m)
Ht. Loss (m)
Travel Time
Hr.Min
End Time

8.30

Down BMC to Granville Spur GRANVICAMP ASL 300

3.20

+/- NE

96243/

96417

0

20

1.15

9.45

10.16

Down BMC to Postmans Creek Junction BMC+POSTMA ASL 280

2.50

+/- E

97876 /96525

0

20

0.55

11.11

12.20

Up BMC/Postmans Ck spur to WALLAMAGAT Wallamarra Gate ASL 890

6.00

+/-WNW

94409/ 97238

640

10

2.55

3.15


 

Totals

c. 11.70


 


 

640

50

5.05


 

Day 2. Hole Creek to Postmans Creek

If you’re lucky, on a brief morning wander up Hole Creek you will see a Rock Wallaby perched on the mini-cliffs a hundred metres above camp. There’s a bit of dry rainforest tumbling down through a cleft, and signs of an old hut clearing a bit further up.

Heading downstream, you’ll see Blue Mountain Creek widening out slowly. A good spot for morning break is at the base of Granville Spur, where there’s a deep pool, open shady banks, and a cliff with occasional Rock Wallabies. A bit of a swim, a good cup of coffee, and on again.

The next big pool ends at Postmans Creek, another hour or so on. Here Max Brennan had a fenced area for his horses, there’s plenty of space for tents, and it’s probably time for another swim and lunch.

Postmans Creek to Wallamarra Gate

At first you cross a broad area with another fenced Brennan paddock, with trees and shrubs gradually growing over the grassy horsefeed. Then the spur begins in earnest. There’s still a clear horsetrack – or in some places, multiple tracks- up the narrowing ridge. It’s one of the easiest ridges out of the gorges, with some good views down Blue Mountain Creek and up Hole Creek across to ‘Cheyenne’. At the ‘Take It Easy’ pace, it’s still 610 metres and about 3 hours to Wallamarra gate.