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AC

BMCDEEPCREEK 0389105/6593770 ASL 399 to BMC+HOLECK 0394286/6595257 ASL 320

9.4 km

170 minutes

This is a fairly long section, but it has a mixture of wide flats covered in attractive open forest, tight sections with dry rainforest, and some large rock slabs to give variety and interest. There’s a good variety of animal life to see if you travel quietly, and an excellent campsite waiting at Hole Creek junction.

Bleeding Heart ( Omalanthus populifolius) is a shrub/tree to 6 with simple alternate +/- heart-shaped leaves 3-15 x 3-12 cm, on stalks 3-12 cm long which exude a whitish sap when broken turning orange/red with age- often used in floral arrangements. The fruit is globular, 6-10 mm long, smooth, +/- fleshy, purplelish.

At Sunnyside Creek AG66 898.946. Experienced walkers fill their water bottles from side creeks running out of unpolluted areas, rather than the main flow which is more suspect.

View upstream on N bank AG66 905.942. Banks are widening out quite a lot now, with a good population of eucalypt woodland in most places.

View downstream at same location. Beautiful Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis) open woodland, with the familiar horesetrack through the centre. Marvellous walking conditions.

Good spot for a drinks break.

(Photo Kathy King)

Wild horses, like wild rabbits, tend to make communal dung-piles along their bush tracks, rather than scatter randomly.
(Photo Kathy King)

Below this point there is normally a big pool, which was very low at the time of this photo.

Lace Monitor (Varanus varius). They are mostly seen scuttling up trees. If you want a good photo, try sending most of the party around one side while you crouch down quietly on the other. They will tend to circle the tree to stay hidden from people. (Photo Don Hitchcock).

Australian Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii) , the only species in the genus. They are very shy in the wild. They are fast runners and strong climbers. When threatened, they seek cover in thick vegetation, or drop from an overhanging branch into water. They are able to swim totally submerged, and rest on the bottom for up to 90 minutes. You often hear the plop and see nothing!

(Photo Don Hitchcock).

Rock Slab

Walkers on one of several large slabs of water-worn rock at about AG66 934.952, about 2.5 km above Blue Mountain Creek.

Sawfly larvae Sawflies (Suborder Symphyta, Family Pergidae) are Hymenopterans, the order that includes ants, bees and wasps. When disturbed, larvae tap their abdomens up and down and regurgitate the eucalyptus oil they have ingested as a thick yellow fluid. Hence their other name ‘Spitfires’. They do not sting, and usually do little damage to the trees they are on. (Photo Kathy King)

The Blue Mountain Creek/Hole Creek junction ridge. You are about 25 minutes from the junction, where there is one of the best campsites in the gorges. (Photo Kathy King)

Striding Out as shadows lengthen

 

Lots of smiles as this group finish the day’s walk from Ben Nevis high above to Hole Creek junction. You can see the wide expanse of ‘tent lawns’ around them.

 

The junction pool, which normally is deep enough for a good swim. Sometimes, it is almost completely dry.

Tent up!

 

From this campsite, you can head up Hole Creek and take the ridge out to Tabletop Trail (Section K); take the ridge above you up to ‘Cheyenne’ homestay (Section Y- if you’ve gotten permission); go upstream for 11-12 km and climb out to ‘Ben Nevis’ (Section AA- if you’ve gotten permission); or follow the creek down to … well, eventually the Pacific Ocean at Southwest Rocks. But that’s tomorrow’s problem. Sleep tight!