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J2 CCOMBSADDL 0396947/ 6590532 via CCOMBHIGHP 0397150/ 6590700 (leave packs) and down dragonsback to CCOMEAST 0397317/6590675 0.4 km

30 minutes

1: 25000 Map Projection

(AGD 66)

Waypoint Name Zone Eastings Northings HASL


Winterbourne UTM CCOMBSADDL 56J 396947 6590532


Winterbourne UTM CCOMBHIPT 56J 397150 6590700


Winterbourne UTM CCOMEAST 56J 397316 6590675


This stiff little section- steeply up a broad ridge, and steeply down a dragonsback of tumbled boulders- is one of the best bits in the Tabletop area. From Cocks Comb East you can see three National Parks- Oxley Wild Rivers all around you, New England looming off to the NE, and Werrikimbe back to the S.

Some years ago, a teenage girl was sitting down here when a rock was dislodged onto her. Her leg was smashed, and it required a herculean effort to lever it off her and carry her up the dragonsback and down to the road near Zinnia Dam. Be very careful when negotiating this unstable boulder field.

If you are not returning to your camp in Cocks Comb Saddle, it is a good idea to leave your pack at CCOMBHIGHP the highest point on your way in to the Cocks Comb. When you pick it up on the way back, you can then angle down carefully NW for about 300 m to MACLCCOMB8, from where you can go via Zinnia Dam north to Blue Mountain Creek, or turn ESE to skirt around the Cocks Comb and head down the ridge to the south of Kerosene Creek via the Section O track to the Macleay River.

Blue Mountain Creek runs across the top of the photo, meeting the Macleay (obscured) in the middle of the right side of the frame. (Photo Pieter van Haeff). The lower northern slope of Tabletop Mountain, with the line of the 4WD road cutting across the middle of the frame. (Photo Martin Lang). Looking SE towards Oven Camp Ridge (Photo Martin Lang)
Looking directly down Kerosene Creek to its junction with the Macleay (Photo Martin Lang) Early morning light on the climb up the Cocks Comb from the saddle (Photo Pieter van Haeff) The valley filled with morning fog (Photo Paul McCann)
Ringside seats for the morning show (Photo David Lawrence)  Native Mint ( Plectranthus species) . Often grows on rough scree slopes. Heading back up the Dragons Back (Photo David Lawrence)
Make sure you do not roll a rock down on your fellows when climbing the Cocks Comb. (Photo David Lawrence)