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Q BMC+TTOPT2 0398822/ 6596075 (opp.Lorraines Pass) down to MACLEAYBMC 0399067/6594759 2.10 km

40 minutes

No profile needed- drops about 2 m the entire distance.
 

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Projection

(AGD 66)

Waypoint Name Zone Eastings Northings

HASL

(metres)

Winterbourne UTM BMC+TTOP2 56J 0398822 6596075 260
Winterbourne UTM MACLEAYBMC 56J 0399067 6594759 258

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Mountain Creek is starting to widen out a bit in this section, and the horsetracks make for easy walking. One of the loveliest creeks in the New England, enjoy it!

Lunch on the banks of Blue Mountain Creek, just above Lorraines Pass and the point where one route comes down from Tabletop.

The deciduous White Cedar (Melia azderach) in the foreground close to the water, and the white trunks and blue-ish leaves of Fuzzy Box (Eucalyptus conica) climbing up the slope is typical for this section of Blue Mountain Creek (Photo Don Hitchcock).

Just coming into Lorraines Pass, a very awkward scramble over a narrow part of the ridge between Blue Mountain Creek and the Macleay. Cuts off about 3 km if you are heading up the Macleay, but it is slow and gripping in places.

Cliffs in this narrow little section just before Lorraines Pass, squeezing the creek.  This would be a spectacular place at high water.

The horse tracks, soft green grass and the whispering fronds of the Casuarinas ( Casuarina cunninghamiana) are some of the reasons people love walking in the Macleay Gorges.

All appreciating the great walking after tough trip down a steep ridge to get here.

Wanderer butterflies, and the Milkweed they feed on, are often seen in the bottom of the gorges. Much more detail on their relationships at the link below:

http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_nymphs/wanderer.htm

Taken at low water, the Macleay/ Blue Mountain Creek junction is one of the main landmarks of human wanderers in the gorges. Great walks in three directions meet here. Here is a good spot to have lunch, or a small party to camp…

 

… on the SW bank of the junction.

Looking up the Macleay from the camp/lunch site above. The low saddle top right of centre in the photo is Lorraines Pass, about a kilometre up the Macleay from here.