Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pokolbin State Forest

We ran off and got married this weekend.

Proper pictures to follow in a few weeks

We stayed on Pokolbin Mountain at Greg and Sally Matthews farm in their beautiful cottage 'Amelies'.

The view north to Barrington.

Our wedding was a 9.00am affair with just the two of us. After a big lunch we knocked together some cheeses for dinner. A relaxed end to an amazing day.

Up early Sunday morning we headed into Pokolbin State Forest through the Matthews farm on Broken Back Road.

We stumbled across this outcrop on a random fire trail 6.7km in.

North East to Barrington and Stockton.

At the end of this trail is a good camping spot we will check out soon.

About 8km in is the turn off to 'Yellow Rock' look out. Worth the detour.

South East to The Watagans.

North West to Singleton.

North to Barrington.

East to Stockton.

Escarpment South West.


Wedding photos soon!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Long Weekend Camping - Barrington Tops

Access through Salisbury. We took the William Tops Road fork and headed into Chichester State Forest. Our intention was to head to Corker Trail 4WD track and access some of the more remote areas but the gate was locked when we arrived. National Parks Website noted it was opened from October 1. Not this year I suppose.

We back tracked and headed for Mt Allyn Look Out. While not classed as 4WD it might be a push in a car.

The view to Barrington from Mt Allyn at 600m

Barrington from the very top of Mt Allyn (about 650-675m)

About 10k's worth of solid 4WD work on Johnsons trail (including a near miss where the rear passenger spat out a plank of our home made bridge and we almost dropped in the creek) before looking for a camp spot.

With Corker shut we had to find a camping spot in the more populated areas of Barrington. A long weekend combined with our rule that if you can see or hear other people you may as well not be camping left us in search for somewhere secluded.

After about an hour or so of heading up dead end tracks Shell found a great spot.

We didn't do it that tough.

Home was via Gresford and Lostock Dam. The dam is nothing spectacular. But the drive takes you past the old Cornacopia Farm. A brilliant place that is easily missed as it is not signed. A quick bite at The Australia Hotel in Cessnock and we called it a weekend.

The suspension bridge at Cornacopia Farm. The only access when the water crossing is under.

Ellenborough Falls

Access is via Wingham or Comboyne on unsealed roads. Both are in good shape and a 4WD is not required.

Via Comboyne is the more scenic route.

A timber path provides access all the way to the bottom of the falls. It is a fair hike and steep but worth the effort.

Without a doubt the biggest surprise was the Ellenborough Falls Kiosk. Open only Friday - Sunday the food was amazing.

Home made quiche, vegetable soup, gourmet pies and a range of deserts all from locally supplied ingredients.

Worth the trip for the food alone.

Ellenborough Falls Kiosk

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Trail Riding - Glenrock Valley

No horses on leads.

Couscous (Grant), Kelly (Shell), Toffee (Grace) and Bart (Tom).

Gap Creek Falls - Watagans

Access is from Mt Faulk Road. Roughly 1400m there round trip departing from the Gap Creek Picnic Area. A solid hike, steep in places. Well worth the trip.