Chauncy Vale Cliff Circuit
Tuesday 10 August
On a walk to Butlers Hill in 2013 we retuned by going under the cliffs at Chauncy Vale. As it was interesting and enjoyable, I decided it would be good to do a partial repeat by going on a circuit of the cliff section. It entailed ascending to the top of cliffs at the western end and walking over what is pleasant open country to the eastern end of the main cliffs. At this point a descent can be made to a shelf running along the mid level back to the western end, passing many caves on the way.
|Cliffs at Chauncy Vale
After finding a way to the top of the cliffs we were presented with lovely bush dominated by blue green Eucalypts, possibly E tenuiramis. Once at the eastern end of the cliff line only a short drop took us below the cliff and from then on it was a most delightful slow walk along a good ledge. There were numerous caves along the cliff line, and even better than I remembered.
The normal track to Browns Cave was taken back to the cars, passing two recently installed bridges.
The distance walked was 6.2k and took 5 hours, however when taking breaks out it was a bit over 3 hours of actual walking. Interestingly the GPS track showed 6.9k so somehow the software must remove sideway movements and meandering out for the final figure. See the images below.
|Sandstone cave wall
|Map of route taken
|Walking on a ledge under the cliffs
|Cave in cliff
There is a photo album at this link