Taking the family to Box Creek Falls

Bailey at the FallsBOX CREEK FALLS – NOVEMBER  2014
Kowmung River Fire Trail > Gillespie Lookout > Box Creek Falls > and return
This was to be Tanya and Mel’s first overnight walk with me, and Box Creek Falls was the perfect place to take them, although I was a bit brave taking them on an off track adventure, no matter how short it was!

walking through open forestThe weather was fantastic, David, Tanya & Bailey, Mel & Jimmy and I drove out on Saturday morning.  The walk down is relatively easy, just a couple of k through open forest and grasslands, then a bit of negotiating down through some rocks and a bit of scrub and there you are, at the Falls by mid-morning.

We had to negotiate across the top of the falls, jumping over rocks and a small stream, but no-one had any trouble with that, then you walk about 100m upstream and there is the campsite, a huge (we’ll big enough for a dozen tents), flat, grassy area, dotted with trees and lots and lots of fire wood.

sunsetWe quickly set up camp and then wandered down to the falls for a swim.  The water was freezing but that didn’t seem to matter to anyone.

 

 

 

 

(left) The top of the falls, looking down Box Creek with the Kowmung River in the distance.  The falls are 300m of cascades and waterfalls.

Tanya and Bailey Bailey

Mel and JimmyAfter lunch, we went for a side trip down to the base of the first and then second lot of cascades, another opportunity for a swim, then back.  Bailey and I collected wood for the campfire and then we all went up to the cliff-top to watch the sunset over happy hour.

David and James carried in lots of good food and wine, the idea was to make this weekend a peak experience so they’d want to do it again. We watched the sun set from the cliff-top and then went back to our campsite for dinner.

Next morning we packed up and headed out, it was a great weekend for me, it’s not often that my family go camping/bushwalking with me!

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