NEWNES PLATEAU – 21 March 2020
Cerberus Creek – if I’d known this would be my second-last canyon for the foreseeable future, I might have chosen a different one … but on the bright side, we have a new canyon to explore when this whole thing is over.
We were supposed to go and do Gloucester Falls on this weekend, but with a big dump of rain in the week prior, we decided we’d be better off somewhere a little dryer, plus, I’d only been home for 4 days after the Big Tassie Adventure, so I was up for something not too hard.
John G came up the idea for this trip, and Trish M and Penny S joined us. The Oz Government had advised everyone to Socially Distance from each other at least 1.5m away, but other than that, that was all we’d been advised to do. We talked about it before the trip and decided that we could say 1.5m from each other, and if any of us became sick in the following 2 weeks, we’d notify each other. I have to say though, that our efforts to socially distance were abysmal, we forgot so quickly, then we’d remember and back off, since this trip, I’m far more conscious of what to do.
So, we walked another few hundred metres along the top of the cliff-line, but no way down! However, the creek was definitely canyon-like (hard to tell though without being actually in it).
We did find a very big camp cave above the creek, and discovered a lot of climbing bolts, including a series of quick draws that had been left in place – interesting.
We considered our options and then decided to backtrack for a few hundred metres and exit via Little Cerberus Creek.
Unsurprisingly, John led us unerringly back to the cars, it’s uncanny the way he can navigate his way through the Australian bush, I mean, we literally walked through the bush right to the vehicles!
We hopped in the cars and as we had a bit of time, went to Bald Hill, a spot I’d read about in trip reports but never knew where it was – turns out it was in a totally different spot to where I thought it was! John said that they had some aboriginal grovings up there and that was worth looking at.
So, after our side trip we headed over to Cathedral of Ferns campsite, cause I really didn’t want to camp in the burned out bush. This turned out to be a big mistake – the campsite had about 100 people in it, including one big-arse caravan that was parked in the oval. We decided that we didn’t want to camp with all those people (hadn’t they heard of social distancing?), so found our own private site, and a spot for the future! Had a nice campfire and talked about what we’d found today, and trips for the future …
Unfinished business – down Cerberus Creek, abseil the waterfall and check out the canyon below and make our way all the way down to Dingo creek and then try to find an exit near the Howling Arch rock formation – something to look forward to in the future, after we’re out of lockdown!
Banner: you wouldn’t normally see this fern in flower, at least I haven’t, and it was amazing how quickly it had come back after the fires, that had virtually burned everything on this cliff-face.
Thumbnail: Penny walking the plank