BOOLIJAH CREEK, ETTREMA WILDERNESS – 28 August 2020
One could be forgiven for thinking I was just starting out in the business of leading trips – you know pouring over maps and plotting routes – I well and truly stuffed up this time. Should have looked at the track log from back in 2017!
So, why was I even thinking of returning to Boolijah Creek – after all it was a hakea nightmare back in 2017. We had visited Boolijah Creek for two days and were really impressed by it, beautiful rainforest and lovely creek (apart from the hakea of course).
I was so impressed by the downstream part of the creek and this rock shelf, I was certain that there were more lovely rock shelf parts of the creek further upstream, so I determined to return, particularly now that the scrub had been burned and the hakea would be as vicious.
Steve and I were driving down on the Friday to start a walk to Jones Creek on the Saturday morning, so I suggested that we go down early in the morning and spend a few hours in Boolijah Creek to see what was upstream of this waterfall. We took our time driving down and arrived at the Yarramunmun Fire Trail around noon.
We were quickly back on the fire trail and arrived at the car at 3.30pm – not an entirely satisfactory walk but you get that.
So, I got home after the Jones Creek overnight walk and downloaded the track log for the Boolijah day … I don’t usually keep a track log in this instance it was fortunate that I did.
Not only that, where we camped in 2017 (off a small side creek in a camp cave) was the same creek that Steve and I took to exit Boolijah Creek, mind you we didn’t see the camp cave, but we weren’t looking for one either.
If I’d been smart enough to look at the track log for 2017 BEFORE I went down there, could have avoided a wasted walk. Mind you … my hard copy Sassafrass map had a different route drawn on it – I’m sure it did, but somewhere along the way on Friday I managed to lose my hard copy map, so can’t even look at that to see where I stuffed up.
So, more unfinished business, but do I really want to go back there … I’ll have to convince someone else to go with me, pretty sure it wont be Steve! Thanks Steve for being so good about the dodgy walk.