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My campsite at Konangaroo Clearing.

Strongleg Ridge & Mt Strongleg from Konangaroo Clearing.

Cabins at Konangaroo Clearing.

Kanangra Creek pushing rocks out into the Coxs River.

Placid pools in the Coxs River.

Crossing the Coxs River wasn't difficult but the water was cold.

Looking back down the track on Yellow Pup Ridge.

The sides of Yellow Pup Ridge are very steep.

Looking back at Kanangra Walls from the top of Mt Yellow Dog.

Mt Yellow Dog summit.

Ridgetop forest onYellow Dog Ridge.

Views of Kanangra Walls, Mt Cloudmaker and Mt Strongleg from Splendour Rock.

Track Notes - Kanangra to Katoomba - Day 3

Date:  6/5/2007

Maps:  LPI Kanangra 89303S, LPI Jenolan 89303N and Dunphy's Gangerang

Route:  Konangaroo Clearing, Kanangra Creek, Mt Yellow Dog, Mt Dingo, Splendour Rock.  Distance: 11.1 kilometres.  Ascent: about 800m.

Gear:  Full Pack, Gaiters, Camera, EPIRB, Maps, Compass, GPS (set to WGS84), 5 litres water

Party:  Peter Medbury

Notes:

After a quiet night I woke refreshed and ready for another long day.

It had been another warm night, quite unexpected at this time of the year.  It was a fine and sunny  and promised to be another clear day.

I hadn't even heard that man doing the 3 Peaks go through Konangaroo Clearing.

I learnt later that he came down from Mt Guouogang along Guouogang Ridge, passing just a little to the west of my campsite.  He completed the trip in just under 36 hours, an impressive achievement. 

Before heading off I wandered along the clearing to look at the cabins and other improvments that had been made since the land was first selected by Thomas Brennan in December 1862.  It is incredible to think that Brennan was only 16 years old when he started improving his selection.

The buildings and fences at Konangaroo Clearing have been there for a long time.  Aside from timber, none of the materials were available locally.  Everything else had to be carried in by packhorse.  It took a lot of effort to develop and maintain this property in the middle of the wilderness.

If the walls could talk... imagine the stories they could tell...

After a quick look around I collected my gear and headed off to Kanangra Creek to top up my water supplies.  I needed all I could carry for the long haul up to Mt Dingo.  It would have to last until I could get more water and that wouldn't be until tomorrow.

There wasn't a huge amount of water in the Kanangra Creek.  The creekbed was very wide and mostly rocks.  The creek was flowing in a narrow channel beside the northern bank.

A large tree trunk had been left stranded in the creek bed.  The sheer size of the trunk showed just how powerful Kanangra Creek must be in flood.

It only took a couple of minutes to filter enough water to fill all my containers.  I always filter my water and use purifying tablets to finish the job.  It doesn't take long to do and prevents you drinking something that could make you very sick.

From Kanangra Creek it was an easy walk through a magnificent stand of she oaks until I reached the place I planned to cross the Coxs River.

I crossed the river just upstream from a small set of rapids.  The water wasn't very deep but it was extremely cold.  The current was quite fast and the river would be harder to cross if it were much deeper.  If the river had been in flood I would have had to return to Kanangra Walls.

The Coxs River forms a long tranquil pool upstream of the rapids.  There were reflections of the she oaks set against Yellow Dog Ridge in the pool.  Incredible scenery.

Before I started up Yellow Pup Ridge I had a quick look around Yellow Pup Point.  It was a pleasant open forest. 

I worked my way up the eastern side of Yellow Pup Ridge until I regained the track.  The track up Yellow Pup Ridge is old track and well used.   It is very clear and easy to follow but pretty steep and soon my personal cooling system was in full swing.

There were a number of different plants flowering on the way up to Mt Yellow Dog and spider webs glistened in the sun light.

Wombats obviously used the track and they had marked their territories clearly.

The slopes of Mt Yellow Dog are heavily timbered but from time to time it was possible to see Kanangra Creek, Mt Konangaroo or Mt Strongleg through the trees.

It took me 3 hours to reach the top, a distance of 4 kilometres and a climb of 620 metres.

The tall eucalypts at the summit did not completely block the view.  I could see Kanangra Walls in the distance, almost 16 kilometres as the crow flies and 30 kilometres by the route I'd followed.

The summit of Mt Yellow Dog is a wide flat area with a huge stone cairn.  It was good to take my pack off and walk around 'weightless'.  There was a slight breeze blowing so I had a chance to dry out my shirt while I had lunch.  There were several convenient branches to hang my shirt on.

As I returned to my pack to get my lunch I noticed the gray harness had turned black.  It had been gray a few minutes before when I'd put my pack down on a large rock.  Now it was covered with ants.  They were attracted to the sweat on the harness.

Fortunately my pack can be pulled apart very quickly.  I was able to separate the harness from the pack before any of the ants found their way into my gear.  It took almost 30 minutes to pursuade all the ants to leave the harness.  I ate my lunch, reassembled my pack and started off to Mt Dingo.

A track to Mt Dingo branches off to the east a little less then 3 kilometres from Mt Yellow Dog.  I took almost an hour to reach the track junction.

It was good ridgetop walking.  At first it was through open forest and across rocky out crops.  Closer to Mt Dingo where Yellow Dog Ridge and Brindle Dog Ridge merge it was through thicker dry sclerophyll forest.

At various spots along the way Blue Flax Lillies were flowering.  Occasionally there were White Finger orchids glowing in the afternoon light.  I was really surprised to see the orchids.

The track up to Mt Dingo is well defined and easy to follow.  Partway up the track has been heavily eroded and care is needed with this section.  From there it just gets steeper and steeper.

I was rewarded for my efforts rewarded by the some wonderful views over Strongleg Ridge, Mt Paralyser and the Coxs River. 

A number of small, hardy plants were flowering bravely on the exposed and eroded slopes.

The pass through the cliffline onto Mt Dingo is a bit of a scramble up over large rocks and past a rock overhang.  I had sheltered in the overhand during a violent afternoon thunderstorm on my previous trip to Splendour Rock in November 2006.  Some care is needed here, particularly with a large backpack.  The camp site on Mt Dingo is right in the middle, just a short walk from the pass.

I had made it to Mt Dingo in time for sunset at Splendour Rock.  It took only a few moments to set up me tent before I headed off to Splendour Rock.

It was just a short walk to Splendour Rock and I arrived just as the sun was disappearing over the Krungle Bungle Range.  I had wanted to get there just a little bit earlier but I was determined to make the most of the daylight I had left.  Splendour Rock at Sunset!

Splendour Rock is a high rock platform at the southern end of the Wild Dog Mountains and overlooks some of the wildest and most spectacular country you could hope to find anywhere.

It is a War Memorial to Bushwalkers killed in World War II.  A plaque was erected in 1948  by walkers from the Federation of Bushwalkers.

Each year bushwalkers gather at Splendour Rock on Anzac Day to commemorate soldiers killed in time of war.

Many of the visitors record their memories and feelings in the Log Book at Splendour Rock.

Splendour Rock is a very special place.

The views from Splendoour Rock are extraordinary.

I could see down the Coxs River valley to Lake Burragorang, over the Kowmung to Cookem Walls, the Low Gangerang,  Mt Cloudmaker, Strongleg Ridge Kanangra Walls, Mt Paralyser, Mt Guouogang and Mt Queahgong.

After watching a beautiful sunset and taking a lot of photos I returned to my camp for tea & some sleep. 

The area I had selected was one of a number of tent sites arranged around a large campfire.  The remains of the old camp fire,  mostly ashes and coals, covered a huge area.

This was the only night I had a fire.  I had used a gas stove for cooking on the first 2 nights.  I built my fire in the middle of the ashes.  My fire only covered a tiny fraction of the old fire.

 

Times, Locations and Grid References
Time Location Grid Reference
08:30 Break Camp at Konangaroo Clearing   GR 394 477
09:00 Visit Konangaroo Clearing GR 393 476
09:30 Kanangra Creek GR 397 473
10:00 Coxs River Crossing GR 398 471
13:45 Mt Yellow Dog GR 403 495
16:10 Start up track to Mt Dingo GR 417 507
17:00 Mt Dingo campsite GR 421 505
17:20 Splendour Rock GR 422 501

 

Related Walks

Kanangra to Katoomba - Day 1
Kanangra to Katoomba - Day 2
Kanangra to Katoomba - Day 4

 

My campsite on Mt Dingo.

 


 

 


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