. Another creek crossing, a really wide section, thankfully some big rocks have been placed as stepping stones, then the track passes alongside a great slab wall of sandstone it’s more like a rainforest now the sides of the gorge close we wind our way up through overhanging branches of palms and ferns, down again and across a little creek then up a boardwalk opening onto the wall of moss. Well worth the walk this is like a little oasis there’s a little waterfall back in the rocks and we are completely surrounded by enormous walls of sandstone, one side covered in moss and ferns the other nothing just different colours of sandstone. We sit for a while taking it all in then we start heading back, it always seems quicker on you return journey so by the time we made it back to another track we’re feeling pretty good so head off 1.5km circuit should be easy we’ve just done 7km, spoke too soon, rain starts again this time the creek crossing doesn’t have stepping stones the whole way and it very wide Emma is the first to take a shoe dunking then when it looks like I’m going to be next a guy with his two kids comes over and moves a rock in place then chivalrously holds my hand to help me get my balance, aww how sweet, the same courtesy not given to poor Bill bringing up the rear, he’s left to battle the raging river on his own! Not too far back to the car now although raining a bit more and very muddy ground Bill, Claire & Liam take the cross-country route while Emma and I walk along the road
. Now soaking wet Bill brings the car and we head to the only place on the road back which happens to advertise Devonshire tea, a well-earned stop then back to the caravan, homework for Miss Em, nanna nap for Bill and Claire and nice hot showers for Liam and myself. While I am writing this a little friend has popped in for a visit, an Echidna has made his way under the van and poking his head through the wheels the man in the site behind gave me the heads up or I probably wouldn’t have noticed until he walked over my feet!
When we booked in one of the incentives to stay a couple of nights was the drawcard of a Sunday roast dinner, cooked by their chefs all we do is take our plates, bowls and cutlery over to reception sit back on the deck, relax and have a lovely roast dinner and apricot crumble, with custard and ice-cream! I even got out of the dishes, thanks Billy boy!
Off early in the morning so we pack a few things and hit the hay.
Finally peace and quiet no road noise no aeroplanes just nature so of course I’m awake at 3am, it’s raining….has been all night all I can imagine is the road out being closed and us not being able to leave tomorrow. Finally get back to sleep to wake at 6am may as well get up we plan on doing some big walks today and they’re better done early. By the time everyone is up and ready it’s after 9am, and still raining, this is going to get very messy. We head out of the camp site along 4kms of very muddy road, park and then make our way to the start of the walking tracks, it’s still drizzling as we make our way across the creek and start the walk to our first planned stop Moss Garden, about 3.5km in. Up and down steps along the track we cross the creek again this time Liam takes a shortcut straight in the water, nice wet socks and shoes for him for the rest of the walk! We finally find the turnoff track to Moss Garden it’s another 350m it’s really humid now the drizzle has stopped so no cooling relief