Photos by Vic
On the Thursday night I had dinner with my gamelan group after rehearsal, then walked to Redfern to catch a train to the airport, where I met Chris Cook (who was flying in from Perth at 10.30pm). He drove us down to Vic's place in Wollongong, where we arrived after midnight and crashed.
Up at some ungodly hour the following morning, we made our way in Andrew's van down to Nowra, out to Sassafrass, and up the Quiera Clearing road, parking the car and setting off around 8.45am.
Andrew, coming down Myall Creek
The top part of Myall Creek is scungy - there's now a foot pad
along it - then it becomes rockier, with big boulders that have to
be clambered over, and then more open rock shelves. There's one
point where Vic and Andrew used a rope for pack-hauling (Chris and
I went down a different route). Then there are two waterfalls where
one has to sidle to the left just above the falls to get around them
(on an earlier trip we climbed much higher up, not realising there
was a lower route).
Having traversed the last waterfall Vic and Chris were a few hundred metres ahead of Andrew and me. When we reached the junction with Ettrema Creek, they were nowhere to be seen. Assuming they'd climbed up to the right somewhere (to find a saddle between Myall and Ettrema Creeks, which was actually above the last waterfall), I went back up Myall Creek to try to find them. Eventually giving up on that, we went back to the junction, figuring they had to find us there eventually - only to spot Vic, heading up Ettrema Creek! When we caught up with him, we discovered that he thought he was on Myall Creek and that they had gone on down Ettrema Creek, not realising they'd reached the junction. (Ettrema Creek is much bigger, wider, and more open, and I still have no idea how they missed it - apparently they thought it was an anabranch!)
Anyway, then it was maybe 7 kilometres of easy rock-hopping down Ettrema Creek to the foot of Transportation Spur, where we camped in sight of the fig tree that marks it.