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Downstream from Tallowa Dam

July 2004
Danny Yee, Camilla Ip, Vic Gosbell, Andrew Molnar, Roger Lyle
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Saturday

Due to a mistake with the alarm clock, Camilla and I got away from Sydney at 6.30 instead of 6am, and didn't get to Tallowa dam till 8.40.

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lantana on Apple Tree Flat
Crossing the river almost immediately below the dam, we had an easy walk down Barron Flat, but crossing back brought us to Apple Tree Flat, which is covered in a nasty mix of lantana and blackberry. We pushed through this slowly and uncomfortably.
An update on the Apple Tree Flat lantana from Mark Campbell (April 2005).

The lantana at Appletree Flat was very bad. I have spoken to the local NPWS staff about it. I will be joining a working bee to attack it later in the year.

If you stay close to the river and weave in and around the lantana there is a spot where you only have to push through about 2 metres of lantana onto the main rocky flat part of Appletree Flat, close to the old 4WD track. I built a small cairn of rocks to mark the spot. We tried the track at the back of the flat without success.

Bulls Flat is now very overgrown. Indeed, as I had 5 ab initio bushwalkers with me, I had a hard time finding a decent spot to camp due to the chest high undergrowth everywhere.

Crossing again, Camilla and I then stuck to the right (western) bank all the way to Bulls Flat. The rest of us had sandshoes and were just wading across the river, which was cold but below knee deep, but Camilla was wearing boots and changing on each side, so she wanted to avoid two crossings. Unfortunately it started drizzling at this point, and she didn't enjoy the rock scrambling involved.

When we got to Bulls Flat the others had their tent flies up already, and we ended up camping there, even though it was only 1pm! We went for a walk further down Bulls Flat and it was much nicer there -- open and very flat, with nice trees and bushes. (One large she-oak, surrounded by wild berries, is even mentioned in the book Fitzroy Falls and Beyond.)

Wombat poo was everywhere along the river, and there were lots of wombat holes. But we weren't up to going looking for wombats in the rain during the night.

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a wombat rubbing tree
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standing around the campfire

Sunday

On the way back, we avoided the lantana by following a track up the hill and behind Apple Tree Flat, and were back at the cars before noon. We had lunch in Kangaroo Valley, then Camilla and I headed for Wombeyan Caves - via Bowral, where we visited the bookshop and did some food shopping. It had snowed in and around Bowral overnight!
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nice reflections in a clear, still river
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on a log: Andrew, Vic and Roger
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Tallowa Dam
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