Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Day 1: Friday: 26 September 2014

Dunphy's Kowmung Adventure commenced Friday 26 Sept. Here is the walk map.

The launch event was held on the front deck of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. All the walkers were recorded on the large map that depicted historical images from the 1914 walk by Myles Dunphy and Bert Gallop.

Prof. Dexter Dunphy shaking walk leader Alex Allchin's hand for luck at the beginning of the walk.


Keith Muir and Pat Thompson of the Colong Foundation resting above Megalong CreekPhoto: Ian Brown

Ian Brown and Marianne Bate arrive at Old Ford Reserve in the Megalong Valley.

Alex Allchin (right) one of the walk's leaders, with Blue Mountains historian and walker Andy Mcqueen on left.

Sierra Classen, the other walk leader.

Sierra Classen with lemon scented gum.

Below, Gundungura elder, Aunty Sharyn Halls performed (and explained) a smoking ceremony at the Old Ford Reserve - Megalong Valley. This was our first campsite. (Image: copyright Dave Noble).

Megalong Valley, Old Ford Reserve, kids with the NPWS Discovery Rangers.

The "Big Map" being signed by walkers on the first stage.

Sierra's Journal - the Journey begins...

On the train from Newtown to Katoomba, I attracted a significant amount of attention from other passengers. My costume, as yet unsoiled with the dirt of the trails, looked a lot like a school uniform. I felt like a girl on her first day at a new school. Proud, excited, nervous.

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