Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

From the Coxs River to Black Range

Just before arriving at the Coxs River, we found a cave with native bees in it. After a recent run in with a lot of bee enthusiasts, I am now greatly interested in bees. Seeing a native bee’s nest was very worthwhile.

We also saw an echidna near the Cox’s River. It was digging furiously for insects, by the look of it. I hadn’t seen an echidna up close before this one either.

Lunch on the Six Foot Track at a nice grassy junction on Alum Creek. Wyn and Myles Dunphy (in the notes that Wyn wrote up for us) both tell us of the importance of a nap after meals. Sorry boys! Not enough time today. We still had too many kilometres to walk before we would reach Black Range.

Sadly, some careless walkers left some mini milk cartons at this spot. It is always a bit disappointing when people do this. It is a reminder of one of the objectives of bushwalking at its origin: keep the beautiful wild places beautiful and wild. Appreciate, protect, and restore them. Leave them beautiful or more beautiful than you found them for the next walkers.

Stopping off in the woodland shadows to cool down in the evening. Only a couple of kilometres to Black Range where we planned to camp. We had just met a whole bunch of people who had heard about our adventure on Radio National. It was good to hear that the word was getting out.

Unfortunately, our luck with radio coverage seemed to run lower after that. Radio National tried to contact us repeatedly on the satellite phone and we repeatedly got cut off or waited on hold when they were unable to put us through.

Sierra's Journal - The Kowmung River

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