Swampy Plain / Geehi – March 2011

The annual family camping weekend this year was a long weekend at Swampy Plain campground, on the Alpine Way. There’d been heaps of rain over the summer and everything was green and lush. The river had clearly flooded not long ago – lots of debris on the banks. We found a lovely grassy private spot by the river. There was some late overnight rain and one morning, but not enough to spoil the weekend, thankfully. Had fun crossing the river to get to Dr Forbes’ Hut – all still looking good there. We had a lovely swim in the (cold) river at Keebles’ Hut, did some walks and drives in the surrounding area. The Main Range occasionally revealed itself through the clouds (1800 vertical metres) and we had one brilliant starry night. No mobile phone reception so the outside world didn’t intrude, very relaxing. We drove home via Khancoban and Cabramurra. Memory lane for some of us!

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The view up the river from our campsite. Kangaroo heaven! Crossing the river to get to Dr. Forbes Hut. Admiring the restoration work at Dr. Forbes' Hut. Meg leading the return crossing. Someone preferred to go back the way she came! Lovely swim down at the pool near Keeble's hut. The Main Range was an ever-changing panorama of mountain and cloud. Walking back from Keeble's Hut. The river was cool enough to put the beer in! Afternoon sunshine on the river. Time for a little nap! And the river flowed on... Trying to do a Bear Grylls but with the wrong equipment. And a bit of a downpour for variety. Not much to see of the Main Range now! View from Scammel's Spur lookout. A spot of exploring in the afternoon. And then it's time to build a dam! Kangaroos grazing by the track. It's quite a dam! Smoky sunset light. Some tame kangaroos. Alas, time to pack up and rejoin civilisation! Drove home the other way, through Cabramurra. Lots of bushfire damage still visible.

Posted on April 21st, 2011, tagged with events

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