Saturday, September 28, 2019

A night in the Deua National Park

Back from a night spent at the Deua National Park. We started off exploring Monga National Park from the Braidwood end but found one access road was blocked by a big muddy bog which on inspection with a stick determined it was too soft to try and cross. So we backtracked and headed off to Deua.

The campground was deserted, small with 3 firepits and a long drop toilet. We were visited by a local ranger who collected $6 camp fees and stopped for a yarn and to remind us of the NSW National Parks fireban which is expected to extend to March 2020. So a cold camp it was.

The next morning we reterned to Monga and visited a place called Penance Grove. It consists of a wet forest Gully containg towering plumwood trees said to be an ancient remnant of when Australia was still conected to the prehistoric landmass of Gondwana.

You could feel the temprature drop as you climb the viewing boardwalk to be surrounded by these ancient trees interspersed with tree ferns and moss. Beautiful place.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

A night camping at Mount Coree

I spent Friday and evening camped at Mount Coree in Brindabella National Park which has a prominent fire tower that is manned by the ACT.

I think we are very lucky in Canberra to have so many remote campsites within an hours drive from the suburbs.

Access to the Coree campground was closed at the Canberra end because of unsafe track conditions but was accessible via Picadilly Circus and Two Sticks Road off Brindabella Road.

The campground is untamed, small and basic having a well maintained pit toilet and a few picnic tables.

The trail up to Mount Coree is a challenging drive on a very rough surface and I found myself parking and walking the last 50 mtres to the summit. 

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