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water at cooyoyo creek budawangs

Sun 28 Oct, 2012 7:20 am

Hi I'm planning on camping 2 nights at cooyoyo creek within the next 2 weeks. I'm worried that there might not be water there considering how dry it has been. Does anyone know if it could be completely dry? Or any tips on other nearby water sources? Thanks Ros

Re: water at cooyoyo creek budawangs

Mon 29 Oct, 2012 6:29 pm

I was there Oct 2008, very dry on Kaliana ridge (no water at all, until the foot of the climb to the Castle saddle where there was a small soak.) Cooyoyo Ck was flowing, a little sluggishly. I was there again this year, Kaliana ridge had water dripping from the Castle, Cooyoyo Ck was *much* more sluggish ... even though the first trip was at the end of the drought, and the second had ample rainfall. You'd want to treat it in either case. After the last trip, I can imagine C.Ck being nearly dry, but in view of its flowing during the drought, I can't imagine it being bone dry. The number of people there, though ... maybe they drank it dry :)

Along the track from Castle Saddle to MV there are cliffline drips/small bodies of water. At the Northern end of MV (green room?) there's a creek which would have to be perennial. That's quite a way further along. You'd have to get an early start to be able to get there and back to Cooyoyo before nightfall (or be a much faster/lighter walker than me, which is distinctly possible.)

BTW, I wouldn't expect to find firewood around Cooyoyo - it's picked clean ... so best to rely on stoves (as per the mgmt plan.) Also, you'll get to check out the dunny with the best view in the universe.

Re: water at cooyoyo creek budawangs

Thu 01 Nov, 2012 7:00 pm

thanks colin for your very useful reply. I'm also a bit short of time so that, plus the water issue, means I'll opt for a long day walk and overnight some other time when there's been rain.Ros

Re: water at cooyoyo creek budawangs

Thu 01 Nov, 2012 10:16 pm

I may not have made my meaning clear, so to save any confusion. There was water there in Oct at the height of the drought, I reckon there'd be water in the creek now.

Re: water at cooyoyo creek budawangs

Mon 08 Apr, 2019 7:05 pm

Hi, has anyone been to Cooyoyo creek in the Budawangs, near the Castle lately? I'm planning to go with my family, including my 14 year old son, next week. Is there any water there?
Also, how safe is the rope, to climb the castle?
Thanks, Hanna

Re: water at cooyoyo creek budawangs

Mon 08 Apr, 2019 7:51 pm

hanna wrote:Hi, has anyone been to Cooyoyo creek in the Budawangs, near the Castle lately? I'm planning to go with my family, including my 14 year old son, next week. Is there any water there?
Also, how safe is the rope, to climb the castle?
Thanks, Hanna

I think everyone has answered you in the other thread. But there's been good rain recently so you'll have water there. It takes a lot to dry it up. As for the rope you should always check it before trusting it. It could be fine one day, frayed or damaged the next. All depends who used it last and the castle gets its fair share of visitors. You can climb the castle without using the rope. It's just steep so take it slow.

Re: water at cooyoyo creek budawangs

Tue 09 Apr, 2019 9:25 pm

Thanks for that. Reassuring to hear a fellow bushwalker confirm that.
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