tas-man wrote:Lamington National Park was where I "grew up" into bushwalking and I remember many special experiences and places, but one that will always be top of my list is Black Canyon, my first walk in Lamington in 1968. We got to the base of Thunder and Lightning Falls at the end of Black Canyon, just as the midday sun broke briefly into the green darkness - a magical atmosphere! I tried to get back there several times in later years, but time always seemed to run out, so have never got back to the end of Black Canyon again. Here is a photo from a second trip in 1972 with me on left, my sister, brother and friends, standing in the Albert River Left Branch just above Red rock Cutting, were the Shooting Creek meets the river. Perhaps I will get back one day, but the images of the sunlight breaking onto the falls for a few minutes is a permanent part of my memories.
Pteropus wrote: tas-man, this photo might bring back some memories for you
Four of us hiked to Black Canyon yesterday. Left Green Mountain camp ground at 6:30 am and arived back at camp at 7:00 pm. Was one of the most amazing hikes I have ever been on! Have all sorts of aches and pains now...but was more than worth it!
Pteropus wrote:Hi cams, tas-man, et al
<SNIP> I have been dreaming of going back since I got back. Somehow my office is totally uninspiring compared to the rainforest....
tas-man, I did not see a lot of evidence of weeds, but perhaps there was some mist weed (Ageratina riparia), though I did not really notice. I have seen it elsewhere in the park. There were however, some very pretty orchids (I think they were ravine orchids - Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii) along the way. We also saw top knot pigeons.
I have posted some more photos. tas-man, the photo that looks back down the canyon with my mate Mat taking a photo in the foreground shows the rock you were sunbathing on, which i have circled.
tas-man wrote:THANK YOU I have truly enjoyed seeing your photos of this trip, especially with the quality of photography now possible with digital allowing immediate feedback to check if the lighting levels are just as you want them.
My recollection of the descent beside Silver Falls is that although the rock face was very steep, the profusion of tree roots allowed secure climbing. Is there any signs of deterioration due to use of this route over the years?
...I reckon it will still be calling you in 40 years time like it has done to me ...
Pteropus wrote:There are a number of bush camps and I only know a handful, such as the one immediately above the Stinson crash, one near point lookout and a few on the Lost World (which I have never been). I think there is one at Bithongabel Lookout too. I am sure there are a few more that others may know of. I think that bush camping is prohibited over the summer months.
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