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Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Tue 16 Apr, 2019 11:27 pm
by Huntsman247
Planning to walk Mt Currockbilly in the Budawang NP this weekend.
The Ron Doughton book suggests that you need permission to get access to Mt Currockbilly. Some blogs indicate you don't. Topo indicates locked gates.
Has anyone done this recently or know whether the gates marked on the topo are really locked or not? Also if permission is required to gain access through gates, does anyone have the contact details?
Thanks

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Wed 17 Apr, 2019 12:26 am
by LachlanB
Disclaimer: it's been nearly two years since I was last up Currockbilly

However, then we parked at GR284793ish and followed the easement up and over the small knoll to east. There was a footpad that had developed suggested that was common use. The track to the north-east from this point to the park boundary apparently is supposed to have public right of way, but at that point the owner had chained it shut with a lock. None of the earlier gates were locked. The track up Currockbilly itself had become noticeably more overgrown from when I'd previously been up there in 2014, so I suspect it is even moreso now. Beautiful up the top though!

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Wed 17 Apr, 2019 9:39 am
by michael_p
I thought I had a copy of the Doughton book but I can't find it. So I can't comment on his route.

Using the start point as described in this blog post: http://mntviews.blogspot.com/2015/06/cu ... ralia.html and this one: https://www.johnevans.id.au/wp/30-june- ... -mountain/ . I checked the access road used by both bloggers on the NSW SIX maps and it shows that the access road is connected to Charleys Forest Road. There is no boundary line shown on the SIX map between the access road and Charleys Forest Rd or the access road and the NP.

I am no expert but it appears to be a legal access point. It also appears that the locked gates as shown on the topo either aren't locked or don't exist. I expect that the local land owners have probably put a gate up at the main road to stop people from driving down the access road.

Michael.

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Wed 17 Apr, 2019 4:35 pm
by Mark F
No recent knowledge but I did Currockbilly many years ago from Yadboro Flat. We walked up the Yadboro River to Currockbilly and the returned along Wirritin Ridge.

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Wed 17 Apr, 2019 5:37 pm
by Huntsman247
michael_p wrote:I thought I had a copy of the Doughton book but I can't find it. So I can't comment on his route.

Using the start point as described in this blog post: http://mntviews.blogspot.com/2015/06/cu ... ralia.html and this one: https://www.johnevans.id.au/wp/30-june- ... -mountain/ . I checked the access road used by both bloggers on the NSW SIX maps and it shows that the access road is connected to Charleys Forest Road. There is no boundary line shown on the SIX map between the access road and Charleys Forest Rd or the access road and the NP.

I am no expert but it appears to be a legal access point. It also appears that the locked gates as shown on the topo either aren't locked or don't exist. I expect that the local land owners have probably put a gate up at the main road to stop people from driving down the access road.

Michael.


Thanks everyone. Looks like you might be right Michael. I've compared the SIX mosaic to the SIX topo and it does look like the SIX mosaic maps might be a bit outdated here as the simpler topo map shows only a gate instead of numerous locked gates. I'll give it a go and confirm back here.

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Wed 17 Apr, 2019 5:50 pm
by Huntsman247
Mark F wrote:No recent knowledge but I did Currockbilly many years ago from Yadboro Flat. We walked up the Yadboro River to Currockbilly and the returned along Wirritin Ridge.


That sounds like quite a work out Mark. I intend to walk the top of the wirritin basin to have a look at that ridge. I like the idea of going from Currockbilly, down the ridge and up Snedden Pass before coming out at wog wog. How did you go for water when you did your trip? Am I correct in assuming there is none for the length of the ridge? And that the Yadboro river is it?

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Mon 22 Apr, 2019 11:47 pm
by mirv2535
How did you go?

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Tue 23 Apr, 2019 11:13 am
by Huntsman247
Had a great day yesterday. Access is straight forward. Just a couple gates but no lock.
As I drove past the wog wog camp ground I could not believe the amount of cars parked there. Cars were parked along the main road as there was no space in the carpark. I'd say around 50-60 cars. The corang loop and Burrumbeet Brook camp caves must have been hammered...
On the contrary, we didn't see a soul. I can't believe how unfrequented this walk is (note the last 2 entries in the log book). And how old the book is.
Brilliant place to have a beer!
It clouded over after we had lunch so didn't bother to check out wirritin ridge. Might come back after a bit of snow.
Most of the way up is pretty straight forward and I would call it a track most of the way up but if you plan on doing a bit of a loop the ridge that takes you towards the wirritin basin that was rather overgrown but otherwise everything else was rather open bushland.
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Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Tue 23 Apr, 2019 9:45 pm
by Mark F
Huntsman247 wrote:
Mark F wrote:No recent knowledge but I did Currockbilly many years ago from Yadboro Flat. We walked up the Yadboro River to Currockbilly and the returned along Wirritin Ridge.


That sounds like quite a work out Mark. I intend to walk the top of the wirritin basin to have a look at that ridge. I like the idea of going from Currockbilly, down the ridge and up Snedden Pass before coming out at wog wog. How did you go for water when you did your trip? Am I correct in assuming there is none for the length of the ridge? And that the Yadboro river is it?


It was a nice two day kbc club trip but one of the very few where we were overdue due to two members of the party picking a bad spur to descend coming down Wirritin RIdge. We parked at Yadboro Flat and walked up the river until it became a problem then climbed out north to the ridge running off Currockbilly. Dry? camp under Currockbilly - I don't remember whether there was water in the very top end of the Yadboro River but remember walking to the top of Currockbilly in the dark, seeing lights in the distance and hearing farm dogs barking. Next day the long totally dry walk down Wirritin Ridge to the Yadboro River - quite open ridge top but some awkward navigation (pre gps) avoiding unintended spurs and remaining on the ridge unlike the two who stuffed up.

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun, 2019 11:30 am
by mirv2535
This is great thanks we are heading out there next weekend!

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun, 2019 7:05 pm
by Huntsman247
mirv2535 wrote:This is great thanks we are heading out there next weekend!
It's a great walk! I'd be interested to see how many people have been there since.

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Mon 17 Jun, 2019 4:47 pm
by puredingo
All I can add to this topic is that if you are planning on walking up the Yadboro river plan on getting wet feet.

I came down from Sneddon pass a year or two ago and from that spur basically up to the long gully camp it’s a lot easier and quicker to abandon the banks.

Re: Mt Currockbilly Access

PostPosted: Sun 23 Jun, 2019 5:56 pm
by mirv2535
Just did the climb to the summit and out to the East Peak, what a sensational hike and amazing views!!!