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Bulee Brook, Sassafras

Postby Huntsman247 » Thu 03 Sep, 2020 9:41 pm

Has anyone explored the upper reaches of bulee brook and lower black range creek? Looks interesting on the topo. Wondering if the creek can be followed at creek level.
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Re: Bulee Brook, Sassafras

Postby clarence » Fri 04 Sep, 2020 7:09 pm

I had a little explore down Bulee and Bees Nest a few years back. Typical northern Budawangs- lots of beehive shaped cliffs, lots of route finding, patches of scrub, some very interesting pools and cascades.

The creeks were a mix of rocky/cliff fringed slots and flatter/forested gullies.

Overall, it is well worth an explore. When I was there a few years ago the area was a lot more scrubby that what it had been a decade or so earlier- according to my walking partner and font of all good bushwalking info and history.

With the recent fires now would be the ideal time to explore.

The area had a lot of aboriginal history- It was one of the last strongholds of the aboriginal population after white settlement.

Jim Sturgiss used to graze his cattle just south of that area.

There were some trip reports for Bulee Brook on Shoalhaven Bushwalkers website from memory.

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Re: Bulee Brook, Sassafras

Postby melinda » Sat 05 Sep, 2020 2:00 pm

I've spent a bit of time checking out the middle section of Bulee Brook, and there's lots to explore!!!

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The two longest slots on the nth side of the creek go.
There is information on Back Range Creek and Picture Canyon in Ron Doughton's 'Bushwalking in the Budawangs'.
The notes in the book suggest taking a 20m climbing tape.
Right now is the perfect time to be exploring this area!
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Re: Bulee Brook, Sassafras

Postby Allchin09 » Sat 05 Sep, 2020 2:49 pm

I lead a trip to Bulee Brook and Back Range Creek a year back, was good fun in the creeks but surrounding areas were a little scrubby. Some photos from others on the trip can be found below. As Melinda said, should be much easier now that the area has been burn through.

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Re: Bulee Brook, Sassafras

Postby melinda » Sat 05 Sep, 2020 3:03 pm

Awesome photos, Allchin09 (& Smiffy) Putting the planning cap on! :idea:
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Re: Bulee Brook, Sassafras

Postby Huntsman247 » Sat 05 Sep, 2020 7:14 pm

Wow... Great photos. Thanks for sharing! Now I'm just sad that it's not going to be green.
Thanks for the info Melinda. Thinking of doing some day trips or maybe camp out. Access in out should be a breeze atm after the fire. Paid a bit of notice at the vegetation driving past there today. Very open.
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