Fourteen walkers met at the Clarence Station (the top station of the Zig-Zag Railway near Lithgow). After pausing to wish President Kurt ‘Happy Birthday’, and eat half of his cake, three car-loads travelled 30km along Glow Worm Tunnel Road to the start of the Noble Canyon Track.
The track wanders passed immense Pagoda Rock formations, tree ferns and eucalypts shedding copious quantities of branches and bark. We left our bags and explored the canyon proper, returned to reclaim our bags and make our way upward, frequently with help offered and received, to the lunch spot on top of the escarpment overlooking Wolgan Valley.
What is it? Tree Art
Heading down into Nobles Canyon
........and in Nobles Canyon
One of the descents into the canyon Walking through the canyon Another view in the canyon Negotiating an obstacle in the canyon
Nobles Canyon from above Unnamed rare trees in Nobles Canyon
Relief to be down again!
Flowers from Nobles Canyon part of the walk and named by Sue S
Red sepals of Calytrix tetragona
Tea-tree Leptospermum sp Woolly seeds of Drumsticks Isopogon anethifolias
Streaked Rock Orchid Dendrobium striolatum (Dockrillia striolata) Large Wedge Pea Gompholobium grandiflorum
Lunch overlooking Wolgan Valley
Facing yet another descent! Walking back to the cars
Then it was back to the cars, and a short trip to the old railway track of which the Glow Worm Tunnel is a part. We used torches to navigate the rather uneven tunnel floor, pausing every so often to turn off the torches and eventually obey the leaders’ requests for ‘Quiet!’. The glow worms were plentiful, and obligingly glowed. Exiting the tunnel, we walked for some distance along a sunny track bordered by green ferns in their hundreds, with tall rocks rising behind the ferns.
On the right track!
Our instructions - an old National Parks hand-routed wooden sign from the '70s which was lying on the ground.........and our warning
Group entering Glow Worm Tunnel .....photographer Drina missing
Reflections - 'light at the end of the tunnel' Martin amongst Rough or Black Fern Trees Cyathea australis
A group of flitting Rufous Fantails Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons from Wikipedia (SueS)
Once more to the cars, a return to Clarence Station (and a sight of brumbies on the way) and the remains of Kurt’s cake, and home. Some stopped for a meal before journeying down the Great Western Highway to Sydney.
These above words are written by a walker, not a leader, so it can be said that it was a great walk. ‘You can organize a trip to the Kimberleys, and spend money and time, but you won’t see anything better that what we have seen today.’ – another walker.”
President Kurt celebrated a birthday, and Vice-President Clive baked and decorated a cake. All agreed that the cake was delicious and that Kurt, fresh back from a holiday abroad, didn’t look 68 years old, let alone 78. Kurt said, ‘thank you’ and it made him reconciled to turning his true age, 76.
Leaders: Clive and Celia.
Walkers: Helen A, Anne G, Martin, Lyndy, Bert, Barbara, Anne R, Jenny S, Kurt, Sue S, Lyn and Drina.
First-aiders: Lyndy and Kurt.
Tail-end Charlies: variously Barbara, Anne G and Bert.
Words: Helen A
Photos by Drina (1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 14, 20, 22-24, 28) Bert (2, 32) Lyndy (6, 7, 21), Anne R (9-12, 31) Sue S (13, 15-19) 25-27, 29, 30)