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2019 Blue Waterholes Ride (Club Event)

  • 16 Feb 2019
  • 09:00
  • 17 Feb 2019
  • 15:00
  • Depart from Weston Creek Car Park (adjacent Maccas)

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Update 15 February 2019

There is a 'Park Fire Ban' in place from last week thru next Monday 18 Feb 19 and review.  Gas & fuel stoves are okay with supervision but no wood, charcoal or briquettes etc.  NSW NPWS can implement park fire bans adjacent to RFS fire bans and irrespective of 'total fire bans' that then apply. 

Update 14 February 2019

The Tumut Visitor Centre NWPS Office advised that all roads are currently open noting the lead in from Brindabella Road is 4WD. 

The Mt Selwyn (nearest) forecast is mid 20oC during the day and less than 10% rain.  Nights are noticeably cooler and forecast is 10oC.

A reminder to the notes below, there is nothing after you have fuelled up and met at our launch point Macca's Weston Creek (for coffee as a BMW Club) until Adaminaby Sunday mid-morning.  There are plenty of things to photograph including last year a juvenile wedge tail eagle that didn't want to give up its wombat meal on Brindabella road.

So pack the camping gear, fuel stove (NP aren't keen on fires), food and water.  Whilst the afternoon swim will be on, water after that is a 500m trek from the campsite.  So bring the swimmers for a bracing refreshment after our ride in and 1km walk to the karst edged swimming hole.

This is an overnight ride for the GSers via gravel roads through the Brindabella valley to KNP then Barnetts, Bramina, Boundary and Broken Cart trails to Blue Waterholes Camp Ground (Kosciuszko National Park).

KNP Tumut office map of the route through to Blue Waterholes can be seen here and a Google Map here.

This is a "back to basics" ride involving an overnight camp so bring your own food, water (creek water available) & camp gear.

Fires:  KNP requires campers to use fuel stoves for cooking there are no current open fire bans in place.

Weather:  This is an alpine region so temperatures can range from single figures at night to high 20's or even 30+oC at this time of year, so be prepared.  If it is inclement weather we will reassess, rather than ride the top entry section that can be mud.  Nearby Mt Selwyn weather forecast is here  http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/selwyn.shtml

We will return the following day, via Adaminaby for brunch and then Shannons Flat, Tharwa and home.  An alternate option is bitumen via Snowy Mtn Highway to Cooma and then the Monaro Hwy to Canberra for the time poor.

Blue Waterholes Camp Ground is located in a karst region of small limestone caves and gorges, such as nearby Clarke Gorge. Swimming is an option, albeit a cold one, so pack the swimmers and visit the historic Cooleman Homestead.

More info on the Blue Waterholes can be found here http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/blue-waterholes-campground.

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