Trip Details

Camping 101 Pindar Cave overnight bushwalk Brisbane Water National Park

Date:30/07/2016 - 31/07/2016
Leader:John Friedman
Email:ozjohnf [replace this stuff with the at symbol] gmail [this one is meant to be a dot] com [that completes the address and now comes a subject suggestion] Camping 101 Pindar Cave overnight bushwalk Brisbane Water National Park
Phone:0402384626
Description:
This is a great overnight trip for those who are time poor or as an introduction to overnight camping. Being so close to Sydney, it is easy to get to by train. No car access is available.

The walk is an easy-medium grade walk with a total distance of 12 km and we should see many varied types of vegetation as we pass through scrubland and rocky areas. It is 2.5 – 3 hours from the station to the cave depending on the walking pace and the number of stops we have. After getting off at Wondabyne Station, we do a steep ascent for 350m until we reach the flatter part of our walk.

Wildwalks has some great trail notes:
http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/brisbane-water-national-park/pindar-cave.html

From the Mt Pindar lookout we get great views over Mooney Mooney Creek. Our camping spot is on a sand base in an enormous rock overhang (Pindar Cave) which is 15m wide and 50 m long so no tents are required. There may be others in the overhang at night as it is a popular location for Scouts and bushwalkers. The night could be very cold so ensure your sleeping bag is suitable for conditions down to 0C. After cooking and eating dinner, a comfortable night’s sleep, a relaxed morning breakfast and an exploration of the area, we will head back to Wondabyne station and return to Sydney on the 12:29 train arriving at Central at 13:40 or an earlier train.

The walk is suitable for hikers who feel comfortable carrying a rucksack with all their gear. The scrubland is often head height and the track is generally well marked.

Take the Newcastle and Central Coast Line train (CityRail)

Dep: 10:45am Central Station, Sydney

Arr: 11:52am Wondabyne Station Platform 2

Alternatively, you can take the Nth Shore line to Hornsby to meet the 11.22 train to Wondabyne.

PLEASE ensure you check your local line for trackwork.

You will need to bring a good comfortable back pack, food for the two days, water purification or adequate supply of water, gas stove if cooking is required, change of winter clothes, a warm sleeping bag, roll mat/mattress, tent is optional, snacks for the two days, chocolate in the bush tastes fantastic! Sturdy walking shoes, rain jacket in case of a change in weather and a sense of fun and adventure.

We will carry in our firewood as the cave area is denuded of any good wood. There will be a small charge of about $1 to cover the purchase of a bag of firewood.

• I'll bring maps, compass, PLB, and first aid kit.

• At any stage of the trip, do not unilaterally abandon the group and walk out. You are expected to remain with the group from start to finish.

• Note there is mobile reception at the cave.

• Strong Advice: Prior to leaving your home, please inform someone the details of this trip.
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