Into the Wild Places

Absolutely amazing adventure on Sunday. I’d finally managed to do the “Gully” walk with Pandy, a term that came about from the locations we’d choose for a days hiking. Usually following a gully down between two ridges in the mountains. Which in most cases leads you down to a river from which you climb up the end of the ridge and walk back along the top of the ridge to the car. It’s taken a few attempts to make this walk happen and I’m so glad it finally did. The sky was over cast with the ocasional sprinkle of rain which made the walking a little more cooler.

Walking straight off the road and heading down the hill, the sides soon start to rise as we walk deeper into the “v” of the valley. The scrub gets thicker as it becomes clearer we’re walking into a water catchment. The ground has deep washed out holes from th waterr run off. Something to be careful of, great for twisting ankles. The scrub continues getting thicker, challenging us even more, as we head further down, becoming to thick at times to walk through, the holes get larger and are now filled with water. The giant fallen Eucalypts block the path and catch all the debris washed down by the rain. The giant obsticles driving home the realisation that you’re just a small speck in this vast beautiful place.
The animals come to life as the road is left behind and we dissapear amongst the thick shrubs, we’re soon surrounded by giant eucalypts, and little birds calling out letting us know this their place and we are only visitors here. A Swamp Wallaby hops out of the gully, pausing up the hill a little to check out who these strangers are. We to, pause to let the senses open up and take in the surroundings, and it’s then that we realise we’re surrounded by so much life, like something from a fairy tale.
Pushing further down the thick scrub and obsticles slowly start to open up to something that resembles a dry rocky river bed, walking on rocks takes it’s toll on your ankles but makes for a faster pace. The gully cuts deeper into the mountains, the sides now tower at least 200 – 300 metres above on either side but make for a spectacular view. Shrinking us as we venture deeper into the amazing world. So small we stand between the now cliffs beside us.

9 Kms later the valley opens up into a bigger valley, where we meet the Lerderderg River. From here it’s a very steep ascent up the 200 – 300 metre end of the ridge to the top where the ground flattens out for a casual walk along the top of the ridge back to the car.


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