Jan 16 2010
While we are at O’Reilly’s, we have a number of different activities to choose from. I won’t be able to talk about all the activities that people did and some activities are offered on multiple days so that everyone has a chance to do things such as the Flying Fox and glow worms.
I would say that the two big activities for the day that people took place in were either A Walk with Mick or a long hike on the Canungra Creek Circuit. I went on the long hike, but from what I hear the students who had the chance to meet Michael O’Reilly and go on his walk had a great time. I have been on this walk previously and Michael is a wealth of information about the land and history of the site. He has pretty much lived on the mountain all of his life and is very witty and it seems like everyone had a good time with him.
I went with 18 students and our guide, Chris, on walk of the Canungra Creek Circuit. This is a long hike of about 14.5 kilometers or about 8-9 miles. Since we knew we would be missing lunch we were able to order some packed lunches which was great. We left the guesthouse around 9 am and started on our journey down the mountain. Having 20 people on the hike probably scared some of the wildlife away and it was probably a little longer than some of them expected, but overall the group did a great job. Chris was a great leader and was able to educate us about what we were seeing. It was fun to be on this track because it had recently been opened up after it was closed for the past few years because of landslides and other problems. Therefore, I was excited at the prospect to check out the route.
After hiking for a couple of hours down, we stopped at Yerralahla, otherwise known as the Blue Pools, for a quick dip in the water and snack. Plus a chance for everyone to rest awhile and get some much needed water. After this time we then headed up the creek for quite some time and ended at Yanbacoochie Falls for lunch. Along the way we passed many other waterfalls and saw a wide variety of vegetation. Shortly after lunch we started making the trek up the mountainside. Needless to say, when we had finished the hike, everyone was a little beat and glad to be done.
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