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Walkers: Michele (Leader),Gary, Pam D, John C, Melanie, Di, Kris, Paul, Stuart, Colin - 18.4k

2021-02-13 Caves and Ballunjui Falls

Ten walkers today stringing together two disparate walks because of track closures.  We could clearly see the evidence of recent fires whic have scarred the landscape and opened the forest to weed growth.
Very warm to start off with along the Caves Circuit which we hadn't walked for many years.  Saw the usual obsidian embedded in the rhyollite escarpment rock face.  The rhyollite flows have been smashed many times by subsequent volcanic activity and caves abound where rock falls have ocurred.
Slightly cooler on the way down to Nixon Creek along the Ship Stern circuit.  Plenty of water flowing in Nixon Creek so our expectations for the Ballunjui Falls were raised considerably.  As expected Ballunjui Falls was spectacular with more water flowing than we had seen in the many visits both Upper and Lower.  Continuing ver warm as we returned the same way so the refreshments at Gary's and Michele's place were happily received.  Another great day - Colin

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