Sheep Roast Club (or Sydney Rock Climbing Club?)

Sheep Roast Club (or Sydney Rock Climbing Club?)

Last year we went to our first annual Sydney Rockies Sheep Roast in the Wolgan Valley, in the Wollemi National Park. You can ready all about it here.

Time has flown, and it got around to that time of year again. The Wolgan is about three hours west of Sydney, traffic permitting. The gravel road has been mainly tarmacked now, so the trip up was quicker this year. We spotted a wombat on the way which was very cute indeed, and a possum eating the leftover pasta Paul had kindly made us.

Possum ready for cooking...

Possum ready for cooking…

On Saturday Matt and Paul went and did a multi-pitch climb they had to retreat from the year before (Secret Swingers and Schmitar on Old Baldie). They felt pretty pleased with themselves having completed that. My friend Heather and I took a walk up Mystery Mountain for some pretty awesome views around the valley, and then had a very nice swim in the river by the campsite to cool off. The campsite had a lot of kangaroos and wallabies hopping around, but just the one wombat this year. We even went on a walk to hunt for some, but with no luck.

Old Baldie

Old Baldie

Saturday night was the sheep roast, which was yummy once again, having been cooking over the spit for about 10 hours.

On Sunday we went on a walk to the glow worm tunnel. At the start of the walk our friend Paul wasn’t too keen on the 8km, 4 hour circuit, so we decided to drive to the other end of the tunnel where we walk was just an hour. The drive of about 40 minutes turned out to be nearer an hour and a half with 35km of bumpy gravel road, but the scenery was pretty cool up on the Newnes Plateau. We even got to drive through a petty basic, mainly unmarked rock tunnel!

The car tunnel

The car tunnel

The glow worm walk was good, and once the other noisy walkers had gone we managed to see lots of glow worms on the tunnel walls. On the way home we stopped for some cool drinks overlooking the Blue Mountains, and took Jeffrey (the car) for a well needed car wash!

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