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Nooldoonooldoona

A cache by The Arkaroo + Savoy Truffle Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 01/03/2011
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The Cache:

Leave your car at the Nooldoonooldoona car park and walk down across or around the large rock west of the waterhole. The cache is 5m-6m up in the wall, well above highest water level and basic rock climbing skills are needed to achieve.


GPS coordinates may be pretty jumpy, therefore climb the wall just ahead the waypoint

30°16'20.60"S; 139°17'15.61"E

The container is a 4l tin can providing logbook, notes and pencils. An opening tool is nearby - otherwise use your car key.

Enjoy the environment and the waterhole, however, please do not swim in it as this may alter its layered salinity levels. In addition, sunscreen and other chemicals would damage the the fragile ecosystem.

The Story:

Nooldoo Nooldoona is "where they rolled great rocks down to block Arkaroo's passing". As often as not, native names conjure up a whole story.

Arkaroo, the legendary "Bunyip" or Serpent of the Northern Flinders Ranges, monarch of the high ranges, once developed a great thirst. He descended from his mountain lair and drank Lake Frome dry. Then, with his belly full of brine, he retreated, dragging and carving out the sinuous great gorge that is the Arkaroola. Variously, along his serpentile trail, he halted to rest, or was held up by dreamtime creatures that barred his way. At each of these places, he "made water", leaving a waterhole that remains to this day.

Upstream, still further along what is now the cool, deep Arkaroola Gorge, lies Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole. It was here that Arkaroo encountered hostile Dreamtime Warriors. "Go Back", they yelled. Arkaroo would not, so they rolled great stones down in attempt to block his path.

The great rocks are still there. The largest weights several hundred tons and was torn from the ravine-like gorge nearby. Matching quartz veins tell exactly from just where. The rock has moved 30m since it fell. it moved several meters further during the record floods of the 1970's.

References:

Reg C. Sprigg: "Arkaroola - Mount Painter in the Northern Flinders Ranges, S.A.: The Last Billion Years" (1984) Gillingham Printers Pty Ltd, Underdale, Australia

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Hc gur penpx va n pbapnir nern.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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