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Welcome to a beautiful part of the world which I had not properly explored until today! I hope that you have as much enjoyment on this spectacular walk as I did! To complete the cache, there are around 10 different virtual waypoints (as this is National Park) for you to do some fairly basic calculations and some sightseeing! Enough rambling, I’ll get straight into it.
Below is a step by step guide of all the waypoints for this multi. Some of the questions require a certain answer to be chosen. At the end of each question is a square bracket with a number. So something like [A=6]. Keep a record of all the correct answers as they will be used for the final location.
Just south of the listed parking coordinates is an excellent vantage point to watch the people below, boats, and perhaps a whale or two! The most prominent beach in the image above is:
a) Putty Beach [A=2]
b) Little Putty Beach [A=3]
c) Tallow Beach [A=4]
d) Little Tallow Beach [A=5]
Continue to TRACKHEAD 1 and turn right. Shortly after this, bear left at a fork in the single track.
Through this section of the walk, you will notice that many of the spectacular views are blocked by trees! Not to worry, you will get you’re fair share of them later! For now, take some time to admire the unique forms of the twisted angophora trees. At waypoint 2 take not of the correctly matching tree, and let the right trees’ number [= B].
This view is what you will find at WP3
I did’t get the best of shots in the full daylight, so I had to make do with the panorama above. A little bit to the right of the sun is a fairly prominent peak which many of the bushwalking fanatics may recognise as Mount _______ . Let [C] represent the number of letters in its name. ([C] should be single digit, meaning that the word “Mount is not part of the name”)
Also at this location, peer downstairs into the cave below your feet. Is it:
a) A brown dusty featureless cave with an Aboriginal midden pile (a small pile of shells) on its floor [D = 5]
b) A nice sandy coloured cave with extensive honeycombing and could easily fit 10 or so people lying down due to its flat level floor [D = 1]
c) A high roofed cave but not much floor space. No chance of being able to sleep 5 people, only good for having lunch in on a drizzly day. [D = 2]
Continuing along the trail there is a great bit of sandstone to explore before dropping down into the valley. Here you will come to a cross roads (WP4). Also at this intersection, you should notice an assortment of signs. Count the signs at the cross roads. If there are:
a) 3 signs; turn right
b) 4 signs; go straight ahead
c) 5 signs; turn left
To approach the next point will require you to move off the trail, and step through the bush. This will lead you past many hidden vantage points as well as an increasing number of interesting formations. Along with a good view at WP5 is a small set of initials carved into the rock. Find these letters (there should be two sets of two letters) and give them numerical values (so a=1, b=2, c=3, d=4 ….) The top line [E =_ _ ] and the bottom line [F=_ _ ]. Continue along the ridge to where it begins to take a downhill run. With a little exploring, you will notice two of the tree sandstone features in the image below:
Select which one of the formations is NOT here and record its’ number as [G].
Continue to the saddle. There should be a trail running (roughly) east-west. Follow this west and then turn right at a small trail which leads across the western side of the peninsular ridge.
Standing at WP6, you will see this:
However, the information required can not be obtained from here! Drop 20m in elevation into one of the biggest sandstone caves that I have seen!
Even more surprising is the almost pristine nature of the cave. When I visited, there was no graffiti, carvings or rubbish. The only evidence of anyone coming here is the climbing bolts through the walls and the ceiling! Once standing where I took the image, look, directly at the ceiling. Just around you are there:
a) Just climbing bolts on a fairly featureless roof [H= 6]
b) Climbing bolts and a large crack in the ceiling with vines in it [H=8]
c) Climbing bolts and a large high alcove, inhabited by birds in nests [H=5]
d) A combination of b) and c) [H=1]
Once out of the cave, continue onwards and upwards, leaving any form of trail. The bush is still quite open and easy to walk in. The next and final waypoint before the container is a bit of a thriller. In typical ‘Noo’ Style, you must climb this:
But do not fear! Once at the same level, it is relatively easy to climb, however it will push some individuals ideas of what a T3.5 is. However, if you are astute, and read the checksum at the bottom of the description, you may figure out a way to avoid climbing the crown if you are not up to it. But you are certainly missing out!! With 270 degree views and a unique shape, it was certainly one of the highlights of the walk for me!
On top of the south side of the rock at WP7 is there:
a) Honeycomb rock [I= 8]
b) Colourful horizontal banding in the rock [I=9]
c) Sooty colouring due to the numerous fires [I=3]
From here, it is time to head to the end of the journey! GZ also has some stunning views and is located not far from where you have been. The whole walk is around 4km however, it took me almost 4hours to set it up. Although, I think the total time needed to complete the cache for an enjoyable experience is somewhere around 2-2.5 hours. Please take some water and something to eat.
Checksum: A+B+C+D+E+F+G+H+I= 98
The cache can be located at:
S 33 29.962 + (A x B x (C-1) x D x E)/1000
E 151 13.532 + (F x G x H x I)/1000
JC3: Zbhag J________
TM: Lrf! Hc!