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Welcome to a short tour of the lower sections of the Wentworth Falls area! Far from the humdrum of above, this is a more pure section of the ‘touristy’ part of the Bluies. I have left the cache pretty easy and relatively short enabling the more adventurous to pick their own routes for getting in here or for further exploration of the creeks. The trail is not marked and lacks the perfectly crafted steps and steel handrails, but is always very easy to follow. You probably won’t have to share the track with too many others, so no getting stuck behind hordes of tourists or yuppies with an over powering stench of perfume, pouting with bright red lips for a selfie in front of every waterfall!
The walk will take most a leisurely 4 hours to complete (using the shortest loop route back to the parking), however you could easily make a nice day out of extra exploration of the creeks and tracks in the area. If done in the shorter 4 hours, it is best completed in the afternoon as the waterfalls don’t receive any light until after midday. GZ is also best in the late afternoon with extensive views over where you will travel. I completed the walk after some rain, so for the best conditions, do the walk a couple of days after some heavy rainfall.
I recommend descending the Grand Stairway down to the base of the main Wentworth falls. Cross the creek, head up the hill and turn left at the first junction (well signposted) to Wentworth Ladders/ Pass. Continue down the ladders and to the base of the lower Wentworth falls. Head down the track until there is a NP green sign (just after the hairpin in the track). Behind this sign is the Hippocrene track sign, WP1.
WP1 Start of track
Here you will find a small sign noting that this is the beginning of the Hippocrene track.
[A]: How many times does the letter ‘H’ appear on the sign? (do not include graffiti or stickers)
[ B ]: Number of pairs of double letters on the sign
WP2. Hippocrene Falls
Continuing from WP1, there are many beautiful cascades worth having a look at. The track will lead you to this:
For [C, D] choose the most correct answer. “To the left of where this photo is taken is:”
a) A very large tree fallen over [C=8, D=5]
b) A rock the size of a bus [C=4, D=9]
c) A large palm tree [C=3, D=7]
d) The bank is a small cliff, made of slate like material [C=6, D=5]
WP3. Vera Falls Falls
Continue along the track toward the junction of the two creeks. The track at this point can be a little hard to discern, however, it is easily picked up again. Take the side track to Vera falls (you can see them through the trees). Find the plaque in the centre of the photo below:
[EF]: Year of birth (this will be split into ‘E, F’ for the final calculations)
If you are feeling a little more adventurous, it is possible to get up to the ledge, where you can get a pretty shot:
WP4. Lower Valley of the Waters
Follow the trail up the hill to a sign which directs to the way out. Ignore this sign and turn left. Here you will be able to stand at the top of the falls:
Please be careful here as it is especially slippery! From here, the track is at its most beautiful with some true Bluies magic. Not required for the multi, but a particularly pretty spot (will take some off track navigation) can be found at the “Pretty Cascades” reference point:
The track then crosses the creek (very slippery!) before heading up to WP4. This Waypoint is just off the track, with [G, H] determined by matching the correct photo.
From here, I have left out any waypoints as there are many ways to return! These routes include Roberts pass (for the more experienced), Wentworth Pass, or simply straight up through the Valley of the Waters back to the touristy bit. Arrange the values for the letters accordingly: (AxBxCxD) ÷ 1000 = Y.YYY and (ExFxGxH) ÷ 1000 =0.ZZZ (the divide by 1000 is to ensure the decimal place is there!!)
The cache can be found at: S 33 42.712 + Y.YYY + 0.ZZZ E 150 21.303 + Y.YYY – 0.ZZZ
GZ is a short drive and short walk which is a great vantage point over where you have walked. See if you can spot some of the waypoints! Sadly as our friends at NP don’t allow physical containers in the parks, GZ isn’t quite as “in the action” as I like my hides to be, but is pretty close to a good spot to sit and take in the view. Please enjoy the view, but don't please don't post any spoiler photos.
[GZ] 200zy fvfgrzn va gur zbfg cebzvarag bhgpebc.