Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve protects an Aboriginal cave painting site and much of the natural environment of Mount Yarrowyck. The reserve's Aboriginal cultural walk, a 3.6 kilometre return track, will take you along the granite slopes of the mountain to the cave painting site.
The track will take you through one of the few remnants of natural bushland on the western slopes of the New England Tablelands. The walking track is clear and easy to follow and, apart from one short section, it is level and undemanding. On the way, several signs introduce you to aspects of Aboriginal culture.
This park is 30 km west of Armidale, along the mostly-sealed Bundarra Road. The carpark is across a ramp on the northern side the road. The coordinates above are NOT for the cache but merely for the starting point (which is not far from the parking lot). The coordinates of the physical cache are :
S 30° 27.ABC
E 151° 22.DEF
UNTIL THE NEW PATH IS CONSTRUCTED AND THE INFORMATIONAL SIGNS REPLACED YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEMPT THIS AS A MULTI-CACHE OR A TRADITIONAL CACHE. FINAL COORDINATES ARE S 30° 27.450 E 151° 22.386.
Several of the informational signs you will encounter along the way will provide information needed to find the physical cache. Once you have all the information you can continue on the path to find the cache. The track loops around and finishes back at the parking lot so just continue in the same direction.
From the above coordinates head for:
Waypoint 1: Aboriginal Tribes
S 30° 27.691 E 151° 22.286
The second digit in the estimated date is "E" in the final cache coordinates. Now take the track that leads you towards the coordinates of Waypoint 2. (It may be marked the "Spirited Path")
Waypoint 2: Mount Yarrowyck
S 30° 27.738 E 151° 22.346
The number of trees mentioned in the second paragraph is "B" in the final cache coordinates. Continue along the path to Waypoint 3.
Waypoint 3: Aboriginal Plant Use
S 30° 27.596 E 151° 22.520
The number of uses of the inner bark of the Kurrajong tree is "D" in the final cache coordinates. Continue along the path to Waypoint 4.
Waypoint 4: Aboriginal Landscape
S 30° 27.517 E 151° 22.561
The number of letters in the first word of the last line is "F" in the final cache coordinates. Continue along the path to Wapoint 5.
Waypoint 5: Fig Trees - Nature's Pantry
S 30° 27.407 E 151° 22.619
The second digit in the number of fig species growing in Australia is "C" in the final cache coordinates. Continue along the path to Waypoint 6.
Waypoint 6: What Does It All Mean?
S 30° 27.351 E 151° 22.606
The number of quotes from Aboriginal students is "A" in the final cache coordinates. Make sure you take a look at the Aboriginal cave paintings found very near to this spot.
Once you have taken a look (and maybe signed the Guest Book) continue along the path -- do not double back! The cache will be found somewhere along the path back to the parking lot. Cache is NOT hidden on private property!
You should have all of the information needed to find the cache. It is a medium-sized Tupperware container filled with an average collection of trade items. Don't forget to sign the logbook!!
Toyota Trekkers will be performing cache maintenance.
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