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Monday, March 5, 2018

Gara Gorge, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, NSW.

Gara Gorge
After packing up at Dangars Gorge Campground we drove to Gara Gorge. We pulled up at Blue Hole Picnic Area for a quick look then we drove on to Threlfall Picnic Area and started the walk from there.

The Threlfall Walking Track: Grade 3, 5.5 km Loop.
The Threlfall Track leaves from either Blue Hole or the Threlfall Picnic Area. As well as passing through spectacular scenery the walk passes by remnants of the 1894 Gara Gorge Hydro-electric Scheme.
Flumes still remain from the Hydro-Electric Scheme
We were't sure which direction to walk the loop so we chose clockwise which meant we walked back past Blue Hole. 

Looking back over the Gara River to Blue Hole Picnic Area
Kingfisher fishing the Gara River
The walk continues on to open eucalypt forest before gently climbing to Gara Gorge Lookout. Then descending back to the picnic areas.

Threlfall Track
View from Gara Gorge Lookout
It was a very hot day which made the walk seem longer than it is. However, it was a perfect day for reptiles. We saw numerous Jacky Dragons as well as some Eastern Water Dragons and one Nobbi Dragon.

Jacky Dragon

Jacky Dragon

Nobbi Dragon

Eastern Water Dragon

There were plenty of Common Brown Butterflies here as well.

Common Brown Butterflies
See the Bird List below for the birds we saw along the walk.

White-eared Honeyeater

Eastern Grey Kangaroo,Jacky Dragon, Nobbi Dragon, Eastern Water Dragon, White's Skink, Orchard Swallowtail, Common Brown Butterfly.
Bird List: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Pacific Black Duck, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-browed Finch, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher, Crimson Rosella, White-browed Scrubwren, Silvereye, Buff-rumped Thornbill, White-throated Treecreeper.

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