Having a rest from video editing I decided to walk over to the local markets where I met a wonderful gentleman called Keith, who has written pocket guides on bush walking.
He asked me if I was into hiking, which my response was a yes with a big smile, I said I’d probably done all the walks in his books as I’d been hiking in the mountains for years.
He said “I bet I can find a hike you haven’t done” pulling out the big guns he showed me a hike that wasn’t on my maps. I don’t think he was playing fair.
After a good conversation about hiking tracks I bought his pocket guide and promised him I’d hike it and make a video in the next few days.
Great Walks at Mount Victoria, by Mountain Mist Books
So the very next day I decided to keep my promise to Keith and try and complete Dunns Leap Hike and create a video.
I arrived at the Fairy Bower Picnic Area parked the car and got my new backpack out of the car. Time to up grade my hiking skills to a little off track stuff.
I started at the Fairy Bower Walking track, which was just stunning, the bright green leaves of three different types of ferns just caught the sunlight and had to bed photographed.
I was looking at Keith’s pocket guide and noticed a few things that a hadn’t seen when I hiked Fairy Bower last year on the way to Cox Cave. That was the White Lady a carving in a large rock of a lady. Unfortunately the sun was creating lots of shadows so it was difficult to see in the photo I took.
The next interesting carving that I did manage to photograph was The Odd Couple 1912.
I must say this became an interesting walk now I had a little history and some things to look for.
I finally got to the start of Dunns Leap track and was a little concerned about the sign stating this was not a through track. Keith promised me it could be done if I followed the ribbons and coke cans pinned to the walls.
So I followed the pink and blue ribbons and the odd coke can pinned to trees and got deep into the forest.
I crossed over bridges, fell over a few times, hiked very close to the cliffs edge and managed only to walk off the track a few times. This was a difficult track to follow if you didn’t have a sharp eye for the pink ribbons.
I must say though it was an enjoyable hike and fun squeezing between undergrowth and under a few overhangs.
I may have to go back as I was too busy looking for pink ribbons and I missed Pig Head Rock and would like a good photo of the White Lady.
After a few hrs I came to the climbers steps and hiked up some very steep steps to Hornes Point Lookout, where I had some lunch and tucked into my chocolate supply.
So a big thank you to Keith and his pocket guide to Great Walks at Mount Victoria.