Walking at Waterfall Gully

Today we did something “different”. After an early start, leaping out of bed at 9:30am (hey, this is Sunday, the day made for sleeping in), we hoofed it to Waterfall Gully for a bit of a walk.

Oldest son was itching for walking: “c’mon, c’mon”. He was bitterly disappointed to find that the walk from the car part to the first falls was a mere 200 metres:

First Falls

After messing with his brain a bit, we took the path to the top of the first falls, and from there headed up. He was dead keen to do the 3.4 km walk to the top of Mount Lofty but we dissuaded him, and instead took the 1.5 km track to Eagle-On-The-Hill.

Along the way, I had to leap into the creek for some messing about with the new camera. I really like the effect you can get with running water and a SLOW shutter speed. In this case, about 1/10th second makes the water all swirly:

There IS water in the creek

A quick stop along the way at Second Falls:

Second Falls

Then, up, up and more up:

Onward and upward

As you climb, the view out over the city gets better and better. But I really liked the view over the valley to the far hillside with the white trunks of the trees visible:

White trunks

Finally, after about an hour, we made it to the top (with a very boring photo of the OLD main road at Eagle on the Hill, which is not worth putting here). At the top we were somewhat surprised to actually find the obligatory drop-bear:

Drop-bear at the top

From here, the same trip downhill all the way was a mere 25 minutes!

An hour’s sleep after getting home helps in recovering. The ability to walk should come back in 3-4 days…

5 Comments

Nananooo nanoo – how coincidental – we’re going there today after deciding NOT to go yesterday (Sapphire’s cold made us decide to keep her warm and quiet yesterday).

GREAT photos.

Oh, and (adopts motherly-but-nagging tone) – don’t forget your meme….!

Comment by MillyMoo | June 9th, 2008 9:33 am | Permalink

Next time, take the path all the way to Mt Lofty. It’s further but it’s still a very enjoyable climb. The fall of the land changes as you ascend and it’s definitely worth it for the view.

Just make sure you take a water bottle – Mt Lofty Summit is (or at least was) frightfully expensive!

Another good alternative is to take the path from Waterfall Gully all the way up to Cleland Wildlife park.

Comment by Newman | June 10th, 2008 10:11 am | Permalink

The Eagle on the Hill walk use to be great when the pub at the top was still in business.. work up an appetite for a parmy and a pint at the top and then walk it off on the way down :)

The walk to Mt Lofty Summit is a good one, but it does get pretty tough going.

Another good one is Chambers Gully which is about half way up Waterfall Gully Rd.

Comment by Nick | June 11th, 2008 7:51 pm | Permalink

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Comment by Dunc’s Shed » Blog Archive » The Gully.. | July 12th, 2008 3:45 pm | Permalink

Wow! you were very lucky to survive the encounter with the drop bear. Not many people come away unscathed from such a meeting. Its also extremely rare to get a photo of one. Are you positive its a drop bear and not a koala? If its a drop bear you could make good money from this shot.

Comment by Ernest Easton | August 14th, 2009 11:11 pm | Permalink

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