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Victoria Falls – Grade 4

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ABOUT: Although the lookout is easy to get to, a drive and short walk, the falls themselves are 400m below you in the valley. The pretty cascades are about a 20ft drop but require you to do a little rock hopping and paddling to get a good angle, vs a straight on one from the end of a short tangential trail. The main 60ft falls are about 10 mins further down the creek (follow the Burra Korain campground signs) and you can access the top part with nice valley views or cycle back and down to get underneath them. The lower viewpoints after a little rain are well worth it as these are one of the few falls that have worn down to the bedrock in the valley and a big wide overhang allows you some nice side on views, behind fall views and straight on from the rocky creek below. Lots of valley looking up to escarpment shots on way down too.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A tripod to smooth the water and ideally a 16mm lens to get most of the scene in as the area is pretty enclosed. A medium telephoto to zoom in on parts of the falls too.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Follow Victoria Falls road to the main car park at the end and walk to the lookout. A trail leads off to the left and it will take about an hour to get to the falls – all signposted at the bottom. The first 15 mins are on some rocky zig zags but then you are on gentle forest zigzags down to the creek, and you can hear the……


Sunset Rock – Sunset Grade 2

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ABOUT: One of the most visited lookouts on the western escarpment of Mount Victoria. A variety of rocky outcrops give a lot of variation looking down onto a cul de sac of the Kanimbla Valley and Victoria Pass on the right. It provides a great foreground when the sky is interesting throughout the day, but best in Golden hours. There are a few spots apart from the first rock platforms, a couple lower down and below the main rocks is a nice ledge and overhang.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A tripod and ultra to wide angle lenses area ideal plus a moderate graduated neutral density for the sky.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park on the open ground where Beaufort Av meets Grand View (there are no easy spots to park at the end of Beaufort). Walk down to end of Beaufort and take the obvious walking path to the left when you meet a private house gate. The rocks are only 2 minutes further on down a dirt trail followed by a short rocky bend.


Pulpit Rock – Sunset Grade 2

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ABOUT: This is an interesting outcrop overlooking the Mount Piddington & Mt Blackheath ridge on the left and out to Mitchells Ridge on the right with the Kanimbla Valley below. It provides a great foreground when the sky is interesting throughout the day, but best in Golden hours.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A tripod and ultra to wide angle lenses area ideal plus a moderate graduated neutral density for the sky. Mossy spray after rain!

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park at the end of Kanimbla Valley Rd & the rock is about a 2 minute walk down a gentle slope. Plenty of viewpoints once up on the rock itself.

 


Fairy Bower LOs – Grade 3

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ABOUT: This lookout is a dedicated climbing area but offers some great views over the Kanimbla back along the ridge to Mount Blackheath. It has some great foreground with weathered ancient rocks and horizontal trees. The late afternoon sun produces wonderful light on the valley floor on the lakes and farm buildings.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Travel light as the walk is rocky in places but a good selection of moderate wide and medium telephoto or a standard zoom, 24-70mm is good. Tripod optional but grads useful if getting nice clouds in shot.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: See detailed map below, but drive down station road until you get to the obvious final car park. You need to then walk about 15-20 mins along the walking track parallel to the train track until you come to a large clearing. Take the first trail entrance and follow the well trodden walk until you get to a climbing training clearing. Continue past this onto the rocks & overlook.


Ferris Cave – Grade 3

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ABOUT: Ferris cave is a large amphitheatre of naturally carved red sandstone with a small waterfall on rainy days and a lovely tree centre piece. Used by climbers it is a surprise find in the area, with lots of photo opps on the walk down.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: The cave is large and if you want the whole in one shot a 14mm or wider is required. You can stitch shots together too. But a moderate wide can be used looking into the cave area or up through the trees. It is dark in there so a tripod essential.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park at the top of Mt Piddinton near the toilets or on the small loop road around it and pick up the signs to Ferris Cave (see park map below). It is a loop walk but most of the left hand side of loop is wooded until some great viewpoints before the cave.


Hornes Point – Sunset Grade 2

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ABOUT: Hornes point is a photographers and climbers dream area. A high viewpoint over the Kanimbla Valley with the steep cliffs of Blackheath and Medlow on the left and views out to Victoria Pass on the right. The rocky unfenced platforms provide endless foreground options and there are also several sub lookouts below which have vegetation (as in above image). Sunset and sunrises here are highly worthwhile as the distant ridges of Mount Blackheath and beyond provide great backdrops.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A good solid 35mm landscape lens is most useful here as to try to cover everything with an ultra wide will produce bland ‘too much’ going on shots. Obviously the usual golden hour kit of tripod, grads & thinking about blending shots. Also as it is worth spending a lot of time here consider bringing a seat option, cushion or small chair, there really is a lot to shoot up here.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Park at the top of Mt Piddinton near the toilets or on the small loop road around it and pick up the signs to Hornes Point (see the park map below the Google one) – which is about a 20 min walk down a nice gradual fire trail. Hop onto the rocks at the end and consider going to the lower platforms where climbers don’t fear to tred!

 


Mitchell’s Ridge – Sunset Grade 1

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ABOUT: A great high view of the Kanimbla Valley on the left and the famous Victoria Pass cliffs on the right. There are a few vantage points & definitely sunset is the ideal time.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: A 24mm is the ideal lens to cover the main vista but because of some very distant hills a 100mm+ telephoto will capture some great layered mountains

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Start to come down the Victoria Pass Hill and go into the large dirt turning on the left leads to a few car parks in the reserve.

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