Where are we now?

Where are we now?
Where are we now? Tahmoor, NSW. Updated 7th December 2011

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Exploring the Range

 Most weekends we try and get out exploring the range behind the base. The base is over 300,000 acres including the range and it's filled with wild goats, sink holes and caves.

First stop was a massive cave called "Fig Tree Cave", guarding the entrance was a massive fig tree which made finding the caves entrance quite a challenge.

To get down into the cave you need to descend a very old rickety chain ladder, it was a effort to say the least. But once we climbed down into the cave it was amazing.

The pictures don't do it justice sorry, it was dark and the flash caught all the dust stirred up from our presence. But it went down so deep, and was filled with huge stalagmites and stalactite's.

Can't believe this is in our own backyard!

Wild goats run free all over the range behind the base

The next cave was called the "Goat Cave" for obvious reasons, it was where the wild goats hang out to escape the heat, and also go to die. It was at least a foot deep with goat poo, and the floor was littered with dead goat skeletons eeewwwww!

Shane exploring the far reaches of the Goat Cave

We stopped at a observation tower used in exercises to monitor the bombing and detonation of targets out on the range. On the roof was a couple of huge bird nests. Were not sure what the bird was who built the nest, but there was a healthy clutch of eggs waiting for mum and dad's return.

Big Sea Eagle, maybe those were her eggs?
Coming over the range to the other side where you meet the Ningaloo Reef

Bundera Sinkhole
Next stop was the 'Bundera Sinkhole'. This sink hole is protected as it contains endangered species of fish, and shrimp found no where else in Australia. It's tidal, meaning it is connected via a complex underwater cave system to the ocean.
Ningaloo Reef

We finally made it over the range, and met the crystal blue water of the beautiful Ningaloo Reef. We were up on the sand dunes above, when we spotted a huge Tiger shark cruising along the shoreline. I did what any normal person would do, ran down to the waters edge, and slapped my thongs on top of the water trying to attract him. Seems he had places to go and fish to feed, cause he never even looked back...

1 comment:

  1. this is quite big im still wondering how id manage to trasverse a range this big I am really impressed by your effort it has some really nice scenaries too I first read this story when you published it on best essay writing thanks for sharing