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The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

Horseshoe Bend and finish our trip above Bundanoon Creek, a tributary of Kangaroo River.

Great Horseshoe Bend is surrounded by the river on three sides. From the car down to the river takes less than an hour if you are in a hurry. Downstream there are lots of gravel races, deep swimming pools and grassy camp sites.

Seven kilometres from Great Horseshoe Bend is The Blockup. Twisted slate cliffs tower above a deep section of the river about a kilometre long. This section of river cannot be walked. It is necessary to waterproof packs and swim. No matter how heavy the pack, provided the contents are enclosed in waterproof containers, the pack will float and support a couple of people. Strong, competent swimmers have no difficulty in pushing their pack for the kilometre through The Blockup. While slowly swimming there is plenty of time to admire the beauty of this gorge.

From The Blockup to Badgerys Crossing there are wide banks, usually on both sides of the river, so there are few compulsory river crossings. But walking is hot work in summer, so often the river is crossed simply to cool off. Then, having got wet, a swim and a rest under a convenient shady tree seem a great idea.

More walking, swimming and some liloing on the Shoalhaven River

The previous trip was so enjoyed by the party and the leader that it was repeated the next year, 1973-74, but made a day longer by starting further upstream, at Nerrimunga Creek. The new party was larger and included a few poor swimmers. One member bought a water safety vest for The Blockup and the leader decided he would carry a lilo and a long length of nylon cord for use when the party was swimming The Blockup. At the start of The Blockup all packs were waterproofed, then attached while floating in the river to the nylon rope. With a strong swimmer at each end of the rope the packs were easily pulled through the gorge; the weaker swimmers used the lilo for support, while the better swimmers had no problems as they did not have to worry about their packs.

The first real Lilo trip, 1978-79

In summer a trip along an uninhabited river through spectacular scenery with lots of time for swimming and pleasant, flat, waterfront camp sites