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Friday, 27 December 2013

FAIRY BOWER AND COX’S CAVE TRACKS, MT VICTORIA BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA



A Howell photograph circa 1920
The walking tracks on the western side of Mt Victoria have a fascination all of their own. They were mainly constructed in the nineteenth century and retain lots of their original construction features. The many sandstone steps are especially evocative of the era. Surviving period photographs show people dressed in what seems to us to be unsuitable clothing and when you stand where they stood you can’t help thinking about those distant times.

The Mt Piddington picnic area is easily accessed by Mt Piddington road from the Great Western Highway, though this is in fact quite a dangerous corner. The same is true of the access road into the Fairy Bower picnic area from the highway, which ought to be approached travelling south, i.e. upon leaving the town towards Blackheath rather than entering it. It is a quiet and pleasant spot, even though it is right next to the railway line.
There has been a transfer of the name “Fairy Bower” from its original location (now often called the Grotto) to the
19th C photo of Fairy Bower

valley which leads down from the Fairy Bower picnic area.  Both the track which leads down this valley and the track descending from Mt Piddington are actually sections of the real Fairy Bower track. Only the correct location is used here and the associated 
video.              

Fairy Bower Howell photo 1920's
To be kind, Fairy Bower has seen better days. Not much water flows over its little waterfall and perhaps the most interesting feature of the place is the overhanging rock shelter, one of many in the area. 
In fact, an interesting book called “Sandstone Caves of Mt Victoria” by Erik Halbert & Ross Ellis has been written on the subject. You can order a copy here.

The round walk via Cox’s Cave (complete with a scary looking ladder up to the entrance) includes a section with great views of the cliffs and the Kanimbla Valley below. Cox’s Cave will be the subject of a later blog.

The White Lady Dec. 2013
Two unusual examples of graffiti (in the broadest sense) are to be found on  prominent rocks on the left as you go up the valley towards the Fairy Bower picnic area (the Odd Couple and the White Lady). Keith Painter, in his excellent book “Great Walks at Mount Victoria” tells of his efforts to identify the artists and subjects of these two “works of art”. You can order a copy of this book here. This part of the track appears in old photos and references as “Easy Way Home”. It isn’t, if you left your car at Mt Piddington!

The "Easy Way Home" Howell photo
Two further references to these tracks (and others nearby) may be found here and here.

My video of the walk may be found here. My Blue Mountains You Tube playlist is here . I have three others - on gem hunting/mining, Glen Innes and New Zealand.




The Corner, Cox's Cave track

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10th June 2016: DOWNLOADING THE STORY OF MT WILSON (1955) 

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22nd March 2016: MORNING TEA AT CARRINGTON PARK Video Link

18th March: LEURA HOLIDAY 2009 PART 4 ZIG ZAG RAILWAY AND AMPHITHEATRE TRACK LEURA Video Link

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17th February 2016: MORNING TEA AT THE DUCK POND BLACKHEATH  Video Link

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18th December 2015: DEN FENELLA AND THE UNDERCLIFF WALK WENTWORTH FALLS Video Link

9th December 2015: EXAMPLES OF PRE WORLD WAR 1 BLUE MOUNTAINS ADVERTISING Video Link

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19th November 2015: THE GREAT LANDSLIDE KATOOMBA Video Link

11th November 2015: LITTLE ZIG ZAG TO PULPIT ROCK ROUND WALK MT VICTORIA Video Link 

3rd November 2015: DUCKLINGS AT MEMORIAL PARK BLACKHEATH Video Link 

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21st October 2015: TRACKS FROM THE CONSERVATION HUT WENTWORTH FALLS Video Link

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15th July 2015: SNOW AT TREEVIEW ESTATES LITHGOW 12TH JULY 2015 Video Link

8th July 2015: WALKING TRACKS AT GORDON FALLS RESERVE LEURA Video Link 

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29th May 2015: GOVETT'S LEAP LOOKOUT WALKING TRACKS Video Link

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21st May 2015: KATOOMBA HOLIDAY 2007 PART 2 Video Link

20th May 2015: POINT PILCHER NEAR MEDLOW BATH Video Link

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31st March 2015: COACHWOOD GLEN BLACKHEATH Video Link

25th March 2015: THE DEVIL'S HOLE KATOOMBA Video Link

18th March 2015: CONSERVATION HUT-MURPHY'SLANE-OVERCLIFF TRACK WENTWORTH FALLS Video Link

10th March 2015: THE WIND-ERODED CAVE BLACKHEATH Video Link

3rd March 2015: EVANS LOOKOUT TRACKS BLACKHEATH Video Link

27th February 2015: MERMAID'S CAVE BLACKHEATH  Video Link

24th February 2015: LEURA CASCADES-LEURA STATION TRACK Video Link

17th February 2015: THREE BROTHERS/FLYING FOX CIRCUIT MEDLOW BATH Video Link

10th February 2015: JAMISON CREEK-FLETCHER ST WENTWORTH FALLS Video Link

3rd February 2015: POPE'S GLEN-FAIRFAX TRACK CIRCUIT BLACKHEATH Video Link

24th January 2015: EIGHT LOOKOUTS CIRCUIT FROM CARRINGTON PARK  KATOOMBA Video Link

17th January 2015: CASCADE ST TO KATOOMBA FALLS RESERVE Video Link

17th January 2015: BARDEN'S LOOKOUT MT VICTORIA Video Link

8th January 2015: ECHO POINT TO LADY DARLEY'S LOOKOUT KATOOMBA VideoLink 

5th January 2015: WATER NYMPH'S DELL, WENTWORTH FALLS Video Link

 1st January 2015: SPENCER ST LEURA TO LYRE BIRD DELL Video Link

17th December 2014: GEORGE DAVIES & Co KATOOMBA

16th December 2014: THE CABLEWAY SCENIC WORLD KATOOMBA Video Link

10th December 2014: THE RAINFOREST WALKWAY SCENIC WORLD KATOOMBA Video Link

4th December 2014: WENTWORTH FALLS LAKE  Video Link

29th November 2014: THE SCENIC RAILWAY SCENIC WORLD KATOOMBA Video Link

22nd November 2014: CENTENNIAL GLEN & PORTER'S PASS BLACKHEATH VideoLink

21st November 2014: THE KATOOMBA LANDSLIDES OF 1931

21st November 2015: A SHORT ROUND WALK AT KATOOMBA FALLS Video Link

13th November 2015: THE SKYWAY SCENIC WORLD KATOOMBA Video Link

7th November 2014: THE GIANT STAIRWAY, KATOOMBA Video Link

29th October 2014: SNOW AT TREEVIEW ESTATES, LITHGOW NSW AUSTRALIA 14TH OCTOBER 2014 Video Link

18th October 2014: WATERFALL CIRCUIT, SOUTH LAWSON Video Link

Wednesday, 8th October 2014: FORT ROCK CIRCUIT, BLACKHEATH  Video Link

Monday, 6th October 2014: THE GRAND CANYON, BLACKHEATH  Video Link

Tuesday, 30th September 2014: BLACKHEATH GLEN PICNIC AND CAMPING AREA Video Link

Wednesday, 24th September 2014: THE NATIONAL PASS, WENTWORTH FALLS Video Link

Tuesday, 23rd September 2014: WENTWORTH FALLS LAKE Video Link

Tuesday, 16th September 2014: CENTENNIAL GLEN AND WALL'S LEDGE, BLACKHEATH Video Link

Saturday, 12th September 2014: KATOOMBA FALLS TO SCENIC WORLD Video Link

Thursday, 4th September 2014 CATHEDRAL RESERVE, MT WILSON Video Link

Friday, 15th August 2014 OVERCLIFF AND UNDERCLIFF TRACKS, WENTWORTH FALLS Video Link

Friday, 15th August 2014 HARGRAVES LOOKOUT AND PANORAMA POINT, BLACKHEATH Video Link

Tuesday, 15th July 2014 LEURA CASCADES TO OLYMPIAN ROCK, LEURA Video Link

Wednesday, 9th July 2014 POPE'S GLEN BLACKHEATH Video Link

Monday, 7th July 2014 THE PULPIT ROCK TRACK, BLACKHEATH Video Link

Wednesday, 18th June  2014 WYNNES ROCKS AND DU FAUR'S ROCKS, MT WILSON Video Link

Friday 13th June 2014 MEGALONG HEAD, KATOOMBA Video Link

Tuesday, 3rd June  2014 NARROW NECK LOOKOUTS, KATOOMBA Video Link

Monday, 10th June 2014 THE GEOLOGY OF MT WILSON: WATERFALL TRACK Video Link

Tuesday, 27th May 2014 THE COLOSSEUM, MEDLOW BATH Video Link

Sunday, 25th May 2014 MARK'S TOMB, MEDLOW BATH NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

Saturday, 17th May 2014 CLIFF TOP TRACK, EVANS LOOKOUT BLACKHEATH NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

Wednesday, 7th May 2014 QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK, LITHGOW NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

Saturday, 26th April 2014 CASTLE HEAD WALK, KATOOMBA NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

Thursday, 24th April 2014 BONNIE DOON TRACK, KATOOMBA NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

Saturday, 19th April 2014  ROCKET POINT, WENTWORTH FALLS NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link 

Wednesday, 9th April 2014  HINKLER PARK KATOOMBA NEW AUSTRALIA Video Link

8th April 2014 HASSAN'S WALLS, LITHGOW: NEW BOARDWALK Video Link

Friday, 4th April 2014 CLIFF DRIVE LOOKOUTS, KATOOMBA NSW AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Friday, 28th March 2014 SUBLIME POINT, LEURA NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

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Monday, 17th March 2014 PECKMAN'S PLATEAU LOOKOUT, KATOOMBA NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

Tuesday, 11th March 2014 CAHILL'S LOOKOUT, KATOOMBA NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

5th March 2014: GORDON FALLS TO GOLF LINKS LOOKOUT Video Link

Friday, 18th February 2014 THE OVERCLIFF TRACK, WENTWORTH FALLS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Sunday 22nd February 2014 MINNEHAHA FALLS, KATOOMBA NSW AUSTRALIA Video Link

Wednesday, 19th February 2014 FAIRMONT RESORT TO INSPIRATION POINT, LEURA  Video Link

Friday, 14th February 2014 CARRINGTON PARK TO LEURA CASCADES, KATOOMBA Video Link 1 Video Link 2

6th February 2014: CARRINGTON PARK TO ECHO POINT KATOOMBA Video Link

Saturday, 30th January 2014  ECHO POINT AND THE THREE SISTERS KATOOMBA   Video Link 

Wednesday, 29th January 2014 HASSANS WALLS LITHGOW WESTERN BLUE MOUNTAINS  Video Link

Saturday, 25th January 2014  PRINCE HENRY CLIFF WALK: KATOOMBA CASCADES TO ECHO POINT  Video Link

Thursday, 23rd January 2014 FURBER STEPS, KATOOMBA BLUE MOUNTAINS AUSTRALIA  Video Link  

Saturday, 18th January 2014  THE HARTLEY GRANITE, BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA

Thursday,  16th January 2014  THE WENTWORTH FALLS PICNIC AREA  Video Link

Saturday, 11th January 2014  THE CHARLES DARWIN WALK, WENTWORTH FALLS BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Friday, 3rd January 2014 THE BRAESIDE WALK, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Saturday, 27th December 2013  FAIRY BOWER AND COX’S CAVE TRACKS, MT VICTORIA BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Thursday, 19th December 2013 FERN BOWER AND THE AMPHITHEATRE TRACK, LEURA BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video link

Thursday, 12th December 2013 DANTE’S GLEN, NORTH LAWSON PARK BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW Video link

Thursday, 5th December 2013 KATOOMBA FALLS – THE BOTTOM OF THE UPPER FALL  Video link

Saturday, 30th November 2013 STONEHAVEN PASS, WENTWORTH FALLS BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video link

Saturday, 23rd November 2013 THE FAIRFAX HERITAGE TRACK, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video link

Sunday, 17th November 2013 LEURA CASCADES, BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video link

Friday, 8th November 2013 BARROW LOOKOUT BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA  Video link

Friday, 1st November 2013 LEURA CASCADES TO TARPEIAN ROCK, BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA Video link

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 ANVIL ROCK, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video link

Sunday, 20th October 2013 WENTWORTH FALLS, BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video link

Thursday, 10th October 2013 WALL’S CAVE AND THE UNDERGROUND RIVER, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS AUSTRALIA  Video link

Friday, 4th October 2013 LEURA CASCADES PICNIC AREA, BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Tuesday, 1st October 2013 PERRY’S LOOKDOWN, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Thursday, 26th September 2013 UNCONFORMITY AT SOUTH BOWENFELS NEAR LITHGOW NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA

Thursday, 26th September 2013  PAUL HARRIS LOOKOUT, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Saturday 21st September 2013 MT VICTORIA PARK BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Sunday, 15th September 2013  THE ROUND WALK, KATOOMBA FALLS BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link 1 Video Link 2 

Sunday, 8th September 2013  GORDON FALLS LOOKOUT AND ELYSIAN ROCK, LEURA BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Friday, 30th August 2013 GORDON FALLS RESERVE, LEURA BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link 1 Video 2

Monday, 26th August 2013  THE KATOOMBA FALLS RESERVE, BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video link

Wednesday, 21st August 2013  THE ORPHAN ROCK, KATOOMBA BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA 

Tuesday, 20th August 2013   ENGINEER’S CASCADE AND THE HENRY LAWSON WALK, MT. VICTORIA BLUE MOUNTAINS AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Sunday, 18th August 2013  GOVETT’S LEAP LOOKOUTS, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA Video Link

Friday, 16th August 2013  DOWNLOADING PDF DOCUMENTS FROM DIGS 

Friday 16th August 2013: CARRINGTON PARK Video Link

Monday, 12th August 2013  THE PRINCES’ VISITS TO THE BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA – 1868 AND 1881

Friday, 9th August 2013  DEN FENELLA, WENTWORTH FALLS BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Wednesday, 5th August 2013  DOWNLOADING MATERIAL FROM “TROVE”

Saturday, 3rd August 2013   THE KATOOMBA CASCADES AND REID’S PLATEAU, BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA  Video Link

Wednesday, 31st July 2013  THE PULPIT ROCK LOOKOUTS, BLACKHEATH BLUE MOUNTAINS NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA Video Link

Monday, 29th July 2013  JOHN’S BLUE MOUNTAINS BLOG (NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA): AN INTRODUCTION

14th May 2013: You Tube channel Trailer Video Link

Thursday, 19 December 2013

FERN BOWER AND THE AMPHITHEATRE TRACK, LEURA BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA




The Bridal Veil and Weeping Rock 1960
The walking tracks around Leura Falls and Katoomba Falls were developed independently from the 1880’s. It became clear that a track linking the two via the valley would be a great asset, especially as the Rodriguez Pass at Blackheath and the National Pass at Wentworth Falls were being planned at about the same time. (It is obvious that that the communities of Blackheath, Katoomba and Wentworth Falls were rivals in attracting tourists and their cash.) As it happened, both the Federal and Rodriguez passes were opened in 1900. The National Pass took longer and wasn’t finished until 1907.  
The difficult part in all of these constructions was the route into the valley from the heights above. .                                                                                   

Information board in Fern Bower
 Both tracks required the construction of many stone steps and wooden ladders and must have been exciting places to visit back then. They still are, of course, but without the element of danger involved in scaling a structure built on the spot out of local bush timber.

The original descent from the Amphitheatre Track to the level of the Federal Pass was via the Tunnel Track until this route was destroyed by flood and landslide in 1912. The Fern Bower route was then upgraded to become the main route down to the Pass, which it still is, though the Leura Cascades-Amphitheatre-lower Fern Bower route is a more scenic way to enter the valley, with many views of the cliffs, waterfalls and the valley.


The map in the 1927 edition of the Mountaineer tourist guide shows both tracks to the bottom, but this guidebook was notoriously out-of date, with much of its content dating back to the 1890’s. The track description from the same book includes place names which certainly aren’t signposted today. Below the Bridal Veil fall there are a number of old tracks which are worth exploring. You can follow the old sewer line down to the brink of the second fall (correctly called Leura Falls). Be careful if you do, because a number of lives have been lost here. Back when I was a teenager, I went down the old sewer workers’ ladder which used to be here. Not a good idea, but I made it in one piece.                                    
To the Leura Cascades, Sir?

Another thing to look out for just below the Bridal Veil is the Leura Weeping Rock. Like the Wentworth Falls version, it needs a good water flow to make it weep. When it does, it’s a sight not to be missed.

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Fern Bower steps
Leura Falls from McKillop's Lookout, the Amphitheatre track