Wallangambe 2


Ed, Ethan, Caius, David, Shaz, Tom, Claire, Tillie, Skinny, Dyso and I

For the 3rd year in a row we’ve decided to spend new years day floating down a canyon rather than nursing a hang over (Why can’t we have both? Maybe we do)

Anyhoo this year Tal and Beth both ditched us but Shaz and her kids were back and Skinny and Emily joined us as well.

We opted for the section of the Wollangambe commonly reffered to as the Lower Tourist Section or Wollangambe 2. That’s a little misleading as there are many canyon sections (Including some of the best bits) up stream. It is also reffered to as the Greg section by some of the older bushwalking club stalwarts.

While I’ve done bits and pieces of this section as part of trips to the steeper, narrower, more canyony side canyons I’d never done this bit in it’s entirity on it’s own so I was keen to check it out.

We met at the Fire Shed at the crack of 9:30am. chuck all the gear and most of the people out and then drop cars down at the camp ground in the spirit of being lazy.

The walk in was uneventful, we set a handline on the exposed down climb that had made the news 2 nights before after a seriously under prepared group on a bucks party required rescuing when several members were too worn out/freaked out and couldn’t climb it…. Do your research and go prepaired people

Every one made it down without incident before I told them that story. I reteived the rope and made my way down.

Did I mention the spirit of being lazy? We get to the water and it looks so inviting. People pull out lilos and start huffing and huffing. Me on the other hand had had a brillant idea before leaving that morning. I’d pulled out the soldering iron and rigged a little high volume pump to plug into my MTB light battary.

I had worried it might ruin the serenity of other groups but no one was around and it had most of the lilos up in no time (After some manipulating the cheap pool beds Shaz had got the kids who valves were plastic welded shut). It was certainly less disturbing than listening to a bunch of people hyperventilate trying to blow air into the air beds.

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And then we were off

Despite a number of cars at the fire shed and at the camp ground we didn’t see a single group in this section of canyon.

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The kids were obviously hating it

I was pleasantly surprised with this bit of the river. There was some nice long pools through some reasonable canyon sections and there seemed to be a bit less boulder scrambling than in the more popular “Upper tourist Section/Wollangambe 1”

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Jumping oportunities were propably a bit rarer and harder to get to but that’s OK
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The boulder scrambles that were there were generally short and relatively easy, though this one required a precision jump or short hand over hand down a rope
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The cliffs might not be as high but it’s still very nice
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It was a crackng day
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And smaller jumps were available

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A narrower canyon section
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The locals were freindly enough
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The water was divine

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The side trip up the bottom end of Whungee Wheengee is well worth braving the colder water for.


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Claire wasn’t about to let a bit of cold water deter her from exploring
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I have no idea why they call this section the “green room”

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You can make your way a fair way up Whungee Wheenge but even the first hundred meters or so is worth a look. Walking up it is impressive but when you turn around to come back down the bottom chamber is something else again

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Back in the relative warmth of the Wollangambe we sun ourselves a bit then continue down.

By now we’re starting to get a bit peckish but the exit isn’t far down and that’s probably the best lunch beach near here so we keep on going.

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Along the way are some fun little chutes

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and a bit of portage up the sand dune to the last, and probably most difficult boulder scramble of the trip
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The kids handled it with just a little help
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And a final grand section down past the exit of Waterfall of Moss Canyon

It’s time for a late lunch as we let the floaties deflate, wetsuits dry and bodies warm up

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All ready for the haul out

Then it’s a steep climp up through the cliff lines and a longish walk up the ridge, all up gaining about 400m elevation, and back to the camp ground

Party Size: 11 mixed experience

Time: Didn’t really pay attention but I’m guesing around 7hrs relaxed pace





Waterfall of Moss


Tim, Kent and their awesome crew.

Waterfall of Moss is a shortish canyon that flows into the Wollangambe just up stream of the usual exit for the Lower Tourist/Wollangambe 2/Greg section.

I visited it for the first time with Ed last year as an addition to a Whungee Wheengee trip. It made sence to us to do it that way as the canyon itself (minus the walk in and out)only takes acouple of hours . That said I was pretty trashed by the time we mae it back to the car park that trip.

When Tim put out the invite to do WoM on it’s own I had to convince myself the walk in and out would be worth it just for that. But it is a nice canyon and I was hell keen on trying to capture better photos of the Arch.

Anyhoo it was off to Mt Wilson for the usual meet and greet at the car park and we are off.


Wild flowers along the ridge added splashes of colour.


It was hot and humid and the walk down to the Gambe went without incident. Almost…

Al was walking along when all of a sudden the sole of his shoe decided it needed time alone. It didn’t start to separate and slowly peel off. One step it was fine the next it had come away from his shoe whollis bollis!

20 steps later the other one did the same thing. His shoes are now little more than protection for the top of his feet. He sets the now useless soles on the side of the trail for collection on the way back and soldiers on

By the time we get to the Gambe we were ready for a swim. Al scoffs at me as I take off my shirt as he dives straight in.



Girls you may want to wait up there for a bit. Calls Kent.

I should point out he did declair his intention of a nudie swim back at the car park.

The girls were already here. Kent was not to be deterred, Oh well you don’t have to look if you dont want and I suggest you dont. he declares or sumfink….

Anyhoo. We cross the warm waters of the Gambe and soon begin the climb up the other side. Thankfully Kent has his clothes back on.

Yuri and Chardy on the steep climb up the opposite side
It’s a short haul up the ridge and before long we are ready to drop into the canyon

I had a very clumsey day and tripped, slipped and fell over just about everything, including the starts of one of the abseils but somehow stayed uninjured….

One of the awkward overhanging starts made worse by the anchor being faily long and onto small tea tree bushes. Tim warned last tim they had worn through a rope from the anchor bouncing and so Joel and Al rig a bit of a rerouter to make the start easier and save a bit of rope wear
And while they do that I busy myself snapping pitcures of the arch below me
Last time we were here it was later afternoon and the phone photos were very washed out, a still from the go-pro was the best I got. Being here earlier I was hoping for better light but shooting up toward the sky from the small ledge below the arch was still very contrasty. Every now and then the sun would go behind a cloud and I’d click away and hope for the best
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It took a bit of editting to knock out the harsh glare but not too shabby considering

Then it was straight into another abseil down a slope then over hung into a pool. Al’s new rope got a run. Coming down last I noticed the sheath damaged were it had been rubbing over a rock edge, the stretch in the rope allowing it to rub back and forth.

I’m not sure if using SRTs makes the rope more prone to this sort of damage, or it was just back luck, or poor rope management but either way Al now has two shorter ropes….

The bottom section of canyon is a very fine constriction. Straightish and narrowish all the way to the Gambe

Looks like you are almost done but 3 or 4 abseils still await

There were a a couple of abseils in this final section I remember having very tricky starts. Sharp over hangs with anchors set low and a long way back.  I was looking forward to the challenge but someone has redone the anchors and replaced them with ones that take a fair bit of the challenge out.

Don’t get me wrong they are well thought out and placed and definately make the starts easier, the pull downs easier and probably the rope wear less but as I was looking forward to the challenge I almost felt dissappointed it had been removed.

Just me being a weirdo, thinks I, but then Kent voices the same thought. I always like taking people here to give thier skills a bit of a test. he says. The trip feels a bit deminished

so that’s two 2 weirdos.

And I suppose if you feel that way there is nothing stopping you rigging the old anchor points to reclaim the challenge.

Chardy and Yuri below drop 6 with Tim disappearing down drop 7 in the back ground
Yuri in the canyon


Tim in the canyon
Tim the the canyon
Tim on the Waterfall of Moss
Joel on the Waterfall of Moss with Al looking on
Looking back up the canyon from the junction with the Wollangambe

A short float back down the Gambe to for lunch at the exit point and then the long hot walk up the hill to the car.


There are only two reasons people fail to reach their goals. 1. They didn’t really want it or 2. They haggled over the cost.

Group. All Experienced

Time:6hrs car to car