Bendethera Year 6 - March 2016
From Moruya Sugarloaf Road heads west.

Hanging Mountain has a lookout.

So we looked out. Towards the coast.

The road becomes a track.

A way into Bendethera.

The last part is a bit steep but we got there.

Bendethera is an abandoned farm which is now part of Deua National Park.

Several km alongside the Deua River.

Complete with female Regent Bower Bird.
We did know the name of this.

Rufus ..... ?

The tendon seems to have repaired itself well.

We walked west through the valley.

Past the bakery.

A bit closed.

But now we have our own breadmaker after the battery and solar improvements.

Bendethera is the province of 4wd enthusiasts.

There is enough space for us and them.

Being Easter a constant procession.

The river crossings are not difficult.

In places "they" gather in large groups.

"They" noticed our truck and were occasionally curious.

The Deua River is inviting.

But cool mountain water.

Cool for swimming. Good for refilling our tanks.

We walked to the Bendethera Cave.

A small creek that flows into the Deua.

With distinctive Bendethera Wattles.
They would be nice when in flower.
The cave entrance.

Inside is a vertical ladder.

Given recent tendon trouble it seemed a bit ambitious.

Saved for another day.

This is a White Eye.

Smaller than a wren. We needed the photo to see it properly.

And just in case we saw it again.

They are prolific near our camp.

Also a few grey fantails.
Just a nice place to be, away from the crowds for Easter.
The end of the road in the valley floor is not far away.

There is reputedly a track (for horses) that follows the river to meet the Araluen Road at Bakers Flat.

More than a day's walk away.

Solar and battery monitoring is behaving well after some software writing.

The battery is full. 

Cells are not yet well balanced. That's next.

The track out to the west is steep, following a ridge.

In the trees a vehicle is visible.

Its the ridge about central in this pic.

There's a hairpin bend further up which seems to rate comments.

We were unable to learn how difficult it really was.

Some hairpins continue a gradient through the corner. These can be difficult if shunting is required.

Some hairpins have a flat area. These are easier.

This one turned out to have a large flat area. Hardly noticeable.

The Unimog passed us.

Headed out to the west.

We heard it grinding its way up the ridge.

Reputedly steeper than the road east.

If the Unimog can do it so can we.

But before that, yellow tailed black cockatoo.
These two stopped fighting for an instant to see what we were up to.
Then time to leave.

Looking back from partway up the ridge.

And more looking back.
The track in the valley floor.
North Head, Pigeon House and Braidwood Year 6 - April 2016

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