Oct 17, 2010

Mt. Victoria - Cox’s Cave

This Blue Mountains bush walk at Mt. Victoria starts at Mt. Piddington Reserve, which is about 2Kms from the railway station. The train journey from Central takes around 2¼ hrs.

Mt.Piddington lookout (near Mt.Victoria)


Mt. Piddington at 1,094 metres, is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains. 



This photo (left) was taken on the walk, not far from Cox's Cave.




The walk from here to Fairy Bower Picnic area via Cox's Cave took us down uneven mossy steps to a moist gully. 
It is advisable to have at least three people in your group when attempting bush walks such as this one, in case there is an emergency. 







Some of our group took the optional side trip to see Cox’s Cave close up. This involved a potentially perilous climb up the 20 pipe-like rungs of a steel ladder. At the top we then crawled away to the left on a ledge, before being able to stand and walk the short distance to the cave.

I think the cave is named after the pioneer William Cox who was superintended the building of the road over the Blue Mountains which was completed in 1815.  

We continued the walk to the Fairy Bower Picnic area where the road leads back to the highway and the station.








Cox's Cave, Mt. Victoria



  
BMCC map of walks in the 
Mt. Piddington Reserve


My thanks to Judith H. for leading us on this interesting walk 

3 comments:

  1. What a view! The second photo with the escarpments is particularly scenic.

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  2. I've often thought of doing those walks up a Mt Vic but never done so. Thanks for taking me along.

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  3. Looks pretty sweet! I'll have to make it Down Under sometime!

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