Kanangra Walls via Leura

Maegan and I went for a few days away camping at Kanangra Boyd NP. Our trip took us up through Leura to the Jenolan Caves and then to settle at Kanangra Boyd for two nights of camping. Our first stop was a previously mentioned fantastic cafe called Fresh at Leura. Of note we ate a great coconut bread and their home made lemonade. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/100, iso 400, window light).

We arrived at Kanangra Walls in the late arvo and were in for three days of super hot weather. We decided to finish the arvo off with a walk out to the look out over the walls. This is one of my favourite places in the world. The below photo shows the view which I feel is hard to capture. The vertical drop of the walls in the photo is 30-40m leaving me guessing at probably another 200m to the bottom of the valley. Pretty crazy, and the best part is no railings! (1ds, 17-40, f13, 1/200)

On this short walk we were lucky enough to spot a Jacky Dragon and Mountain Heath Dragons. Jacky dragons are found along a lot of the Eastern Coast. Amphibolurus muricatus, the Jacky Dragon can reach of length of 12cm from nose to the beginning of tail and this one is pretty much fully grown. Jackys can be found all the way coast from the dividing ranges. (30d, 180mm, f8, 1/500, iso 800)

The next day bought more heat and we decided to go do a cave tour. The tour we decided on was called the river cave. Essentially a river carved this cave out of the limestone and went both up and down hill. The water in the cave is super clear although it didnt play a major roll in the walk. There were some fantastic crystal formations. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/60, iso 800, bounced and diffused flash).

The river eventually leads outside in a lagoon that takes on odd colourations due to the limestone refracting and reflecting light different from normal water. The day we were there it was a vibrant green, though I have seen it vivid blues and aquas in the past. Along the dam walk we also saw Eastern water dragons and skinks, red belly black snakes and around the rocks cunninghams skinks. This photo below tries to show the colour of the water. (1ds, 17-40, f7.1, 1/250, iso 200).

We saw lots of cool animals on the trip including wedge tailed eagles, gang gangs, wallabies, a tiger snake and other skink species. One of the the most interesting parts of the camping trip were the bugs. There were insects out everywhere. It was amazing. This will be the last photo for this trip and is of some very cool stick insects I found whilst Maegan was taking photos of the wedge tailed eagle. (30d, 180mm, f8, 1/500, iso 200).

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~ by adamrose on January 27, 2010.

One Response to “Kanangra Walls via Leura”

  1. awesum photos darlin. love them

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