It was a fresh morning, the summer was gone and that surely was noticed. Not that we were shivering but after used to 25-35 Celsius, 14 degrees feels cold. After having finished our cornflakes and muesli, the thermos flask with hot water, cups, soup and snacks, sunscreen, mozzie repellent and our gps with maps were stashed in our backpacks (sounds like we had about 40 kg each) and we headed to the same spot to cross the creek again to pay the Artists Cascade a visit. According to the sign on the creek bank, it was 5.3 km. Following the track to the turnoff to the goldmine was easy but the track got a bit heavier after that. About two km on the track, we came across a strange sign which we had not seen before. We followed the sidetrack to see what it meant and came face to face with something you do not expect in a National Park or any bush setting for that matter. An amazing artwork in the form of an egg.
I took one or two, maybe more photo’s and walked back to the original track, still amazed by the discovery of the egg. We followed the path which became smaller but still good to walk on. After a bit over two hours walking, we reached Cascade Falls. It was an amazing sight after the last rains we had. The plan was that, if we were early we would go on to Booloumba Falls. For that, we had to cross the creek again and from friends we had the information that it was easy but, that was when they crossed in a very dry period. Now it looked like a raging river and didn’t look safe to cross in this situation. We had our morning coffee break here on natures footstep. What a great spot to relax and inhale the fresh air.
Hiking is a great experience especially on this day. On the return we came across a family. On the track everybody greets one and another and we started talking to this family, mum, dad, two boys and an older looking man (granddad?). We were having a lot of leeches attacking us and one of the boy’s said. “My dad is a leeches magnet”, which brought a big smile on our faces. Yasmine mentioned the egg which we had passed and said that we really liked it. How small is this world. The dad said “I’m glad you liked it because I was one of the guy’s who helped building it”. He told us the story and it tuned out that a British artist named Andy Goldsworthy was commissioned to create “STRANGLER CAIRN”.
We returned to our camp where a familiar face turned up to see if there was anything of his liking.
Kookaburra’s are always on the lookout for an easy feed.
We took some wood from home and got the campfire roaring, dinner was served and for the rest of the day we relaxed.