P365 – Day 255 – travel-log day 2 (12/09/2011)

Today’s schedule:
Sleep in. Drive from Adaminaby to Tumut, through Kusciuszko National Park, stopping to visit the Yarrangobilly Caves.
It was a clear sunny morning, and there were no reports of snow on the road, so we were confident we’d have an uneventful trip across the mountains.

The ‘high country’ is a beautiful part of Australia, especially on such a lovely day, and we drove through areas that are often covered in snow in winter. 

There were snow patches all over the place, and we stopped to have a closer look and for Juniordwarf to have his first snow experience.

He made his first snowball. There are no photos because I was filming this little milestone with the camcorder.

After that stop, we made our way to the Yarrangobilly Caves. This was Juniordwarf’s first time in a cave, and we wondered if we’d find any bears in there, like the people do in the story We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.

This place has an other-worldly feel to it. It must be all the ancient rock formations, which are high and loom over you as you approach. We decided to explore the South Glory cave, which is a self-guided tour that you can take at your own pace. It was ‘discovered’ in 1834 by a farmer whose cattle had wandered into it.

It wasn’t as cold as I thought it might be, but it was very wet. Juniordwarf had a wonderful time looking at everything and climbing all the stairs.

Looking down at the Yarrangobilly River
on the walking track to the cave

South Glory Cave entrance

Slabs and Juniordwarf at the cave entrance

One of the formations in the cave

This one is called the Judge’s Wig

Back on the highway, we stopped at a lookout called Black Perry, which had a wonderful view across the valley. 

Then we made our way down the steep winding road to Talbingo, where we stopped for lunch.

Juniordwarf was fascinated by this magpie

Snowy Hydro Scheme

Blowering Dam, Talbingo end

Blowering Dam

The final leg of today’s trip was to Tumut, where two grandparents were excitedly waiting for their grandson to arrive. 

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