B8 – Creek and Scrub Exit *

Difficulty: creek section tricky in rain.  Upper section involves full body scrub crawling.

Summary: steep, boulder strewn creek a few hundred metres north of Clifton.

Directions: continue on from finish of B7 around rocks and a slippery, seaweed strewn cove to another large rock shelf with a deep central sea inlet.  The walk around the cove is likely to be tide dependent so visit close to low tide.  A small creek runs down through boulders to the rock shelf and sea. Follow the creek up through a series of small cascades to just beneath the steepest section.  In rain this involves some delicate climbing on slippery rocks.  Avoid the very steepest section by mantling up on to a steep grassy slope at a large palm tree on the right .  Continue up into the low forest and past dumped rubbish to a small campsite with a black plastic tarpaulin tent, milk crates of supplies and large bundles of empty water bottles hanging from the trees.  Is this a fisherman’s camp? A criminal’s lair? Or a homeless person’s hideaway? No way of knowing and wary of finding out. Veer slightly right and upwards into the apparently impassable Lantana.  Hear the sound of Lawrence Hargrave Drive traffic some short distance above.  Crawl through the dense scrub until an overgrown track is reached.  Follow the track north a short way and then struggle through a final bit of scrub to the southern end of the Sea Cliff Bridge walkway.  Jump across the high fence and walk back to Coalcliff.  The ascent from sea takes 30 minutes or so.

Point of disappearance: all thought of following the creek is lost upon stumbling across the hidden camp.

B3 - B8
B3 – B8
Bottom of the creek
Bottom of the creek
Cascades
Cascades
Camp supplies
Camp supplies
Back on the Sea Cliff Bridge track
Back on the Sea Cliff Bridge track
View back down the weedy ascent
View back down the weedy ascent

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