Sunday, February 10, 2019

Corang circuit - Corang Peak/Arch/River, Morton NP, NSW, Australia


2019 February:  Day-trip
                          Corang circuit ...  Corang Peak / Corang Arch / Corang River
                          Morton National Park, NSW, Australia  (Commonly known as The Budawangs)

Prolog -  Corang Peak,  Corang Arch,  Corang River

Corang Peak


Corang Arch



Corang River
Interested ?
Then read on  :-)


This trip

Just the 2 of us: David and I

The day before, we stayed for the night at Wog Wog Campground by the east side of Charleys Forest Road.

Charleys Forest Road was unsealed.  But it was in very good condition, no problem for a 2-wheel-drive car.


Map

LPI 1:25,000 scaled 8927-3N Corang

You can download the relevant part of the 1:25,000 topographic map from this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OvwPU3_-V6DB75KmFv-qpWjbx8SI9E2Q/view?usp=sharing

For what it is worth, I've reproduced the map below.
But you are better off downloading it from above link.

Map 1a)  The relevant part of the 1:25,000 topographic map


Map 1b)  Continuation to the right of previous image


GPS tracklog file & route

The GPX tracklog file of our walk can be downloaded from:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/12W-hwc1rUzJsrfLoL4-IQQoxhJJLN15E/view?usp=sharing

The same GPS tracklog drawn on the 1:25,000 topographic map can be downloaded from this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KRa-NJAumkwDt2ohS1l0fsRPwE94AMjA/view?usp=sharing
(It is in red, counter-clockwise direction.)

For what it is worth, I've reproduced the map below.
But you are better off downloading it from above link.

Map 2a)  Start of the walk is at Wog Wog Campground, at the left edge of the map.
The route is in red ... all on track.


Map 2b)  Continuation to the right of previous image ~~~
- The route is in red, counter-clockwise, all on track.
- 8 blue arrows, counter-clockwise from bottom-left:
       1  Rocky platform ... photos #8 and #9
       2  Corang Peak
       3  Corang Arch
       4  A campsite ... for the purpose of this report, it is labelled as campsite 2
       5  A photogenic area by the south bank of Corang River ... photos #54 to #64
       6  Campsite 3, near mouth of Broula Brook with Corang River
       7  Corang Lagoon
       8  Crossing Goodsell Creek


Map 3)  Satellite image of previous 2 maps ~~~
- The route is in red, counter-clockwise, all on track.
- 9 cyan arrows, counter-clockwise from left edge:
       1  Wog Wog Campground by the east side of Charleys Forest Road
       2  Rocky platform ... photos #8 and #9
       3  Corang Peak
       4  Corang Arch
       5  A campsite ... for the purpose of this report, it is labelled as campsite 2
       6  A photogenic area by the south bank of Corang River ... photos #54 to #64
       7  Campsite 3, near mouth of Broula Brook with Corang River
       8  Corang Lagoon
       9  Crossing Goodsell Creek

In summary, the route for today's trip is:
- Start at Wog Wog Campground by the east side of Charleys Forest Road.
- Climb Corang Peak.
- Visit Corang Arch.
- Walk along west side of Canowie Brook to Corang River.
- Walk along south side of Corang River to Corang Lagoon.
- Explore a little along Corang River downstream (west) of Corang Lagoon.
- Return to Wog Wog Campground.


Timeline & Distance

06:02   0.0  km  Start walking from Wog Wog Campground by the east side of Charleys Forest Road
07:12   4.25km  At a junction: One track goes east towards Corang River.
                          We take the track going south, towards Corang Peak.
08:13   7.25km  Stop for morning tea

Morning Tea

08:21   7.3  km  Resume walking
09:22  10.1 km  At Corang Peak

09:31  10.25km  Resume walking
09:55  11.55km  At Corang Arch

10:18  12.0 km  Resume walking
10:36  12.6 km  At a campsite ... For the purpose of this report, I label it as campsite 1.
                          Also a junction: One track goes east towards Mt Bibbenluke.
                          We take the track going north, along Canowie Brook towards Corang River.
10:54  13.4 km  At campsite 2, near mouth of a west side tributary with Canowie Brook

Explore around

10:56  13.5 km   Resume walking
11:19  14.25km  At Corang River ... a beautiful spot for photographs

Lunch

11:54  14.5 km   Resume walking
12:34  15.2 km   At campsite 3, near mouth of Broula Brook with Corang River
13:06  16.45km  At campsite 4, near Corang Lagoon

Explore Corang River downstream (west side) of Corang Lagoon

13:31  16.95km  Resume walking towards Wog Wog Campground
13:31  17.0 km   Stop for rest

Rest

13:37  17.05km  Resume walking
14:54  20.35km  At campsite 5
15:08  20.85km  Stop for rest

Rest

15:16  20.9 km   Resume walking
16:24  24.95km  Back at Wog Wog Campground

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Total:  10 hrs 22 mins  at leisurely pace
           24.95 km  Distance is from Google Earth


Pictures - The night before

The night before, we stayed at Wog Wog Campground by the side of Charleys Forest Road in Morton National Park.


1)  Wog Wog Campground ~~~
- Red oval: Toilet
- Upper pic: David sitting by his car
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)  My blue tent


Early this morning, on Wog Wog Walking Track

2)  Wog Wog Walking Track


3)  Termite mounds ~~~
The 3 pics below are taken at different locations.


4)  A rock formation by the side of Wog Wog Walking Track


5)  A steep slope on Wog Wog Walking Track ~~~
- Upper pic: I am climbing down the slope. (Photographer: David)
- Lower pic: Watching David climbing down
       • Yellow dot: I was there when David took the upper pic.


We are now on a flat plateau and Corang Peak comes into view ... We are heading there to climb it.

6)  The 3 pics below form a 240-degree panorama.
- Upper pic: Facing forward
       • 2 red arrow, left to right:
             1  Corang Peak ... directly east
             2  Korra Hill
       • Yellow arrow: Direction of walk along Wog Wog Walking Track
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
       • Red arrow: Korra Hill
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the middle pic) Facing backwards
       • 2 shadows, left to right: David's shadow and mine
       • Yellow arrow: Direction of walk along Wog Wog Walking Track
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is featureless low scrubs.


7)  Some parts of Wog Wog Walking Track is under water.


Lookout on a rocky platform

8)  We come to a rocky platform ... not a bad lookout. (Photographer: David)
- Red arrow: Barneys Hill
- I'm the guy taking photographs  :-)


9)  Panorama from the rocky platform (at where I was standing in the previous pic) ~~~
- The 3 pics here and photo #10 form a 360-degree panorama.
- Upper pic:
       • White oval: My shadow
       • The right side is part of the background of photo #8.
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
       • 2 red arrow, left to right: Barneys Hill & Corang Peak (Going to Corang Peak now)
       • The left side is the background of photo #8.
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the middle pic)
       • White oval: David ... At where he is standing, he took photo #8.
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is photo #10.


10)  (Continuation to the right of photo #9)
- Nearby scrubs, nothing special
- This pic is here because continuation to its right is photo #9, thus completing a 360-degree panorama.


11)  Platysace lanceolata, commonly known as shrubby platysace


12)  Anyone know the name of this plant ?


To Corang Peak

13)  We have a clear view of Corang Peak now.
- Upper pic:
       • 4 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Barneys Hill
             2  Corang Peak
             3  Donjon Mountain
             4  Mt Cole
       • Red bar: Mt Owen
- Middle pic: Zooming into Corang Peak
- Lower pic: Zooming into right half of the upper pic
       • 2 red arrows, left to right: Donjon Mountain & Mt Cole
       • Red bar: Mt Owen


14)  Wog Wog Walking Track is rough. But some parts have planks like here.


15)  Rough-hewn steps up a slope along Wog Wog Walking Track ~~~
- Yellow arrow: Direction of walk
- Upper pic: Facing forward up the slope
- Lower pic: Facing backwards down the slope


Climbing Corang Peak

16)  Climbing up Corang Peak


Corang Peak summit

17)  Cairn at the summit of Corang Peak ~~~
- Upper pic: Me  :-)
       • White oval (lower left corner): Final wooden step to the summit ... Same as the white oval in the lower pic
- Middle pic: David
- Lower pic: The cairn from a different angle
       • White oval: Final wooden step to the summit ... Same as the white oval in the upper pic


18)  From the summit, view to Pigeon House Mountain, east-south-east ~~~
- Upper pic: Behind Pigeon House Mountain is Pacific Ocean.
- Lower pic:
       • 3 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Mt Cole ... towards east
             2  The Castle
             3  Pigeon House Mountain ... towards east-south-east
       • Red bar: Mt Owen
       • This pic and the 3 pics in photo #19 form a 360-degree panorama from the summit of Corang Peak.



19)  Panorama from the summit of Corang Peak ~~~
- Upper pic: (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
       • Red arrow: Currockbilly Mountain ... south-south-west
       • White dotted line: Korra Hill
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the middle pic)
       • White box: Enlarged to photo #20.
       • 4 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Barneys Hill
             2  Corang Arch ... towards noth-north-east ... going there now
             3  Donjon Mountain
             4  Mt Cole ... towards east
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is photo #18's lower pic, thus completing a 360-degree panorama.


20)  Scenery towards Corang Arch (white box of previous pic) ~~~
- White dotted line: Profile Rock Hill
- Pink arrow: Corang Arch ... towards noth-north-east
- Yellow arrows: Route to Corang Arch ... going there now
- 7 red arrows, left to right:
       1  Barneys Hill
       2  Mt Hoddle
       3  Mt Haughton
       4  Mt Tarn
       5  Also part of Mt Tarn
       6  ? (Almost in the same line of sight as 5th arrow)
       7  Donjon Mountain
- Red horizontal bar: Mt Bibbenluke


Descending Corang Peak

21)  Descending Corang Peak, heading towards Corang Arch ~~~
- Upper pic: Looking back at Corang Peak
       • Yellow arrows: Direction of walk
- Lower pic: Facing forward
       • White arrow: Corang Arch ... going there now
       • Yellow arrows: Direction of walk to Corang Arch
       • 7 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Mt Hoddle
             2  Mt Haughton
             3  Mt Tarn
             4  Also part of Mt Tarn
             5  ?
             6  Donjon Mountain
             7  Mt Cole
       • Red bar: Mt Bibbenluke


22)  Panorama from the slope of Corang Peak ~~~
- Upper pic:
       • 2 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Barneys Hill
             2  Corang Arch ... towards noth-north-east ... going there now
       • David is at the right edge
- Lower pic:
       • 10 red arrows, left to right:
              1  Corang Arch ... towards noth-north-east ... going there now
              2  Mt Hoddle
              3  Mt Haughton
              4  Mt Tarn
              5  Also part of Mt Tarn
              6  ?
              7  Donjon Mountain
              8  Mt Cole
              9  The Castle
             10 Pigeon House
       • 2 red horizontal bars, left to right:
              1  Mt Bibbenluke
              2  Mt Owen
       • Yellow arrows: Route to Corang Arch
       • David is at the left edge


23)  Same scene as the above 2 pics ~~~
- White dotted line: Profile Rock Hill
- Pink arrow: Corang Arch ... towards noth-north-east ... going there now
- 4 red arrows, left to right:
       1  Barneys Hill
       2  Mt Hoddle
       3  Mt Haughton
       4  Mt Tarn
- Yellow arrows: Route to Corang Arch


24)  Looking back at Corang Peak ~~~
- Blue arrows: Direction of walk


At Corang Arch

25)  Arrive at Corang Arch ~~~
- Upper pic:
       • The hill on the left is Corang Peak ... towards south-south-west.
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
       • Corang Arch ... We are going to climb to its top now.
       • Red arrow: Barneys Hill


26)  David and I at top of Corang Arch


27)  Corang Arch ... photograph taken from under the main cliff


View from top of Corang Arch

28)  Now at top of Corang Arch, facing the main cliff ~~~
- Previous pic was taken near the loose stones on the right side of this pic.
- This pic plus photos #29 and #30 form a 360-degree panorama.


29)  (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
David at the main cliff


30)  Panorama from the top of Corang Arch ~~~
- Upper pic: (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
       • Red arrow: Corang Peak ... Photo #31 zooms into the peak.
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
       • Photo #32 zooms into the twin caves.
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the middle pic)
       • Red arrow: Barneys Hill
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is photo #28, completing a 360-degree panorama.


31)  From top of Corang Arch, looking back at Corang Peak


32)  The twin caves in photo #30's middle pic


Under the main cliff at Corang Arch

Exploring under the main cliff at Corang Arch

33)  Loose rocks under the main cliff ~~~
- You should be able to match some of the rocks here with some of the loose rocks in photo #29.


34)  Facing the main cliff ... A bit to the right of previous pic (To enlarge the image, click on it) ~~~
There are a few ways of going from the main cliff to Corang Arch and vice versa.
One way is through the hole here ... as I am doing now while returning to the main cliff.


35)  About to get out of the hole of previous pic (To enlarge the image, click on it) ~~~
(Almost 180-degree panorama)
You should be able to match some of the features here with the previous pic.


To Canowie Brook

We've left Corang Arch.

36)  Scenery towards Canowie Brook (while climbing down the slope of Corang Arch) ~~~
- 4 red arrows, left to right:
       1  Barneys Hill
       2  Mt Hoddle
       3  Mt Haughton
       4  Mt Tarn
- White oval: Profile Rock Hill ... I would like to climb it one day  :-)
- Cyan arrows: Canowie Brook (flowing towards Corang River)
- Yellow arrows: After climbing down the rocks in the foreground of this pic,
                          walk along the yellow arrows on the west side of Canowie Brook.
- This pic and the 3 pics in photo #37 form a 360-degree panorama.


37)  Panorama ~~~
- Upper pic: (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
       • 6 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Mt Tarn
             2  Also part of Mt Tarn
             3  Mt Bibbenluke
             4  Mt Cole
             5  Mt Owen
             6  Pigeon House
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of upper pic)
       • Yellow arrow: Route down the slope of Corang Arch
       • Corang Arch is somewhere behind the rise on the right side of the pic.
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of middle pic)
       • David
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is photo #36, completing a 360-degree panorama.


38)  A few steps further compared to photo #36 ~~~
The 2 pics below form a 180-degree panorama.
- Upper pic:
       • White oval: Profile Rock Hill
       • 5 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Barneys Hill
             2  Mt Hoddle
             3  Mt Haughton
             4  Mt Tarn
             5  Also part of Mt Tarn
       • Cyan arrows: Canowie Brook (flowing towards Corang River)
       • Yellow dots & arrows: Our route along the west side of Canowie Brook
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
       • 4 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Mt Bibbenluke
             2  Mt Cole
             3  Mt Owen
             4  Pigeon House
       • Cyan arrow: Canowie Brook (flowing towards Corang River)


39)  A few steps further compared to photo #38 ~~~
The 3 pics below and the 2 pics in photo #40 form a 360-degree panorama.
- Upper pic:
       • Cyan arrows: Canowie Brook (flowing towards Corang River)
       • Yellow arrows: Our route along the west side of Canowie Brook
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
       • White oval: Profile Rock Hill
       • 4 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Barneys Hill
             2  Mt Hoddle
             3  Mt Haughton
             4  Mt Tarn
       • 3 red horizontal bars, left to right:
             1  Mt Bibbenluke
             2  Mt Cole
             3  Mt Owen
       • Cyan arrows: Canowie Brook (flowing towards Corang River)
       • Yellow arrows: Our route along the west side of Canowie Brook
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the middle pic)
       • Blue arrow: Our route down a rocky slope
       • Continuation to the right of this pic is photo #40.


40)  (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
- These are formed from conglomerate rocks.
- Red arrow in both pics below: Twin caves in photo #32 when we were at Corang Arch
- Upper pic: I'm walking down the slope.
- Lower pic: Continuation to the right of this pic is photo #39, completing a 360-degree panorama.


41)  David going down the slope of conglomerate rocks


42)  Still going down ~~~
- Upper pic: Looking back at David walking down
- Lower pic: Facing forward down the slope


Along Canowie Brook

Now walking along the west side of Canowie Brook

43)  Profile Rock Hill ... Would like to climb this one day  :-)
- Cyan arrow: Canowie Brook
- This pic and the 3 pics in photo #44 form a 360-degree panorama.


44)  Panorama while walking along the west side of Canowie Brook ~~~
- Upper pic: (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
       • Yellow arrows: Direction of walk
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of upper pic)
       • 2 red arrows, left to right:
             1  Corang Arch
             2  Twin caves in photo #32 when we were at Corang Arch
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of middle pic)
       • David is in front.
       • Yellow arrow: Direction of walk
       • Red arrow: Barneys Hill
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is photo #43, completing a 360-degree panorama.


45)  7 Minutes of walking later ... looking back at where we came from ~~~
- Red arrow: Corang Arch
- Yellow arrows: Direction of walk
- Leftmost yellow arrow is along Canowie Brook
- This pic and the 3 pics in photo #46 form a 360-degree panorama.


46)  Panorama while walking along the south side of Canowie Brook
- Upper pic: (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
       • Yellow arrows: Direction of walk
- Middle pic: (Continuation to the right of upper pic)
       • Unnamed hill, just above 700 meters ... north-ish
       • Cyan arrow: Canowie Brook
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of middle pic)
       • Right half of the pic: Profile Rock Hill ... Same as the one in photo #43
       • Cyan arrow: Canowie Brook
       • Yellow arrow: Direction of walk
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is photo #45, completing a 360-degree panorama.


47)  Canowie Brook


48)  Fireplace at a camp site near mouth of a west side tributary with Canowie Brook


49)  Canowie Brook downstream of the camp site in previous pic


50)  We are heading north along a foot track towards Corang River.
- Blue arrow: The foot track is on the west side of Canowie Brook.


51)  Canowie Brook (3 minutes after the previous pic was taken) ~~~
- Upper pic: Facing east ... The knoll here is the one in the middle of previous pic
- Lower pic: Zooming into Canowie Brook


52)  180-degree panorama (3 more minutes after the previous pic was taken) ~~~
- Upper pic: North to west
       • David is in front.
       • Yellow arrow: Direction of walk
- Lower pic: West to south
       • Red arrow: Corang Arch
       • Yellow arrow: Direction of walk
       • Profile Rock Hill can't be seen from here (blocked by the hills to the left of Corang Arch).


53)  Scenery ~~~
- Blue arrow: Direction of walk
- The prominent hill here is the hill on the left side of photo #52's upper pic.


At Corang River

There is a narrow foot track to Corang River. The final approach is also steep.

54)  Looking down at Corang River ~~~
Not quite at the bank of the river ... Slightly up on its steep southern bank


55)  Now at the southern bank of Corang River ~~~
- The cascade on the right is same as the one on the right side of previous pic.
- The pool here is same as the pool in previous pic.


56)  Now above the cascade on the right of previous pic ~~~
- The main pool here is same as the pool in previous 2 pics.


57)  (Continuation to the right of previous pic)
2 pools


58)  Similar scene of the 2 pools in the previous pic


59)  Same scene of the 2 pools in the previous pic
- Lower pic: Continuation to the right of the upper pic.


60)  I climb partly up the cliff on the left side of photo #59's upper pic. (Photographer: David)
It is also the cliff on the left side of photos #56, #57, #58.


61)  Near where I am sitting in the previous pic, looking down at the 2 pools


62)  From where I am sitting in photo #60, looking down at the 2 pools


63)  Left side of previous pic ... It is a whirlpool down there !


64)  Right side of photo #62


We have lunch at this lovely spot ...

65)  ... And I took some photographs of Banksia seed pods on a completely dead tree.


Above Corang River

Lunch is over; and we've left the banks of Corang River.


66)  Looking down at the 2 pools in photos #57, #58, #61, #62, #64.


67)  Further away from Corang River, and looking back at the same scene as previous pic ~~~
- White oval: Similar to photo #59's lower pic


68)  Corang River ... 180-degree panorama ~~~
- Lower pic: (Continuation to the right of the upper pic)
       • Small red dot: The cascades where we had lunch (photos #54 to #64) can't be seen from here. It is near the dot.


To Corang Lagoon

We are on our way to Corang Lagoon.

69)  Every now and then, there are cairns and orange ribbons on the foot track to Corang Lagoon. But really, they are not required as there is a foot track.


70)  Typical foot track to Corang Lagoon


Broula Brook

71)  Crossing Broula Brook ~~~
- Upper pic: Facing downstream
       • Yellow arrow: Direction of walk
- Lower pic: Facing upstream


Corang Lagoon

72)  We arrive at Corang Lagoon. Here is a first glimpse of it.


73)  Corang Lagoon ... its western end


Corang River downstream of Corang Lagoon

74)  Corang River downstream of Corang Lagoon (looking back at the lagoon, white oval)


75)  Corang River


76)  Cascades in Corang River


77)  Up on the southern bank of Corang River and looking down


To Goodsell Creek

78)  Typical foot track to Goodsell Creek.


Goodsell Creek

79)  Crossing Goodsell Creek (a southern tributary of Corang River)
- Upper pic: David
- Lower pic: Me  (Photographer: David)
Then return to car at Wog Wog Campground.

It is a nice trip for the day !


Flora

80)  Flowers ~~~
- Upper pic: ???
- Lower left: Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe-Lily)
- Lower right: Patersonia (longifolia ???)


81)  Fungus on rotting log


82)  Fungus on tree ... same one in both pics below


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