Hike: Perry’s Lookdown – Sat3rdJuly & 4thSep

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I’ve been really behind in our our training and hiking blog, but be assured, we HAVE been training. We’ve done 6-8 hikes since the last blog entry, and our own training, but I’ll just post the major hikes.

We’ve done Perry’s Lookdown twice now. This walk is about 700 vertical metres descent or ascent (depending which way you do it). From the lookout it takes you straight down (or up) the cliff-face to the bottom of the valley- great training for downhill- it’s a killer for your quads and your knees!… and fantastic uphill training- the lack of control of my calves the next day speaks for itself!

The first time, we walked along the valley floor which comes to a beautiful open section called Blue Gum, then along the river to Acacia Flats, then turn around and look forward to the 700m vertical ascent- which is tough and ugly!

The second time we did the whole circuit. We started at Govett’s Leap lookout, straight down to the valley, which was slightly less steep than Perry’s, then along the winding river to Acacia Flats, Blue Gum Forest (which would be fantastic to camp o/n), then braced ourselved for the 700 vertical metre ascent of Perry’s.

The encouraging thing was that second time round it was easier, but still tough.

After the gruelling Perry’s we thought it was pretty much over, but then we had to walk 3 hours back to our car at Govetts Leap- this was the plan, but psychologically tough cos we took the end of Perry’s as the end of our hike!

Tip- get to the Mountains early enough to stop off at this amaaazing bakery in Wentworth falls. Can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s up from the public toilets and across the road, in a little pack of shops with their own carpark. The bakery is facing the street, the last shop in this little centre. It has the best steak & mushroom pie & cherry danish I’ve ever had. The hazelnut danish or log is good too- Julia & Sheena liked that more. Regrettably we don’t have pics of these paper bags of goodness !

Sheena even bought an icepack for her glass-bottle coke which she bought at this amaaaaazing bakery, with which she rewarded herself after the climb.

Yesterday, the circuit from Govett’s Leap was so pleasant, winding along the river & rainforest-type vegetation that I really felt like I was in Hawai’i! Julia, Sheena, Darjee and I really enjoyed Perry’s both times!


One Response

  1. I think you should add photos of the beef, mushroom pie & cherry danish you had. I’m hungry!!!

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