One Adventure At A Time – Gap Creek Falls
Gap Creek Falls in the Watagans National Park, NSW holds a special place in my heart.
This is the place where it all began for us. Our first adventure.
Six months ago, you could say we were well and truly stuck in rut. All the free time we had, we would just go out to eat at different restaurants or laze around at home not doing a lot. Not that this was terrible. We just craved something more from life, something different, something exciting, an adventure.
Gap Creek Falls – Watagans National Park
I stumbled upon Gap Creek Falls and we decided that’s it, it was time to finally get off our arses and actually go and do something.
It was a good feeling going off in to the unknown, ready for a new challenge. The first time we hiked down here we were so unprepared. We were only in thongs and left the water in the car. By the time we got back up to the top we felt like death but yet it was strangely rewarding.
Nowadays when we go exploring we always take our adventure backpack full of supplies for almost every situation you could think of. Plenty of water and the appropriate footwear for the challenge ahead of us. This definitely makes every adventure easier and more enjoyable.
A bit about Gap Creek Falls
From the campground it is an 850m walk down to the falls. I would say about 1/3 is easy going, another 1/3 is steep and slippery and the remaining is uneven rock steps. I wouldn’t say you need to be an athlete to do it (we certainly aren’t) but definitely take water and have decent shoes on.
FYI: Thongs are not an appropriate choice. We found out the hard way!
It is really beautiful down at the bottom and well worth the hike. There always seems to be water trickling over the 40 odd metre falls regardless of the weather and it is great to just kick back on one of the many boulders and just soak in your surroundings.
There are plenty of interesting things to explore down at the bottom; from intriguing trees growing through the boulders to the little streams flowing between and beneath the rocks. Not to mention it is just fun to jump from rock to rock and let out your inner child!
There are heaps of names and initials scratched into the rocks, some of the old ones have been there quite awhile. I couldn’t resist not leaving our mark among the others. If you do take the hike down to the bottom of Gap Creek Falls, let us know if you see ours.
The second time around we found it easier than the first, but it’s still a little challenging. It’s a good workout but being prepared this time definitely made it easier.
TIP: Do not let the descend fool you into thinking it will be an easy hike, it is the way back up that will kill you!
If you want more from life don’t be afraid to get out and try new things. Just get off your arse and have a go. Half way to an adventure is better than not trying at all!
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