Dam Cliffs- Danger the whole family can enjoy

Once upon a time the powers that be decided to build a dam.

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The dam is situated to a series of massive cliffs.

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The locals told me to try the “spiral staircase”.

We climbed down this ladder thinking it was the spiral staircase. Quite possibly it wasn’t, because there was no spiral.

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We ended up on the underside of the dam, which was kind of spooky, but standing on slippery pillars above a sheer drop to dubious murky waters was a plus.

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But let’s forget about the underworld of the dam, and have a look at what the actual dam has to offer.

Firstly, the water is very deep. It is clear and swimming with tiny fishes that nibble on your feet and possibly free you from dead skin cells.

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Sploosh!

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Secondly, because it is so deep, almost everyone that comes here jumps off this cliff.

It’s shaped to conveniently allow you to jump off gradually higher and higher. I had a friend who started at the top, took a look down, then climbed down to the second highest level. He looked down, then climbed to the lowest level. He gave up, sat down, and said, “Today, I did not give in to peer pressure.”

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Jumping off this cliff does not lead to any injuries. However, if you don’t pin drop with your legs closed together, you may find that you leave the water feeling strangely violated, as water rushes quickly upwards and into your buttocks. For those of you that want a good clean, this may prove to be a blessing.

This cliff is also spectacular for rock climbing. You don’t need a harness because if you fall off – you just plummet into the water, instead of into your doom.

The reason I called this post, “Danger the whole family can enjoy” is because of a particular cliff swing.

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Now I am all for a bit of swinging. I’ve swung on much lower cliff swings. However, this cliff swing left me looking like THIS:

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This is an actual picture of my body following the incident.

Needless to say, it was a very funny experience. One second, I’m swinging down, feeling the rush of wind in my glorious hair. The next second, the water has smacked me in the side, and half of my body is in immense pain. I don’t normally swear, but I was pretty sure I was yelling out a combination of obscenities as I tried to stay afloat.

My partner (who is normally a bit hesitant about jumping) leapt off without a hesitation and swum me to shore. My hero!

I have pretty much recovered apart from a nasty bruise, but I actually don’t regret the experience, and maybe in the future I might try it again. I think I have terrible grip strength, and with a bit of practice, in time I will be able to do the swing.

Apparently there were two young boys lining up behind me, who saw me smack into the water, and said, “Um… maybe not”, and ran off.

Would I recommend the swing to other people? Absolutely. If you’re a strong young male, it should be no problem. If you’re a delicate flower like me? Probably not.

 

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Abercrombie Caves – Hello darkness my old friend…

I spent last Australia Day at this beautiful waterhole that cascaded into Grove Creek Falls.

This is what it looked like LAST year.

Grove Creek Falls Walk, Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve

This is what it looked like THIS year.

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It was a terrible disappointment. However, we did manage to find… a baby gecko.

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Amazing.

However, even in the absence of the beautiful waterhole, Abercrombie still had other attractions.

Closer to the caves is a lovely pool with some cool fresh water to swim in. The water was deep enough to jump into, and free of any algae or larvae.

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However, if you want to do more than swim, you can pay to go into the caves. The cave is much smaller than Jenolan Caves, but it is self-guided, which suits people who like to keep to themselves.

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Check out this blank wall.

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This pool is perfectly black. An ancient dinosaur with flippers and teeth could be hiding below the surface.

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This part of the cave was washed away by some storm over thirty years ago. David tried to climb up and see what it looked like now.

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The rest of us ate donuts.