Author: Armchair Geographer

Abandoned Mining Town

Yerraldarie is an abandoned mining town in the west of the NSW Blue Mountains National Park. Reached either via Goulburn or Oberon in the NSw west of the Blue Mountains there are two towns side by side. Prior to the building of the Warragamba dam access was along the Burragorang Valley. The lake that the dam created now cuts this area off. The towns are now managed by the NSW Parks Service. There is good camping available and the facilities work well. It is isolated and while access is by a two wheel drive road there are opportunities for four wheel driving. The natural environment maintains much of the areas natural beauty and marsupials, birds and reptiles are common if not abundant. The site is a good example of small scale mining and European heritage. Aboriginal heritage need further study here and would be a valuable area of study for those...

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Walcha to Dorrigo

Continuing our journey: If you went to Dangars Falls, you can take the Dangars Road to the Waterfall Way and head towards Dorrigo-Coffs. A short stop at Ebor is another excellent opportunity to see a waterfall and the interchange toward the dominance of ecosystems over the geological formation. At least that seems to be what happens. However, a couple of things combine to form a microclimate and local ecosystems. The landscape here has some of the characteristics that you will see further down the mountain. The tree canopy here is open, and you still see plenty of the sky....

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