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Pindar Cave is an impressive sandstone overhang, capable of sheltering perhaps 50 people. It is reached by a ridge walk, so is best in spring, when the wildflowers are out, and autumn. It is better to avoid in summer, though if it has rained recently there is usually a small swimming hole not far from the cave that can be good for a dip.
From 15 Jul 2004, last checked 15 Jul 2004
Pick up the Great North Walk track at the southern end of the station. It heads along a flat section for a short way, and then up a steep trail which climbs up the side of the hill to the west. After about 100m of vertical, you reach the top, and a fire trail starts.
Head along the fire trail for about 1km, looking for a large rocky outcrop on your left. At the far side of the outcrop a fire trail branches off the main trail. After about 500m the fire trail turns into a track, which drops between rocks and down into a saddle. The trail can be hard to follow in this section, so keep a close eye on it.
The trail continues for a while along the ridge, and there is a rocky outcrop with good views in all directions that is worth a break. Continuing down into another saddle, you then have a short climb up to Mt Pindar, which is a large flat topped peak with no views. Crossing on the track to the south west side of the mountain, you reach some more rocky outcrops with good views.
Head north west on a faint trail down into the creek. 500m of walking brings you to a small waterhole, currently fairly shallow and dry. I have seen pictures of people swimming in it so with a bit of rain it would make a good swimming hole. The trail takes a left hand turn here, and after another 300m of walking you reach Pindar Cave, an amazing sandstone overhang.
From the western end of the cave, another track heads north back towards the creek. The track crosses a tributary and comes out at a large waterfall on the main creek, which has pleasant rocky ledges to sit on.
From here you can either retrace your steps, or head through the scrub along the creek, back to the waterhole. Either way, from there the same path is taken back to Wondabyne Station.
Time: 5 hrs Distance: 15km Fitness: EM Skill: E Ascent: 210m
Impressive views from Mt Wondabyne, and a side trip to the pretty Kariong Brook Falls