Woolshed Falls, Reids Creek Walk, Spring Creek Cascades

5 May

After eating at a one-hatted restaurant, a two-hatted restaurant, a no-hatted but still awesome restaurant, and enjoying this delightful brewery (not to mention all the wineries), we’re feeling a tad guilty, and go in search of a bushwalk (but not too onerous of course – we’re on holiday!).

Located just outside Beechworth, Woolshed Falls is just a hop, skip and a jump from its car park.

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Boyfriend is a lot more nimble than me

Boyfriend is a lot more nimble than me

 

Granite race (where the granite is cut to divert the water to the mining claims)

Granite race (where the granite is cut to divert the water to the mining claims)

I could be convinced that our 100m round trip is a big enough walk for the day… but from the car park there’s another 7k return walk which sounds like it might do a better job at trying to work away a few more of those calories: a walk along Reids Creek toward Spring Creek cascades.

A welcome sign!

A welcome sign!

Many years ago, Reids Creek was hugely popular for gold mining (Beechworth is an historic gold mining town, after all), with thousands upon thousands of people lining the creek bed. It was also the scene of riots, and more than 15 murders (!).

It’s hard to believe now. We’re the only people on the walk on this Easter Sunday. It’s a bit damp (okay, our feet get soaked), and lush, green and quiet.

Boyfriend looking a little more enthusiastic than I was feeling

Boyfriend looking a little more enthusiastic than I was feeling

The walk remains flat most of the way, with plenty of signs explaining the area.

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We walk under the bridge that you otherwise take to get to the car park

We walk under the bridge that you otherwise take to get to the car park

The walk takes us briefly through a neighbouring property

The walk takes us briefly through a neighbouring property

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Pretty view to a neighbouring property

Pretty view to a neighbouring property

The only really steep part of the walk is right at the end, where the last “300 metres” (cough) turns into steps up to the cascades.

For an area which is relatively well signposted, we’re let down a bit here. It’s hard to judge 300 metres when you’re heading straight up, and there’s no real viewing platform for the cascades; we have to walk (or in my case, crab walk) out onto the large granite slabs to see the view.

Boyfriend gets in a brief jog (!)

Boyfriend gets in a brief jog (!)

Is that them?

Is that them?

 

Yes, yes it is

Yes, yes it is

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This photo doesn’t do justice to how large these cascades are

From here we head back the way we came, but we could have kept on walking right through to Beechworth (which by this stage was shorter than returning to the car)!

Date: Sunday, 20 April 2014

Where: Woolshed Falls car park, Beechworth (follow the many obvious signs)

Value for effort: High; this isn’t a hard walk (you can up the pace if you like) and it’s fun to stop and reflect what

Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile

Want more? Head to Beechworth and see for yourself! πŸ™‚

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5 Responses to “Woolshed Falls, Reids Creek Walk, Spring Creek Cascades”

  1. whisperinggums May 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    When we did this, back in around 2010, we were a group of three couples and did a car shuffle enabling us to do the full walk into town, taking in the Powder Magazine. It was a fantastic walk and, as you say, mostly flat. We had a pretty dry day though it has poured the night before.

    • inthetaratory May 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

      That would have been great! I wish we’d walked into town and got a taxi back – it would have been cheap, surely (er, if taxis exist in Beechworth!), and worth it!

      • whisperinggums May 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

        Hmm … I’m sure they have one or two! They must for all those people drinking and dining! (Though we’ve always stayed within walking distance of the restaurants we’ve attended.) I reckon the safest bet would be to get the taxi to take you out and you back walk in, rather than vice versa?

      • inthetaratory May 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

        Good point!

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