This is the Bents Basin, a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith in New South Wales. It has a good picnic grounds, a parking area and a function building for wedding, birthday celebration, family event and many more. Bents Basin is also a perfect place for swimming, canoeing and fishing.
We visited this place in November 2012 and we saw some people having a nice day in one of the picnic area close to the river, a man swimming and another man canoeing up the river. I had several photos taken here and right upstream which was almost covered with huge rocks. The bush surrounding it is so thick yet created a fine habitat for wild birds and animals. It’s a serene place, a place to enjoy nature and relax. Some of my friends celebrated their Christmas Eve celebration here during that year.
They say that the site caters for caravan and camping but we didn’t see any campers when we came here. All we saw was, a family event taking place at the function building.
We arrived here almost three in the afternoon from Orange, New South Wales and straightaway went to the ticketing counter to get a tour guided schedule but unluckily we got the last schedule for that day which was at half passed four in the afternoon, a one hour tour.
It was warm at that time temperature was at mid thirty; we were sweating while having some ice creams and waiting for the time to enter the cave. The Wellington Caves are a group of limestone caves and we were to take the Cathedral cave famous for its huge stalagmite known as Altar Rock which is 32 metres in circumference at its base and over 15 metres.
Finally, we got the time slot running and to our surprise we had a young lady as our tour guide, being here on part time job. We were around ten in the group, quite easy to control and lead on not like when we were on a guided tour in Jenolan caves, thirty people in that group before.
The entrance to the cave is descending on a stairway while at Jenolan Caves is ascending both have safe accesses and fully lit and controlled by the tour guides as well.
The cave was spectacular, the more when we arrived at the site of the Altar Rock, amazingly beautiful! The lights are focused at an angle where its beauty are more defined and awesome. Here, we were given enough time to take photographs. This visit was during our getaway to the Central Tablelands of New South Wales two years ago, summer time.
Jenolan Caves has a lot of cave formations and can only be toured in a couple of days or so to finish them all up and all of them are carefully preserved as well as the crystals inside the caves, lights installed, stairs complete with hand rails are provided for the safety of all visitors. Visitors are grouped and scheduled and are provided with experienced tour guides. The Jenolan Caves is in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales and it is 175 kilometers from Sydney. The caves are one of the many famous limestone caves in the country and being the oldest discovered open caves in the world.
This is one of the many photos I took from one of the many caves of Jenolan. Lucas Caves is one of the many cave formations that formed the Jenolan Caves. We were about 50 people in a tour group scheduled for the 2:30 pm tour.
First, we accessed the caves through narrow openings, winding, quite long in distance and inclined approximately to 45 degrees. We were relieved when we reached the first big chamber. It was a huge open space. From here we got the first lecture from our tour guide of what we were in and looking at, how it was formed.
She also showed us how wonderful a music was when played inside this chamber and we were all surprised and awed at the lovely sound reverberating on the rocks as it fills up the chamber where we were. The next thing she showed us was a “total darkness”. She switched off all the lights leaving our eyes to wander into the total darkness for about ten minutes, a duration just to experience how it feels and being in absolute darkness.
There were more caves and chambers as we went along our tour, all great and wonderful. You can just imagine how much time nature carved out all these formations in such caves in total array of perfection. You’ll indeed be amazed and wonder … appreciate their grandeur!
I have more photos in my photo gallery if you wish to view more.
We arrived at this place late afternoon during our second day of holiday. It was cloudy, windy and in any minute rain will fall. The car park was full of visitors; two police cars were visible at the entrance and were seen busy checking out incoming cars. Visitors are from all different nationalities but Indians were dominating the pack at that time.
The rock stacks were indeed stunning and captivating! You can see at the faces of visitors a sense of awe and amazement, and most of them taking snap shots at every possible angle, the rock stacks as a background to their photos. I rushed up photographing the iconic place from one sight to the other as the chances of rain was positive in a matter of minutes but people just ignore the coming rain and continued enjoying sightseeing and taking photos the easy way.
In geological aspect, the formation was created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10-20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. The 12 Apostles at sunrise and sunset are at their best beauty as they change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.
Half an hour later after we’re there, rain started to pour down, but I can still see people going out there to take a look at them. I was already at the kiosk taking shelter at that time.
In a couple of minutes my other companions arrived. Rain prevented us from enjoying and staying a bit longer in this famous landmark and since we can’t do anything about it, we decided to drive back to Torquay.
Yes, this spectacular coastline is indeed awesome!
I would say that the place was completely developed including the construction of a Kiosk for travellers’ comfort and a huge car park, to which Australia receives recognition from foreign as well as local tourists as exemplified by the numbers of visitors it receives every day. You know, there are also rock stacks around the world of spectacular beauty such as these ones mentioned in this link, the Dorset coast in the south of England, small German island Heligoland, located in the north se, Black Sea in Russia, at easternmost island in the Galápagos archipelago, Borneo island of Malaysia, Cannon Beach in the state of Oregon, in Thailand, northern coast of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands, and in Scotland.
We came into this place when we went to the Kangaroo Valley and was our first stop in the journey.
It is a relaxing and invigorating place surrounded with thick and vast vegetation with the Fitzroy Falls as the main attraction. It was named after New South Wales Governor Fitzroy who visited the place in 1850 and named the place after him.
The Fitzroy Falls is a natural with spectacular beauty falls lie in the path of the Yarrunga Creek, which drops over 80 metres down the escarpment, and flows on into the Kangaroo River. Today, it’s one of the many tourist attractions in the area. We too, were amazed at the awesome beauty of the falls and we had heaps of photos taken at the view deck overlooking it and the surrounding mountains and the river down below.
The Visitors’ Centre is situated in a wildlife reserve. There are displays of flora and fauna and the works of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, tourist information, picnic area, toilets, and a cafe.
This was another glimpse of the southern highlands south of Sydney, stunning and captivating. It’s a place that provokes one’s enthusiasm to revisit the place once again. As I was writing this topic and posting it in my blog, coincidentally the program of the station on Getway I was watching on TV was Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley surroundings. Oh, awesome, right?