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The stone slab bridge over the chasm.

The stone slab bridge over the chasm.

Sate Survey Mark.

Sate Survey Mark.

Pinnacle near Survey Mark.

Pinnacle near Survey Mark.

Mystery!

Mystery!

Steps carved into rocky pinnacle at Bushy Lookout.

Steps carved into rocky pinnacle at Bushy Lookout.

Return to Mount York

Friday 21 August 2015

I spent a couple of hours visiting cafes, shops, hotels, and the Public School promoting the Booklaunch of my second volume in the Chert Bubble series. After that I drove out to Mount York and set off to try and finalise my exploration of forgotten tourist tracks. I have found four tracks.

First I set off to revisit what I had called "Stirrup Lookout" last year. Stone edges of a benched path led to stone steps descending the hillside. I took compass bearings and estimated measurements so that I can draw a map of the tracks. I carefully explored around the area but was unable to find the steps leading down further that I have been told are here.

Then I mapped the track that goes to the rock with the State Survey Mark. A few metres form the SSM is a pinnacle of rock. I think this may be the rock in a 1933 newspaper photograph.

Next was the area beyond the main fenced lookout where there are steps carved in the rock and holes where years ago there was a fence and a seat. Below this old lookout I spotted a rough patch of concrete with lettering carved in it. I haven't been able to work out what it says. Was it just a bit of leftover concrete? or is it a memorial?

Finally I returned to "Bushy Lookout" and its pinnacle of rock with steps carved in to it.

My theory is that these tracks date back to pre-1900. When the Obelisk was erected in 1913 the focus of visitors changed and gradually these tracks were forgotten.

In today's world where authorities are safety conscious and some people can't think sensibly for themselves unfenced lookouts are not promoted!

I'll have to draw the maps now.

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