The weather had been grim all week, so rather than waste time doing an alpine walk where we would just get cold, miserable and probably no views, I thought a few short trips around Mt Field would be more appropriate.
First stop was an attempt to do Brown Mountain (Ellendale) which is one of the more obscure peaks on the peak baggers list. But I had some information from another blog which made it sounds relatively easy and short. We followed the instructions I had, turning left onto Holmes Rd just outside Ellendale. We drove for about 5 km before coming across 2 forestry workers and a digger machine of some description. We stopped for a chat and asked them about Brown Mountain and whether they knew where the track started. They seemed bemused with us and informed us that we were on the wrong road, and it was unlikely we would be able to access the correct road as there was a lot of forestry operations going on at the moment. We decided to skip Brown Mountain and instead turned back and towards Marriott's Falls.
|The Falls close up.|
|The river that flows into Growling Swallet.|
|Top of Cave|
Follow the taped track for approximately 30 mins until you can hear the 'growling' of the water. A steep climb down takes you to the river bank and to the entrance of the cave. The water drops straight down into the cave and its quite a dramatic and remarkable spectacle! The entrance of the cave looks like the entrance to some sort of temple. Photo's don't do it justice. The water drops into the cave and then reappears at Junee Caves, at Maydena.
Both Marriott's Falls and Growling Swallet are perfect walks for mid winter and rainy days as after heavy rains both become more spectacular and dramatic.