Just near the little town of Seahampton, there is a road that veers off down the mountain to the site of an old mining area called Stockrington. Off that road is an old railway cutting - it was apparently home to Australia's last working steam railway. There are no longer any steel tracks, but its a fairly easy walk (if somewhat muddy today!), and you get to go through one of the old railway tunnels.
The echoes were awesome - you can imagine how much fun the kids had :) We made our way to where one of the other tunnels are but it was flooded, so we couldn't go in.
Also along the track is a cave known as Jewboy's Cave. Edward "Jewboy" Davis was a bushranger (outlaw) in our local area in the 1840s. There's no evidence that he and his gang actually used the cave, but its a nice story :)
This was the first time we had to leave the track - the first time we felt like we'd really been on a hike! We had to do some rather serious rockhopping to get down to the river where the cave was - thank goodness for some strong dads that lent a hand to get us back up again :)
The cave was more an overhang than a deep cave, but was quite picturesque - with a lovely small waterfall nearby. My camera batteries were dead by this stage, so no photos of it unfortunately. We stopped for a rest and afternoon tea before heading back off down the track to the cars.
I have to admit to being quite pleased when the cars came into view! It was that pleasant tiredness though of fresh air, exercise and a great day.
Billy being 'king of the mountain' earlier in the day.