Natural Arches

There are a lot of natural sandstone arches in the creek systems near Lithgow. The Wollangambe, Dumbano, Bungleboori and Nayook systems all have some really nice examples.

Some are small and pretty others large and grand. I thought I’d put a page together with photos from some of the more impressive ones we’ve visited.

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Clarence Arches.

There are a few arches at Clarence that first came to attention when the railway was being surveyed for the 10 tunnels diviation.  The first is a delicate looking arch called the “Devils Bridge” which spans about 10m however the legalities of accessing the land around it are questionable so not many people get to visit it any more.

Prior to the roof collapsing it must have been an impressive cave, possibly one of the bigger sandstone caves in the mountains. The arch that roof collaps left behind though is light, airy, and a long way up. It’s pretty cool.

 

John Barnes supplied this image from 1923 devils bridge

What an awesome shot!

 

Near by is another arch thats on the other end of the delicate and airy scale.

Just 40-50m off the train line in between a couple of the tunnels you’d see it out the train window if you knew where to look. I have no idea if it has a name, I just call it Clarence number 2 arch.

Dargan Arch

Dargan Arch is probably the best known example at the moment due to a high social media profile.  It’s fairly easy to get to and very photogenic. It spans maybe 9ms

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South Bungleboori Arch

This arch is tucked into a bend high up in the Southern Branch of the Bungleboori. The creek does a big S bend around the arch. I’d guess that at some point in the past the creek ran through it, but that’s a guess.

North Bungleboori Arch

Tucked up into an alcove of the North Branch of the Bungleboori high up in it’s head waters this one goes by a few different names, eg Pterodactyl cave and more recently it’s been called the Howling arch by the Bush Explorers. It’s a grand old arch spanning around 12m and the square corners make it look almost architectural from the upstream side.  First recorded reference to this one comes from the late 50s

Gooches arch

Just below Gooches Crater, this is more a high, shallow cave with a sky light and narrow cracks separating it from the solid wall behind but it is bloody impressive.

 

Newnes Natural Arch

Perched high above the main camp ground at Newnes this arch has a different feel to most of the others and offers great views down over the campers. The wedge shaped bridge spans around 5m but is very high up in the cliff line

The Arch. Arch Canyon

Arch Canyon is not so much a canyon but a steep tributary of the Bungleboori. 4 short abseils  are needed to negotiate the creek as it drops through the cliff line. It’s a fair walk for a soso canyon but the arch up above the junction with the ‘Boori is spectacular. I have to get back out there soon  to get some better shots These were taken from the ridge opoosite on a trip to Dead Tree Canyon.

Waterfall of Moss Arch

A cool little arch you absiel through when descending Waterfall of Moss canyon

 

Rocky Creek Arch

There are lots of chock stones forming bridges and tunnel in the narrows of Rocky Creek canyon but this arch high up in the walls is something special

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Rocky creek canyon is so spectacular it is easy to miss this arch 20 or 30 meters up

 

Marks Tomb

Marks Tomb is a funky arch/multi entrance cave thingie off the Wonderland track at Medlow Bath.

 

Alctraz Arch

This one is different again. Is it an Arch? Um I don’t know but it is cool. The erosion effects of the waterfall have carved out a deep plunge pool, creating a hole around 15m deep and 5m diameter. Eventually the water found a weaker layer in the rock and ate it’s way out.

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Escaping from Alcatraz
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Under the Alcatraz Arch

 

Walls Cave Arch

Greeves creek runs through this tunnel like arch near Walls Cave at BlackHeath

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I’ll add more as I get photos. If you know of any worth visiting leave a tip or hint in the comments below. There an old photo I once saw of some guy sitting on an arch high above a dirt road with an old car below. I always assumed it was taken somewhere along the rail line but I’ve yet to find it. Once again if you know where it is hints and clues in the cmments below