16th December, 2017.
We had been in two minds about where to camp next as we wanted to explore Liffey Falls south of Deloraine. In the end, we decided to try the donation camp at the old Liffey School which had been recommended by a friend. It was a relatively short but pleasant drive along country roads where we saw only a few other vehicles. The former school grounds are quite spacious but not very level so we spent some time trying to get ourselves into the best position with regard to sun on our solar panels and not rolling out of bed overnight.
The old schoolhouse is used for community functions.
We had the whole place to ourselves during our stay.
There is a camping area at the lower car park, on the way to the upper falls, which we had a look at. It is not really suitable for caravans and was mostly occupied by tents, camper trailers and small camper vans. We were happy with our decision to camp at the old school house. The drive to the upper car park was quite steep and in places, very narrow, but opened up to a large parking and picnic area being well utilised when we arrived.
We came across another sculpture which was part of the trail that we started in Deloraine.
The leafy walk was very pleasant as the path was well maintained and mostly a gentle gradient which gave way to steps on the steeper sections.
This is the first cascade on our descent.
The second cascade.
The last fall where it is possible to have a paddle in the river bed but it was a bit too cold for that.
Back at the car park, we walked up to the Big Tree, which is indeed very big.
Our return drive turned into a bit of an adventure when roads that were clearly marked as through roads on my map app proved to be impassable. In the end, we retraced our road in and made it back to camp unscathed.