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"Salisbury Waters" Armidale Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Armidale Things to Do: 54 reviews and 138 photos

  Gorgeous granite canyon
by iandsmith

For the first hour and a quarter, the terrain is midly undulating and presents no difficulty. You will see some kangaroos (eastern greys predominate) and some of them have become quite accustomed to humans and don't spook readily which is good if you want to take your first kangaroo pic. Be warned, grey on a grey background doesn't make for a good contrast!
After the first five kilometres though, it starts to go downhill and, after another half a kilometre, starts to go downhill seriously. Unfortunately there are only about 15 steps for the next hour and, trust me, unless you are used to going down steep inclines, your legs will ache when you finally reach the bottom. Steps make this sort of trail much easier but, apart from one lot of 13, there were just one or two and it makes for hard walking with the rock-strewn trail demanding your attention at all times.
When you finally reach the bottom there are rewards. The crystal clear waters gurgling through the rounded granite, past green weed soon to be flushed downstream when the next good rains come and all around the echo of birdlife dancing on the eucalypt boughs.
The sandy beach provides soft comfort after the harshness of the trail and the leaves a welcome respite from the sun. The swimming holes beckon you to feel the cool mountain waters and let them flush your cares away.
This then, is the Salisbury Waters experience

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2005
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