Yabba Falls: Super Rocks on Owen Cascades Section

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Marjon De Boer and a small party has abseiled through Top Plunge and then continued down the gorge this weekend. Well done. You join the Yabba Falls club, a small group of people who have experienced the majesty and serendipity of this surprising gorge.

Marjon reports that the experience was quite a challenge and even though they had done a reconnoitre 3 weeks earlier, they still underestimated the gorge. Scary at times, and with no real means of scale, they underestimated the depth and the length of rope they would need for abseiling. This descent to Super Rocks at the top of Owen Cascades was one place they underestimated the great drop.

This photo has been added to Google Earth and Panoramio to mark the occasion of your descent through the falls.

Rejoice that the Kingham Safaris helicopter wasn't needed to rescue you!!

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Comments (6)

bdeh on December 16, 2012

This Marjon has a Dutch name Ian, nice shot btw. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on December 16, 2012

Yes, Berend, Marjon de Boer is Dutch originally but now lives in Brisbane. She tells me that her fascination with the Australian landscape is because of her Dutch origins. In NL everything is ordered, there is nowhere left to discover, there are no rugged mountain ranges and no wild spaces. Here all this and more is in abundance. She and her companions could find almost no information on Yabba Falls, except what I have revealed to the world through Panoramio. Their adventure was truly an awesome experience, somewhat difficult, with moments of nervousness. And most satisfying when accomplished. One of her group was able to abseil through the actual falls at Top Plunge. He would probably be the first to have ever done that.

This view was photographed from 70M above the pools. And I am pleased that you like it.


Cris Brazzelli on December 24, 2012

They underestimated the length of the abseiling rope! Really?

Ian Stehbens on December 24, 2012

Hi Cris,

They had plenty of rope, but I think they underestimated the slope of the surface they were descending to. I think they thought that they had put it down to a bench surface, but it turned out to be a steep surface. They used a small tree there to anchor for the next drop.

They came back pumped!! And ready for more. Wallaman Falls in NQ is a goal of theirs.

Merry Christmas, mate.


Cris Brazzelli on December 24, 2012

And Merry Christmas to you and your wife. And also a great 2013.

Ian Stehbens on December 28, 2012

Now you can see the video on You Tube, Cris.


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