Aust. Standard Grade 5 Walk with steps up and down over rocks, boulders, slippery surfaces. Rough terrain with no signage. Walkers need extensive bushwalking experience, map & GPS navigation skills, first aid & ability to survive in the bush.
Advisory Note: All walks require protective footwear and clothing including a hat. Carry a first aid kit or at least a snake bite kit. Also carry drinking water.
The Cannon Creek Gorge can be accessed in various ways. I recommend walking down into the bed of Cannon Creek, enjoying the open area of the creek, and then making your way up onto the top of the gorge from where you can overview the rocky landscape. I have this idea that the name of Cannon Creek derives from the sound of the water rushing through under the rocks when the creek is in flood. If you are lucky enough to be there when the creek is in flood, the roaring sound is loud and exciting.
Cannon Creek Gorge - 2.3km
The walk is 2.3km return. An easy amble through open bushland joins with the Gorge track that runs from the main house to the dam. Follow this path to the dam and walk along the back of the dam. From this point you need a guide. The path becomes more intensive and difficult and the path is not marked. Once down into the creek bed it opens out into the rocky terrain of Cannon Creek.
Gradually the path rises up to the top of the Gorge. It is not an extremely difficult walk but caution is recommended. There is some stepping up and down over rocks. I recommend returning via the path that goes down into the Gorge (over the caves), across to Lounge Chair rock, then head back the way we came in, crossing Baker's Crossing and then following the same path by which we came in.
There are various paths that you can follow to return to your Cabin Retreat. Please respect the privacy of others and avoid the precincts of the Main Residence and the Cabin Retreats of other guests.