This was the second time we’ve been to this spot. The first time we actually found it by accident. Our intention was to go to a completely different place but we couldn’t find it and so we just settled on anywhere, anywhere being next to the Dixi bridge. This time was pretty much the same! Not finding the river we where looking for, we decided to revisit this one.
Just next to the little bridge, there is a red sign and a small path down to the river. We walked down and got into the cool water. Heading upstream ,we soon came to a small pool and swam across it.
The river here is absolutely gorgeous. It’s has steep cliffs on both sides and the stratification of the rocks can be seen. After heavy rain the sides turn into waterfalls but there weren’t any today.
The going is in the beginning relatively easy but after about 30 minutes it starts to get more tricky with some small waterfalls meaning that you need to climb up the sides of the river to get past.
On the way up we spotted a huge dead snake. It was about 6 feet long and very smelly! It kind of freaked us out and we were all a bit nervous about getting in the water again but we manned up and jumped back in!
There are a few difficult points to negotiate further up stream. There’s a rocky outcrop that needs to be climbed carefully, and at one point the way appears impassable. However there are some plastic hiking tags about 10m back that show the way up a steep muddy bank. Before hitting a small farming road, swing left and follow the cliff to a rope that leads down back to the river.
The final part of the river that we got to has a fantastic waterfall that absolutely batters you when stand under it. Unfortunately, this area has become a little spoiled by fishermen who come here and leave all their rubbish behind. It always amazes me how people can be bothered to carry a heavy crate of beer down to a river but then can’t be bothered to carry the light, empty cans away. (Rant over)
After a quick break we traced back down the river and altogether it was about 3 hours of fantastic tracing.
Notes – River tracing shoes are essential for this kind of activity. They cost around 300-400NT and make a tremendous difference, especially when scrambling up the river banks.
As ever, don’t do anything like this after/during heavy rain!