Several had tried before but several key elements to their approach saw success. Firstly the men followed the ridge lines rather than the creek beds (all walks in the Blue Mountains today start off the ridge and fall into the valleys below). On one day the three leaders found a path forward on foot marking their way on trees, leaving a small campsite behind. At the end of the day they’d return.
On the following day, the same path was carved through moving the entire campsite including horses. This method persisted for 21 days till they stood gazing at the view above. The return journey took just six days. Impressively, Wentworth was just 21 years old when he undertook the journey.The wonderful journals of all three leaders live in the State Library of NSW and can be read online (Lawson’s diary, Wentworth’s diary)
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the crossing re-enactments and historic talks featured. Two plaques from 1900 and 1913 stand on the sight of this wonderful view (even on an overcast day) – the opening up of Australia.
Credit: Extract of Lawson Diary from State Library of NSW