The northern New South Wales area surrounding Stanthorpe (see last blog) is rich with national parks and reserves. There are certainly plenty of farming properties but for people looking to get out and walk in the bush this area has a lot to offer. With our last jaunt in search of “cold” we decided to go and check out one of the national parks that we had not visited previously, Bald Rock.
This is quite a special place. The molten rock of 220 million years ago formed into one large granite boulder, left high and dry as one large rock after millions of years of erosion. The formation is made up of lots of tors and boulders, some balanced precariously on the edge of the main larger boulder. Bald rock is the largest granite dome in the southern hemisphere so of course Dave and I had to climb it.
Nothing like testing the legs with a walk up a 30° slope to reach the top at 260m of upness (felt a lot higher). I did think that if my legs failed me that I might slip and roll all the way to the bottom. Dave of course was busily assuring me that any slip would simply result in me ending up face planting the rock, stuck like a limpet to the side but his faith was not a lot of comfort. Of course, I did not slip or fall and I made it to the top with nothing other than sore legs and a reminder of my need to get fitter. I would have to say that the climb was well worth the effort for the views. And the best thing of all – the path is clearly marked with little white dots to follow and there was an easy path to get back down.
All in all a lovely day out in a gorgeous part of the country. I am looking forward to heading back down that way again to check out a couple of the other national parks for another exercise and photography expedition.
And what place of balancing rocks does not have a piccy like this…. 🙂