RE­LAX & RE­VIVE DIS­COVER THE MAGIC OF BALD ROCK NA­TIONAL PARK

A place to see in the South­ern Hemi­sphere

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Caitlin Reid

Gran­ite gar­dens scat­tered across pic­turesque walks, lead to awein­spir­ing look­outs over bound­less coun­try­side. Fea­tur­ing the largest gran­ite rock in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, it’s well worth a visit to Bald Rock.

A short scenic drive (or a slightly longer cy­cle) north of Ten­ter­field will take you through peace­ful wood­land forests, of­fer­ing glimpses of the val­leys be­low. Go past Cap­tain Thun­der­bolt’s bushranger hide­out and the World War II Tank Trap de­fen­sive lines (that’s another story), you will find the turnoff to Bald Rock Na­tional Park and this is where the magic be­gins.

As spec­tac­u­lar as the views are from the sum­mit, half the fun is get­ting there. You could choose to take the gen­tle 2.5km Bun­goona Walk, wind­ing through Eu­ca­lyp­tus, Moun­tain Gum, New Eng­land Black­butt and fern gul­lies and grad­u­ally climb­ing to the sum­mit through gran­ite boul­ders and arches. Alternatively, chal­lenge your­self with a short and steep climb straight up the face of the rock. Both routes have some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent to of­fer, so if you de­cide to walk straight up, take the time to me­an­der down via the Bun­goona Walk – you may even spot a shy echidna.

Once you make it to the top, you will be re­warded with amaz­ing panoramic views, un­equalled in the New Eng­land Re­gion.

260 me­tres above the sur­round­ing bush­land, Bald Rock is a mas­sive gran­ite dome 750 me­tres long and 500 me­tres wide. The views span 360 de­grees and at close to 1300 me­tres above sea level, it re­ally does feel like a re­mote ‘top of the world’ ex­pe­ri­ence from the sum­mit. Look across the Queens­land bor­der to the magnificent gran­ite for­ma­tions in Gir­raween Na­tional Park. Col­lec­tions of gran­ite arch­ways, scat­tered boul­ders, ravines rop­ing their way through the ter­rain and enor­mous smooth gran­ite stones bal­anc­ing strangely across each other all await your ex­plo­ration. The boul­ders, loom­ing in and out of view as you climb to­wards the sum­mit, bear the ti­tle of Gran­ite Ti­tans and it is easy to see why. Bald Rock’s wa­ter-streaked dome is the largest gran­ite for­ma­tion of its kind any­where in Aus­tralia.

From the sum­mit, the best views are seen dur­ing win­ter and au­tumn when the air is fresh­est and the light is crisp. The colours are most dra­matic at dusk, as the rock face hues change be­neath your feet from or­ange to yel­low.

In say­ing that, Bald Rock Na­tional Park is a great place to visit all year round and you will al­ways see some­thing dif­fer­ent. Sum­mer of­fers great camp­ing weather and a chance to es­cape the heat of the coast and out­back,

Bald Rock is the sec­ond largest rock in Aus­tralia – where the magic be­gins. Top of The World Ex­pe­ri­ence from the sum­mit with amaz­ing panoramic views, un­equalled in the New Eng­land Re­gion.

as the tem­per­a­ture rarely gets to 30 de­grees. The clear, crisp at­mos­phere of au­tumn of­fers out­stand­ing views from the sum­mit and the stun­ning colours of Ten­ter­field and the New Eng­land High Coun­try are not to be missed. Dur­ing win­ter, en­joy wood fires, frosts and rare snowflakes overnight, fol­lowed by bril­liant blue skies and crisp, fresh sunny days. The spring wild­flow­ers and mild tem­per­a­tures make this a fan­tas­tic time of year for long walks and camp­ing out un­der the stars.

NOT TO BE MISSED:

1. The chang­ing colours of dusk. Be sure to take your cam­era, a flask of cof­fee and wait till the sun sets to cap­ture that per­fect pho­to­graph.

2. The Bun­goona Walk - see its re­mark­able gran­ite boul­ders, fern gul­lies and Eu­ca­lyp­tus forests.

3. The Sum­mit – take the time to stop, re­lax and be in the mo­ment, while en­joy­ing the spec­tac­u­lar views over the sur­round­ing bush­land.

In­for­ma­tion Pro­vided by Ten­ter­field Shire Coun­cil & NSW Na­tional Parks & Wildlife Ser­vices.

Caitlin Reid is the tourism of­fi­cer for the Ten­ter­field Shire Coun­cil and has been a res­i­dent of Ten­ter­field for the past 2 years. In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was sourced from Ten­ter­field Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and NSW Na­tional Parks & Wildlife Ser­vices. For more in­for­ma­tion, email Ten­ter­field Tourism or see their web­site.

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