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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BALD ROCK NATIONAL PARK

I have been super busy lately and haven't had time to read or write posts. Thanks to all those who have commented on my blog recently. 
On our way home from Tenterfield we stopped at Bald Rock National Park. Our super fit guide told us it only takes 45 mins to climb to the top, while the signs said it takes 3 hours. So I was wary.
 Even so we all set off
The track got steeper and steeper and passed through some interesting rock formations


Some of the group had to turn back but some of us kept going, but I had a little rest and took some shots of the view below.
 But this wasn't the top yet.

The track led onto the huge mass of rock but it still wasn't the top. There were markers on the rock to follow. Bald Rock is 250 m above the surrounding bushland, 750m long and 500m wide. It is the largest exposed granite monolith in the southern hemisphere. It is close to 1300m above sea level and you feel like being on top of the world.
Looking down was a bit scary

Looking up was awe inspiring.

At last we were on top. There were 360° views.


 I took many shots and tried to merge them into a panorama but I had to make two.

 After drinking in the beautiful vistas it was time to return to the others at the bottom of the mountain.

Nearly there.

26 comments:

  1. Ooo thanks for taking me there. We didn't walk far when we were there .. hubby won't do long walks and I was probably fussing about being offline from work for too may hours. I do remember seeing a little red breasted robin and was amazed at the rocks but didn't get to see that view.

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  2. Hello, that sounds like a hard hike. The views were well worth the walk. I like the shot of you resting with your hand on the big boulder. Wonderful series of photos. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  3. so how long did it take you to get there? 3 hours or 45 minutes. and that view down is a lot scary. but the views are spectacular. i love you sitting on the rock resting... keep hiking and snapping

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    1. It took about an hour up and 30 mins down.

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  4. I am impressed with your stamina Diane. Great photos!

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  5. Hello Diane. wow that IS a sheer and bald rock. Thanks for sharing these beautiful views. I love the photo of you resting on a rock with your camera. And the one of you "pushing' the large boulder. Beautiful hike and well done for completing it.

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  6. Diane it was great climbing and what an awesome view

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  7. Congratulations on making it to the top. I think the view was worth the effort, but then I'm sitting at my computer taking it all in. I'm not tired at all!

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  8. oh I Love rocks, so many interesting rocks there....then a pretty view. I would think it would be very tiring walk

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  9. I am already tired when I read about your walking up ! The views are gorgeous, but I don't think I would have made it ! Didn't know that you were away. Looks really very beautiful !

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  10. You did very well. Never could I do that but can see it through your lens.
    Cold at Tenterfield the other morning - 7.7degC I read. That's a lot colder than here.

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  11. What a wonderful achievement getting to the top; well done!! Your photos are magnificent Diane.

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  12. Very aptly named, isn't it. What a reward at the top!

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  13. Your second and third shots made me think of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock's :) what a view from up, loved seeing it without having to do the climb, merci beaucoup :)

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  14. Oh my gosh that was quite a hike Diane. No wonder you haven't had time to read or post much since then (thinking, if it had been me I'd probably still be recovering)... but you are obviously in better shape. Wonderful views all along, especially at the top; I know you were really happy you made it. Those narrow passages remind me of some hikes we've done in the Southwest US -- but we were much younger back then.

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  15. An hour up there is pretty impressive, it looks like hard work but the view is amazing. Keep well t'other Diane

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  16. That looks like our kind of hike. Since we live in the mountains, we seldom EVER hike or walk on flat ground... When we were at the beach --and did a lot of walking in that area, we talked about how much easier flat ground is.... PROUD of you, Diane!!!! Gorgeous views.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. Good for you climbing that! i always hate it when someone "jogging " up says you will be there in 30 minutes. That never bodes well for me. Your views remind me of a place in Texas where the views are also amazing! Glad you got there

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  18. The view from up there was spectacular........
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    I was told

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    1. I agree William.
      However in days of long ago, I have climbed to the top of the Bald Rock National Park. It is "lovely and warm up there in the middle of winter" - ha ha.
      Like hell it is! Freezing even for Brass Monkeys.
      Colin

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  19. I ditto the comments of others regarding your stamina! Well done Diane - thank you for sparing the rest of us that climb by posting images of the vista! :-)

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  20. This was a good and fun hike to take, Diane. Good for you to be one to get to the top! I love the rock formations and views.

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  21. The climb to the top was rewarding with those wonderful views you captured, Diane. And, going down always seems much easier to me.

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  22. Ok I am back from my travels and spending Sunday afternoon by the fire catching up on my favourite blogs. I have gone back in yours to the point where I left off. Now for the joy of reading upwards through your posts … I can see you have been to some great places.

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