Monday, June 27, 2011

Clear sunny days in winter are perfect for getting out in the great outdoors.

Seen Uluru and Mount Augustus, now discover the largest exposed granite rock formation in the southern hemisphere, and the fourth largest monolith in Australia - Bald Rock. Ok... it’s in another state - New South Wales (an ugly word during the State of Origin), but it adjoins the Granite Belt’s Girraween National Park and is less than 40 minutes from Stanthorpe.

Located in Bald Rock National Park, Bald Rock rises to 1277 metres above sea level and towers about 200 metres above the surrounding bushland.  The awesome water-streaked granite dome is 750 metre long and 500 metres wide.
This weekend we decided to take the challenge and climb the rock. After an initial daunting sigh, ‘on my, the climb is vertical’, we managed to make it to the top within 30 minutes. And the reward for the calf busting climb – stunning sweeping views across the Granite Belt, northern New South Wales and beyond. And we weren't the only ones enjoying this breathtaking experience - check out our photos - visitors celebrating the climb to enjoying a bit of elevated yoga.
On our return journey we opted for the more sedate descent. It is longer but showcases beautiful granite rock outcrops, precariously balancing boulders and and fern-lined gullies. For more information visit