Camping at Bald Rock just out of Tenterfield
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  • Smack in the middle of winter with overnight temperatures reaching below zero degrees, 3 adults and 4 children decided on a camping trip to Bald Rock just 30 Ks out of Tenterfield (the birthplace of federation Australia). Bundled in multiple layers of clothing, we enjoyed crisp clear sunny days and spectacular views from the top of Bald Rock - another one of those monoliths that charaterise the Australian landscape. Considered the largest single granite rock, Bald Rock has dimensions of being 750 metres long, 500 metres wide and 200 metres high. A nice steep climb up the face of the rock takes you to the top in minutes and gets the pulse going.

    We shared our camp site with the local Kookaburra, Magpie and Currawong population who were well acquainted with meal preparation times - obviously well trained by previous campers. We were also nicely rewarded with giant Grey Kangaroos bounding through the camp site, although none stopped for the opportunity of a lifetime of obtaining photographs with us.

    On the way back from Bald Rock, we decided on an alternative route as opposed to the usual highway and found the most magnificent river with waterholes and a great camping area. Sounds like the place for the next camping adventure.

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    There were many stops on the way to our destination. This was stop number 4 for one group ... just on the fringe of Lismore.
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    A couple of stops later for lunch at a nice rest stop, we noted that someone forgot to take their cart with them after their last visit
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    At the National Park, we found a nice little spot and set up camp. Weren't the National Parks board really nice in providing us with our own pile of firewood?
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    All set up and enjoying a warm camp fire
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    Visitor of the night
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    The start of the trek up Bald Rock
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    Seemingly gentle incline but ...
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    ... its virtually a vertical climb. Smaller legs travel faster
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    Half way up and we're beginning to reap the rewards of distant views
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    A little higher and we could see all the way to China
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    Unfortunately, 2 tumbled part way down just as we reached the first summit ;-) There they are dusting themselves off
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    Some of the almost alpine flora at the first 'summit'
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    Still a way to go to get to the summit
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    Spring flowers were already out
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    Examining one of the many rock pools for samples to be later analysed in the laboratory
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    The happy wanderer with his Coles branded 'knapsack' on his back
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    Apparently holding up a rock
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    Leaning against rock to prevent its collapse
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    Job well done, rock stayed in place
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    Approaching the western side of the rock
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    Generations of water flow down the face of the rock gives a colourful streaked appearance
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    Should we just leave him there?
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    Ah sigh - seems like no one can get a proper footing on this granite and they just keep falling off.
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    Push I say, push!
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    And so the kids were rescued from being crushed by the giant boulder
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    Toyota has a lot to answer for
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    Did I mention We had clear blue skies on the day?
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    The perfect spot for a cuppa tea - right at the summit
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    Signing the guest book at the summit (in case one was wondering what they were up to)
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    Say Cheee-ese
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    Hmmm ... think we might just leave them there this time
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    Lichen on rock
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    Leaf on rock
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    Fern species on rock
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    Orchid (Dendrobium speciosum) on rock
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    Kids on rock
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    The area was full of little trails through rocks
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    Looking up at a 'marble' balanced precariously on a couple of rocks
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    The man with the unfortunate face
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    Wild Dampiera sp.
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    Wild mountain goat leaping across rocks
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    Unusual species of cave dwellers
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    Now everyone pay close attention, this is an ant hill!
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    Some folk were suckers for punishment, so they went up again the next morning to get this magnificent shot. Thanks Mieke :-)
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    Highly realistic ancient rock art of human figure taking photograph
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    What's that? A piece of paving concrete pulled out by a fallen tree
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    The Kookaburras weren't shy at all - they were quite happy to sit and wait for handouts.
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    These guys didn't miss an opportunity. Here, scraps from the washing up basin were savoured as if it were gourmet food
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    Even the usually shy Blue Satin Bower bird made an apperance
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    Stage 2 of packing up - having a beer will help fit all that into the car
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    Heading back via some back way
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    En route, we were held up by a convoy of cows
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    But we found a really cool river course with waterfalls and swimming holes
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    Making the obligatory splash
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    Final highway stop for lunch before heading home