07 October 2008

Girraween and Bald Rock - October 2008

Hello again,

Now that I am back up to speed with my pictures, I have to tell you about an amazing weekend on the New South Wales/Queensland border. Our excursion started with a drive out to Girraween National Park which is located close to the wine growing region of Stanthorpe. This beautiful park has a couple of exposed granite rock features with colourful names like "Castle Rock", "The Sphinx", "The Pyramids" and "Turtle Rock". On arrival we grabbed our climbing gear and walked to Turtle Rock by way of "Butt Rock" - no prizes for guessing which one this is!!!

Being spring there were an amazing array of wild flowers around, lots of them similar to the fynbos found in the Western Cape in South Africa. With the flowers came butterflies and loads of birds that we heard more often than saw!!!

Sunday morning surprised us with a rain shower which heralded the end of safe climbing. Instead we took the long road home via Bald Rock, the southern hemisphere's largest exposed granite batholith...very similar to Paarl Rock (South Africa). This rock stands about 200m above the surrounding forest and offers some lovely and rather strenuous walks.

From Bald Rock we continued along a dirt road past Paddy's Nob to the big tree - a red cedar and finally back to Brisbane.

I hope the pictures give you a sense of how lovely it really is. Otherwise come and see for yourselves!!!


Pete :-)

Butt Rock

The Sphinx

Beer belaying at Turtle Rock

Me climbing at Turtle Rock

...up we go....

Dan and Beer on top of Turtle Rock

Karate Kid .... Beer!

Still life on Turtle Rock

View to The Sphinx and Castle Rock

Whew, thats narrow!!!

Dan bouldering...


Beer leading trad at Turtle Rock

Dan on his way up!

Dan with his back against the wall.... Nope thats the tree!!!

In Girraween Campsite

Bald Rock from below up, uP, UP!!!!!

View from the top of Bald Rock

Scouting a route down

what down that way???

How accidents happen!!

Old lady in the stone??? Pretty cool formation though...

Or is it a horse or a lion??? You decide

Dan boldering on Bald Rock

Wild flowers
Paddy's Nob

This could be in Europe...


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01 October 2008

HISTORIC PICTURES -Sydney to Brisbane with Frauke

Hi guys....

Not much to say about this one except for, SORRY THAT I HAVEN'T POSTED THEM EARLIER!!

These photos are of the time I spent traveling northwards, with my sister Frauke, from Sydney to Brisbane via the Hunter Valley wine growing region, a relaxing day in Port Maquarie with whales and dolphins, walking around Bellingen and Dorrigo National Park and then via Lennox Head and the infamous Byron Bay to Brisbane.

Enjoy the photos.....

Pete :-)

Breakfast in the Upper Hunter Valley (near Denman)

Upper Hunter Valley

Wine tasting at Rosemount Estate

Posing in the rain at Rosemount Estate (lower Hunter Valley)

Overlooking Bellingen (Near Coffs Harbour)

Forest near Bellingen

Near Bellingen

Our campsite at Bellingen YHA - very nice!!!

Dorrigo Falls

Frauke and me in Dorrigo National Park

Tristania Falls in Dorrigo NP

Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo NP

Byron Bay lighthouse

View from our campsite over Byron Bay

Byron Bay (main beach)

View from Mt. Nebo (west of Brisbane)

Hiking around the Mt. Glorius NP

Palm forest View to the Somerset Dam

View from Mt. Mee to the Glasshouse Mountains

Kayaking on the North Pine River