Another freezing night in the tent (with Bub sleeping inside one of our sleepingbags with us). Today we headed into Bald Rock National Park to climb up Bald Rock itself. Bald Rock, is a large granite outcrop rising about 200 metres above the surrounding landscape. It measures about 750 metres long and 500 metres wide and is the largest granite monolith in Australia. Amazingly hardly anyone knows it’s there and it loses out to its more famous red centre cousin. I guess because it pokes up out of the trees and you don’t know its there until you are almost on top of it. Unlike Uluru which you can see from a great distance away.
With #2’s sliced toe we didn’t know how things were going to go but I wasn’t going to be deterred. We could always turn back if it go too bad. We left reasonably early which meant avoiding roos or in this case, suicidal wallabies on the way in, with two close calls. There are two routes to the top, one is short sharp direct route up the face, or the longer circuitous route. I wanted to do the short sharp route, but we were a bit dubious of the kids doing it so they went with mum on the longer less steep base path.
My unfitness and cold made it hard work and I was overtaking by a group of teenagers, but the climb is awesome. Though I wouldn’t attempt it in the wet or high winds as it is very steep. You do have to remember to stop once in a while and take it all in.
I waited for the kids to catch up which gave me ample time to get my breath back and we climbed to the top where we had morning tea with stunning 360 degree views.
The boys enjoyed showing me all the things I missed on the way back down. I was hguely impressed as there was no whinging from the kids at all on the way up or down. Though #2 was limping quite a bit by the time we got back to the car.
One the way back we stopped at Thunderbolt’s hideout and did some cave exploring. Although he had many caves and hideouts this was apparently one of the main ones.
That afternoon we took the short trip to the Tenterfield Railway museum. It’s a great wee place and the kids had a ball climbing over and through the old carriages. Especially the motorbike trains.