Woolool Wooloolni, Basket Swamp National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Road to nowhere @ Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I took the wrong turn-off, which isn’t new. I do that quite often. I get easily distracted, scanning the surrounding flora and fauna. Navigating Forrest roads whilst driving can fling a surprise visit to the unexpected.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Weather Gods @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia Gods @

But if time is on my side and the weather gods are smiling, then so am I.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
My world @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There was a spiritual and welcoming feel to Woolool Wooloolni. I felt comfortable right away.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Serenity @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

In 4 days and three cold nights, I enjoyed genuine serenity. It was fabulous.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Home office @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Four cars in as many days is a terrific traffic ratio. Friendly, outdoorsy people like myself.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
In shelter by trees @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A shelter with a fireplace kept me warm and smoky at night. Whilst trees were swaying to the rhythm of fresh winds. 

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Variety @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One of my most intriguing conclusion is, how flora thrives around this granite land.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Light force @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Depending on the angle to the sun, flora differs quite drastically.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Green Basket @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The shadow side of these rock formations flares in green flora.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Shadow World @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The air is cooler and moister here, hidden away by an outstanding wall of granite.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Natural @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Ferns flourish and exploit the new growth forest soil.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Moss @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Moss is clinging on a carpet of green.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Generation @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Trees succumbed to devastating bushfires. But the next generation is already on its way.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Lyrebird territory @Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This is the preferred environment of the Lyrebird.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia
One big difference @Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Shape, size and feeding behaviour are similar to the common brush-turkey.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Extended @Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lyrebirds have colourful and extensive tail feathers.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Indicator @Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They are commonly the only entity to be seen.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Concert stage @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

When the tail-feathers fan over its body, the Lyrebird reveals his extraordinary vocal talent. They can imitate all other birds in their neighbourhood. They sound exactly like cockatoos, parrots or kookaburras. In one endless call to his companion. Stunning. His mate then obliged and edited his repertoire to suit the audience.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Foolish @Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An oral bird gala not to be missed. They lyered me the first time. Then I just enjoyed their chatter.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Out of sight @Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These photos are taken in a different National Park, where I didn’t hear them but saw them.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Ghostly @Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It felt like fate, as I heard them every day around Wellington Rock, but never had a glimpse. There was something spiritual going on.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Obvious signs @ Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia Gods @

Passing over to the sunny side of this high-rocky, the signs are a bit clearer. Dry and exposed granite covers the land.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Shaped by elements @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Wind and water exposed granite terrain and created this bizarre wonderland.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Sun baked @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bare naked and hot baked in the Australian sun, this granite oven boils over in summer.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Fire victim @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Summertime is usually the rainy season, which brings relief but could create chaos. Lightning storms cause a great number of bushfires.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Hardy @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The eucalyptus tree would be one of the hardiest tree species in the world.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Granite forest @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No matter what Australia throws at them, they thrive wherever they can.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Black and white Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia @

Extraordinary, some trees shape the boulder’s appearance.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Granite forest @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Granite is one of the densest stones found anywhere.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Bonded @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I could feel the strong bond between granite and wood.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Stone and wood @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One holds each other’s back. For thousands of years.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Guardians @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Guardians of the secret trail.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Twisting @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A bizarre twist and turn combination.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Shadow boxer @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Giant boulders shadow the tree’s movement.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Narrow gap @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A narrow trail leads up to the top.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Highpoint @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And a fabulous view over the valleys below unfolded. The great Dividing Range as far as I can see.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
The Hat @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I tried, but I couldn’t climb to the very top.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Slippery slope @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There aren’t many gaps to grasp onto this smooth surface.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Flying @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But I have something that can fly.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
High as a kite @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

High as a kite.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Great Dividing Range @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Overlooking both environments are colossal pebbles.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Dimensional @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Monumental statues peak over the forest, ancient road signs for man and fauna.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Different angle @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These look distinct from different angles.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Magic @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Maverick did his magic.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Collaboration @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A collaboration of huge boulders has a practical side for animals and mankind.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Shelter @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There is always somewhere to hide.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Cave @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Either from either predators or the elements. If only this cave could talk.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Dreamtime @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These are the locations, where mystical stories of old were told. Dreamtime!

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Outstanding @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It comes as no surprise, that ‘Woolool Wooloolni’ is one of these ancient sacred places. Only good spirits were felt.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Look! Its Cook @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The name translates into ‘Wellington Hat’ to our language. Captain Cook may have been spotted from up here.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Golden Brown @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The setting sun shone a softer light on my return. Favouring all colours intensely.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Westerly @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A light band of clouds moved in from the west, this could be a chilly night!?

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Housework @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Thankfully, a shelter and fireplace will keep me warm and dry.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Spiritual @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

For those who pursue solitude and a bizarre, but outstanding landscape, this is my recommendation for Basket Swamp National Park. A truly inspirational environment. 

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Morning Glory @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lyrebirds replace kookaburras for the early morning wake-up call. It was a clear and calm morning, I can’t miss a beat.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Green shadows @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The sun shone directly onto the fern and mosses on rocks. I just had to explore again with my camera in hand.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Hallelujah @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These conditions were just ideal for all landscape photography, I had a busy day ahead.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Basket Swamp Falls @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Like Basket Swamp Falls. I found them after all and I am glad I did.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Reflecting @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There’s no one here either. Coffee on the rocks is just what the doctor ordered.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Water energy @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sit down and breathe in. Reflect on your surroundings.
Get a feel for this fantastic habitat.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Warming sun @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Granite rocks were nicely warmed up by the shining sun. Temperatures plummeted below zero degrees again last night.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Pooled @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The waters are crystal clear. Pools offered an insight view below the surface.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Cascading @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rushing waters were collected in the pool below.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Go with the flow @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Just the right amount of water to go with the flow.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Waterfall island @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Cruising around miniature islands.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Final drop @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Eventually, water cascaded 10 meters in to the valley below.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Gorgeous @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Basket Swamp Creek gently flows along within a narrow gorge. I would usually take the risk to climb down but I was in a hurry. And I have aerial support.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Aerial support @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Whatever angle I chose.

Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Roundabout @Basket Swamp National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Or even the roundabout option. The skies are my limit. 

I would have liked to stay but I had bigger plans. The baldest rock of them all. 

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