Bald Rock and the Granite Belt, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Granite Belt @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Solid boulders line the top of the Great Dividing Range in various shapes and sizes.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Pure Granite @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Up from the air, they emerge as part of a belt, connecting all spots.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Violent past @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mother Nature’s violent eruption came straight from the heart and was left to cool.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
The Rock @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sand, wind, heat and water sculptured and rearranged these smooth gems into what we see today. Marbleous. Some scattered around the paddock.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Hide and seek @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And other boulders accumulated in other sections along the ‘belt’. A perfect territory to ‘hide and seek’.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Tunnel of Love @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The tunnel of love.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Extreme @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Massive rocks cracked over the years and created incredible monuments. 

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Southern Hemisphere @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The biggest rock of them all in the Southern Hemisphere is bald. Bald Rock is simply outstanding over the Great Dividing Range.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Vertigo @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Giant boulders balance vertigo. Like oversized marbles, left from the dinosaur age.

 Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Drainage @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They are not in a hurry to roll on. Water is trying to get a hold of these stones and will eventually succeed.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Weathered @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These rocks weather anything that nature throws at them, for now.

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Me, myself and I @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

Today, it’s my presence and I asked for favourable weather conditions.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Perfect @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bald Rock obliged tremendously. Blue skies and calm winds enticed me to another photo-frenzy. It was a glorious day for all of the above. Perfect droning ailments too.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Straight up @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But first, I had to get to the top. Straight up. This is the most direct route to ascend Bald Rock.

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Photo break @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

A few photos here and there excused the huffing.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Afternoon sun @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The afternoon sun shone perfectly onto the granite, producing astonishing colours and patterns.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Bald Rock in sepia @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I will have to favour this track to return for sunset.

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Shimmer in red @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

The iron core of this rock would glow in red even more.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Nature lovers @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A few like-minded hikers enjoyed the views from the top of Bald Rock.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Everlasting @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A bronze map detailed surrounding mountains.

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On top @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

It was absolutely wind-still, a rare commodity up here.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
From up high @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I couldn’t wait to get Maverick in the air.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Fabulous @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Gotta say photos like these are most definitely worth their money.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Panorama @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I still need to get my camera angles right with this drone though, but practice is all. Some panorama photos could be closer up or aimed for a little higher.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Facing the sun @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Well, I best shut up and add a few aerial shots to this post.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
On the rocks @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The videos I took were just as exciting.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Drone selfie @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Unfortunately, they don’t upload to this media platform but can be viewed on Instagram or Facebook.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Granite World @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bald Rock and the Granite Belt are a magical spot altogether.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Half bald @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bald Rock isn’t as badly bold as the name suggests.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Informative @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flora of all kinds established a communal strong-hold up here.

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No room to move @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

Nature uses every opportunity to spark life.

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Wind shelter @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

The tall eucalyptus trees on the wind and sun sheltered side are the fortress of this forest. Majestically standing strong as tall protectors. They usually battle gale-force winds.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi
Teamwork @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

There is some teamwork going on within granite and woods. The backbone of a fragile stronghold.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
New Life @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

New life found shelter behind this rocky outcrop. Devastating bushfires clipped Bald Rock and its surroundings. But greens always comes back.

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Space invaders @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

Some scrubs invaded the cracks of this mighty rock. They may protect from winds but not from rushing waters.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Balance act @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

For trees to grow in this angle is nature’s balance act. This one made it for a few years.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Clinging on @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Eventually, the tree had overgrown its appetite for resources and remains a bizarre statue. Its cooler, dryer climate keeps the shape of this dry-wood. Its roots are still fixated to the ground and stabilises bushes around. That way, this wooden skelaton supports wildlife as a resting and housing oasis.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Bald Patch @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Heavy rainfall may eventually wash this patch bald. It’s rush hour here during the wet season.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Heart Beat @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Veins are carved into granite, pumping water from its heart. But not today.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Daylight fading @ Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

With fading sunlight, I opted for the direct route to return and leave the boulder-forest-walk for tomorrow in more favourable sunlight.

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Iron core @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

The lower setting sun glowed Bald Rock fire-red.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Paris calling @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These massive boulders stood out not far from the track.

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Triumphed Arch @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

Bald Rock’s own Parisian Flair with the ‘Champs-Ellisee’ and ‘L’arc de Triumph’.

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Sculptered @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australi

 I felt triumphened around these solid sculptures.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
All alone @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

All alone, I was enjoying the serenity and glowing colours the setting sun reflected.

I made it back to Troopy just in time before complete darkness and set up camp in the nearby campground. It was cold and I was in a spot of bother. Should I light the fire first or cook dinner. My tummy was rumbling. A sandwich and a few musli bars didn’t cut my energy levels today. But as so often, I had some pot-luck. My friendly neighbours, a kiwi father and his teenage daughter, sensed my dismissal and came over with ‘potjie kos’ as South Africans call it. A stew cooked in hot coal for hours. A camping favourite. Chicken and vegetable stew for you? Yes, please. I don’t mind if I do. This was exactly what my doctor ordered. I don’t think they understood how thankful I was for this amazing human gesture. There are some fabulous people out there.

Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Perfect @Bald Rock National Park, Tenterfield, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bonfire burnt well into the night, which kept my body and mind warm. The stars were shining brightly. It will be another glorious day tomorrow and I will be climbing Bald Rock for sunrise.

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