Day Two - Girraween National Park to Tenterfield to Armidale
2 hours, 55 min, 234 km
Hacky sack count: Combined effort of 5.
Overall Grade: B
After a cold night in the tent, day two began with a jog along a walking trail that ended at a beautiful picnic spot called Flat Rock, before we both set out to the kangaroo-abundant Girraween National Park and Pyramid Rock. A two and a half hour round trip with plenty of photos and videos - we were still breaking the go-pro in.
The lofty altitudes and windy peak of Pyramid Rock are not for those afraid of heights; Bold Rock Creek was particularly steep (Jenny only made it half way). There were many rocks standing alone, I wonder how long they’ve been standing there? It’s very tempting to push one down the hill just to see how far it would roll, but I fought my boyish temptations off and continued to clamber up the slopes. Towards the top of the trail the slopes become rather steep before they gradually round off at the dome's summit. White markers guide the visitors to the apex and the ideal vantage points to witness the surrounds. When I arrived at the top there were two eagles riding the wind currents passing over the dome and a blue haze hovering above the distant eucalypts, a view to challenge the Blue Mountains (and its name sake). Defiantly worth the climb!
Left south at 11:30 for Lunch in Glen Innes around 2:00, then found ourselves a new Kombi Van (model size) to accompany us on our trip before pulling into Armidale in the early afternoon. We checked into the Armidale Tourist Park then, at the suggestion of the reception desk, head out to Dangar Gorge with an hour to spare before nightfall. The gorge proved to be a rather large hole in the ground with a green speck of water in the bottom.
Racing against sun-down we got lost traveling to the picturesque Ghostwyck Chapel, and unfortunately by the time we arrived everything was pitch black. Road trip lesson number one - Google maps doesn't work that well in remote NSW. Try Camps Australia Wides AP with GPS, a much better solution.
Dined at the Top Pub in Uralla on your typical burger and bangers and mash pub fare. Nice little pub and the locals were really friendly – we received a couple of nods and gruff howdy’s on our way in and out. Made it uneventfully back to Armidale and a warm night sharing the van.
Some interesting facts on Armidale:
It’s Australia’s highest city.
There is a population of 25,000 and 53 nationalities. Quote multicultural.