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Friday, 04 August 2017 10:40

Rock on up! Wallabadah Rock

Wallabadah Rock has been one of the best-kept secrets in NSW.

Wallabadah Rock is the second largest monolith in the Southern Hemisphere after Uluru.

The rock is a large plug (959m high) of an extinct volcano. During October the rock is covered spectacular flowering rock orchids.

It is an ominous and powerful-looking mass of stone in a remote rural valley approximately 19km from Blandford in the Upper Hunter.

The rock is on private property; with a good view from the road. Because the rock is tucked in a valley below the Great Dividing Range it is almost invisible until visitors are at the property's front gate. 

During heavy rain, sheet-like waterfalls cascade down Wallabadah's cliffs and on several occasions the twin peaks have been covered in snow.

Only once has the extinct volcano done anything more dramatic than release a few stones - during the Newcastle earthquake in 1989, the monolith rang like a terrifying bell.

The rainforest that snake up Wallabadah's weather-formed gullies have never been studied by biologists, and earth scientists have only recently dated the plug of the extinct volcano at 45.5 million years.

The rock would have been formed from molten material that cooled in the throat of the volcano.

To get to Wallabadah Rock;

  • Turn off the New England Highway at Blandford opposite the school.
  • Continue along Timor Rd, about 3 km from the Highway, Scott's Creek Rd branches off to the left, heading northwards.
  • About 16km along the road is Wallabadah Rock.
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Devil Ark Tours

Tours of Devil Ark are now available and run from September - May each year.  Devil Ark is two hours drive from Scone, four hours from Newcastle and six hours from Sydney.

The tour is fully escorted and runs for 2.5 hours and start with a tour of the Centre and the informational displays.  The tour will then take in some devil enrichment; a special form of feeding which encourages wild behaviour, interaction with joeys born at Devil Ark earlier this year and a rare chance to become immersed in the devil’s natural habitat by entering huge free range enclosures to witness wild devils in truly wild conditions. The tour ends back at the Devil Ark Centre where there’s the opportunity for Q&A with a Tassie devil expert. 

Tour groups are met in Moonan Flat at 9am on the day of the tour.  Follow the Devil Ark Supervisor up in your own car for a 10am tour start.  After the tour (12.30pm) the Devil Ark Supervisor will escort the group back to Moonan Flat.  Stop for a delicious lunch at the Victoria Hotel. 

There are loads of accommodation options in Scone, Muswellbrook, Aberdeen and Moonan Flat. 

Tour costs are $150 for adults and $100 for children (8-15).  Tours are capped at 12 people.  Please note that the road is dirt from Moonan Flat to Devil Ark and quite steep in places.  Once you have booked, you will receive an information kit with driving directions and advice on what to bring. 

Click here for dates and to book.

For more information on Devil Ark visit: http://www.devilark.com.au

 

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