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Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Rockface Walk and the Little Bald Rock Walk, Bald Rock National Park, NSW.

The Rockface Walk:

The Rockface Walk
When we were here a few weeks ago we decided not to climb Bald Rock via The Rockface Walk due to wet conditions. We came back for a short stay in the campground and the first thing we did after putting up the tent was head up the rock face. It is a simple matter of walking up the granite rock by following the white dots. This route is a much shorter trip to the top than the alternative Bungoona Walk and is not overly difficult, other than requiring some fitness and a head for heights.

At the top of The Rockface Walk

Little Bald Rock Walk: Grade 3, 7.6 km return.
The next morning we set of from the Bald Rock Picnic Area to Little Bald Rock. I often see this walk listed as 6.5 km return but the sign in the picnic area states it is 3.8 km one way and it did feel like an eight kilometer walk to us. Much of the walk is part of the Carroll's Creek Walk and the Border Walk. The walking track is quite pleasant and easy although a bit of scrambling up granite rocks is required to reach the top of Little Bald Rock.

There were flannel flowers and a few different types of fungi alongside the track. 

There were tiny skinks everywhere in the leaf litter.

On our previous trip we saw a lot of male Common Brown Butterflies and on this walk we saw lots of female butterflies including Bank's Brown and Black Jezebel as well as Common Browns.

Common Brown Butterfly, female.
Bank's Brown Butterfly, female.
At first we walked right past Little Bald Rock and continued on Carroll's Creek Walk before we realised our mistake and back tracked. 

Approaching Little Bald Rock. It's hidden behind the trees.
The entry to climbing Little Bald Rock is not very obvious but we managed to find a way and clambered to the top where we were met with beautiful views of Bald Rock in one direction and vast views over Girraween National Park in Queensland in the other direction.

Standing on Little Bald Rock looking at Bald Rock.
Back at the campsite, a Red-necked Wallaby came for a visit and White-faced Scrubwrens foraged in the gravel. Thankfully, the Kookaburras kept their distance this time but we were very careful to cover our food at all times.

Red-necked Wallaby in the campground.
White-browed Scrubwren.

Wildlife List: Red-necked Wallaby, Swamp Wallaby. Botany Bay Weevil. Black Jezebel Butterfly. Bank's Brown Butterfly, Lots of Common Brown Butterflies. Very small brown skinks. Birds: Satin Bowerbird, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Pied Currawong, Grey Fantail, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Laughing Kookaburra, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Common Bronzewing, Eastern Yellow Robin, Crimson Rosella, White-browed Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, White-throated Treecreeper, Weebill, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Willie Wagtail. Heard: Southern Boobook, Tawny Frogmouth.

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