I have now driven almost 1500 km over three days, up to Bimblebox Nature Refuge near Alpha in Queensland. I stopped the first night near Warialda at a private property, which features an impressive jumble of volcanic rocks accessible from the Cranky Rocks camping area.
I set out to cross the suspension bridge and climb the easy path up to see them… and hopefully catch the sunrise. Too early, as you see.
The rocks were docile at this early hour, heaped large and small by the path.
Huge ones were balanced fantastically on smaller rocks. I hoped no crankiness would start them rocking as I passed.
From the lookout, it was clear how major had been the tossing upwards and landing all higgledy-piggledy of so many and varied granite boulders.
Far below, Reedy Creek lay still, in wait for the next falling rock pile to crash and splash.
The story is that the rocks get their name from a Chinaman who apparently got cranky and killed a local woman. He evaded capture by leaping to his death from the highest rocks.
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It does indeed Karen! Clever Nature…
Gorgeous photos, Sharyn.
It looks like a carefully curated art installation!
Nice to know that, Bob. It was my first time in Warialda; pleasantly hilly too.
I taught at Warialda Central School from 1955 to 1960, married a Warialda lass and went back there to set up a science dept. when the school became a high school in 1970.
Cranky rock was a favored play/swim area for local kids, long before it was opened up to tourists.
Thanks for your posts
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