Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Friday, 04 August 2017 10:40

Rock on up! Wallabadah Rock

Rock on up! Wallabadah Rock Wendy Seckold

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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