Bald_RockNP.JPG (21057 bytes)Bald Rock National Park is situated 29 kilometres north of Tenterfield on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. The park is 7500 hectares (18,500 acres) in area. The dominant feature is the largest granite rock in Australia. Two tracks lead to the summit of Bald Rock. One goes straight up the rock and the other (easier) track traverses the bush, which surrounds the rock. We not recommend the direct route during summer because the rock radiates a tremendous amount of heat. The alternative track is more interesting because it passes through a sample of the parkís vegetation. Along the track are large granite boulders and these provide a niche for some interesting plants. Large clumps of Rock Lilies (Dendrobium speciosum), Hareís Foot Fern (Davallia pyxidata) and Birdís Nest Fern (Asplenium australasicum) grow on the boulders. The view from the summit is breath taking. Phebalium ambiens a relative of the boronias grows near the summit. This rare species is a tall shrub with unusual large, stem-clasping, aromatic leaves. There are picnic areas and a camping area near the base of Bald Rock. Boonoo Boonoo National Park is just down the road.