Last Sunday we decided to have a change from the usual boring housework routine and went on an adventure. The weather was perfect for a bushwalk, not too hot and not raining so we drove to Bald Rock National Park near Tenterfield and climbed to the Summit of Bald Rock (the largest exposed granite rock in Australia). There are two tracks to the summit, of course Linden chose the steep Rockface Walk. Thankfully, we came back down the easier Bungoona track. We were lucky enough to see a beautiful python and some Cunningham’s Skinks along the way. The balancing rocks were so interesting, huge granite rocks just balancing on top of the rock. It’s hard to imagine how they were formed. We missed the flowering of rock lilies which would have been stunning, but there was so much else to look at, we weren’t worried.
After our Bald Rock walk, we drove to nearby Boonoo Boonoo (pronounced Bunna Bunnoo) falls and walked the short distance to the viewpoint. There were some really nice campsites in the area an pools to swim. The water was a bit cool but Linden and the girls went for a dip in the Platypus Pool.
Next stop on our tour was Thunderbolt’s Hideout, believed to have been used by Captain Thunderbolt to hide from the Troopers. “Captain Thunderbolt” (1836-1870) was a famous bushranger who began his career when he escaped from Cockatoo Island prison in Sydney Harbour. He had been serving a sentence for stealing horses. It was fun to walk around the tracks and find caves and imagine a bushranger hiding out from the police.
This past school week has been a very busy one. The girls went on an overnight school camp to Thunderbird Adventure Park at Mount Tamourine on the Gold Coast. They had a ball playing laser skirmish, fossicking for thunder eggs and had a bonfire at night. The came back home with lots of stories and a bag each full of rocks and treasures they had found.
Swim Club has started back up again and they’re really enjoying Thursday afternoons swimming with their friends.
Friday afternoon the Bonalbo pub organised a Halloween Trick or Treat afternoon. The kids were split up into two groups and we had a list of houses to visit that were happy to welcome Trick or Treaters. There were so many scary costumes, it was awesome to see the children of all ages having so much fun. I walked with the older group and they were all so well behaved. There were lots of lollies handed out and lots of smiling faces. It was great to be involved in such a well organised event.
I’m definitely looking forward to a quiet day tomorrow though, it’s been a hectic week for all of us.
Until next time.