Liam Hardy has been documenting the ethereal delight of Bald Rock National Park through his lens for months and he’s finally ready to share what he’s seen. Go on, lose yourself for a minute.
Bald Rock National Park is located on the New South Wales/Queensland border, 43 kilometres from the small town of Stanthorpe, and it’s home to one of Australia’s geological wonders. I’d remained unaware of its existence until early 2017 when I moved to Brisbane from Coffs Harbour, and boy am I glad I know about it now. Bald Rock is the largest granite monolith in Australia, possibly in the southern hemisphere, and its surrounding areas are of high importance to the local Aboriginal people.
Caught in the clouds.
Settings: 1/800s, f/5, ISO 100 @39mm
Mt Barney (Dooayrdin/Yahndaddan), Mt Maroon (Wahlmoorum) and Mt Lindesay (Jalgumbun) form the horizon to the north-east.
Settings: 1/500s, f/5, ISO 320 @200mm
Flora at the summit endure harsh conditions. Powerful wind and sub-zero temperatures are common here with a record low of -10°C.
Settings: 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 500 @24mm
If you’re lucky you could find yourself surrounded by a sea of cloud at sunrise.
Settings: 1/320s, f/7.1, ISO 400 @24mm
Water streaks on the surface mirroring clouds at dusk.
Settings: 6s, f/5.6, ISO 1000 @17mm
Lack of light pollution makes this area perfect for astrophotography and stargazing on clear nights. Settings: 30s, f/4, ISO 3200 @17mm
Bald Rock was once a boundary and neutral trade area for the Jukambal, Bundgalung and Kamilleroi people. The summit reaches an altitude just shy of 1300 metres above sea level.
Settings: 1/500s, f/5, ISO 100 @70mm
Some of the local wildlife will happily pinch your breakfast if you turn your back!
Settings: 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 200 @200mm
Sunlight beaming through the trees and fog near the summit.
Settings: 1/100s, f/8, ISO 250 @17mm
Huge boulders rest precariously on the steep incline.
Settings: 1/125s, f/8, ISO 320 @106mm