Liam Hardy is our August Explorer of the Month. He’s 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.

Settings: 1/800s, f/5, ISO 100 @39mm

Bald Rock is a granite inselberg towering high above the surrounding landscape. Girraween National Park (QLD) lies to the west, while Boonoo Boonoo National Park (NSW) is to the east. Settings: 1/125s, f/8, ISO 400 @24mm

The vast Eucalypt canopy in morning light. Bald Rock campground is hidden among the trees, just a short walk from the base of the rock. Settings: 1/13s, f/8, ISO 320 @160mm

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

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

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

Settings: 0.8s, f/11, ISO 1250 @17mm

Lack of light pollution makes this area perfect for astrophotography and stargazing on clear nights. Settings: 30s, f/4, ISO 3200 @17mm

Water streaks on the surface mirroring clouds at dusk. Settings: 6s, f/5.6, ISO 1000 @17mm

Settings: 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 250 @17mm

The summit reaches an altitude just shy of 1300 metres above sea level. Settings: 1/500s, f/5, ISO 100 @70mm

Bald Rock was once a boundary and neutral trade area for the Jukambal, Bundgalung and Kamilleroi people.  Settings: 1/160s, f/8, ISO 100 @17mm

Sunlight beaming through the trees and fog near the summit. Settings: 1/100s, f/8, ISO 250 @17mm

Some of the local wildlife will happily pinch your breakfast if you turn your back! Settings: 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 200 @200mm

Huge boulders rest precariously on the steep incline. Settings: 1/125s, f/8, ISO 320 @106mm

Settings: 1/5s, f/8, ISO 125 @17mm

The ‘Granite Titans’ along the Bungoona walk. This route is a longer but easier way to reach the top than the much steeper Rockface walk. Settings: 1/50s, f/7.1, ISO 640 @17mm

A bird’s-eye-view above the Summit walking track, which leads directly up the steep rock face. Settings: 1/25s, f/2.8, ISO 480


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