Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mudgee Rocks!

About 30 minutes out of Mudgee in New South Wales, and maybe ten minutes from each other, are two National treasures.

The first is Hands on rock, a long wall face with hand imprints made hundreds of years ago by local aboriginal people. The walk in is almost eerie and there is a real presence here, a feeling of serenity and untamed beauty. Wild and crooked branches grow up out of the ground and rocks seem piled into turrets and towers, reminiscent of crumbled English castles.

The other formation is called The Drip. It is a large curved, pancake layered cliff wall with enough water flowing over it to keep it green and mossy. At the bottom is a pool of water littered with rocks.

The walk into this location is a feature in itself. I took photos of giant boulders, scattered along the stream like giants bowling balls, rocks with pockmark type holes I dubbed Swiss Cheese Rocks, and another looking suspiciously like a skull.

I was in Mudgee for weeks before I heard of these locations. Even friends who lived locally had not mentioned them. I think they were some of the most stunning I have ever seen. Phil, who has lived in Australia all his life says there are many, many more across the country.

I loved them so much; I used the photos I took to design a t-shirt. a mouse pad and a mug.

Thanks to Red Nomad Oz and her blog about Australian Gorges, that reminded me about my visit to Mudgee and inspired me to revisit the photos. I wrote about these rocks before so if you want to see more photos, check back to the post I wrote last year.

p.s. If you want to see some really magnificent travel photos I have just downloaded a free book of 25 amazing photos from Gary Arndt. I can't wait to read about his travels.