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Gorges, Tors & A Really Big Rock – Welcome to NSW Granite Country

Around 220 million years ago, in the north of what is now New South Wales, volcanic magma began to cool and turn into granite. Granite only forms beneath the earth’s surface, so any that you see today has been pushed upwards, while the softer rocks above have been eroded away.

This is what makes Granite Country such a spellbinding place to visit. Plunging gorges, sky-piercing granite tors, and hulking balancing boulders turn the awe-levels up to 11. Volcanic forms exposed by the passage of time.

NSW Granite Country is part of the New England Granite Belt, which is itself part of the Great Dividing Range. You might have heard of Bald Rock and Gibraltar Range National Parks. But did you know that the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service looks after quite a few national parks and conservation areas in the region?

These parks are not to be missed, so we’ve put together a 2-part series of road trip itineraries to take you there! You’ll get to see the full range of diversity on offer and explore the quieter parks that most people haven’t even heard of.

[block_green]Ranger tip: national parks are natural and unpredictable environments. We want you and your buddies to have the best, and safe time so always tell loved ones where you’re going (and when to expect you back), plan your trip for all weather conditions, and don’t forget to check for park and safety alerts[/block_green]

A person standing next to boulder on top of Bald Rock summit for sunrise, Bald Rock National Park. Photo credit: Harrison Candlin / DPE
Photo Information Bungoona walk, part of the Summit walking track Bald Rock National Park Harrison Candlin / DPE, 2021 Granite boulders on Bald Rock at sunrise

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