Some fascinating rock structures in the Gardens of Stone National Park.
I did this trip a few years ago & have recently worked on the photos a little to make them more interesting.
Photographed with a Canon 400D in the Gardens of Stone National Park, NSW, Australia.
You Got It, We Want It, Sept 2013.
Info from website …
Gardens of Stone is a marketing name that stuck. After Wollemi National Park was secured in 1979, conservation groups such as the Colo Committee turned their attention to the spectacular unprotected escarpments edging the Wolgan and Capertee Valleys north of Lithgow. They needed a name for the area which would highlight its very special qualities to the public.
Anyone who explores the escarpments in springtime will agree that Gardens of Stone is an entirely apt description. They will see waves of flowering heathland punctuated with many weird and wonderful shapes of sandstone that cascade down to the edge of ochre-coloured clifflines. These outcrops display intricate fretwork and natural sculptures of ironstone that are endlessly fascinating, and can be compared to beehives, towers, turrets, domes, pyramids and even oriental temples – which is why they have come to be known as ‘pagodas’.
A Gardens of Stone National Park was finally created in 1994. It covers 15,000 hectares and joins Wollemi National Park on the northern part of Newnes Plateau. Other large landscape features include the outstanding mesas of Donkey Mountain in the Wolgan Valley and Pantoneys Crown in the Capertee Valley. Pantoneys Crown was previously protected in a much smaller nature reserve, and is the centrepiece of the commanding view of the valley from Pearsons Lookout on the Castlereagh Highway.