Bear and I were moseying along the New England Highway on our New South Wales road trip, wending our way through green hills on our way up to Glen Innes when suddenly I saw something that had my eyes bug out in amazement.
My normal response would’ve been an elated, “Look at THAT!!!” But after nearly giving Bear a heart attack with previous such startling pronouncements, I’ve learned to calmly say, “OK Bear, we need to pull over up here” and hold back on my unabashed exclamations of delight for when the car has stopped. 😉
With his heart thus beating at a normal rate, he pulled over and drove through this gate.
What I had seen from my car window was this…
…and this. Seriously, wouldn’t YOU want to pull over if you saw such a thing? Amazing!!
We found a shady place to park then eased our creaking selves out of the car and looked around us in wonder.
This particular boulder is known as the Balancing Rock. How on earth is it staying put?
We had so much fun trekking all over the Stonehenge Recreation Ground, delighting in the massive boulders erupting out of the gently undulating plateau.
Stonehenge Recreation Ground is located just south of Glen Innes, New South Wales and takes its name from nearby Stonehenge Station, the first property owned by a white settler, a Scotsman named Archibald Boyd. He was led to the area by William Chandler and John Duval, two stockmen known as ‘the Beardies’ because of their long beards.
The Land of the Beardies Festival is held here annually and features a beard-growing competition. That cracks me up. 🙂
It is such a beautiful place and a great spot for a mid-road-trip break since it has picnic areas and toilets and plenty of room for cooped up travelers to stretch their legs.
I loved exploring this area of Australia known as Celtic Country, and would love to return for the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes in May.
Do you have an affinity for Celtic things like I do? If so, what is your favorite Celtic event, place, or experience?