THUNDERBOLTS LOOKOUT [bushranger]
On our scenic drive to Stanthorpe, after 12kms, we came to the Brown tourist sign, stating Thunderbolt's Hideout was located on the L/H side of the road.
I did the walk, only a short one, I guess about 500metres return from the parking area. The area is full of colossal sized Granite boulders. This is where his hide out was, between two that formed two Caves. No wonder he chose this location, I could see for quite a long way! He also used it to plan attacks on the north-south road.
This area is so rocky, I think he would have been very hard to find.
If you want some information before you come here, pick up an information sheet at the visitors centre which outlines some exploits and local sites associated with the outlaw.
The listed website gives details about 'CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT WHO WAS KNOWN AS A BUSHRANGER AND A GENTLEMAN!"
Not to do with Thunderbolt, But...................
1 km up the road, to the left of the cement wall, are some upright posts. Designed as tank traps they are remnants of the Brisbane Line fortifications from World War II.
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SCENIC TOURIST DRIVE 7
If you are heading to Queensland from Tenterfield this scenic tourist drive will take you along Mt. Lindesay road to Stanthorpe.
We did this route for a change, and thoroughly enjoyed it . It would be nicer at a different time of the year, when the Trees had leaves, this aside, it still was nice.
Nearer Tenterfield, we passed old farms, and then a little further on was Thunderbolts [bushranger] hideout at 12kms. We stopped here for a walk and a look, then continued onto Bald Rock National park [27ks] which was excellent, allow some time here. Boonoo-Boonoo National park [21kms] is also on this road.
Our tour was finalized in Stanthorpe, a distance of 60kms we had travelled.
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- National/State Park
Bolivia is actually a locality on the Northern Tablelands between Glen Innes & Tenterfield.
There are remains of the settlement that comprised of the former Bolivia Hotel, a disused post office, a disused railway siding and a community hall, there is signage that this is a heritage site.
The settlement here was made by Edward Hurry who had spent some years in Bolivia in South America, thus he named the area "Bolivia."
The Bolivia Cemetery is old, but no headstones remain, only depressions in the ground that indicate it was once a cemetery.
The former Bolivia Hotel on the New England Highway is now on the National Trust registrar.
Many minerals have been mined in the region including gold, tin, silver, high quality silica and arsenic. It is in this area, where you notice the big, Granite boulders and the very rough terrain.
Most people probably on remember Bolivia because of the steep hill you either go up or come down. It has claimed many lives, and even though it carries plenty of warning signs, people still do lose their lives, so be careful, and take it easy coming down this hill.
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