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  • Steep slopes near the top
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    by iandsmith Written Dec 9, 2011

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    The Rock became a nature reserve, not a full national park, in 1962 after having been crown land for just on 100 years.
    The Wiradjuri people's name was 'kengal'. Being such a predominant feature in the area The Rock was undoubtedly have been important to Aboriginal cultural life.
    The Yerong Walking Trail leaves from the parking lot where there are picnic tables and toilets and goes to the summit of the rock which is 554 metres above sea level. It is a distance of approximately 3km to the top and it should take about two to three hours for a return trip. The trail is mostly average grade but becomes steep towards the summit. It is located 4.2 km from the Post Office on the road to Lockhart.

    Shot from beneath the summit Steep slopes near the top Tree creeper near the carpark Moving in close to the cliffs Views in spring can be colourful
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    by iandsmith Written Dec 9, 2011

    You think of climbing hills and Mount Everest and Uluru are inevitably a couple that readily spring to mind; but people have died scaling those heights and we of the caravan and motorhome brigade might perhaps like to try something a little less strenuous but still rewarding.
    In fact, there are numerous places you can scale and stand where less people than have climbed Everest have been. There are remote and little heard of places that can give you joy and then there are others that are better known but not as popular as Uluru.
    I pondered all this while I sat atop The Rock, an aptly named outcrop just off the Olympic Way south of Wagga Wagga. I’d been to Lockhart a couple of times and saw the sign “The Rock” and wondered just what it was all about. I can know say I’m so pleased my curiosity drove me to seek it out. Turns out they named the nearby town “The Rock” as well.

    Like a resting lion Viewed from the golf course
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    by iandsmith Written Dec 9, 2011

    Favorite thing: Not to be mistaken with the other famous outback 'rock', but continuing the fine Australian tradition of naming places after geographical features, is the town of The Rock. Located in the Riverina region of southern New South Wales just off the Olympic Highway, the Rock is just 40 odd km southwest of Wagga Wagga.
    It was initally known as Kengal, but its name was changed to Hanging Rock because of the shape of its magnificent namesake. A massive rock fall in 1874 off the east face of the then 'hanging' rock and it ceased to exisit and Hanging Rock became simply 'The Rock'. Nonetheless, The Rock and its nature reserve is still an interesting place to visit. It rises to 554 metres above sea level.

    Walking up The Rock Woolly ragwort is common near the top
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