Travelling 10kms south from Tenterfield along the New England Highway, your sure to notice the massive Bluff Rock on the RH side of the road. All you can do is admire it, as it's located on private property and not accessible. Stop at the rest area for a good look of the bluff and to see the rock's speckled appearance caused from large crystals of pink feldspar.
THE MASSACRE AT BLUFF ROCK
Is it true or not, nobody knows for sure if a massacre did take place over 150 years ago.
The story goes back to 1844, when Aborigines murdered a shepherd named Robinson. After doing this, the Aborigines fled to Bluff rock to escape, only they were followed by a posse of whites who caught and threw them off the top of the rock. Most died or were badly injured.
"Edward Irby, who named the rock St Swithin's Bluff in 1842, wrote of the incident: 'The blacks heard us coming and hid themselves among the rocks. One, in his hurry, dropped poor Robinson's coat, so we knew we were onto the right tribe. If they had taken to their heels they might have got away. Instead of doing so, they got their fighting men together to attack us, so we punished them severely and proved our superiority to them'
Since then, Bluff Rock is remembered as the place where the first conflict between first settlers and a local Aboriginal group believed to be either the Jukembal or Ngarabal people occurred in the early 1840’s.
That aside, Bluff Rock was under the earth's surface about 225 million years ago. Uplift and erosion have exposed it for all to see!
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On our scenic drive to Stanthorpe, after 12kms we came across the Brown tourist sign stating Thunderbolt's Hideout was located on the L/H side of the road.
I did the walk, around 600 metres return from the parking area. The area is full of colossal sized Granite boulders. A large area between two boulders was where Thunderbolt's horses were stabled while he rested under the overhang of a large rock. When I looked up, I could imagine him using the top of this huge granite boulder as his vantage point. He would have seen for miles if anybody was approaching long before they would have noticed him! In the gold rush days this was the main road to Warwick.
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!"
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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 and the grass was green, this aside it still was a pleasant drive with some interesting sights to see
Nearer Tenterfield we passed old farms before stopping at the 12km mark to see Thunderbolt's hideout and the World War II Tank Traps situated 1km north of the London Bridge Army Camp.
The site of Thunderbolt's Gully was chosen as the huge boulders on the hillside would be too much of an obstacle for the light Japanese tanks. The Tank traps were three rows of wooden posts placed in the ground with 900mm exposed.. If and when the Japanese Tanks hit these, they would rise up making them vunerable to enemy attack.
A 1km walking track leads down the gully to Thunderbolt's Hideout track.
Back to the car and onwards we went to 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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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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