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Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published March 28th 2021
Take a walk in a special place
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Toilry and picnic tables at the car park (image JW)

The 589 hectare Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve was established in 1983 and aims to protect the natural environment of Mount Yarrowyck as well as Aboriginal rock paintings.

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Natural surroundings (image JW)

The reserve sits within the traditional lands of the main Aboriginal tribe of the New England High country, the Aniwan people.

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A protected site (image JW)

The car park is just off the main sealed highway of Thunderbolts way and has plenty of space for cars and caravans. The walk takes you through a remnant of natural New England Tableland bush and is easy to follow as well as undemanding. There is a small section of uphill and there may be slippery areas after rain.

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Rock of ages (image JW)

There are a couple of informative signs regarding Aboriginal life and the rock art painting site which is thought to be from 150 to 500 years old. It is thought to be a representation of a plains turkey (bustard) done with ochre laden fingers and sticks. Every effort has been made to protect this site by placing silicone drip lines above the artwork to divert water flow.

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An easy walk (image JW)

When visiting such culturally sensitive sites, make sure you enjoy the experience, take only photos and do not touch the art!
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Why? To visit a protected Aboriginal rock painting site
When: Daylight hours, no camping permitted
Phone: 02 6738 9100 Armidale office
Where: 25 kilometres north west of Uralla along Thunderbolt's Way (toward Bundarra)
Cost: Free
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