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Rock Island - 16 October 2016


Rock Island is one of those hidden gems, a world isolated from the surrounding landscape by erosion.

Largely surrounded by sheer cliffs there are only a few ways to get to Rock Island.

Rock Island is covered with a tough windswept heath, able to withstand extremes of heat, cold and drought. In places Platy Pagodas tower above the heath, home to the vulnerable pagoda Daisy. Lush rainforest fills the surrounding gorges.

The stark landscape is illuminated with bursts of brilliant colour from the boronias, fringe-myrtles, mint bush, orchids and pagoda daisies in spring.

Our route took us from the Tiger Snake Canyon Car Park, generally east and south-east, across Little Rock Island, through The Place That Time Forgot and up onto Rock Island.

There is so much packed into this outstanding short walk.

Wollemi National Park (NSW)



Ben Bullen 8931-4S
Cullen Bullen 8931-3N
Mt Morgan 8931-1S

934 metres

Rock Island - 16 October 2016
Bells Grotto
Bell's Grotto is a narrow canyon created by erosion from Tunnel Creek. The old Wolgan Valley Railway ran through canyons & valleys for some distance upstream & downstream of Bell's Grotto....

Deanes Creek
Deanes Creek rises on the northern side of the Newnes State Forest, just to the west of Galah Mountain and flows into Rocky Creek. The creek has created a beautiful canyon...

Galah Mountain

The Place That Time Forgot
The Place That Time Forgot is a name used by bushwalkers to describe a beautiful gorge located between Little Rock Island and Rock Island. The gorge has high cliffs with a...

Tunnel Creek
Tunnel Creek rises 2 kilometres NNW from Deanes Siding.  The creek flows generally north for about 3.5 kilometres before turning west  Bells Grotto, through Tunnel Gorge and on down to...

Tunnel Creek Ledges
The cliffs above the Glow Worm Tunnel & the gorge used by the Wolgan Valley Railway are huge. There are 2 cliff lines, separated by a ledge, 40 metres wide at...

Tunnel Plateau
The Plateau above the Glow Work Tunnel is an amazing place to visit.  Once on top you are greeted by some amazing sights. Large areas of the plateau are covered with...

Tunnel Terrace Gorge
Tunnel Terrace Gorge is a large blind canyon behind the Glow Worm Tunnel.  The gorge was eroded by a Tunnel Creek tributary. The western walls of the gorge are sheer cliff...

Wolgan View Canyon
Wolgan View Canyon is dry canyon running west towards the Wolgan Valley. There are 2 narrow sections separated by a large open area. The walk through the narrow sections leaves the impression...