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Warrumbungle National Park

16 Mar ’14

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Last year for the Christmas/New Year holidays my best friend, my girlfriend and I took a long road trip from the Gold Coast down to Victoria and back. The first stop on our Christmas journey was Warrumbungle National Park. It is located about 300km North West of Sydney. Less than a year ago the National Park and surrounds were badly affected by bush fires (and then, a month later, floods!). The dead trees everywhere made for an interesting landscape and revealed a lot of the rocky outcrops that would otherwise be hidden by the vegetation.

L’an dernier pour le break de Noel/Nouvel An, mon meilleur ami, ma copine et moi meme avons décidé de faire un road-trip depuis la Gold Coast jusqu’au Victoria et retour. Le premier stop a été Warrumbungle National Park. C’est a peu pres a 300km au Nord-Ouest de Sydney. Il y a moins d’un an ce parc national et ses environs ont été dévastés par un feu de foret (suivi d’inondations le mois d’apres…). Les arbres morts font un décor étrange mais surtout nous permettent de voir les rochers qui sont normalement caches par la canopée.

Bread Knife, Warrumbungle National Park © Nicolas Rakotopare

Bread Knife, Warrumbungle National Park © Nicolas Rakotopare

A few sections of the park clearly showed some regrowth that made the trees look like massive cactuses from afar. This park is renowned for it’s numerous hiking trails and rock climbing spots but due to the fire damage only two of the trails were open to the public. One of the trails that were open was the Belougery Split Rock circuit; a very steep and rough 4.6km hike. We set off to undertake the ascent of Split Rock late in the afternoon, in the hope that the temperature would drop off a bit but unfortunately it did not. Due to the searing heat, 37degrees Celsius, the 4.6kms felt more like 25kms… However, once we reached the top, it was a great feeling for us all and with amazing views to enjoy. It was also great feeling, and a relief, to take a drink of cold water back at camp.

Certaines zones du parc montraient des signes de repousse et ca donnait un air de cactus géant aux arbres. Le parc est tres reconnu pour son potentiel de chemins de randonnées et d’escalade mais a cause des feux de foret mentionnées plus haut, il n’y avait que deux chemins accessible (Decembre 2013). L’un d’eux était le ‘Belougery Split Rock circuit’, qui bien que d’une longueur de seulement 4.6km est tres raide dans certaines sections. On a commencé cette randonnée en fin d’apres-midi en espérant que la température allait descendre un peu mais malheureusement ca n’a pas été le cas et la temperature avoisinait les 37 la plupart du temps ce qui a rendu le tout assez difficile! Cependant, la vue depuis le sommet était superbe et ca en valait donc bien le coup. Ca a fait du bien de boire de l’eau et de se reposer a l’ombre au retour au camp…

Climbing Split Rock, Warrumbungle National Park © Nicolas Rakotopare

Summit of Split Rock, Warrumbungle National Park © Nicolas Rakotopare

At dusk we were down at the dry creek bed, near one of the last remaining large puddles of water, looking for frogs. Just after dusk a colony of little red flying foxes came down to the water for a drink, a great sight. Some of them were miscalculating their low altitude flight and would crash in the water. They then had to swim back to the sides, dry for a bit and take off again! Other wildlife photographed at Warrumbungle National Park included the red-rumped parrot (below) and a Peron’s tree frog.

A la tombée de la nuit nous sommes allés dans le lit de la riviere qui est quasiment asséchée. Il restait quelques flaques d’eau ou les animaux venaient boire. On a pu observer une colonie de petit renard volant (Pteropus scapulatus) venir se rafraichir (et prendre un bain pour certaines). Les deux dernières images sont une perruche à croupion rouge (Psephotus haematonotus) et une grenouille arboricole, la Peron’s tree frog (Litoria peronii).

Flying foxes at night, Warrumbungle National Park © Nicolas Rakotopare

Red Rumped Parrot, Warrumbungle National Park © Nicolas Rakotopare

Peron's Tree Frog, Warrumbungle National Park © Nicolas Rakotopare

 

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I am a nature photographer specialising in wildlife photography. I have a special passion for this type of photography which comes from my background as an ecologist & conservation biologist.

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