Beringbooding Rock

It wasn’t far to Beringbooding Rock where we were the only campers when we arrived. We soon chose a site and set up camp. As we were planning to stay here for 3 nights we put out the awning so that we could leave out tables and chairs overnight without getting wet.

Beringbooding Rock has the largest rock water catchment area in Australia. It is another example of utilising the environment to fulfil the daily needs. Although in today’s environmental awareness, such a scheme could probably no longer be implemented. It was constructed in 1937 by sustenance workers. I tried to find out a bit more about sustenance workers during the great depression. I didn’t really get an exact explanation. I think it means something similar to work for income while unemployed. According to the explanations at the site, men without children were allowed 1 week of sustenance work. With 1 child – 2 weeks. With 2 children – 3 weeks and so on. They constructed walls around the rock to channel water into a huge holding tank that holds up to 2 million gallons.

Despite all the walls the rock still has some beautiful rock formations and we enjoyed our walk. At the summit we both added to the cairn.

(Lesley’s photo)

The Kangaroo hole is a waterhole beneath this impressive rock formation.

(Lesley’s photo)

In the above photos you can see a triangle with a round spot in it at the top of the arc. Below is a close up of this triangle. We first didn’t know what the strange construction was but later when seeing swallows in the air, the penny dropped: swallows build their mud nests in such locations.

(Lesley’s photo)

The balancing rock

Apparently there are some caves nearby with Aboriginal hand paintings. But we didn’t find them. On the other hand, Lesley found the geocache located on top of the rock.

Views from the top of the rock.

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

We were soon joined in the campgrounds by another caravan. They provided us with radio entertainment all afternoon.

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