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Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby Lith » Wed 04 Apr, 2018 7:28 pm

I saw somewhere that there's an annual dawn service on Anzac Day at splendour rock and thought that'd be a really nice thing to go to. Anyone know if this still happens? not sure if that information is still reliable
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby GPSGuided » Wed 04 Apr, 2018 7:36 pm

Yep, many bushwalking groups attend that service and no different this year.
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby tom_brennan » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 12:23 pm

There were well over 100 people at Splendour Rock for the Dawn Service in 2016, and probably over 80 in 2017 - despite Anzac Day falling on a Tuesday.
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby Lith » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 12:32 pm

Wow! 100 people! That's a lot more than I expected, I bet the tent placement situation gets a bit awkward
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby GPSGuided » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 12:49 pm

I'd say the parking and traffic be a bit heavier than usual at Dunphy's and Megalong Rd. I also understand that many camp away from Splendour Rock and commence their walk to the memorial site in the dark early hours. Not sure you'd want to set up a tent when up to 100 people are going to funnel through that narrow area.
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby tom_brennan » Fri 06 Apr, 2018 1:50 pm

It's not as bad as it sounds - many people walk in from Mobbs to avoid carrying water. I'd suggest getting to Splendour Rock at 5:30am for good seats.

The top of Mt Dingo is a good spot to camp if you want to be a bit away from the rock - but only 5 mins walk. It's not an easy walk in in the dark if you haven't been there before.
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby Lith » Sat 14 Apr, 2018 5:41 pm

It's not an easy walk in in the dark if you haven't been there before.


Yeah I've never been anywhere near the wild dogs before. How easy is the trail to follow from megalong valley to the rock and back? I'm not inexperienced but I'll be going alone and the closest i've been to the area is the view from the top of solitary so I'm a little nervous about losing my way. Are there any bush bashing or trail finding sections?
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 15 Apr, 2018 12:25 pm

No. Pretty straight forward and well worn route. Even easier with a GPS to guide you.
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby tom_brennan » Mon 16 Apr, 2018 8:34 pm

GPSGuided wrote:No. Pretty straight forward ...

...in the daylight!
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby johnw » Mon 16 Apr, 2018 11:10 pm

tom_brennan wrote:
GPSGuided wrote:No. Pretty straight forward ...

...in the daylight!

Good advice. I've only visited the rock outside of Anzac Day but there's a quite stunning Anzac sunrise photo of Tom's in the 2018 BWA calendar this month. And on here:
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby tom_brennan » Tue 17 Apr, 2018 11:13 am

Link to original photos from last year's trip
http://ozultimate.com/tom/bushwalking/2 ... photos.htm
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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby michael_p » Tue 17 Apr, 2018 3:08 pm

I know a guy who walked out to Splendour Rock in the dark. He left the Dunphy car park after midnight and got to Splendour Rock before sunrise. Reckons it was a great spot for watching the sun come up. After watching the sun come up he walked back to the car and drove home.

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Re: Splendour rock Anzac service

Postby tom_brennan » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:36 am

We left the car park at 1am and got to Splendour Rock at 5:30am. A bit slow as one party member was suffering nausea - would have been there by 5am or before otherwise. With a bit of bush bashing trying to find the track out of Mobbs in the dark!
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