Words & Photos Ellie Russell
I’ve been meaning to visit Mount Grenfell for months now but with all of the rain we’ve had in the Cobar area recently it has pushed these plans back several times until yesterday! Along with my sister and our friend I finally got to complete the mountain climb and bush walk and it was beautiful.
If you haven’t heard of Mount Grenfell, it is a National Park tourist destination located west of the township of Cobar. Traveling 40km west of Cobar along the Barrier Highway is a gravel road turn off, and another 30km along this road into bushland you’ll come to the Mount Grenfell historic site’s picnic area.
As a Cobar resident, it is tradition that as part of our primary schooling we take a trip out to Mount Grenfell to see the Aboriginal artworks still present on the large cave-like rock formations on the property. I hadn’t revisited the site since my trip as a child and it was a really nice experience to return to the national park as an adult with fresh eyes and a new appreciation for this beautiful part of our region.
Thankfully the weather was pleasant for our bush trek yesterday which took us approximately 3 hours to complete (with a short stop for lunch atop the mountain). Although yesterday we were lucky with pleasant weather, I wouldn’t recommend attempting the trek in the heat of the summer, although experienced bush walkers well equipped with water might be okay.
At the base of the mountain are two separate areas where you can view traditional, original Aboriginal artworks said to be of the Ngiyampaa people who originally occupied the area before European settlement. It’s incredible to think how old these paintings are and to imagine the Ngiyampaa people settling here by the waterhole and semi-permanent rock pool.
The trek up Mount Grenfell is not an incredibly challenging one. I would highly recommend taking the time to climb to the top as the views of the surrounding bushland are beautiful and worth the walk. While overlooking the area and taking in the incredible views it was almost hard to believe we were so close to our small town of Cobar. It is serene and a beautiful representation of authentic Australian bushland.