Every time I drove North on the Pacific Highway through Bulahdelah I would look up at Mountain Face and wish I could climb up to it. Today, I did! I only discovered the Bulahdelah Mountain Aboriginal Place today and I've lived in the area since 2017.
As soon as I ascended the hill I felt I was in for a treat! You need a certain level of fitness to do this hike because it is quite steep in places. There was an abundance of ferns and the birds were singing their hearts out.
Bulahdelah Mountain Aboriginal Place is located in Bulahdelah State Forest, east of the township of Bulahdelah. As an Aboriginal Place, it is in recognition of the cultural, spiritual and historical significance of the area to the Worimi people, the Traditional Owners of the land. During my walk, I could only imagine what it must have been like 4,000 years ago when the land carers roamed throughout this forest.
As I made my way along the tracks, I came across the traditional tree carvings, a cultural space with seating and a fire-pit. The carved trees are there to remind people walking by that this is a special area, a message to visitors that Boolah-Dillah Mountain has spiritual significance.
This was a special place to stop and get my breath and be thankful to Mother Nature for the beauty she shares with us.
Along the tracks the views are spectacular. I was making my way to Mountain Lookout. There were a few fallen trees blocking the path and it is steep in places with steps.
To be able to be in such a sacred space truly is something everyone should experience.
And, when I arrived! OMG the views were magnificent!
It was worth the climb! However, I had another climb to do after this one. It was now time to descend from Mountain Lookout and head up to the Ted Baker Lookout. On the way I spotted some pretty native flowers.
And finally, I made it!