Wednesday 25 April 2018
This will be a special day as it will be 70 years since the bushwalkers who had survived WWII gathered to remember their lost walking mates. They dedicated a permanent memorial to them with the outstanding sentence “THEIR SPLENDOUR SHALL NEVER FADE”
A simple ceremony will be held in the half-light before sunrise over Kings Table Land and a cloud covered Lake Burragorang. There is a special atmosphere in the overnight (dry; no water) camp of the 24th on Mt Dingo.
All bushwalkers should visit Splendour Rock at least once since it holds so many bushwalking memories. The vista more than lives up to its ‘splendour’ name as you see a vast sweep of bushwalking country. In 1948 the bushwalkers could still remember friends who had pioneered ways to visit so much of this country in overnight trips.
Splendour Rock is on the far end Mt Dingo in the Megalong Valley. It is hard to tire of walking the Wild Dogs with its mix of place names and bushwalking challenges over and around Mt Mouin, Mt Warrigal, Merrimerrigal before finally Mt Dingo.
Bushwalking NSW will be supporting this anniversary. In 1958 they started a new visitors’ logbook with a special title page.
The BNSW website has more information on these men from a range of clubs (some of which are no more). See www.bushwalkingnsw.org.au
Now is the time to start planning your 2018 ANZAC Day trip to this place of so much special importance to bushwalking.