Splendour Rock in the Wild Dog Mountains is a bushwalkers’ war memorial in the spirit of bushwalking. Though not a difficult walk, even the least challenging path typically demands more than half a day and route finding. On approach, accessing the last rock and plaque requires a confident leap over a short deep slot.
The bushwalkers of 1946 chose this spot well; Splendour Rock can also be a cross roads. The vast view extends from Kings Tableland (east) to Kanangra Walls and the High Gangerangs (west) and southwards towards Lake Burragorang / Blue Breaks. The dedication in 1948 must have been extra special as some bushwalkers, along with some of the fallen, had opened up the country in view to bushwalking prior to WWII.
In true bushwalker style the plaque is simple, but with fabulous wording.
There is great camaraderie as neither wealth or pr estige makes it any easier to get there. All attendees have to share the limited rock platforms for the simple secular service. The fallen bushwalkers are listed by name and club before a piper and trumpeter (with the ‘Last Post’) help to focus thoughts and feelings. Typically, a glorious sunrise slowly lights the sky.
Breakfast almost seems hum drum before breaking camp and the walk out.
In 2018, Bushwalking NSW would like to make the remembrance a little more special for the 70th anniversary of the plaques dedication. I trust that you can join us on ANZAC Day 2018.
Guest author: Keith Maxwell