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2.6klm from gate at the end of Quarry Road, the campground is officially ‘Tunks Ridge Rest Area’ and is part of the Great North Walk. The trail is mostly flat’ish until Tunks Ridge turnoff (marked with sandstone blocks on the left) after which it’s downhill with a steep section being concreted. As of December 2016, an 800 metre section, starting about 400m past the clearing access for Top and Lower Tiers and finishing about 100m up the hill from the campground, prohibits access from the Quarry Rd end. Alternative access is now either via a foot track and fire trail from Galston Gorge (1.9klm of which the first 500m is pretty steep) or a rideable 3.7klm fire trail from Stewart Ave, Hornsby with big hills each way.
From the bottom of the concrete at the Quarry Rd end of the campground, continue for about 40m and turn right following the arching branch of the big pink gum tree into long grass and bush towards cliff line 30m ahead. When you get to the edge and look out, you’re somewhere above Vermillionaire slab with the distinctive Galston High buttress about 20m to its left.
Found in 2013. Thanks to Niall Doherty for showing the bolting virgins which way to point the drill when we were finally ready to do something about it. Scott found a bolt plate at the base of GH during an early top rope ascent. Possibly the same person guy who put the bolt in at the Big Wall Environs?
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