Orphan Rock at Katoomba

Orphan Rock Katoomba
Orphan Rock is a sandstone pillar beneath the Scenic Skyway at Katoomba. In the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales, it vies with the famous Three Sisters pillars and was named Orphan Rock in the 1880s. In 1934, tourists could climb by means of steps and ladders attached to the rockface. But, in the 1950s, authorities decided that the perilous structures and crumbling sandstone would not support large numbers of climbers. In 1974, after a mudslide obliterated the access track, park managers erected warning signs and chain mesh fences to prevent access. Nevertheless at least one blogger has gingerly climbed to the top on rickety steps and enjoyed the fabulous views. Oil painting by Dai Wynn on linen on board. 30.5 cm high by 40.6 cm wide by 0.3 cm deep approximately.