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Earth Energies in the Heart of the Sacred Triangle


                Earth Energies in the Heart of the Sacred Triangle

Cast your mind back … no, further back … say around 20 million years ago …

And we’re in the basin of a large caldera, molten lava slowly bubbling, seeping into the landscape. The fiery depths of the Earth spewing forth to transform its environment, and over time creating what is today a volcanic crater filled with rich, fertile farm land.


Being  lovers of landscape, we heard there were some stunning panoramic views just outside the quaint little township of Tyalgum in far northern New South Wales, Australia. So armed with the trusty (or not so trusty) panoramic camera, off we went for a day of landscape photography.

1e Down on the farm …



Driving out it was clear that photography conditions weren’t perfect (clearly it wasn’t clear enough!) but the scenic drive was well worth it.  A spectacular journey into the heart of an ancient volcanic crater, now transformed into lush, green undulating slopes, surrounded in all directions by the mountainous rim of the volcano.


There are three very specific landmarks along the rim. Spectacular geological formations that inspire awe at their individual majesty. When viewed altogether they are nothing less than breathtaking.


The three formations: Mount Warning, The Pinnacle, and Sphinx Rock, form a triangle at the caldera’s rim. In Aboriginal spirituality this area is known as The Sacred Triangle, a place of powerful energies, each connected by ley lines or dreaming/song lines. This concentrated energy field has been used as a site for rituals of high-level spiritual practices and initiation ceremonies for Aboriginal ‘clever men’.  


Side view of Mount Warning

Mount Warning was named by Captain Cook, but is traditionally known by the Aboriginal people as Wollumbin, and is one of the most important religious sites in Aboriginal culture.

The mountain top is the first place in Australia to receive the sunlight each day, making it a popular pilgrimage for tourists, who do the arduous climb in order to be the first to be greeted by the brand new day.


The local Bundjalung people feel that this sacred mountain is being desecrated and spiritually eroded by the effects of tourism and some elders request that the summit not be climbed. There is a sign at the base to this effect which is often disregarded.  At the time of writing, Mount Warning is currently closed due to storm damage.


Five years ago we climbed The Pinnacle and gazed down into the valley. Today we got a totally different perspective as we gazed up from the valley in wonder at this magnificent structure.



The tall, protruding, knobbly peak of The Pinnacle literally stands out like a sore thumb along the ridge of the caldera.

This place exuded peace and tranquility, and being well off the beaten track, gave a nice sense of isolation from the urban world.


Time seemed to stand still, there was no need for it, and I felt happy just sitting and watching the bees pollenating the small yellow daisies, and the ants trying to cart away bits of meaty debris twice their size.


Our final destination was the base of Mount Warning where there was a delightful guesthouse and restaurant serving organic produce, some of which came straight from their exquisite gardens.


The freshly squeezed orange juice I ordered came directly from this tree, ladder still in place!




We had found a mini Garden of Eden at one of the most significant religious sites in Aboriginal culture.


And just like in the Garden of Eden, the temptations proved too great and I ate the forbidden scones, jam and cream!


Apologies if I have damned thee all for eternity. (It was worth it :))


The delightful chatter of the babbling brook, interspersed with lively, varied birdsong made this the perfect place for some time out with nature.


And in the spirit of things, I took some time to meditate on the significance of this beautiful place and connect with the powerful energies that reside there.



Twenty million years ago the heart of the caldera was a hot molten mass of fire energy. More recently, a place of Aboriginal rituals and spiritual ceremonies. Today, the township of Tyalgum is affectionately known as ‘the heart of the caldera’, and its surrounds are picturesque lush farmlands bordered by the remains of the ancient volcano.

And the concept of impermanence sets in …

What will this spot look like in one thousand years? One million years from now?