Ballandean Pyramid

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Coordinates: 28°48′53.24″S 151°51′4.41″E / 28.8147889°S 151.8512250°E / -28.8147889; 151.8512250

The Ballandean Pyramid

The Ballandean Pyramid is a stone pyramid near the small village of Ballandean, Queensland, Australia. The pyramid is approximately 15 metres in height and built from blocks of the local granite. Not to be confused with the nearby natural rock formations known as the Pyramids in the Girraween National Park. It is on property belonging to a local vineyard (Henty Estate) and is approximately 25 metres from the nearest road.[1] It was built by the now-past land owner at a cost of one thousand Australian dollars. [2] The pyramid was built after a local resident, Peter Watters (Watters Vine Management Service), asked what was to be done with the surplus amount of granite rocks that were excavated for land tillage. The pyramid took eight months to build using an excavator and dump truck.[3]

Construction[edit]

After a somewhat comical suggestion of a pyramid was put forth, construction began almost straight away. The pyramid base was to be 30 metres wide. Landscaping of the base was completed early and the rocks were collected by a dump truck and brought to the site. The first three levels of rocks were laid first by a large excavator and then manoeuvred appropriately into place by a smaller excavator. As the pyramid rose, a makeshift dirt ramp was built to negotiate the height and the construction vehicles used this access ramp to completed the pyramid. At the end of construction, the ramp was removed by the excavator.

Regulations and Maintenance[edit]

It is currently forbidden for public to climb the pyramid for any reason. As considerable amounts of earth from the construction ramp ended up inside the pyramid, weeds and blackberry bushes have appeared on the pyramid. A small tree even germinated at the very top of the pyramid which could be seen from a distance, causing annoyance to passers-by. This was removed by hand by a vineyard worker in mid-January 2013, restoring the pyramid to its original symmetrical look.

Services[edit]

An ANZAC day service was held at the site and the Last Post was played from midway up the pyramid, and a flag was posted at the top.

See also[edit]

Gympie Pyramid

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=-28.814822,151.851225&num=1&t=h&sll=-28.814709,151.848092&sspn=0.016131,0.038409&ie=UTF8&ll=-28.813995,151.851225&spn=0.008066,0.019205&z=16
  2. ^ Houghton, Des "Craig Gore's unwanted grape crop at Henty Estate vineyard" March 13, 2009 [1]
  3. ^ "Landmark Legends of Stanthorpe"[2]