About 46km south-west of Wagga Wagga in the rich and diversified Riverina District of southern NSW, Yerong Creek is a sedate place given over to mainly mixed farming and grazing enterprises.
Just up the road is The Rock, a small town and a geological feature of the same name, discovered by Charles Sturt in 1834. The Rock and its surrounds are protected by a nature reserve. There's a challenging climb of some three kilometres up to the summit called the Yerong Walking Trail, but, be warned - tough is the operative word, and you should be in good shape before even thinking of tackling it.
This formation was first called Hanging Rock, but in 1874 a huge slab, which protruded from its eastern face, broke off, thus depriving the monolith of this singular feature and its more descriptive name.
Yerong Creek features in another minuscule piece of Australian history. In 1991, the much-vaunted Intercity Express Train - colloquially known as the XPT - established an Australian rail speed record of 193km/h (119.9mph) between Table Top and the town.