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Rock on these holidays


Looking for a school holiday boredom buster that “rocks”?

Look no further than NSW Rocks – a unique Facebook group with more than 36,000 members who are all avid fans of painting, hiding, finding and collecting painted rocks.

It has a particularly large following in the Hunter, with many recent posts coming from locals to the region.

Moderator Janelle Jobson, from Macquarie Hills, says it’s a hit with young children and oldies alike.

“It’s a really cost-effective activity that families can get involved in – all you need to get started is some paint,” she tells Newcastle Weekly.
“Anyone can join in, you don’t have to be an artist or a great painter, all you need is a sense of adventure and love to spread joy and happiness in your community.”

Members complete “rock drops”, posting in the Facebook group the location and a picture of their painted rock for others to find.

Janelle says, usually, people will hide them again once found, but there are no hard and fast rules and many people keep the first rock they unearth as a memento.

“We’ve had rocks travel as far as Japan, the UK, Siberia, Bali, and of course New Zealand and Tasmania,” she says.
“It’s really cool to see where they end up.”

To join the group, search ‘NSW Rocks’ on Facebook and click on the ‘join group’ button.

You’ll be rocking on in no time.

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