The Jaws of Death
aka The Balconies
rock formation was probably named because a) when viewed from the
side it looks like an animals jaw and b) it's a long way down if you
fall off it. The name apparently had to be changed to accommodate
certain international tourists who wouldn't like to visit places
with nasty names. I guess that's why Mt Howitt is pretty much
left to the locals.... Ah tourism, that great saviour of the
Access to the ledge is currently "closed to the public"
until the safety rail is replaced. It is expected to
"reopen" in September. The story I heard is that someone
thought it was easier to pay the $10,000 fine for cutting it out
before taking the photograph than to have it retouched out of the
photograph. I prefer to pay $0 and have retouched the orange
plastic mesh across the steps out of the panorama.
This panorama might even be enough to make your palms sweaty as
the camera viewpoint is 1.5m above the tip of the lower 'jaw'. As
they say... If you're scared of heights, don't look down.