sculptures in the scrub

You can feel the enduring energy and spirit in this Pilliga landscape.

It rests over 550kms from Sydney in at least 500,000ha of forests, national parks and nature reserves.  Now there are these thoughtful sculptures in the Dandry Gorge magnifying the harmony of nature and culture in the Pilliga.

Timmallallie National Park, just out of Baradine in north western New South Wales , is where you will find Dandry Gorge.  It is a beautiful gorge with a high walk above the Pilliga Forest floor down into and along a wide dry river bed.  The local Gamilaraay Aboriginal people are proud of this serene and special place.

The sculptures are made from bronze, stone, wood and stainless steel. The sculptures were developed by Australian artists Brett Garling, Col Henry and Ken Hutchinson and Aboriginal artist Badger Bates.  They were funded by Gawambaraay Pilliga Co-management Committee.

This 500 000ha landscape is lucky enough to be in public ownership. It is made up of cypress pine, ironbark, scribbly and river red gums, heathlands and sandy creeks. Birds abound in the Pilliga landscape, as do mammals, frogs and flora.  While the bush really bursts into colour in spring, wildflowers can be seen dotting the scrub nearly all year.


sandstone caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve

Feel the spirit.

Hear the silence.

Respect the land.

The Sandstone Caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve (located in north western New South Wales)  are a significant Aboriginal site for the local Gamilaraay people.  The Sandstone Caves are a series of cathedral type caves exhibiting an array of rich colours, sizes and shapes.

Walking around the caves you can feel the finely weathered sand under your feet.

The Sandstone Caves are a very special place where you can sense their enduring spirit.

warrumbungles healing

you thought you could destroy me

in this January just gone

your licking flames and searing heat

panting for the signal of defeat

I did not surrender to your call

my strength is now returning

green tips are young and eager

birds upon my branches as yet so meagre

silence lingers in the ‘Bungles

no chirping chomping or chatter

no hikers campers or forest friends

until the day our nature mends

The Warrumbungles in north west New South Wales  (this map will help you locate the Warrumbungles) suffered devastating bushfires in January 2013. You can learn more about the bushfires  at this site.

Rains have come to the rescue and recovery is happening.  The silence on the walks is eerie, awaiting the return of the creatures to the Warrumbungles.

repurposing the humble beer can

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rusting relics at Lightning Ridge

here I sit on a mound of dust

take a photograph if you must

it’s a shame you have to see me this way

waiting, empty and rusting away

fifty years ago I was at my peak

now I am just old, useless and weak

noosa beach at the end of winter

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Spring is here.

noosa beach sunshine coast

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praying for the big black opal find

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