a powerhouse of street art

The Geelong Powerhouse has not generated power for over 45 years and sits abandoned.  Well, nearly abandoned, except for an awesome display of legal street art from 220 plus artists.  It is worth noting the building is some 6 stories high and covers 3000 square metres.

Here are my favourites ……

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a scene from a movie?

dunk island accommodation

This accommodation was comfortably sitting on the beach at Dunk Island looking south across to the more exclusive Bedarra Island.  Not a bad way to spend some time away from it all on a near deserted tropical island!

Gundabooka National Park

A beautiful national park just south of Bourke in Western NSW.  Rich in the aboriginal culture and history of the Ngemba people.

Red soil roads get you through and Gundabooka NP. The landscape is diverse.  Creeks were full of tadpoles and some nearly to be frogs.  The deep blue skies with a hint of rain in the distance created a wonderful backdrop for driving, walking and feeling the spirit of this park.

 

 

a perspective of Broken Hill

With the backdrop of long and straight slag heaps from mining operations, a town still bustles. There are reminders of tough times and times which produced wealth and stature (and statues atop buildings) in the far western New South Wales town.  

Corrugated iron remains a dominant feature on the landscape whether it be as fences in back alleys, or as houses which have stood the test of time, or on old roof tops which are colouring gracefully with age.

Many of the town’s mining operations have now closed but they still dominate the landscape as reminders.  So do the street names, which are all mineral inspired, as you might anticipate. Navigating around Broken Hill is like reading a periodic table.

The human footprint rather than nature dominate this town in the desert.

 

Silverton – a town of character(s) in the desert

Not a big town these days, but rich in history, character, characters, art and artists.  Of course, Mad Max the movie was made here too.

a talented Dan from Uralla

Recently on my way to Sydney I stayed overnight in Uralla, New South Wales.  Even in mid March, the morning air was crisp and perfect for a brisk walk, an opportunity to take in the town before heading further south.

The town is neat and well cared for.  People’s gardens reflect a pride of place.

The best place however was Dan’s.  Down a quiet street I first saw this marvellous gate.  Someone, I did not know who at the time, had made it an artistic floral piece.  The curious kelpies barked at my approach.  It was then I spied a yard full of sculptures and curios.  Dan, the owner approached and I introduced myself.  I stood and chatted briefly and marvelled at his creativity.

Such a talent tucked away in the New England town of Uralla.

 

 

signs of the times

On a recent trip into the outback of New South Wales (via Uralla) I came across these forms advertising.

Not being keen on guns I did find it amusing (and a bit disturbing) to link the selling of guns and the selling of toys in the one shop, Hunting Haven.  Are guns and toys one and the same in some people’s minds?

The Cobar butchery is a delight.  Beautifully tiled facade advertising their products.  The advertising looks like it dates back from the build date of 1910.  What I did not get was the word family next to carcass.  Interesting combination.  Still wondering.

The last one is just pure fun at Silverton.  Australian humour at its best.

 

 

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