Posted on November 29, 2014
Sure, there are rocky outcrops as you drive into Chillagoe from the east. There are fences here and there with keep out signs (always a temptation unless they say there is a big dog behind them!) but what are the hiding?
A late afternoon venture into a paddock behind one of these fences revealed these white faces crouching beneath grasses and black topped rock. One day you might see one of these faces as a sculpture in your local park.
Posted on November 16, 2014
Tucked away a couple of hundred kilometres west of Cairns is the small town of Chillagoe. The rainforest and the wet tropics quickly disappear and you are into dry country with lots of rocks and dust. Once a bustling smelting town, it is now much quieter. Don’t make the mistake however of thinking because there is no hustle and bustle there is nothing to do. Quite the opposite.
Play golf, go swimming, explore the smelting history, go caving or take a cool ale at one of the pubs. No need to set an alarm, the galah chorus will get you up on time. You can easily check the weather before your planned activities too!
Posted on June 14, 2014
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.
Posted on June 10, 2014
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.
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The Kimberley, is an immensely rich landscape in its vastness, indigenous culture, mineral wealth and sheer beauty.
It is a landscape of colour and mood. It has an enduring spirit of an old and experienced land.
This is the first blog in a series on the Kimberley (see locational map).
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