bundjalung national park

After travelling the  twenty or so kilometres of narrow dirt road you are rewarded with the Black Rocks section of the Bundjalung National Park.  Long expanses of deserted beach, creeks for paddling and exploring, and a diversity of wildlife awaits you.  A noisy sea at night gives way to a warm orange sunrise across the black rocks.

Advertisements

the warrumbungles revisited

In January 2013 the Warrumbungles was devastated by severe bush fires.  The landscape was in tatters.  Visiting there in July 2013 was sad indeed, although there were signs of recovery as this earlier post shows.

In going to the Warrumbungles in July this year there was indeed a changing, growing post fire landscape.  Sadly it will never be the same as before the fires.  One thing which is noticeable two years on is the quiet.  There are a few birds singing their way through the day, but not as many as you would expect in this once diverse landscape.

Nevertheless the Warrumbungles are not going to give up!

the marble face of Chillagoe

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.

Chillagoe charms

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!

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.

 

 

beauty & the bush

The Australian bush: a treasure chest of native jewels

Look up, look down and all around

Listen to the feedback: the whim of a breeze, a twitter, slither or squeak

Breathe the air, feast on the colour

So get on out and take a peek

The Contrasts of Yampi Sound

man leaves his scars

so radically different

from nature’s surrounds

 

 

 

Catbird Quilt Studio

Be powerful. CREATE!

Gotta Find a Home

Conversations with Street People

thoughtfulmindsunited.wordpress.com/

Build. Connect. Inspire.

making it up as i go

amy begun saab ~life as i see it. a Vermonter deeply entrenched in Alabama dirt...so i plant flowers.

Natalie Breuer

Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.

Unload and Unwind

A place to talk about the past, present and thoughts of the future

oahuhiking

Oahu hikes