Posted on December 5, 2015
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.
Posted on November 29, 2015
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!
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 17, 2014
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.
Posted on December 18, 2013
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
Posted on December 3, 2013
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