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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!

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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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

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