Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Walk on the Wild Side

The lack of posts from the past few days is due to us being in a more isolated location with next to no internet access.

River

On Tuesday we took a drive from Dungog to the south-east edge of Barrington National Park.  This is a World Heritage listed wilderness area so by its very nature it is pretty well inaccessible.

Forest

We did, however, do a short (3.5km) circuit from the Williams River picnic area.

River gorge

We saw several lyrebirds but I was not able to get any photos of them so here is a selection of the scenery.

Eucalypts

The cabin where we stayed was almost at the end of the road to Chichester Dam.  Here is a view from the verandah.

Moonrise

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The True Reason

Although you definitely do not need a reason to travel, I wanted to let you know that we have not been simply meandering aimlessly through NSW and Victoria for the past 13 days.

The purpose of this trip was to be in Canberra on Saturday 23rd March 2013 for a wedding.

The happy couple

We were privileged to be able to share this happy occasion.

The 4 days we spent in Canberra allowed us to catch up with family as well.

Today we drove north and are staying at a bushland cabin near Chichester Dam on the fringe of Barrington Tops National Park.

As we were driving on the Putty Road we saw a lyrebird crossing the road.  These are very shy birds and it is rare to see them when bushwalking let alone on the road.  There are also small wallabies near the cabin and we are hoping to see plenty of interesting flora and fauna tomorrow.

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End Of the Line

I have been a bit busy for the last few days so there will be 2 posts in quick succession.  You will see why when I do the next post.

On Thursday we drove from Lakes Entrance to Canberra.  This was almost all new territory for us again and I was quite excited to be going through Bombala.  It does not have any particular claim to fame apart from the fact that there is a song by Pat Drummond, “End of the Line” which includes the following lines:

Well the train rolled to a halt just out of Bredbo,
where the old Chakola bridge is undermined.
There’s no way to make the railhead in Bombala,
as we used to in my grandfather’s time.

Railway Park - Bombala

Naturally, I wanted to see the end of the line and I was not disappointed.

End of the line

Although it is no longer in use, we were interested to see the station buildings.

Bombala station

This was probably storage for incoming and outgoing freight.

Bombala station building

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Man-made and Natural

We are staying at Lakes Entrance so today we took a drive which encompassed a variety of scenery.

Trestle bridge at Nowa Nowa

This is a disused trestle bridge at Nowa Nowa.  It is deteriorating and I do not know when it was built but it is an amazing piece of engineering from days gone by.

Ninety Mile Beach at Lake Tyers

This is the eastern end of Ninety Mile Beach near Lake Tyers.

Here are a couple more images from our travels yesterday when we drove from Wilson’s Promontory to Lakes Entrance.

Jetty at Port Welshpool

This jetty at Port Welshpool is another construction from earlier times.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to walk along it.

View on Wilson's Promontory

This view was taken at Wilson’s Promontory looking across Glennie Bay to Mt Oberon in the distance.

The photo below was our first glimpse of Ninety Mile Beach.  We were at Woodside Beach which is at the western end.

Woodside Beach

The dune vegetation was pretty.

Dune vegetation

Unlike the first part of the trip, the last couple of days has been uncharted waters for us.  We had never travelled east of Melbourne so this has all been new to us.

We will continue to traverse roads we have never driven tomorrow when we head further east to Cann River before heading north to Canberra, the national capital.

More about that tomorrow.

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At The Coast

We made it away from the grazing and agricultural land west of the Great Diving Range to some of the most southerly coastline on the Australian mainland.

Naturally, I found a lighthouse.

Cape Liptrap lighthouse

This is at Cape Liptrap yesterday.  We then drove on and stayed at Yanakie on Wilson’s Promontory.  Those of you who are familiar with Australian geography will know that the tip of Wilson’s Promontory is the southernmost point of the Australian mainland.

Here is a distant view of it, looking across from Cape Liptrap.

Wilson's Prom from Cape Liptrap

There will be more coastal scenery (and perhaps lighthouses, Marg) in the next few days as we travel east along the Gippsland coast.

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On The Road

I guess you are probably wondering whether I have disappeared completely.  No, we have just been having a real holiday.

Rather than try to catch up on 6 days in one post I will just do some short posts over the next few days (I hope).

Lake and building

We visited the beautiful Japanese Gardens in Cowra.

Lake and bridge

Also, the war cemetery in Cowra.

War cemetery

This includes the graves of the Australian soldiers who lost their lives during the ‘Cowra Breakout’, where Japanese prisoners of war escaped from the POW camp which was located near Cowra during World War II.

 

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Day 1 & What We Forgot

Although we left home yesterday, we spent last night visiting my mother in Brisbane so today was the first real day of our travels.

On the road
The vehicle in the photo is not ours.  We are driving a medium sedan and not towing a caravan.  We drove from Brisbane to Tamworth today and broke the trip up with a stop to see friends in Warwick for morning tea and then a late lunch near Glen Innes.  There were patches of blue sky but also lots of grey cloud and some showers of rain.  The country through the southern Darling Downs and New England tablelands is looking beautiful with new growth everywhere from the recent rains.

New England scenery

Australia does not have high mountains by world standards but the area known as the New England tablelands is a large area of an elevation higher than 1000m.  It is now officially autumn (fall) here and we caught a glimpse of some early changes in foliage.  This is at the roundabout near Armidale.

Autumn foliage near Armidale

We stopped at the lookout on the Moonbi Range for a great view of the valley and plains looking south-west towards Tamworth, our destination for the first night.

View from Moonbi Range lookout

Finally, what did we forget to pack?

Hats
Drink bottles
Coffee
Sweet potatoes

I cannot believe that I completely overlooked the hats and drink bottles.  The Duke and I both thought the other one had packed the coffee which is stored in the fridge.  I had several sweet potatoes which I intended to put in the box of groceries as we will be self-catering for a large part of the trip.  The Duke has bought another pack of coffee, the sweet potatoes will be used when we get home and we will probably buy at least one drink bottle.  I am reserving judgement on the need for hats until I see what the weather is like on any given day.

We will be away for a little over 2 weeks and we expect to encounter weather ranging from cool to hot and have catered for occasions which include bushwalking, a wedding and everything in between.  Because we are driving we do not have strict weight or size limits.  I do not think I will find anything else that we have not packed.

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A New Adventure

Today marks the beginning of a new holiday adventure.  This time we are exploring more of our own country.

Map

Come along for the ride as we take a road trip through 3 states and the Australian Capital Territory.

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