July 2014: Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area

Visiting the excavations at the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area and seeing fish middens, burnt hearth sediment and sun setting over the dunes of Lake Mungo. To learn more visit the My Mungo webpage.

 

July 2014: Watson’s Bay to Circular Quay

It turns out that if you go looking for stuff to do in Sydney, there is actually stuff to do and people to do stuff with! One beautiful winter day in July I met up with a bunch of complete strangers and walked along the coastline from Watson’s Bay to Circular Quay. There were cliffs and bays and delightful gardens and places to swim. There was also coffee and pie. Damn fine way to spend a weekend.

 

Headings Cliff, South Australia

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Overland Corner

The Overland Corner is a nature reserve managed by the National Trust of South Australia and is situated on the Murray River at the Heron Bend Cliffs. The limestones that make up the cliffs are full of fossil oysters, lace corals, sea urchins, lamp shells, snails, cones and cowries. The layering of the cliffs indicate the presence of a warm shallow sea some 15 million years ago and then the retreat of that sea around 5 million years ago, leaving a river and creek system in its place. There are three short self guided walks which take you to quarries where you can see the changing geology and fossils, with bonus Aboriginal sites like canoe trees and an ochre quarry and 19th century hotels, police stations and cemeteries.

Source: The Geological History of Overland Corner, National Trust of South Australia.

June 2014: Walking from Brooklyn to Cowan

One weekend in June I joined the bevy of noble-minded hikers training to walk the Great North Walk for Oxfam. The day’s endeavours:┬áthe 11km segment between Brooklyn and Cowan. It wasn’t the most inviting of days but we met plenty of enthusiastic walkers getting up their kms. The day ended well with a rewarding pie from the Berowra Bakery on the highway. I highly recommend visiting Dave Noble’s walking blog and checking out his much more fitting tribute to the walk, then exploring the rest of his blog. Amazing photographs.

In the meantime, here is the dark and gloomy evidence…

 

March 2014 – River walk along the Murrumbidgee at Balranald

It was a dark and stormy afternoon along the Murrumbidgee River.

It was a dark and stormy afternoon along the Murrumbidgee River.


Swimming in a waterhole in the Blue Mountains National Park

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Berowra Waters

Some Easter weekend outdoors time.
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It’s a bit late but…

Happy New Year from the water lilly! And here it is the same time last year

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Some well-fed, expectant swans on Lake Burley Griffith