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Australian Landscapes #32

Destination: Lockhart, New South Wales

Unlike the silos at Thallon or the water tower in Cunnamulla, the painted water tower in Lockhart takes some effort to find. For a start, Lockhart isn’t on any major roads so you’ll need to make a detour. And, once you’ve arrived in this small Riverina town, you’ll still need to search because the water tower is almost hidden by the trees in the garden around it.

But it’s worth looking for!

Located on the main street, the water tower was painted in 2018 by two Blue Mountains artists using freehand techniques and spray cans. The mural they created pays tribute to one of Australia’s most important resources – water. It depicts a waterfall tumbling over a rocky cliff before flowing down to a creek on the forest floor, giving sustenance to the plants and animals native to this area.

If you’re on the road in the Riverina district, look out for the turn off to Lockhart. The extra kilometres will be forgotten when you do find the water tower!

A Natural Balancing Act

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #26

Destination: Stonehenge Recreational Reserve, New South Wales

At Stonehenge Recreational Reserve it looks like a giant tossed his pebble collection like a little boy tosses marbles. Beside the New England Highway not far from Glen Innes, dozens of huge granite boulders lie scattered across 32 hectares of parkland. Some are only just exposed, with most of their massive bulk still buried underground. Others rest on their side or stack up against each other.

Some boulders balance haphazardly in precarious positions,

while others seem perilously close to toppling.

When the first English settlers arrived here in 1838, they named their property “Stonehenge”. It’s not hard to imagine why.

 

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky’s July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time.

Winter Sunset

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #24

Destination: Patonga, New South Wales 

On a warm summer evening, everyone lingers at the beach long after the sun has set. It’s a different story in winter.

The temperature plummets when the sun goes down. Activity ceases and the beach is empty as people seek warmth indoors.

Only the hardiest of souls is still out.

 

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky’s July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time.

Mooove Over

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #21

Destination: Oxley Highway, Northern New South Wales

It’s not uncommon to see cattle grazing on the side of the road while being moved from one paddock to another. Usually there are warning signs of stock ahead and stockmen on horseback keep an eye out for stragglers.

But there’s always one in the herd who likes to bend the rules and take his time crossing the road. And of course, no vehicle is going to take him on.

These photos were taken through the windscreen with my phone. I wasn’t going to take this fellow on either!

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky’s July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time.

Up, Down, Up

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #9

Destination: Tomaree Head, Shoal Bay, New South Wales

The sign said it was only a two kilometre walk, but it looked a long way up to the summit of Tomaree Head.

At first the track was easy going,

but soon the gentle incline was replaced by steps up to a cantilevered walkway leading through the trees and around the edge of the hill.

At the top our efforts were rewarded with expansive coastal views to the north and south.

Heading back downhill, we left the summit walk and turned onto another path. It led us up again to the Fort Tomaree gun emplacements, part of Australia’s coastal defences during the Second World War.

The guns were removed a long time ago, but the structures which housed them have been left behind.

It was easy to see why Tomaree Head was chosen as a strategic site. The views were spectacular.

 

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky’s July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time. Also joining Jo’s Monday Walks.

Somewhere Out There

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #5

Destination: Shoal Bay, New South Wales

Whale watching is a risky business. There’s never a guarantee you’ll see any, and in Australia there are maritime regulations protecting marine animals. Boats are not permitted to approach whales, so you have to wait for the whales to come to you.

At first you spend a lot of time scanning the ocean, looking for signs of life. Every whitecap catches your eye.

Suddenly there’s a telltale spray and you know there’s a whale beneath the surface.

There might just be one,

but often a pod passes by, usually a female with a couple of male escorts.

Sometimes it feels like the whales are putting on a show just for you.

You and all the other excited whale watchers!

 

 

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky’s July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time.

So Much More

Exploring Australia

With so much to see, Crackneck Point Lookout on the New South Wales Central Coast is an ideal vantage point.

The little town of The Entrance sits snugly beside the sandy curve of Shelly beach. The narrow channel the town is named for connects the vast waterways of Tuggerah Lakes to the Pacific Ocean.

Far off in the distance Norah Head Lighthouse is just visible atop Norah Head. Container ships heading towards the port at Newcastle don’t need its guiding light during the day.

The views from Crackneck Point are beautiful at any time of year but, between April and November, visitors come armed with binoculars as well as cameras.

They’re hoping to spot humpback whales.

Pods of whales migrate every winter from the Southern Ocean to the warmer waters of the Queensland coast to mate. In late spring, they return south with their newborn calves. Up to 25,000 whales make the journey every year, so it’s not unusual to see them travelling close to the coast.

The lookout at Crackneck Point is perfect for an afternoon of whale watching.

Top Spot

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #27

When restrictions in Queensland are lifted and travel within our state is allowed, we’ll be on the road again. We have a new caravan we only got to use for two nights before everything closed down and there’s a long list of places we want to visit. Our first destination will be this top spot.

This free camp on the banks of the Moonie River at Nindigully will be perfect for trying out the off grid features of our van – solar panels, extra water tanks and, most important of all, an ensuite bathroom. I’m looking forward to sitting out under the awning with my morning coffee, enjoying the birds and the bougainvillea.

We might try some water sports, go for a gentle bush walk or just sit quietly by the river.

I just hope the Nindigully Pub is open next time!

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

On the Top Floor

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #26

These unique penthouse apartments, high above the banks of the Balonne River in St George, have million dollar views.

We wondered if these were the occupants. They’re obviously not afraid of heights.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

Room at the Top

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #22

While we’re down on the ground perfecting our social distancing skills, there’s always room at the top of the tree for a gathering.

Even smooching is allowed!

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.