MIKE SIERRA HOTEL

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 24 August 2016

'It is a fascinating story of a uniquely Australian venture - the Royal Flying Doctor Service. As the first of its kind in the world it had its beginning in Queensland in May 1928. Developed on a national basis in the 1930's, the Service soon provided for the people of the Inland not only medical aid in emergencies, but also a comprehensive health care and community service.

Visitors can experience the RFDS for themselves on one of the continually running guided tours of its base. You can also see RFDS activities presented in the Mantle of Safety Museum.' [travelin.com.au] (1784)

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INHOSPITABLE

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 23 August 2016

The beautiful Split Point lighthouse at Aireys Inlet looks majestic as it stands guard over some of Victoria's rugged coastline. The cliffs are very tall at this location on the Great Ocean Road and must have seemed daunting and inhospitable to the survivors of early shipwrecks. I was keeping an eye on the rising tide on my visit here and obviously made it out alive, but I'm hoping to go back when the weather is better and the tide is more favourable. (1783)

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QUIETLY MAJESTIC

Menindee, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 22 August 2016

'No visit to Kinchega National Park is complete without exploring the beautiful, old buildings of Kinchega Station. Built in 1875 of corrugated iron and river red gum, the historic Kinchega Woolshed is a vast and very well preserved classic piece of Australian pastoral heritage.

Inside the woolshed, you’ll see wool presses and tables, a machinery room and an original steam engine as well as sweating pens and the board where the sheep were held for shearing. In 97 years of operation, six million sheep were sheared here, an amazing thing to imagine as you wander through this quietly majestic building.' [nationalparks.nsw.gov.au] (1782)

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LIVING DESERT

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 21 August 2016

'Within the Living Desert Reserve are two must see major attractions - the sculptures and the flora and fauna sanctuary.

The Sculptures comprise 12 sandstone artworks which highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. Located on a majestic hilltop within the centre of the reserve, the sculptures were completed in 1993 by artists from around the world. ' [visitnsw.com] (1781)

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COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED

Brim, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 20 August 2016

'Guido van Helten has turned the tiny town of Brim, with a population of about 100, into a tourist destination overnight, and social media is cluttered with photos of his work.

People are in awe of the four characters, standing 30 metres tall, on the iconic Australian structures. Mr van Helten's artwork has completely transformed a town, but perhaps the lasting impression will be the unwashed shirt he wore every day — now hanging proudly in the Brim Hotel.' [abc.net.au] (1780)

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CONTINUALLY SHIFTING

Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 19 August 2016

'The Perry Sandhills are located 6 km west of Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia, on the old Renmark Road, near the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers.

The sandhill cover an area of approximately 160 hectares (400 acres), and have been formed over the past 40,000 years by wind erosion. They are continually shifting due to the wind. As the sands move, evidence is periodically uncovered of prehistoric animals and Aboriginal use of the Sandhill area.' [Wikipedia] (1779)

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SECLUDED

Walkerville, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 18 August 2016

Extremely secluded, Walkerville South is only accessible by lonely gravel roads and the lack of people ensures that facilities are at a bare minimum. Walkerville North is accessed by a sealed winding road from the nearby hilltop through beautiful forest down to the shore.' [Wikipedia] (1778)

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THE OLDEST NATIONAL PARK

Mount Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Mount Field National Park was founded in 1916, making it, along with Freycinet National Park, Tasmania's oldest national park. The area around Russell Falls has been protected for its natural beauty since 1885, when it was set aside as Tasmania's first nature reserve. The last known wild thylacine was captured in the region in 1933. The reserve was called 'National Park' before 1946, but was officially renamed to its present name in 1947.' [Wikipedia] (1777)

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KARST SOLUTION PIPES

Cape Bridgewater, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Cape Bridgewater is home to a colony of up to 650 fur seals and has the highest coastal cliff in Victoria. These cliffs are suitable spot to observe southern right whales in winter and spring. The cape itself also boasts a large blowhole and karst solution pipes, colloquially known as the petrified forest, but now known to be hollow tubes of limestone, eroded as a result of millions of years of rainfall. Bridgewater Bay and the adjacent Cape form a partially submerged volcanic caldera. To the west is a large area with huge sand dunes.' [Wikipedia] (1776)

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180 DEGREE VIEWS

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Monday 15 August 2016

I'm not sure if you have been to Moggs Creek, on the Great Ocean Road? It is a lovely little stop that has 180 degree views from the Split Point lighthouse on one side to Lorne on the other. The beach is beautiful and surfers seem to like the waves along this stretch of the coast. This shot is from Moggs Creek looking back to the lighthouse and shows how flat the beach is with the waves covering a large area of the sand. (1775)

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A MELBOURNE ICON

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 14 August 2016

'The Yarra River offers a multitude of picturesque settings. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths which cater for cyclists, walkers and joggers. A Melbourne icon, the river is the focus for numerous spectacular events including the famous Moomba festival, rowing regattas, the Melbourne Festival and Dragon Boat Festivals.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (1774)

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VERY TRANQUIL

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 13 August 2016

Large volcanic rocks are strewn across the beach at Cumberland River, on the Great Ocean Road. Behind the beach is the forests of the Otway Ranges. A very tranquil beach to visit and photograph. (1773)

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POINT OF INTEREST

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 12 August 2016

Sometimes I turn up at a location that isn't all that photogenic. The tide is out, there are monotone rocks and there isn't any foreground interest. But a sunburst on the edge of a rock can suddenly make the image fantastic, and give it a wonderful point of interest. (1772)

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THE BEST

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 11 August 2016

The wonderful colours of the cliffs at Urquhart Bluff are amazing a well worth the visit, if you are going down the Great Ocean Road. There are oranges and pinks to compliment the normal beach colours of white sand and green water. I wandered along this beach for a long time as the sun rose and consider it one of my best mornings. (1771)

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IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT

West Coast, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 10 August 2016

There is nothing better than being out in nature, early in the morning. Watching the sunrise over a scene and knowing that the majority of humanity has missed it. I particularly love scenes like this one where there is dew on the grass that is glistening in the sunlight and there is fog in amongst the trees that seems to be trapped by the branches and leaves. When you see a scene like this, you feel euphoric and know the rest of the day is going to be great! (1770)

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THE ONE-LANE STEEL BRIDGE

Queens Park, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 9 August 2016

'The single-lane Queens Bridge carries Queens Park Road, which links Highton and Newtown. The location was originally the site of a punt, with a wooden cattle crossing being provided in 1861. Those crossing the bridge were charged a toll. The bridge collapsed in the 1870 flood, and a new wooden bridge opened in 1872. The toll ended 1877. The bridge was wrecked by the 1909 flood, but was rebuilt.[19] The current one-lane steel bridge was opened in 1930. A water main and footpath were added on one side in 1963, and the height and deck have been modified in later years.' [Wikipedia] (1769)

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IT IS NOT EASY

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Monday 8 August 2016

The life of a landscape photographer is not easy. The best light is early in the morning, so an early rise and drive in the dark is necessary. It is often very cold and the destination not all that accessible. And very often, there are steps up and down, particularly at the beach locations along the Great Ocean Road. These are the steps that confronted me on my recent visit to Aireys Inlet. Having traipsed up and down the beach, both on soft sand and over large rocks, I had to then climb back up these steps ... and I hadn't even had my breakfast! (1768)

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LOW AND SLOW

Bright, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 7 August 2016

Today's image is of a quiet and peaceful curve in the river just outside of Bright. The leaves are beginning to turn at the beginning of autumn and the river is a little low and slow after a very long summer. The area around Bright has a lot of non-indigenous trees that are deciduous and this make it a wonderful area to visit in autumn and the nearby snow fields make it a great base for winter. (1767)

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RUBBLE

Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 6 August 2016

Where there was once a cliff, not there is only rubble. I come across this type of scene all along the Great Ocean Road. The tall cliffs are no match for the relentless sea and eventually sections of the land fall into the water. Eventually these large rocks will be worn away by the waves and one day become sand. My attention was drawn to the green moss and sea grasses that had established themselves on parts of this beach, and were exposed at low tide. (1766)

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SILKY SMOOTH

Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Friday 5 August 2016

A very soft image for my daily photo, today. It was very early in the morning as I stood on the Palm Cove Beach and watch as the sun attempted to rise. When I pressed the shutter on this shot, it took 30 seconds to expose the image. During that time the water appeared to become silky smooth and the clouds streaking across the sky. This isn't my normal type of shot, but I thought it might be worth a go, so here it is. (1765)

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MOST-LOVED PLACE

Squeaky Beach, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 4 August 2016

'Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s most-loved places.

At the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, it offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines.

Great bushwalks extend from under an hour to over three days. Visitors can camp, caravan or stay in huts, cabins, wilderness retreats or lodges at Tidal River where there is a general store and take-away food shop.

The waters surrounding the Prom are protected as a marine national park and marine park and offer outstanding diving.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (1764)

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THE PROMINENCE THEY DESERVE

Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 3 August 2016

I have visited the historic township of Castlemaine many times and still love going back there. It has some wonderful architecture and still has veranda posts on many of the town's shops, something that vanished from most other urban areas in the 1960's in the name of progress. Last time I was in Castlemaine I ventured out early in the morning, well before most of the locals were up and captured many of the streetscapes without people, thus giving the old buildings the prominence they deserve. (1763)

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ABANDONED TRACKS

Maldon, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 2 August 2016

A railway track never looked so pretty. This old abandoned line near Maldon in Victoria's Central Highlands is covered with flowers that are growing wild. The orange and yellow colours are in stark contrast to the rusty iron railway tracks and the grey crushed rock. The nearby ageing farm buildings add to the rustic feel of this image, with the whole scene causing me to stop the car and take a wander with my camera. (1762)

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GEOMETRICAL ARC

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Monday 1 August 2016

'Both the Commonwealth and Kings Avenue bridges were constructed to span Lake Burley Griffin and were feats of engineering accomplishment. Both were constructed with an elevation of a single geometrical arc formed by a continuous pre-stressed concrete box girder having a uniform depth of nine feet. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge as the major route to the Parliamentary Triangle, included design features of pillars in an Art Deco style. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge was opened to traffic in November 1963 and formally opened by Prime Minister RG Menzies, October 1964.' [lakeburleygriffinguardians.org.au] (1761)

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