WHAT A MESS

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 December 2016

What a mess I found on the beach at Barwon Heads. There was multi-coloured seaweed strewn along the entire beach front, that made it hard in places to walk in a straight line. On top of that, there were lots of rocks that had tumbled from the cliff face as the sea slowly eats away at it. This all makes for an interesting photograph today, even if the beach isn't as pristine for the locals would like. (1886)

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UNDERNEATH THE TRESTLE

Noojee, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 3 December 2016

'The Noojee railway line is a closed railway line in Victoria, Australia. Branching off from the Gippsland line at Warragul station, it was built to service the timber industry in the upper Latrobe River area, transporting timber as well as providing a general goods and passenger service to townships in the area. The final section of the line between Neerim South and Noojee traversed increasingly hilly terrain and featured a number of large timber trestle bridges. Extensively and repeatedly damaged by bushfires over the years, the line was closed in the 1950s and dismantled. The last remaining large trestle bridge on the line has been preserved and has become a popular local tourist attraction.' [Wikipedia] (1885)

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THE DESERT SUN

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 2 December 2016

The unique Living Desert Sculpture Park, just outside of Broken Hill, is a major tourist attraction. I arrived just before sunset, with a large moon on one side of the hill, and the setting sun on the other. The desert sun was very orange and made the rock sculptures glow with colour, all set against a clear blue sky. The bus load of tourists that arrived shortly after me were a major difficulty, but that is the lot of a photographer when shooting popular attractions. (1884)

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ROCK POOLS

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 December 2016

'Tide pools, or rock pools, are rocky pools on the sea shore which are filled with seawater. Many of these pools exist as separate pools only at low tide.

Many tide pools are habitats of especially adaptable animals that have engaged the attention of naturalists and marine biologists, as well as philosophical essayists: John Steinbeck wrote in The Log from the Sea of Cortez, 'It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool'.' [Wikipedia] (1883)

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HIDING AROUND THE CORNER

Gipsy Point, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 30 November 2016

I found these two boats hiding around the corner on the Genoa River. This is a very secluded part of Victoria and on the day I visited, it was calm and peaceful. Gipsy Point is surrounded by a National Park and is on my bucket list of places to revisit when I'm next in that area of the world. (1882)

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THE ENTRANCE

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 29 November 2016

'The traditional owners of this area are the Wautharong people of the Kulin nation. The escaped convict William Buckley, the first known European to have lived in the area, lived with local Aborigines from 1803 to 1835. A signal station was built in 1854. Permanent European settlement began at Point Lonsdale in the latter half of the 19th century with the construction of a lighthouse in 1863 and the extension of the railway line from Geelong to Queenscliff in 1879. Since settlement, many ships have been wrecked on the rocky reefs at the entrance to Port Phillip.' [Wikipedia] (1881)

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POPULAR AND BEAUTIFUL

Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia

Monday 28 November 2016

'Mallacoota is a small town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is the last official township on Victoria's east coast before the border with New South Wales. It is known for its wild flowers, abalone industry, the inlet estuary consisting of Top Lake and Bottom Lake, and Croajingolong National Park that surround it. It is a popular and beautiful holiday spot for boating, fishing, walking the wilderness coast, swimming, birdwatching, and surfing.' [Wikipedia] (1880)

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EMPTY VIEW

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 27 November 2016

Heading out of Broken Hill, on my way home, I stopped at a small hill that overlooked the Australian outback. It was late morning, so the sun was already brighter that I normally like, but the view was too good to leave behind. A few spindly trees on top of this hill provided a great distraction from the empty view, and they patiently posed for my shot. This is an amazing part of Australian and well worth the long road trip to see. (1879)

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THE GRAND OLD LADY

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 26 November 2016

I really love this old tree, near the bottom of Melba Gully. It's trunk gives a hint at how old it must be. In fact, it looks like it has multiple trunks that are all fused together, but I think this must just be the type of tree it is. The moss has a good hold on the bark, as does some of the creeper type trees. The grand old lady of this forest really blends into her surroundings and provides a great focal point for today's photo. (1878)

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THE SURFING IS GREAT TOO

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Friday 25 November 2016

'Where the Indian Ocean and Margaret River meet, is the river mouth. The natural beauty of the river mouth is amazing, the surfing is great too! The river mouth itself comes gracefully through the hillside and out onto the beach. There is a wonderful lookout area with wooden platforms for viewing the river mouth and surfers on the waves. There are walking trails heading both along the river and along the coastline. Summer offers visitors the chance to cross the river mouth and walk to the point with amazing views south to Surfers Point and the whole south west coast.' [margaretriverwesternaustralia.com.au] (1877)

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GATEWAY TO THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 24 November 2016

'Torquay is a township in Victoria, Australia, which faces Bass Strait, 21 km south of Geelong and is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road.

Wathaurong Aborigines lived in the area before white settlement. From the 1860s picnickers began to frequent the location, which was originally known as Spring Creek, after the watercourse along its south-western edge, but the name Torquay was officially adopted in 1892.' [Wikipedia] (1876)

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RELATIVELY REMOTE

Gipsy Point, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 23 November 2016

'Gipsy Point is located in the far eastern part of East Gippsland Shire, approximately 500 km from Melbourne and 550 km from Sydney, via the NSW south coast and is relatively remote. It is a tiny settlement situated between Genoa and Mallacoota, on the Genoa River. Gipsy Point is surrounded by Croajingolong National Park and the outlook to the river completes the stunning natural setting.' [eastgippsland.vic.gov.au] (1875)

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SPECIAL AND RELAXING

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 22 November 2016

At the bottom of Melba Gully, I came across a lovely stream of water that was flowing strongly after recent rain. It wasn't all that wide, and weaved its way through the tree ferns and under fallen branches In some places it created small waterfalls and in other areas, you could hardly tell it was flowing as it passed over relatively flat ground. Water always makes a forest feel special and relaxing. (1874)

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STUNNING VIEWS

Mount Stirling, Victoria, Australia

Monday 21 November 2016

'Craig's Hut - one of the most famous High Country huts. Perched atop Mt Stirling, Craig’s Hut offers stunning views of the ranges and is one of the regions most photographed landmarks.

First built as a set for The Man From Snowy River film, the hut has now become an iconic symbol of Australia’s settler history.' [mansfieldmtbuller.com.au] (1873)

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COASTAL FORESHORE

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 20 November 2016

Fencing work to restrict the public from further eroding the coastal foreshore seems to be doing a great job, except for the dog who's foot prints are still visible, on the wrong side. The fence seems a long way from the dunes, but may have been placed there before erosion moved the beach further inland. Well, at least that is my theory. (1872)

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THE PATH DOWN

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 19 November 2016

The path down to the bottom of Melba Gully is very gentle and an easy walk. You will pass by incredibly tall tree fern, even taller trees and an assortment of other native flora. When I visited, there was a storm blowing at the top, but down in the gully, it was calm and peaceful. (1871)

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PRIME MINISTERS AVENUE

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Friday 18 November 2016

'The Prime Ministers Avenue is a collection of busts of the Prime Ministers of Australia, located at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens in Ballarat, Victoria. The busts are displayed as bronze portraits mounted on polished granite pedestals. It attracts thousands of visitors annually.

The 27th Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was the last to be added to the Avenue. She publicly unveiled her statue on 9 October 2014, making her only the second Prime Minister to unveil their own. [Wikipedia] (1870)

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LUCKY

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 17 November 2016

Almost a perfect morning! A lovely colourful sunrise over one of my favourite beaches. The tide is very low, exposing moss covered rocks and pools of water. The beach is totally abandoned by human life and I am lucky enough to capture the whole thing. (1869)

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THE MILL RACE

Smeaton, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 16 November 2016

'Some water wheels are fed by water from a mill pond, which is formed when a flowing stream is dammed. A channel for the water flowing to or from a water wheel is called a mill race (also spelled millrace) or simply a 'race', and is customarily divided into sections. The race bringing water from the mill pond to the water wheel is a headrace; the one carrying water after it has left the wheel is commonly referred to as a tailrace.' [Wikipedia] (1868)

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THE OUTBACK

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday 15 November 2016

'The Outback is the vast, remote, arid interior of Australia. The term 'the outback' is generally used to refer to locations that are comparatively more remote than those areas named 'the bush' which, colloquially, can refer to any lands outside the main urban areas.

Owing to the complete absence of mountain building and glaciation in the outback, it is extremely rich in iron, aluminium, manganese and uranium ores, and also contains major deposits of gold, nickel, iron, lead and zinc ores.' [Wikipedia] (1867)

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A QUIET SPOT

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Monday 14 November 2016

A quiet spot on the path through Melba Gully. I was amazed at the height of the tree ferns that lined the track and provided shelter from wind and sun above. The bridge I crossed was the only man made structure on this part of the walk, otherwise it felt like I could have been the only person to have ever seen this lovely place. (1866)

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A LOVELY CALM MORNING

Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 13 November 2016

I walked the short distance from my hotel to the wonderful Murray River. The sun hadn't yet risen, but already the sky was beginning to show vibrant colours, which were reflected in the mirror surface of the huge river. The abundant bird life was already awake and singing loudly to welcome the day. It's times like this that I enjoy my photography best, just me, the camera and a lovely calm morning. (1865)

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RUSTIC CHARM

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 12 November 2016

Walking in the Melba Gully State Park, I found this old gate, across an even older path. The path was overgrown and blocked by fallen tree limbs. The gate was ajar and falling apart and serving no good purpose other than to support the moss that was growing on it. One half of me feels upset that this gate isn't fulfilling the role for which it was originally built, but the other part of me loves the look of this scene with it's rustic charm. (1864)

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A SMALL POCKET

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Friday 11 November 2016

'The Melba Gully State Park was formed to protect a small pocket of natural rainforest in the Otway Ranges near Apollo Bay in Victoria (Australia). The 48 ha park was extremely valuable as much of the rest of the Ranges has been burnt out many times by bushfires. The park now forms part of the Great Otway National Park.

The park has few facilities due to its small size, but it has a picnic ground and basic picnic facilities, with the main attraction being the 35 minute Madsens Track Nature Walk.' [Wikipedia] (1863)

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PUMICE STONES

Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia

Thursday 10 November 2016

'Ellis Beach is a locality in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. It lies on the Coral Sea. The five-kilometre strip of Ellis Beach is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas, within the Cairns Region local government area.

Ellis Beach is also home to the Ellis Beach Surf Lifesaving Club which regularly hosts competitions and events. From November to May, a stinger net patrolled by the club helps protect swimmers from marine 'stingers' (jellyfish species of Chironex and Irukandji) which inhabit the waters during those months. Ellis Beach features pumice stones along its beautiful shores.' [Wikipedia] (1862)

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CLAIMED BY NATURE

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Driving through Beech Forest on a dark and dreary morning, I noticed this old tractor by the side of the road. An old Fordson, it certainly had seen better times. Having grown up on a farm, I felt upset that this once useful piece of machinery, which would have been used to tame the land, is now being claimed by mother nature. (1861)

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FULL OF HOT AIR

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Tuesday 8 November 2016

'The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is considered to be one of the best and longest running hot air ballooning events in the world. Held over nine days, pilots begin laying out and inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House from 6:15am each day before ascending into the sky and creating an exhilarating back drop to our national attractions.' [balloonspectacular.com.au] (1860)

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WINTER BY THE LAKE

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Monday 7 November 2016

'Lake Wendouree is one of the smallest of a complex of natural wetlands which includes nearby Lake Burrumbeet and Lake Learmonth on the plains of the Central Highlands. The swamp was dammed following the Victorian gold rush in 1851 and since the 1860s it has been a popular recreational lake for Ballarat's citizens. Lake Wendouree now holds significant historical, environmental and recreational values to the Ballarat community. The lake hosted the rowing and canoeing events during the 1956 Olympic Games.

During its history, the shallow lake has dried up during drought conditions, the most recent an extended period between 2006 and 2011.' [Wikipedia] (1859)

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RED IN THE MORNING

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 6 November 2016

It's not looking like a good day to go sailing. Dark clouds are masking the rising sun and look like they might produce rain. The sun is glowing red, which is not a good sign either … 'red in the morning, sailors warning'. Luckily the boats are still anchored, with no sign that anyone is going to take them out into the inclement weather (1858)

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PREHISTORIC CREATURE

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 5 November 2016

Below the cliffs at Eden, in New South Wales south coast, is what used to be a swimming pool. It is fed by the sea, but is now full of sand and would be impossible to swim laps in. The rocks above this pool have amazing colours and almost look like a prehistoric creature, climbing out of the sand. (1857)

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HUNDREDS HAD PASSED BY

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Friday 4 November 2016

On my way into the beach, I noticed that I hadn't been the first person to do so. By the number of footprints in the soft white sand, I would guess that hundreds of others had passed by this point. Undeterred, I continued to the sea and found that I was the only one there. What a relief, I thought. The morning continued to improve as the sun rose and I was able to return home with a bag full of photos to share with the world. (1856)

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NO PRIVACY

Lavers Hill, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 3 November 2016

I stopped for breakfast at a little café in Lavers Hill. The staff were very friendly and the meal was great. Going back to the car, I spotted this little building out the back. A former 'dunny', it has seen better days. Leaning to the side, missing the door and a number of sheets of iron, privacy could no longer be guaranteed if you wanted to use if for it's original function. I suspect the owners keep it for the sole purpose of amusing their guest, a purpose that worked for me. (1855)

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EXTENDED NUMEROUS TIMES

Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Wednesday 2 November 2016

'Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty (pier) in the world, stretching almost 2 km out to sea from the town of Busselton, Western Australia. Because the shallow waters of Geographe Bay restricted ship movement, a long jetty was required so that cut timber could be transported to ships.

The jetty construction commenced in 1853 and the first section was opened in 1865. The jetty was extended numerous times until the 1960s, ultimately reaching a length of 1841 m.' [Wikipedia] (1854)

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SOME ARE NOT

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Some mornings along our coastline are spectacular, and some are not. This image is of the later category. The sun rose but there was hardly any colour in the sky, because of a heavy layer of cloud. The sea was even flat and not one seagull even photo bombed me. Just as well the walk along the beach was great and I had a lovely breakfast at the cafe nearby! (1853)

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