RELATIVELY CALM & TRANQUIL

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Monday 31 October 2016

If you find yourself in the Otways, along the Great Ocean Road, then you will love the leisurely walk at Melba Gully. It is a reasonably easy journey that wanders along the forest floor, walking under huge tree ferns like those pictured here. When I visited, there was a storm battering Victoria, and while the tree tops were swaying wildly, the bush below was relatively calm and tranquil. (1852)

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BROKEN THROUGH

Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 30 October 2016

Today's photo is a bit of an experiment, and a departure from my normal posted images. I woke up early in the morning yesterday, in Maitland, after a wedding the night before. Looking out the hotel window I could see a typical rural scene, with cattle grazing in lush green paddocks. There were even a few kangaroos, if you know where to look. But what really caught my eye on this overcast morning was the area in the middle of the scene where the sun had broken through the clouds. Not having my wide landscape lens on the camera, and being behind a glass window, I still tried to capture the experience, albeit not as sharp and detailed as my normal shots. (1851)

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LIFE ON THE WATER

Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 29 October 2016

Just across the water from Mildura is the state of New South Wales. The caravans you can see have parked on the New South Wales side and are enjoying the wonderful morning alongside this iconic river. The birdlife along this waterway is abundant, as are the fish and fishermen. Old time paddle steamers ferry tourists up and back and have to dodge the flotilla of houseboats that enjoy life on the water. The sunrise wasn't bad the morning I shot this scene, but the colour didn't get any better, unfortunately. (1850)

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THIS LONELY SITE

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 28 October 2016

Out in the middle of the desert, west of Broken Hill is this abandoned railway siding. All that is left of the original Silverton Railway Station is a small dilapidated building, a water tank and a few lengths of railway line. The countryside around this lonely site is made up of salt bushes and the occasional stunted tree. Although it was winter time when I visited, I could feel the heat and only imagine how oppressive the sun would be in the middle of summer. (1849)

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A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 27 October 2016

The beautiful Squeaky Beach on Wilsons Promontory is a great photographic find. The sand is perfect, there are large boulders, some of which are coloured and a small river feeds water across the beach creating magic ripples. The water was an amazing blue, as was the sky on the day I visited, and a few puffy clouds finished off a great scene, and a wonderful experience. (1848)

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SUPERB VIEW

Powers Lookout, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 26 October 2016

'Harry Power, last of Australia’s infamous bushrangers, was captured at his hideout on 5 June 1870. Today it’s a popular spot to visit both for the superb view of the King Valley 300 metres or so below and for its part in Australian bushranger history (and its connection with Ned Kelly, in particular).' [nedkellytouringroute.com.au] (1847)

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SPECTACULAR WATERFALLS AND CASCADES

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 25 October 2016

'Hear the roar of falling droplets pounding into the waters below at spectacular waterfalls and cascades in the narrow valleys of the Otway Ranges and surrounding Great Ocean Road region. Base yourself at Lorne (which has ten waterfalls within ten minutes of town) or Apollo Bay and choose from a wide range of scenic forest drives and relaxing walks and picnics.' [visitvictoria.com] (1846)

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THE NARROW ENTRANCE

Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Monday 24 October 2016

'Port Phillip lies in southern Victoria, separated from Bass Strait by the Bellarine Peninsula to the southwest and Mornington Peninsula to the southeast. It is the largest bay in Victoria and one of the largest inland bays in Australia. The narrow entrance to the bay, called the Rip, between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean, features strong tidal streams made turbulent by the uneven contours of the seabed. The best time for small craft to enter the Rip is at slack water. Large ships require expert local guidance to enter and exit, provided by the Port Phillip Sea Pilots. Work has commenced to deepen the channel entrance, to allow newer, larger container ships to access Melbourne's docks.' [Wikipedia] (1845)

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ORANGE GLOW

Point Roadknight, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 23 October 2016

Early morning light is my favourite. The warm rays as the sun rises above the horizon catches the rocks on a beach and makes them glow orange. It also highlights the unusual lines and layers in the rocks that have existed for thousands of years, only to be weathered away by the elements. The light fluffy clouds in the sky show the colour of the morning too, and the sky has trouble maintaining it's traditional blue against the power of the morning sun. (1844)

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RELAX AND DAYDREAM

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 22 October 2016

'Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, opened in 1860, provides a peaceful setting in which to enjoy a picnic, take a stroll along the intricate pathways or just relax and daydream on the cool green lawns.' [hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au] (1843)

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A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Friday 21 October 2016

Walking through the bush on a sunny day, with the light filtering through the canopy, is a magical experience. With a small stream of water trickling past and the occasional fish swimming in the clear water, it is easy to lose track of time and forget the worries of the world. Old trees have fallen across the water and new ones have taken their place, in the circle of life of this beautiful setting. If you ever feel that your battery of energy is running low, visiting a natural setting like this one will charge it up again. (1842)

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THE WATERFRONT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 20 October 2016

'The Geelong Waterfront is a tourist and recreation area on the north facing shores of Corio Bay in Geelong, Australia. The area was once part of the Port of Geelong, falling into disuse before being redeveloped during the 1990s.

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club was established in 1859, and is located on the shores of the bay. The adjacent Bay City Marina was constructed in the 1980s.' [Wikipedia] (1841)

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GOOD MORNING

Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 19 October 2016

'Hawley Beach is a seaside resort town 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the nearest main town (Devonport). At the 2006 census, the town had a population of 596.

Hawley Beach is known for its minute red sand crabs, hooded plovers and reasonable fishing. It borders the Rubicon Estuary, which has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because of its importance for waders, especially pied oystercatchers.' [Wikipedia] (1840)

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OLDEST CONTINUALLY OCCUPIED

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Tuesday 18 October 2016

'The South West region of Australia, within which Dunsborough sits, is recognised as being one of the oldest continually occupied human habitats anywhere on Earth, with a history dating back approximately 40,000 years. Dunsborough itself shares in this history, with multiple sites of Aboriginal importance in and around the town. Prior to European colonisation, several distinct tribes inhabited the land and utilised the waters around Dunsborough. Those living on the coast were called Waddarn-di (sea people), and their language recorded as Burron Wongi. These Indigenous peoples referred to Dunsborough by the name of Quedjinup, which means 'Place of Women'. The name Quedjinup is retained for the district immediately to the south of Dunsborough, encompassing the Dunsborough Lakes and Biddle's Common housing developments which form part of the greater Dunsborough development zone.' [Wikipedia] (1839)

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WIND EROSION

Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 17 October 2016

'The Perry Sandhills 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 sandhills area.

During World War II, the sandhills were used as a bombing range.' [Wikipedia] (1838)

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REDWOODS

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 16 October 2016

'Located along the Aire Valley Road this picnic area is a delightful place to stop and enjoy a picnic or just a short stroll into the forest. The Californian Redwood forest (Sequoia trees), were planted alongside the river in 1939.

This unique forest is enchanting and is an experience that you will not forget.' [greatoceanroad.com] (1837)

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FIRST SIGHTING

Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia

Saturday 15 October 2016

'The first registered sighting of Greater Bunbury was by French explorer Captain Louis de Freycinet from his ship the Casuarina in 1803. He named the area Port Leschenault after the expedition's botanist, Leschenault de La Tour. The bay on Greater Bunbury's western shores was named Geographe after another ship in the fleet.

In 1829, Dr Alexander Collie and Lieutenant Preston explored the area of Bunbury on land. In 1830 Lieutenant Governor Sir James Stirling visited the area and a military post was subsequently established; it only lasted six months. The area was renamed Bunbury by the Governor in recognition of Lieutenant Henry William St Pierre Bunbury, who developed the very difficult inland route from Pinjarra to Bunbury. Bunbury township was mentioned in the Government Gazette in 1839, but lots in the township were not surveyed until 1841. By 1842 Bunbury was home to 16 buildings including an inn. Thereafter, a growing port serviced the settlers and the subsequent local industries that developed.' [Wikipedia] (1836)

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POLES APART

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 14 October 2016

Sunset over the desert, in the west of New South Wales. The rock sculptures on this wonderful little hill outside of Broken Hill give a great reason to photograph the end of another adventuress day. My first trip to this part of the world was rewarded with hundreds of photographs that are poles apart from my normal seaside shots. I really hope you aren't getting sick of seeing them, as I'm really enjoying rediscovering my trip while processing my daily photo for you. (1835)

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WATCHING OVER THE WATER

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Thursday 13 October 2016

'Layla, the great granddaughter of surf God ‘Huey’ cares for all sea creatures and watches over those
who enter the water. Layla swims the seas of the world and from time to time redirects lost surfers
who have been pummelled into the depths below by large waves. Surfers finding themselves alone,
helpless, lost in bubbles and turbulence have been steered to the surface again by Layla for one
more breath of life.' [www.amrshire.wa.gov.au] (1834)

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THE GREEN STUFF

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 12 October 2016

I really love taking photos of beside the sea. The sand and water, combined with a spectacular sunrise just seems to do it for me. But every now and then, I like to walk through the nearby Otways and experience the green stuff. Of course, if I can find a little water to go with it, then that is a bonus. This past Sunday I was lucky to find both the green and wet components for a great scene. (1833)

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UNNATURAL

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Tuesday 11 October 2016

I had been very keen to see this beach. My daughter, who is a wedding photographer, used it as a backdrop for photos of the bride and groom a year or two ago. I had the opportunity two weeks back and wasn't disappointed. The white sand is littered with rocks stained in orange and the very blue water looks almost unnatural. If you ever visit Dunsborough, take a drive out around the nearby coast and see if you can find this spot. (1832)

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THE JEWEL

Melba Gully, Victoria, Australia

Monday 10 October 2016

'Known as the Jewel of the Otways, this is one of the wettest places in Victoria with an annual rainfall
of over 2000mm. The gully has prolific plant growth and is a dense rainforest of Myrtle Beech,
Blackwood and Tree-ferns, with an understorey of low ferns and mosses.

Melba Gully introduces you to Victoria’s cool temperate rainforest which has evolved over millions of years. The Myrtle Beech are survivors from an ancient wetter climate and were once common in the gullies of the Otway Ranges.' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (1831)

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THE HOPETOUN FALLS

Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 9 October 2016

'The Hopetoun Falls is a waterfall across the Aire River that is located in The Otways region of Victoria. Much attention has been given to preserving the natural characteristics of Hopetoun Falls while allowing ample access for visitors. The falls have a large set of well-built and maintained stairs that lead down a natural patio to a viewing platform very close to the foot of the waterfall. Hopetoun Falls plunges 30 m in a rectangular shape. Many visitors come every year to look at its natural beauty.' [Wikipedia] (1830)

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TEAMING WITH BIRDLIFE

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 October 2016

Next to the Anglesea River is this wetland area. It was teaming with birdlife, and I presume, insects and other creepy crawly things. It was a lovely find and provided me with a completely different landscape view, which I can share with you today. (1829)

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LUXURIOUS

Silverton, New South Wales, Australia

Friday 7 October 2016

How would you feel, living in this house in the late 1800's. The isolation of the early mining towns must have been immense, and incredibly hard for the people who lived there. These houses, on the edge of the dessert never had insulation or airconditioning and would have been unbearable during the long hot summers. I am pleased though that there is the odd one or two left to photograph and compare to our present day luxurious homes. (1828)

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A LITTLE DISCOMFORT

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Thursday 6 October 2016

I have just returned from a wonderful trip to the Margaret River region of Western Australia. This area is famous for it's wineries, but it also has an awesome coastline. This photo was taken at the mouth of the river on a stormy afternoon. I wandered over the sand and rocks for some time and managed to get very wet when the sky suddenly dumped on me, and I was a long way from shelter. But you can't capture amazing images without a little discomfort, can you? (1827)

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A LOVELY SCENE

Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Just outside of Dunsborough, I took a detour off the road towards the sea. The winding track took me down and over a small stream that fed into the ocean. The banks of the stream were covered in grass and Australian native vegetation. The little stream trickled over the white sand, carving a small channel in the beach and finally mixing with the salty water of the bay. The sea was a lovely blue and aqua colour and white fluffy clouds were dotted across the blue sky. I was really pleased that my long journey to the west had been rewarded with such a lovely scene. (1826)

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A LITTLE TREACHEROUS

The Gulch, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 4 October 2016

One of the many beaches around Anglesea, The Gulch is a summertime favourite of holiday goers. The rocks on the part of the Great Ocean Road make it a little treacherous for swimmers but there appears to be plenty of surf. I particularly loved the clouds in this shot as the sun rose to start the day. (1825)

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ELIZABETH QUAY

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Monday 3 October 2016

'Elizabeth Quay is a major Western Australian mixed-use development project in the Perth central business district. Located on the north shore of Perth Water and centred on the landmark Swan Bells, it is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.

The project includes construction of an artificial inlet on what was previously the Esplanade Reserve, and modifications to the surrounding environs including Barrack Square. The project plan shows nine building sites. Completed facilities are projected to include 1,700 residential apartments, 150,000 square metres of office space and 39,000 square metres of retail space. A cable car to Kings Park has also been allowed for in the plans, although this would not be constructed in the initial phase and is subject to approval from the state government.' [Wikipedia]

(1824)

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THE LAST REMAINING

Noojee, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 2 October 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] (1823)

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END OF THE LINE

Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 October 2016

'Although it is now operated as a branch from the main Werribee/Geelong line at Newport, the line was originally built from the city, with the Geelong line being the branch. The line officially opened in January 1859, but the section between the vicinity of the Newport workshops and Williamstown Pier was in use by Geelong-line trains from October 1857.

The line was electrified in August 1920, but little further change to the infrastructure took place until the section from Williamstown to Williamstown Pier closed in March 1987. Automatic Block signalling was provided in August 1997.' [Wikipedia] (1822)

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