Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 31 October 2015

'The town of Binalong Bay is situated at the southern end of the beautiful Bay of Fires. The area is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Tasmania, from the blue sea and fine white sand to the orange-tinged boulders that hug the coast.

With so much natural beauty, it's no wonder that Lonely Planet named the Bay of Fires as one of the world's hottest travel destinations.

Located north of St Helens, this picturesque part of Tassie makes up the Bay of Fires Conservation Area - a protected coastal stretch from the seaside village of Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. Its name refers to the Aboriginal fires seen along the coastline by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed past in 1773.' [www.discovertasmania.com.au] (1486)

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Bright, Victoria, Australia

Friday 30 October 2015

The lovely Ovens River meanders through Bright in Victoria's high country. Alongside much of the river in this area is a walking track called the Canyon Walk and through the township it flanks both sides of the waterway. When I visited this beautiful town, the river was hardly flowing at all, but at the end of winter as the snow melts further up, there would be much more water rushing past on it's way to Wangaratta. (1485)

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Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 29 October 2015

My visit to Loch Ard Gorge began before sunrise. It was a long drive, just over one and a half hours. I waited in the carpark until the sun began to light up the sky and then walked the short distance to the steps that would take me down into the gorge. I couldn't believe the experience when I arrived at the bottom. It was so peaceful, the whole area was surrounded by very high cliffs and only a very small opening letting the sea flow into the secluded beach, with it's wonderfully white sand. The sea kept lapping at the beach while I took a number of photos and as the sun rose, it began to light up the cliffs on the right hand side, making the top glow in the golden light. This is truly an amazing place and one I could have stayed at for hours, had I not needed to move on. (1484)

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Curlewis, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Yesterday I was visiting friends at Curlewis, out on the Bellarine Peninsular and looked through their window at this idyllic scene. Freshly baled hay resting on dry and golden grass, the deep blue of Corio Bay in the background, and even further back the You Yang ranges. The sky was completely cloudless (not a positive point) but the sun was beginning to make it's way to the horizon giving off a lovely light and long shadows.

The conversation with my friends expressed concern at how dry it is, with more than a month still to go before summer officially starts. Let's hope that the predictions are wrong and that we are not at the beginning of another drought! (1483)

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 27 October 2015

'Completed in 1864 this beautiful wrought iron arch bridge with a span of 60 metres was designed by Engineer William Thomas Doyne. It was fabricated in Manchester, England, and transported to Launceston, assembled on a pontoon, floated into position then lowered on to its abutments on the receding tide. The bridge provided a vital link with the West Tamar Region.

The duplicate adjacent span, fabricated by Salisbury's foundry in Launceston, was similarly erected and floated into position in 1904.' [Historic Engineering Marker]

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Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Monday 26 October 2015

The light was very weird as I walked along this beach at Eden on New South Wales' south coast. It was lovely and colourful, as I like it to be, but it was also reflecting off a lower and softer group of clouds, giving a unusual and ghostly appearance. The water was also soft because of the slower shutter speed and this was contrasted by the strong lines of the partly buried tree branch and the rocks further back in the scene. The boats in the background were bouncing around making it hard to get a sharp photo, but the still sand and debris on the beach made up for this. (1481)

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Cornelian Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 25 October 2015

'The Tasman Bridge is a five-lane bridge crossing the Derwent River, near the CBD of Hobart, Tasmania. The bridge has a total length (including approaches) of 1,396 metres. As part of the Tasman Highway, it provides the main traffic route from the CBD (on the western shore) to the eastern shore.

On Sunday 5 January 1975, the Tasman Bridge was struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra, with a cargo of 10,000 tons of zinc concentrate. It caused two pylons and three sections of concrete decking to fall from the bridge and sink the ship. Seven of the ship's crewmen were killed, and five motorists died when four cars drove over the collapsed sections before the traffic was stopped.' [Wikipedia]

The view of the bridge from Cornelian Bay, albeit in the distance is very pretty and the beach shacks on the left add a little colour to the image. (1480)

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Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 24 October 2015

An early morning splash of golden light across Hawley Beach made these rock glow and the unusual cloud formation provided for a wonderful sky. The trees on the horizon give a lovely transition from the harsh rocks to the soft sky and the smooth white sand in the foreground adds a wonderful contrast to the ruggedness of the image. This was a fantastic find on the first day of this trip to Tasmania! (1479)

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Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 23 October 2015

'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. Nearby is the small town of Port Sorell and locality of Shearwater.

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] (1478)

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Peppermint Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 22 October 2015

I don't know the name of this sculpture, but I found it in the gardens of a function centre at Peppermint Bay. From the back it appeared to be a number of small rocks but as I came around to this side, the woman appeared, sleeping and half submerged in the surrounding soil. The view from here of the quiet bay with small boats moored until needed was very tranquil and certainly worthy of a photograph. (1477)

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Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Wednesday 21 October 2015

'The bridge built by the Department of Main Roads over the Clyde River at Bateman's Bay was officially opened for traffic by the Hon. J. B. Renshaw, M.L.A., Minister for Local Government and Minister for Highways, on 21st November, 1956. The bridge replaces the only remaining vehicular ferry on the Prince's Highway between Sydney and the Victorian border.
The new bridge comprises five steel truss spans each 120 feet, a steel truss vertical lift span 94 feet 6 inches in length, four steel plate girder spans each 62 feet long, and decked abutment structures at each end. The lift span when open gives a clear channel width of 75 feet for the passage of shipping. The overall length of the bridge is 1008 feet, the carriageway is 22 feet wide and a footway 5 feet wide has been provided on the downstream side.' [www.southcoast.com.au] (1476)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 20 October 2015

The Yarra River or historically and is a perennial river in east-central Victoria, Australia. The lower stretches of the river are where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835 and today Greater Melbourne dominates and influences the landscape of its lower reaches. From its source in the Yarra Ranges, it flows 242 kilometres (150 mi) west through the Yarra Valley which opens out into plains as it winds its way through Greater Melbourne before emptying into Hobsons Bay in northernmost Port Phillip.' [Wikipedia] (1475)

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Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Monday 19 October 2015

How are the rocks at the base of the iconic Point Lonsdale pier? This is an incredibly rugged coastline and the water that passes in and out of the bay is very treacherous. But in spite of this, the warm morning sun shining through the pier provides for a very pleasant scene, and for me, an even better experience on the day. (1474)

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Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 18 October 2015

These wonderful rock formations are located in Eden, on New South Wales' south coast. The colours are what first attracted me, with pinks, yellows, black and white areas, all mixed together. But the unusual layers that have been pushed up on one side and even a swirl though the middle are the really amazing part of this image. Imagine the pressures that were applied to these rocks, perhaps millions of years ago that could lift the weight of this small section of the cliff. Erosion has helped us out, revealing what I consider to be a breathtaking view. (1473)

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Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

Saturday 17 October 2015

Palm Cove is located in Far North Queensland and is on the coast of Australia. It is guarded from the South Pacific Ocean by the Great Barrier Reef. Palm Cove is completely surrounded by the Daintree Tropical Rainforest and is close to Daintree National Park. Since Palm Cove is located in a tropical climate, the average summer temperature is between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius; average winter temperature is between 14 and 26 degrees Celsius' [Wikipedia] (1472)

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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Friday 16 October 2015

'The Ballarat Botanical Gardens Reserve, located on the western shore of picturesque Lake Wendouree, in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, covers an area of 40 hectares which is divided into three distinct zones. The central Botanical Gardens reserve in the 'gardenesque' style of the Victorian pleasure garden. On either side there are open parkland buffers known as the North and South Gardens. The Gardens celebrated its sesquicentenary (150 years old) in 2007.' [Wikipedia] (1471)

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Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 15 October 2015

This orange snake in the sky is actually a lovely walking bridge across the Werribee river. The metal structure looks completely out of place in the wonderful landscape of the river but the contrast was too inviting for me not to take a photo of. (1470)

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Portland, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 14 October 2015

'The bay was named in 1800 by the British navigator James Grant, who sailed in the Lady Nelson along the Victorian coast. 'I also distinguished the Bay by the name of Portland Bay, in honour of His Grace the Duke of Portland,' wrote Grant. The bay, the only deep sea port between Adelaide and Melbourne, offers a sheltered anchorage against the often wild weather of Bass Strait.

By the early 19th century, whalers and sealers were working the treacherous waters of Bass Strait and Portland Bay provided good shelter and fresh water which enabled them to establish the first white settlement in the area. Whaling captain William Dutton is known to have been resident in the Portland Bay area when the Henty clan arrived.

By 1838, land auctions had been authorised from Sydney and Charles Tyers surveyed the Portland township in 1839.' [Wikipedia] (1469)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 13 October 2015

' The Shrine of Remembrance was created to meet the needs of a grieving community after the extensive loss of lives in the First World War (1914 –18). 114,000 Victorians enlisted in the First World War. Of the 89,000 of them who served abroad 19,000 were killed. They were buried in distant graves far from home at a time when most Australians did not travel abroad. The Shrine provided a place where Victorians could grieve as individuals, as families or as a community and where they could honour and preserve the memories of those they had lost.
The Shrine was not only built to commemorate those who had served in the First World War. It also honoured the courage of the men, women and children who remained at home.' [www.shrine.org.au] (1468)

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Smeaton, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 October 2015

'In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850s. Standing much like it was over 100 years ago; the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place.

Construction of the mill commenced in 1861, and was operational within six months, opening April 29, 1862. The oat section of the mill was completed by the following harvest.

Outbuildings such as the stables, grain store and bluestone office were added later as the
operation expanded. ' [parkweb.vic.gov.au] (1467)

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Mansfield, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 11 October 2015

'The High Country is synonymous with courageous and hardy cattlemen, transformed into Australian legends by Banjo Paterson's iconic ballad 'The Man from Snowy River'. The men would build huts on the high plains for shelter during summer cattle drives. ' [www.exploreaustralia.net.au]

This photo was taken outside the Mansfield Visitor Information Centre and depicts the cattlemen of the high country. (1466)

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Mossy Point, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday 10 October 2015

This is what happens when the sun rises and there is still fog resting on the beach. For less than two minutes, the sky lit up like it was on fire and produced a wonderful pink glow over the entire beach. It was one of those moments that you had to be there to see, or you can look at this photograph and almost feel what it was like. (1465)

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Addiscot Beach, Victoria, Australia

Friday 9 October 2015

There is something very tempting standing at the top of these steps and looking down towards the beach and the green sea and anticipating the images I might be able to capture in this lovely spot on our coastline. It is also very worrying watching the dark clouds roll in and wondering if I will get back up the steps and into my car before the rain starts.

Luckily I was able to both climb down the step and take a few pics, then struggle back up what seemed like twice as many steps and back to the car without getting wet. That's what I call a successful photographic expedition! (1464)

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Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Thursday 8 October 2015

I really love the rocks on the beach at Binalong Bay. They are unusually colourful and seem out of place on the pristine white beach that surrounds a very green sea. Unfortunately there was a pesky photographer walking along the beach, and although I could have removed her, the scale of these rocks was enhanced by leaving the photographic wander in place. Can't wait to go back to Tasmania and explore some more! (1463)

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Point Danger, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 7 October 2015

'Point Danger is a limestone headland on the coast of south-western Victoria, Australia on the northern side of Bass Strait. It is adjacent to the coastal town of Torquay, separating the town’s front and back surfing beaches. It is the site of Torquay’s war memorial and a venue for ANZAC Day services.

The waters off the headland are protected in the 25 ha Point Danger Marine Sanctuary, which includes a large, sandy, limestone reef platform. It contains a diverse variety of marine invertebrates, with 96 species of opisthobranchs recorded in the area.' [Wikipedia] (1462)

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Bright, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 October 2015

This spot on the Ovens River at Bright looks very inviting, a tranquil and cool place to rest after a long walk. I love the seats and table that are made out of wooden slabs, mounted on wooden posts. I think that it would be even better if the seats were facing the water, but the view in front isn't bad either. So, now that you have had a rest, lets keep walking. (1461)

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Smeaton, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 October 2015

'The Granary at Anderson's Mill was built in 1866. Partitions were used to form separate compartments but these were removed after 1945 when the original timber floor was replaced with concrete. Bags of grain could be taken up into the loft through the hatch at the west end, along the central elevated walkway and placed on top of the stored piles. Iron fittings are attached to the posts along the external walls. These may have been for
tying rods to support the walls against the pressure of the bags stored against them.
External timber props were also used to support the walls.' [http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/]

The large number of lights and the existence of a chalk board lead me to think that this building is used for school groups who now visit, but I could be wrong. There certainly isn't any grain stored here now. (1460)

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Smeaton, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 4 October 2015

'The Bridge over Bullarook Creek on the Ballarat to Castlemaine Road is a notable example of a small bluestone bridge. The single span, 50 foot bridge was constructed in 1892 for the Creswick Shire and it was designed by engineers H and W H Gore; William Barker was the successful contractor. The bridge has unusually wide spreading abutments in proportion to its span.

The Bridge over Bullarook Creek is architecturally significant as an intact representative example of a small, late Victorian stone bridge. The bridge is an excellent example of stonemason's art and is aesthetically pleasing with its ornately carved stone commemorative plaques, rusticated string courses, parapet cappings, voussoirs and a small gargoyle to the southwest face of the bridge. The structure is typical of a vernacular engineering tradition but is distinguished by the high quality of its craftsmanship.'
[www.onmydoorstep.com.au] (1459)

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Sand Gully Beach, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 3 October 2015

The beautiful Sand Gully Beach looks wonderful in the early morning light. The golden tones give an indication that the day might be just be warm, even though it is still cold as I take the photo.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and that your football team wins. I should mention that the two main football codes are having their grand final matches today and tomorrow and that it is a long weekend for much of the country. (1458)

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Canberra, ACT, Australia

Friday 2 October 2015

This photograph was taken across Lake Burley Griffin towards our two parliament houses. The white building in front is the old Parliament House which was in use for 61 years and only ever build as a 'provisional' building. The new Parliament House is the cream building behind and has a huge 81 metre flag pole atop. It was opened in 1988.
From where I placed my camera to the flag pole is 2.25kms so this image is very much compressed, thanks to the help of my beautiful 70-300 Canon lens. I really love the symmetry of this photo and with the layout of central Canberra in general. (1457)

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Twofold Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Thursday 1 October 2015

'In 1857 Alexander Walker Davidson built a whaling station on the shores of Kiah Inlet about six kilometres south across Twofold Bay from Eden.

The cottage, Loch Garrah which still stands at the station was built in 1896 by Alexander's grandson, 'Fearless' George Davidson and lived in by the family until 1945.

The Davidson Whaling Station site is now administered by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.' [www.eden.nsw.au]

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