Wednesday, 21 June 2017

JUNE 2017 : CANBERRA : Orroral Ridge to Orroral Valley and return : 15 kms : 6 hours : 400m ascent.


A half hour drive from Kambah shops we arrived at the Orroral Carpark.
-2o this morning but the sun was shining through as we arrived at our destination.


20 enthusiastic walkers today.


We walked down from the carpark and then on to the Alpine Trail.


It was steep descents until we reached the Orroral Valley floor




New growth


More slippery descents


Reaching the Orroral Valley floor - sweeping views


Lovely views


Rest break


Views of Orroral Tor in background


Wallabies sunning themselves in long grass


Walking along the valley


Back on the track and 400 ascent on return


Fabulous lookout over Orroral Valley and boulders



Happy group of walkers after a good workout, great views and sunny weather (13o)



Thursday, 15 June 2017



A fleeting visit to Sydney for a concert at the Opera House and to enjoy Vivid.

First, a ferry from Balmain to Mosman Bay to sample more of the harbour walks.


Colourful Harbourside warehouses.


Arriving at Mosman Bay


A delightful walk along rainforest gardens created by locals




Views towards the city



Lunch at Neutral Bay ferry wharf


After the ACO 'Mountain' concert at the Opera House, drinks at the Opera Bar


With family members


As the Vivid lights began..


We walked with the crowds through the Botanical Gardens




The Museum of Contemporary Art


The ever- changing Opera House. More colour than content this year.


And returned by ferry with the city ablaze with colour.




Friday, 9 June 2017

JUNE 2017 : NAROOMA, NSW : A winter walk and lunch


A winter walk in Narooma

We parked near Wagonga Inlet


An interesting walk along the boardwalk..information boards with history of indigenous tribes and early European settlers


Some community art from the local high school


Some soldier crabs appear in the receding tide


An interested white-faced heron nearby


A popular haunt for pelicans


Black swan acrobats




White- bellied sea- eagle enjoying the thermals


A cormorant 


Pelicans on the lakeside


Warming Seafood Chowder for lunch