Thursday, 28 April 2016

MAY 2016 : Heysen Trail, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

In our retirement Mark and I have joined a Canberra bushwalking club and we have been introduced to so many trails in our area. We look forward to discovering many more walks in Australia - and have plans this year for more treks overseas.

We have booked a tour on the Heysen Trail in the Flinders Ranges with Auswalks (aka World Expeditions) for the first week in May. It includes transport to the Flinders Ranges from Adelaide, food, basic accommodation, baggage transport and two guides.

The Heysen Trail was inspired by German-born Australian artist, Hans Heysen (1877-1968). I adore his landscapes and his paintings have been one of the motivating factors for this trip.

Droving into the Light


Sunday, 8 November 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 : CONGO, NSW, Australia : Bingi Dreaming Track

Today we walked the Bingi Dreaming Track, a path which is in the Yuin Aboriginal Tribal traditional area.

Shady pathways with a range of eucalyptus, fern and banksia trees.


Banksia man

Termite mound



Lush vegetation

Exquisite coastline

Glorious beach sections - no whale sightings today

Sooty Oystercatcher

Sea urchins

Rocky vantage points

Berries - excellent bush tucker


Bush orchids

Rare bush orchids

A very pleasant stroll in pristine bush and along beautiful coastline.


NOVEMBER 2015 : Broulee, NSW, Australia


A walk in the seaside town of Broulee on a rainy spring afternoon.

South Broulee beach - glorious even as the thunderclouds roll in.

Native Birds of Paradise


Pinwheel Proteas

Rainbow lorikeets


White cockatoos

Black cockatoos

White cranes

Soldier crabs 

Mosaics of sea urchins.


Monday, 2 November 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 : Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory : Day 3 : Kings Canyon tour

Fine, clear day. 39o C


Today we organised a tour to Kings Canyon, approximately 300 kms from the Ayers Rock Resort.

A 4.15 am start.

Others tours setting off early as well. We just loved the bi-line in this coach.

A four hour bus trip, with most of the landscape being flat with low scrub and the odd gum tree.

Full-cooked breakfast at Kings Creek Station. Many of the workers were young international travellers on 6 month visas. $5.80 if you wanted a cappuccino from the cafe and petrol was $2.29 a litre.

A young camel in the yard outside. Camels are a growing pest, feeding on many vital grasses and pastures with devastating effect on cattle and emu populations.

The landscape suddenly changes with the first view of the George Gill Ranges, of which Kings Canyon is a part.

Arrival at destination at 8.30am. Essential to be early as the ranges close the gates for entry at 10am to prevent tourists walking in the perishing afternoon heat. Today the temperature was predicted at nearly 40 and with the added intensity of the heat in the rock mass it could be as high as 43o.

Our NZ guide, Elizabeth explains the route. Shaun, the AAT driver, took the non-walkers on a shorter creek bed tour.

Up 500 steps. Notice the fly nets - a best seller in the shops here.

We reached the top to find a breathtaking world of compacted sections of sandstone and the gorge below. 

Uniform sandstone creation

Plants grow well in sandstone as it acts like s sponge to any moisture. This is s striped mint bush, used traditionally as an anaesetic.

Lizards camouflaged beautifully with their surroundings.

Evidence that this area was part of an inland sea - ripples frozen in time.

The gorge from the other side of the canyon. We walked around the rim, Huge areas of rock sheer off, leaving a straight, smooth surface.

Through the centre of the gorge, where a river originally flowed, is a green zone, known as the Garden of Eden.

Unexpected verdant vegetation

The gentler path down to the car park.

Another lizard.

A camel burger for lunch at Kings Canyon Resort.

We stopped on the way back on a large sand dune.

On one side was a view of part of the Lake Amadeus salt pans. Just a crust of salt with impassable boggy mud just under the surface.

To the other side was Mt Conner, with its granite top. Locally known as Foolluru as it resembles Uluru, being a similar height and shape. This has no religious significance to the tribal people here.

Home to Yulara, the Ayers Rock Resort, with Uluru close by.

Another refreshing swim after an extremely hot day.

Sunset at the resort with Kata Tjuta in the near distance. Unfortunately we didn't have time to include that on our itinerary. Next rime...