We were starting to think we were cursed when we set of on this weekend’s adventure to Saltwater Creek Campground in Ben Boyd national Park. Just as we were putting the last of our gear in the back of the car it started to rain. After a little bit of discussion and quite a bit of checking the radar on the BOM we decided to risk it and go anyway. Continue reading
Merimbula, on the Sapphire Coast of NSW, is one of the most popular holiday destinations for a very good reason and it’s one of our favourite places to take photos. From Short Point, overlooking Back Lake and Tura Beach to Top Lake and the Boardwalk; the ever popular Bar Beach and Mitchies Jetty; Merimbula is full of lovely spots to spend the day soaking up some sun, relaxing or trying something new. Continue reading
What better place to watch the moon rise but Moon Bay, an unspoilt part of Mimosa Rocks National Park. This is a fascinating little bay, hidden down a path that is great to walk down but not quite so much fun to walk up. It is at the southernmost end of the national park which gets its name from the Paddle Steamer Mimosa which wrecked at the northern end of the park in 1863. Continue reading
It was a beautiful crisp winter morning when we decided to take the scenic Tantawanglo Mountain Road to Alexanders Hut. Winding our way up the mountain, we stopped to stretch our legs at Six Mile Creek campground vowing to come back and stay when the weather warms up.
Getting back on the road we took the turn off at the top of the mountain and followed the Cattlemans Link Track to the beautifully restored Alexanders Hut. Originally built in 1892 it was taken over by National Parks and Wildlife Service in 2002 and is now a prime destination in the South East Forests National Park.
We explored the grounds and enjoyed a lovely packed lunch, sitting around the fire pit just outside the hut. It is so easy to imagine what life was like for the Robinson family who built the original hut and lived in it as part of their properties until the early 80’s. When the Wilkinson’s purchased the property in 1989, they embarked on a series of renovations giving us the hut we now enjoy.
After lunch we explored a little further and found the remains of some cattle yards near Nunnock Swamp. The short winter day turned the air rather crisp, but having discovered this treasure we’ll be back for a longer stay this spring.
First Published in the August Issue of Where We Live, Merimbula News Weekly
Picturesque Bombala, on the banks of the Bombala River is as historical a town as they come. It was proposed in 1903 as the possible location for our nation’s capital but passed over in favour of Canberra. Today, this small, tight knit community is very rightly proud of being home to the largest population of platypus in NSW.
If you are staying on the coast, Bombala is perfect for a day trip or even overnight. It is a beautiful scenic drive from the coast up Mt Darragh Rd. For the very adventurous, you can detour through Rocky Hall and wind your way up the Big Jack Mountain Rd before meeting up again with Mt Darragh Rd just before Cathcart.
Bombala lies on the Monaro Plain, falling in the rain shadow between the Eastern Escarpment and the Snowy Mountains. This natural plain is wonderful for a couple of photographers like us to try to capture some of the stunning uniqueness of Australia’s varied landscapes. From bitterly cold winters to hot dry summers, this particular landscape speaks of endurance, of longevity, of fast furious changes in the weather but lasting stability of the land.
The day we visited we watched storm clouds roll over in minutes then disappear just as quickly. The steely greys of the clouds echoed in the lines and shades of the trees that survive here in the harsh conditions. It is a demanding landscape. It asks us to be aware, to watch, to really think about it- to see things differently than we would on the coast. And we think we did. Bombala may not be famous for its gorgeous landscape, but we think it should be.
It was cold, very cold, and threatening rain any minute but we wanted to explore a hidden corner of the South East Forest National Park and Yambulla State Forest as we’d heard rumours of some stunning little gems from which to capture the beauty of the Australian bush.
Having passed the last town north of the border, Wonboyn, we turned off onto Imlay Road and kept our eyes peeled for Allan Brook Road. Following it to the end we found Newtons Crossing at the junction of Imlay Creek and Wallagaraugh River. We wandered around for a while in the cold misty rain noting exactly where we’ll be coming back to on a drier day. The rumours are true. Definitely stunning, just too wet for photography on this day.
So we hopped back into the car and just explored the roads that weave in and out of state forest and national park. Winding lonely roads, passing over creeks, through forests that change from one moment to the next. Tall rocky outcrops just around the corner from deep still waterholes.
Whenever the rain eased up we took what we could of the places we were passing feeling something like bushrangers as we imagined which places we’d hide in and how hard it would be for anyone to find us.
This really is the edge of civilisation. We followed the Waalimma Road and found ourselves at the camp and picnic ground there. No vehicles past this point. From here you go on foot into the Genoa Wilderness and only if you know what you are doing and you have the right gear. But that will have to wait for another day.