EPIC SUNSET

Hi There,

Last week we went to our local water hole which just happens to be the Hume Weir.  A sizable body of water when full.  Click HERE for heaps of info on the Hume Dam.  The surface area of Hume Dam is a tad under 50,000 acres and when full can hold a touch over 3,000,000 mega litres.  Quite impressive for a local water hole one can say!  Anyway, the reason we were here was to cool down with a swim since we are smack bang in the middle of summer.

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after more than a week of constant 37-40 deg Celsius plus warm nights makes people go a bit stir crazy and senile.  Yes I know! we live in a hot country and should be used to it but it would be nice to have some hot days then some cool days, more hot days then some cool days and so on.  Stop whingeing you say, ok, no worries.

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Anyway, the sunburnt land contrasts nicely with the cool blue water and the fluffy white clouds.  Since we had now cooled down and had a bit of tea, the light playing across the weir started to change as the sun was sinking lower and lower.

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I quite like the above picture for its moody look. The cloudy sky and sunlight painting the far hills in subtle colours.  Then it all went a bit crazy!

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It started raining colour.  I particularly like how the clouds are outlined or highlighted in pinks and reds.

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Epic in my opinion!

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Nature! Got to love it, it entrances one at the most unexpected times.

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Not sure how a panoramic shot will look here but willing to give it a whirl.

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One final blast of colour above and then it was all over in a blink of the eye.  If we didn’t have such easy access to electronic devices and cameras today, one would hardly believe the spectacles that nature provides in an instant which then just evaporate away as if nothing happened.  We were entranced for the minute or so this light show was on and then promptly returned to our lives.  Until next time!

Cheers!

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Kiama. part 2.

Budderoo National Park / Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk

Hi There,

During our holiday to Kiama last January, we spent a day at the Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk, where one can fly through the tall trees and walk amongst the tree tops of the Budderoo National Park.

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Hard to see in the above photo but the ground is on a slope of somewhere between 50-70% and the trees are quite tall.  Lower right in this photo, one can make out a zip line.  Quite a contraption that holds platforms to these trees.  Each year Engineers measure how deep the clamps are and adjust as necessary to keep the platforms where they are and to not strangle any tree as well.

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Here we are walking across a rope bridge.  The course was a collection of these bridges and three zip lines.

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And again

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To give you and idea of the steep terrain, check out the photo below!

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Notice those two trees seem to be quite close to one another.  Look where there bases are, nearly under each other.  Heres a nice long zip line!

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This one let you reach quite a speed which was exhilarating, if you’re not scared of heights!

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Soft landing!

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After the course is completed you are able to wander around the tree tops and enjoy the views and the flora of course!

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A mighty specimen holding its head high!  Intricate patterns of fern leaves from above, see below.

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The tree top walkway!

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Not for the faint hearted!

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At a mid-point there was a tower you could climb for some stunning views over the valley and to the sea!

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unfortunately it was a little cloudy but yet  this made it quite mystical.  Sea in the distant.

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Some magical rock formations which sort of just drop straight down.

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If you are ever near Kiama, give this a go.  It’s a lot of fun!  Until next time.

Cheers!

 

Kiama

Hi There!

As its been a year, I thought I would look back to the start of last year where we went for a holiday to the seaside town of Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales.  Quite a lovely spot with plenty to do and see.  Situated 120km south of Sydney this makes it an ideal spot for Sydneysiders to holiday here which we are not!  Most of the people we met were though.  It took us about 5 and a half hours to get there too.  The caravan park at Kiama East beach was really good with access directly onto the beach and plenty to do.

Beautiful clear water with nice waves, quite rough when the wind was up otherwise it was calm.

Sun has just set behind the hills to the rear of Kiama which lead to the escarpment up to the plains around Bowral and Moss Vale.  It’s quite a drop from Moss Vale through Knights Hill down to Kiama.  The Budderoo National Park is here to which is spectacular.  Here’s some nice rock pools at Kiama East Beach with the waves crashing in behind them!

A kid being buried alive on the beach.  Apparently he was rescued at a later date.

More kids contemplating the ocean.

Around Kiama there a couple of Blowholes.  A large one and a small one.  When we were there the small one was outpacing the large one by a country mile.  That’s a long way by the way!

Above we have some tourists waiting for the action and below we have the small blow-hole from a distance.

The coastline here is quite impressive and there’s a lovely walk along it in either direction from the caravan park.  Here a some photos of the sea crashing into the coastline.

There’s something therapeutic about watching the waves roll in If you are looking for a great summer holiday.  Kiama is the place to go!  Stay tuned for future posts from this part of the world.

Cheers!