Category Archives: landscape

Kayaks and Cuckoos

While walking part of the 252km Great South West Walk, in the Lower Glenelg National Park near the South Australian border, I found a Fan-tailed Cuckoo perched on a branch just off the track. I had stopped to watch a few kayakers work their way up the river and the cuckoo made it distinctive call right beside me.

Glenelg River, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria

Glenelg River, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria

Great South West Walk, Glenelg River, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria,

Great South West Walk, Glenelg River, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria,

Kayakers, Glenelg River, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria

Kayakers, Glenelg River, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria

Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria

Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Lower Glenelg National Park, Victoria

View from the Balconies

One of the best views of the Grampians National park, can be found from the top of the Balconies lookout. The Balconies are located about 12 kms outside of Halls Gap. From the carpark it is an easy walk to the cliffs. The forest walk to the cliffs has many birds and we even spotted several rock wallabies. The lookouts are fenced off and sign posted but quite a few tourists climbed over anyway and  sat on the rocks, while dangerous it does make for a better photo…

The Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

The Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

View from the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

View from the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Tourists on the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Tourists on the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Colours and Art of Mt Zero

Over summer I camped in the Grampians (Northern Eastern Victoria – 4 hrs from Melbourne) for a week and explored the local area. On a particularly hot day (44 degrees), I drove up to the northern section of the Grampians and climbed up to a small cave shelter and photographed the aboriginal cave art. The cave is known as the Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people). A very hot  walk and climb but well worth the effort.

Mt Zero, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Mt Zero, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Mt Zero Rock Colours, Northen Grampians, Victoria

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Mt Zero Rock Colours, Northen Grampians, Victoria

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Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people), Mt Zero, Northen Grampians

Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people), Mt Zero, Northen Grampians

Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people), Mt Zero, Northen Grampians

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Mt Zero landscape, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Mt Zero landscape, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Twin Grass trees, Mt Zero landscape, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Twin Grass trees – regrowth after a major bushfire several years earlier.

Mallacoota colours

The last few days I stayed at Mallacoota I drove around to my favourite spots looking for a bit of natural local colour. Early summer is the best time to visit, you have the place to yourself as the holidays crowds don’t arrive until Xmas.

Secret Beach, Mallacoota, Victoria

Secret Beach, Mallacoota, Victoria

Bekta Point, Victoria

Bekta Point, Mallacoota, Victoria

wallagaraugh river, Victoria

Wallagaraugh River, Victoria

Mallacoota Inlet, Victoria

Mallacoota Inlet, Victoria

Mallacoota Inlet, Victoria

Mallacoota Inlet

Mallacoota Inlet, Victoria

Mallacoota Inlet from Captain Stevenson’s Point.