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Sunday, October 24, 2004
Australian Landscapes - SMH Photo Galleries
Midwinter on the Main Range in the Snowy Mountains.
The steep faces of Sentinel Ridge and Watson's Crags offer the finest skiing Australia has to offer. Unrivalled scenery, zero crowds and no lift queues (then again, no lifts either, and a hell of a hike back to the top ... )
Photo: Andrew Martin
Also see: www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/19/1097951677187.html and
NOTE: If you're looking at Michael Meryment's photo of the waterfall at Kanangra Walls in
this gallery, check the person abseiling about halfway down the photo, on
the right ( www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/18/1097951604775.html).
In Sydney suburbs --
St Ives: www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/20/1097951743850.html
Dobroyd Head: www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/20/1097951742774.html
For some reason there is a suburb called Dobroyd Point, near Haberfield or
Leichhardt, in Sydney which is not at all near the peninsula on the harbour
called Dobroyd Head, near Clontarf or Balgowlah Heights! Here is an aerial
photo showing Dobroyd Point, the suburb, and you can see that the view
between the heads shown in the photo above is round quite a few corners from
it, and well beyond the city buildings seen in the background.
(This brought back memories of working for my Biology thesis, and here is
some of the stuff from the Sydney University SOBS as it is more currently:
This shows you something about Dobroyd Head, from a visitor's perspective.
www.stuharris.co.uk/apple_oz/spitman/spitman.html He doesn't mention
Clontarf Beach being the site of an early attempted political
assassination, where a mentally-unbalanced Irish migrant called Henry
O'Farrell shot the then Duke of Edinburgh
(Alfred -- see
www.wordiq.com/definition/Duke_Alfred_of_Saxe-Coburg-Gotha ) on the
first Royal Visit to Australia in 1868 -- see
www.shoalhaven.net.au/~cathyd/history/prince.html. Fortunately, the
bullet bounced off his braces. We swiftly pointed out Henry was visiting
from Melbourne, but despite his obvious derangement, he was fairly summarily
tried & executed.
Am fond of the story that goes with this picture of Cox Bight on the South
Coast Track, Tasmania:
Been here! www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/19/1097951666139.html
(Part of a longer story of mine.) And here:
www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/19/1097951678102.html (see also
www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/20/1097951740480.html for a different
view). And this one scarcely touches the wonder & beauty of Barrington Tops
These are something I had to take when I was visiting Western Australia.
It's a sight you can't see from the Eastern States -- very few of the water
lakes are big enough to not have anything on the horizon, though if Lake
Eyre in the centre-south (the lowest point on mainland Australia), usually
just salt flats, is full after a flood year it might be possible.
Oops: Looks like at certain angles in the geology you can get the effect.
But it's rare <ahem>, e.g. Stockton Beach, Anna Bay (I believe this is near
These show the more common effect:
Explanatory story re SMH collecting these.
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