Mt George Conservation Park

Mt George Conservation Park

Tucked away near Bridgewater is a little treasure along the famous Heysons Trail called Mt George Conservation Park.

Although the vehicles whizzing by along busy main road through the Adelaide Hills to Mt Barker can be heard, they are a soft drone in the background. Nearby is a small biilabong, were you can hear frogs croaking and many small sparrows, wrens, magpies, kookaburra’s, cockatoo’s and many more species.

Nearby the wooden Tiersman Bridge goes across the creek where there lies a bench seat in a shady and quiet spot to see and hear the bird life. The bridge provides picturesque photo opportunities no matter the season.

What a lovely place to be in nature on a warm autumn, spring or cooler summer day.  The hills contain many lovely places to explore, and this one is near the top of my list.

Northern Flinders Ranges

Northern Flinders Ranges

 The Northern Flinders Ranges is a unique area of the world. It is geographically old, and due to the low rainfall things change very slowly overtime. Landscape changes are small and gradual even after flash floods that bring much needed water to the region. Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range capture most of the rainfall due to the height of their peaks.

You can understand the connection that the Adnyamathanha people have with their home country as you to can feel the spirit of the land. The land is harsh and full of challenges but also is a great provider to the living where reptiles, birds, marsupials and introduced species (rabbits, goats and sheep) abound, and people who know where to find sustenance.

I never tire from visiting the region and I find myself dreaming about the region every now and then. The mountain peaks, the craggy gorges, the dry country, the shady waterholes all combine to create the magnificence of the Northern Flinders Ranges.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens – Glasshouse

Adelaide Botanic Gardens – Glasshouse

Adelaide Botanic Gardens in July 2020, just coming out of lockdown for COVID-19.  The dramatic images are a reflection of the gloom that hangs over Adelaide and the rest of the world.

But there is always hope on the horizon as a new dawn awaits, showing the way back to freedom from the tyranny of the virus.

The photos feature the Victorian glasshouse imported from Bremen, Germany in 1875.  Due to Adelaide’s dry climate it is the only surviving building of it’s type and underwent a massive restoration in 1991.  Successive restoration works have been undertaken with the latest being for salt damp in 2018.  It is truly a magnificent building of its type designed by German architect Gustav Runge, and was well ahead of its time using hanging glass walls similar to those used in today’s city buildings.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road is a very popular tourist destination in Victoria. It starts at the beachside town of Torquay and finishes after 230Km just to the east of Warrnambool. It officially is known as B100.

It takes you from the beaches of Torquay, the famous “Bells Beach” surfing beach, Anglesea, and Aireys Inlet to the ruggedness of the cliff coastline of Port Campbell Marine Park. There is so much to see and do along this road, that you need a few days to soak it all in. If you plan on seeing it in a day it (not advised), you will undoubtedly see the famous ‘Twelve Apostles’. However if you stay overnight or a few days, you will be richly rewarded by the discoveries you make in this region. Give the chance for this timeless coastline to seep into you consciousness and you will love it forever.

Places to stay along this coastline are Lorne and Port Campbell, and if you stay longer you may wish to include a favourite spot along the coastline from Apollo Bay to Wye River.