Nelson & Mt Gambier Region

I’m camped at Nelson as far south west as you can get in Victoria and it’s freezing, but I’m snug inside the heated caravan. Mt Gambier is only 35 Km from Nelson so I headed into town to get some supplies, there is only a small shop and pub in Nelson. The Blue lake is the main feature at Mt Gambier so I put the drone up. It was quite windy so this is the best I could do in putting photos together as the drone doesn’t have a panorama setting. The blue lake doesn’t fit in one shot at 150 m high, the maximum I was allowed to fly in this area. The lake still has a blue tinge but it was a cold, overcast bleak day.

Blue Lake Mt Gambier from a Drone

The volcano that created the crater lake last erupted only 4,600 years ago, relatively recently. The lake is formed because the bottom of the crater is below the water table. The photo below was taken at ground level.

Blue Lake Mt Gambier Panorama from a Lookout

Mt Gambier is one of a 100 Km long chain of extinct volcanos that run from Mt Burr down to Mt Schank halfway between Nelson and Mt Gambier. Mt Schank is above the water table so does not contain a lake, I am told, because it was much to cold, and with a howling gale, for me to undertake the 1-1/2 hour walk to the top. The volcanos in this area exploded when the molten rock rose toward the surface and hit the water laden limestone. This caused a massive pressure and blew apart the limestone allowing the molten rock to flow to the surface.

Mt Schank extinct Volcano near Mt Gambier

From here I headed for Allendale East where there is a mural on a school hall. It is a small town, so small that my two GPS couldn’t find it. The mural was excellent with amazing detail for such a large painting.

Mural at Allendale East School

There was also a kids game mural on another building that I liked.

Game mural at Allendale East School

These murals inspired the kids to paint their own, which they did on the school hall.

Allendale East School Hall Mural Painted by the Kids

And they did another on the toilet block.

Allendale East Toilet Block Mural Painted by the Kids

Today is my birthday so I made up a hamburger roll and headed to Pritchards campground in Lower Glenelg National Park for a picnic lunch. Deen and I camped here a couple of Christmases ago and Marg and I picniced here a number of times, so it was full of good memories. It is a beautiful spot, a bit noisy at the start as a group of school kids were setting off down river on kayaks.

Kayakers on Glenelg River

Once the noise subsided all the little birds came out including a beautiful blue wren. He hopped around and on my table and gave me an opportunity to catch him on the camera.

Blue Wren at Lower Glenelg National Park

After lunch I put up the drone and disturbed the peace, it was windy up high and the drone had trouble staying level but I was able to level the photos in Lightroom. The campground is on the left of the river and has plenty of trees as you can see. Most sites have their own fireplace and some have picnic tables. The campground is divided into two parts and sites 10 to 20 are in a separate area toward the top of the photo and are more open. National Parks have planted bushes and trees which are starting to separate some sites, 16 to 20 are the best in that section.

Pritchards Campground and Glenelg River in Lower Glenelg NP

There is a jetty and a boat ramp at Pritchards and the boat ramp is 50 – 100 metres from the campground so that means less noise for campers in the early morning.

Pritchards Campground Jetty

So that’s Nelson and surrounds, great spot for a quiet holiday. Tomorrow I’m off to Goroke and then into the ‘wilds’ of SA, if there is such a thing.

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Port Fairy & Budj Bim

The first thing I need to do is correct a mistake I made in my last post about Palm Sugar. I was thinking about Palm Oil, not Palm Sugar, it is the production of Palm Oil is the cause of massive rainforest clearing, not Palm Sugar. Palm Sugar production is a sustainable industry, here is a quote I spotted on the Internet: “The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the World Bank reported that palms can produce high yields of sugar for up to 100 years of production. The report found that coconut palm sugar is, therefore, a sustainable industry, with a minimal environmental impact when harvested using traditional techniques.” So I will investigate Palm Sugar salad dressing recipes after all.

Last night I went for a walk in the Koroit Botanic Gardens, they are very small but there are some magnificent trees. One of them is this Dragon Blood tree that is on the National Tree Heritage Register as a tree of national significance, as the sign right in the middle attests, very sensitively placed!

Dragon Blood Tree at Koroit

On Saturday I went into Port Fairy which is only 15 Km away. If you are planning a visit to this area, Koroit is a great place to stay, 13 Km from Warrnambool, 15 Km from Port Fairy, and about 60 Km from Budj Bim and Mt Arapiles National Parks plus Tower Hill on your doorstep.

Sadly the Wharf area at Port Fairy has been gentrified and no longer can you buy fish and chips wrapped in paper from an old wharf building by the river. The restaurant that has replaced the old buildings serves good food, but without the joy of sitting in the sun pulling chips from a packet and rolling them around your mouth because they are too hot, because you can’t wait. There are still working fishing boats moored along the river but most boats are pleasure boats. All that said, it is still a pretty place for a walk and a meal, but not as atmospheric.

Moyne River Wharf Area Port Fairy

I walked around to Flagstaff Hill on the other side of the river where they build a defence bunker in 1861 in fear of the Russians. The 30 pound canons were upgraded to 80 pounders in the 1880s. The canon collection here is the biggest collection after the Queenscliff collection, also assembled because of the Russian threat.

Canon on Flagstaff Hill Port Fairy

From Flagstaff Hill you look down on the entrance to the Moyne river which has a groyne on each side that make it easier for boats to enter and leave the river. In this photo you can just faintly see the coast around Warrnambool across the other side of the bay.

Moyne River Entrance at Port Fairy

Sunday’s trip was to Budj Bim National Park which preserves some natural volcanic features and bushland. The wetlands around Budj Bim had lots of volcanic channels that the Aborigines managed with weirs to control the water flow to Lake Condah. At Lake Condah the Aborigines farmed eels for more than 6,500 years and they lived in stone huts, permanent structures that they could build because the eels provided a food source all year round. They smoked the eels and traded them with adjacent tribes.

The picnic area at Budj Bim had a couple of shelters which I headed straight for, the wind was very chilly. Sitting there eating lunch brought back lovely memories of all the picnics Marg and I enjoyed together in many National Parks and other places over the years. I haven’t done many picnics since she died, except when I holiday with Deen, but after today I may start doing them again.

Budj Bim NP Picnic Area

A short drive from here brings you to Surprise Lake, a big surprise in the undulating mostly flat land you drive through. It is a small volcanic crater.

Surprise lake

A walk of about 1 Km brings you to a high point overlooking the lake, the walk goes on for another couple of Ks but it had been an uphill walk most of the way so I decided to head back, but the lake view gave another perspective and a view of the country beyond.

Surprise Lake and Surrounding Country

After the walk I drove to Natural Bridge, which is in a lava channel. As the lava flows it splashes and forms levee banks beside the molten lava and in places where the flow is particularly turbulent, the banks close together and form a roof, Natural Bridge is one of these. You walk along the channel to get to the bridge and the lava walls are 9 metres high in places.

Laval Channel Walk

You can see the narrow path near the centre of the photo. In the picture of the bridge you can see the narrow exit gap in the middle of the photo. The person framed in the gap gives an indication of the height of the bridge. You have to walk down 30 steps to the bottom so I took the photo from the top, the steps were quite steep with no handrails.

Natural Bridge
Entrance to Natural Bridge

A drive through lots of tracks in the park and farmlands took me back to camp. Tomorrow I’m off to Nelson on the border with SA.

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Tower Hill & Warrnambool

I moved on to Koroit which is right on the edge of an extinct volcano, Tower Hill. I’m staying in the council caravan park which is next to a small botanic gardens. Koroitj is the aboriginal name for Tower Hill, a crater 3 Km by 2.4 Km across and 90 metres high. It last erupted 30,000 years ago and is of national geographical significance. It was made a reserve in 1961 but the bush is still fairly degraded with lots of weeds. I put the drone up and this is a panorama assembled from those drone photos, you can just see Bass Strait in the background.

Tower Hill from North from a Drone

I had the drone up at 400 feet the maximum allowed by CASA regulations, I would have liked it to go higher. I can’t see the drone at that height so I just put it straight up and bring it straight down. There is a viewing area where I put the drone up and this photo was from ground level.

Tower Hill from the North at Ground Level

The is another viewing platform to the east of Tower Hill that also gives good views of the crater.

Tower Hill from the East from Viewing Platform

You can drive over a causeway to the “island” in the centre of the lake and there is a delightful picnic area and a number of walks that spin out from there. Parts of the bush are in good condition and there are emus, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas , and lots of birds and reptiles (reportedly and thankfully!). This is a view of the picnic area, lots of BBQs and tables.

Picnic Area at Tower Hill

Warrnambool is only 15 Km from Tower Hill so I drove there to check out the water tower artwork. The water tower is set on a highpoint near the coast and celebrates the contribution that migrants and refugees have made to Warrnambool and Australia. I decided to put the drone up to see what the tower looked like from a height.

Warrnambool Water Tower

While in Warrnambool I learned that there was some street art in the city centre and a few other places around the town. So I went back to Warrnambool the next day and went to the info centre to get a map. While there I noticed the restaurant next door and determined to go there for lunch. So I headed off on foot from the info centre and walked around the CBD and found that most of the street art was disappointing and more like graffiti than works of art, at least to my taste. But there was some good stuff. There was no information to explain the artwork which was also disappointing.

Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos

These cockatoos were along a laneway so I could only photograph two at a time, there were five in all and they were all very well done.

Young Aborigine on the TAFE Building

After walking the CBD, I drove to some artwork around Warrnambool and the best of that was on the abutments of a couple of railway bridges.

So back to Pippies for a lunch of calamari and green salad, which was excellent. The salad dressing was unusual and delicious, but based on palm sugar, so that was a pity as I thought I might try to make it.. The restaurant overlooks Bass Strait and a bay behind the breakwater, a delightful outlook.

I have extended my stay at Koroit for another day (fourth day only $15, bonus!) and will now head off on Monday. Tomorrow I will go to Port Fairy and look around there and probably force down some fish and chips on the wharf.

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Lismore

I was going to move on today but I had reports from my friend Rhonda, and a couple that I had sought directions to the silos from, that the current exhibition at the Geelong Gallery was excellent and well worth a visit. What convinced me was a discussion with Deen last night, I was explaining that I don’t go back or do U turns and she said “just consider it a day trip”! So I did and it was certainly worth the 200 Km return trip.

The artist is Rone and it was he that painted the silos at Fyansford that have since been demolished that I was going to visit yesterday.

Fyansford Old Cement Silos

Apparently the artist has a passion for painting in deserted buildings or structures that are partly demolished, in the silos photo you can see the rough edge of the partly demolished supporting building under the silos. He did the same thing at the APM Paper Mill at Abbotsford in 2017 and photos of that artwork and other work at the mill are featured in this exhibition at Geelong. The quote below summarises Rone’s philosophy of painting in abandoned and partly demolished buildings

The two photos below are of artwork at the Abbotsford papermill that Rone painted in partly demolished buildings. Unfortunately the photos were framed in glass and there are reflections of people looking at other paintings in the Gallery in my photo.

Abbotsford Building Artwork #1
Abbotsford Building Artwork #2

Rone had painted artwork in all seven rooms of a deserted Federation weatherboard cottage at the papermill. Rone said of that work: “Now on its last legs, marooned in a sea of progress awaiting its final end, [it] serves as a potent symbol of defiance in the face of relentless change”.

The Gallery and Rone have recreated two of those rooms in a massive hall in the gallery. It was fantastic, wonderful detail even down to spiders webs. The hall in which they created this display was at least 15 metres wide and about 45 metres long with one room at each end.

Recreated Dining Room at Geelong Gallery

The recreated music room was set in very low light to give it a dark moody feel.

Recreated Music Room at Geelong Gallery

The framed paintings hanging in the recreated rooms were painted by Rone and a number of them were of paintings Rone had liked when he visited the Gallery as a child. He had dappled them with light brown spots that sometimes develop on old paintings, that aside, they were hard to distinguish from the originals.

Rone’s Recreated Paintings

The paining in the middle is of a Hans Heysen painting of the Flinders ranges and you do feel like walking over and straightening it up, just adds to the feeling of abandonment.

Rone had also recreated a family room that he had painted at the Abbotsford papermill.

Recreated Family Room

It is interesting that McCubbins renowned painting “Burial in the bush” was an inspiration to Rone as a child and it is owned by the Geelong Gallery, sadly it was on loan to another gallery at the time of my visit. It is a wonderful painting that most of us have marvelled at, you can understand why it inspired Rone.

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I am so glad that I made the “day trip” to the gallery, it was a heart-lifting experience, well worth the effort.

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Mt Eliza to Lismore Vic.

Sadly there was no Blog for the whole of 2020, just a few cancelled holidays; with fingers crossed the holidays will be happening this year. It felt a bit strange packing the caravan and I had to remember where to put and find things. It was also a new experience applying for a permit to enter South Australia and then another one will be needed to get back into the state in which I was born! So strange.

In this trip I plan to visit silo and water-tower art in Western Victoria and Eastern South Australia, plus some places of interest along the way. I will be away from home until early June so plenty of time with not a lot of distance to cover, so it should be relaxing. My U3A cryptic Crossword Practice Group is still running once a week so I have planned camp stops on Wednesdays where there is mobile coverage, hopefully good enough to run the Zoom session.

I thought I needed to take a photo of the first camp on this trip to prove that I am not dreaming, I am really on holidays, so here it is.

Camp at Lismore Victoria

Today’s trip was a leisurely couple of hundred K’s and everything seems to be working OK on the caravan after such a long lay-off, so that’s good. The first stop was a water-tower at Werribee, a small tower in a simple garden but impeccably maintained. The contrast between the original tower and the painted tower is massive. It shows how an eyesore can be transformed. The tower was built in 1914 and is 18 metres high.

Werribee Water-Tower before Artwork

This is the tower as it is now, it celebrates what was the major primary industry around Werribee using irrigation to grow vegetables.

Werribee W-T Vegetable Grower Grower
Werribee Water-Tower Vegetable Grower

The back of the tower was also painted with a platypus and a green frog.

Werribee Water-Tower Platypus
Werribee Water-Tower Frog

I headed off to Fyansford near Geelong, but found that the cement silos had been demolished so it was off to the Lismore water tower. A small tower on the edge of town, only about 10 metres high and in the front yard of a house, which is now a cafe. It features two dancing Brolgas which are native to the area.

Lismore Water-Tower Brolga & Chick

After painting the brolgas the artist returned 4 weeks later to “hatch the eggs” so he painted the chicks.

Tomorrow it’s off to Koroit for a few days to visit Tower Hill, Warrnambool, (Water Tower), Lake Condor and other sites in the area. It’s good to be travelling.

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Bermagui to Mallacoota

I love having a GPS, with one you can travel through a city trouble free, so my exit from Sydney was a breeze.  After an overnight at Murramarang Resort (read Caravan Park but right on the beach) I called in at Bermagui to see their water tower.  The artwork printed on plastic and glued to the tower, Merimbula and Eden turned out to be the same.  It was well done and colourful but I prefer the tower artwork that the artist has actually painted on the tower, as was the case for all the others I have visited.  I’ll let you judge.  The first photo is of the tower and the second a close up of the artwork.

Bermagui Water Tower

Bermagui Water Tower Close up

The strikingly colourful Bermagui artwork is titled Spirit Dance and was originally painted by indigenous artist Joe Mackenzie in an attempt to help his young sons Latrell and Kobe to get to sleep, with its friendly protective spirits to ward off bad spirits.

I forgot to mention that it rained at Murramarang and I had to pack up in the wet, we got about 20 mm overnight.  I suppose I shouldn’t complain, it was the first rain for 7 weeks.  It cleared up after a couple of hours but the rain started again just when I was setting up at Merimbula, bugger.

The water Tank at Merimbula is at the top of a hill overlooking the town next to the fire station.  It was colourful but again a printed artwork stuck to the tower.

Merimbula Water Tank

Merimbula Water Tank Close up

This artwork is detailed and colourful and depicts what both locals and visitors alike appreciate about living in this part of Australia.  I learned there was another tank artwork at 5 Km north of Eden on the Princes Highway so I checked that out on the way to Mallacoota.  It depicts an octopus and crayfish engaged in a fight in indigenous art style.

Eden Water Tank

Eden Water Tank Close up

This artwork was taken from a painting completed by the artist some years earlier and the painting can be viewed in a local gallery.

I met up with Deen at Mallacoota on Wednesday afternoon where we will stay for 4 nights.  On Thursday we set off for a BBQ at Sou-West Arm on the Genoa River, a favourite spot we first visited in 1973 and many times since including with a UK branch of our family Justine, Robert, Lucy and Holly in 2016.  This time at Sou-West Arm, as well as the BBQ, we were to scatter some of Marg’s ashes.  Both Cam and Deen have ashes to scatter and Deen chose this place for her lot as it held good memories for her, and it was a place loved by Marg.

When the kids were about five and seven we stayed at Mallacoota with Barry (Marg’s brother), Cas, Sam and Bren and visited Sou-West Arm.  The kids rushed down to the picnic table and in an instant were on top of the table as a big goanna made a massive noise in the galvanised rubbish bin.  Much laughter from the parents.

Russ & Deen Relaxing at Sou-West Arm Mallacoota

After lunch (Deens delicious hamburgers in a fresh rolls) we moved to the end of the jetty and took turns to cast the ashes, sad, but also lots of wonderful memories.

Jetty at Sou-West Arm Mallacoota Panorama

We walked to the end of the arm to enjoy the view to the upper lake.

View to the Upper Lake Mallacoota from Sou-West Arm

We were blessed with the weather for this important event, mostly sunny, 20 °C with a cooling light breeze.

There was a very strong wind on Friday, but otherwise a perfect day, so we headed off down Genoa River Firetrail to a picnic area on the Genoa River in Croajingolong National Park.  150 metre walk to the picnic area where we got the fire BBQ going.  It was such a peaceful place with a tiny Flame Robin catching our attention from time to time.

Genoa River Picnic Area

On the walk down to the picnic spot we found a White Ladies Finger native orchid, something Marg would have spotted from 50 metres, she could even spot orchids from a moving car!  A delightful tiny flower on the middle of the very dry walking track.

Ladies Finger Orchid

That night we got Deens TV going in her campert  watched the Tigers fantastic performance on Friday night and on Saturday decided on a restful day with a counter lunch at the Mallacoota pub would be the go.  That night we watched the Magpies nearly win in a wonderful fightback.  Our evening meals over the time at Mallacoota has been 1/2 a dozen oysters mornay each using oysters I bought from an oyster factory in Pambula on the way down.  Delicious.  Tomorrow we start the journey home to Melbourne with an overnight at Nicholson River, so this will be the last post for a while, thanks to the people who posted comments.

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Sydney region #3

On another beautiful sunny mild day I set off for Hornsby to see their water tank, a fair part of the journey was on Pennant Hills Road again, but no B-Doubles and no caravan so it was an easy 50 Km drive.  The artwork on the tower was excellent but a security fence and trees made it hard to get photos, but I really liked the paintings.  This one is from across the road to give an idea of the tower’s situation.  I was across the road to take these and it was a busy road so I just kept snapping and eventually managed a break in the traffic so no cars in the photo.

Hornsby Water Tank

 

I managed to take a few close up photos through the fence and between bushes.

Hornsby Water Tank

 

Hornsby Water Tank

 

Hornsby Water Tank

 

The next tank was at Lower MacDonald, a small settlement in the bush on the Hawkesbury River near Wisemans Ferry (Wisemans Ferry does not have an apostrophe for some unknown reason).  It was a delightful drive through forest and the Berowra National Park where the road dropped down the edge of the escarpment.  This section of the road had eight hairpin bends that were 5 Km/hr absolute max plus lots of others to be taken at 15 to 25 Km/hr.  But the forest was beautiful, all green with lots of native grasses and grass trees.  The road was smooth and after the decline it was a delightful winding road, lots of motorbikes out enjoying the bends, but otherwise the traffic was light.  There is another steep decline down to Wisemans Ferry, but not a many sharp bends.  Along the way there was a lookout over the Hawkesbury and Wisemans Ferry which is the long shape in the centre of this photo.

 

Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry from Hawkins Lookout

 

A ferry has operated at Wisemans Ferry since 1829 and is probably the longest continuously operating ferry service in Australia.  The crossing is 366 metres long and two ferries operate in parallel so there is not long to wait for a ferry, which takes about 4 minutes to cross the river.  Wiseman was a convict who was granted land in the area and started the ferry in 1827 and then moved it to the present site in 1829 when the road was repositioned.

The water tanks at Lower MacDonald are small ones but the artwork is good and they are in a bush setting.

 

Lower MacDonald Water Tank

 

Lower MacDonald Water Tank Perched Cocky

 

Lower MacDonald Water Tank Flying Cocky

 

Lower MacDonald Water Tank

 

The return journey to camp followed different roads but most of it was through the countryside and enjoyable.  Tomorrow is a rest day, well a more restful day, with a clear agenda, hopefully celebrating a Lions win, and then off down the coast on Monday to end up at Mallacoota where I am meeting up with Deen on the 18th for a few days, so I’m looking forward to that.  I will check out a couple of water towers on the way south at Bermagui amd Merimbula.

 

 

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Sydney Region #2

All the water tanks I plan to visit on Friday are in the Blue Mountains and my first was at Katoomba, but before the tower I went to Echo Point to view the Three Sisters, which I haven’t seen since I was a child.  There are still three, unlike the twelve apostles in Victoria where we are down to about eight.  The view over the mountains is stunning and worth putting up with hundreds of tourists, of which I am one.  You can understand from the photos why the Blue Mountains were such a barrier to settlement further west until Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson found a way across in  1813.  They were successful because they followed the ridges rather than the valleys.  As a result of their exploration Bathurst became Australia’s first inland city.

 

Three Sisters from Echo Point

 

I took a panorama of the view including the Three Sisters.

Three Sisters & Blue Mountains

 

And another from the other side of the viewing platform.

Blue Mountains from Echo Point

 

After enjoying the views it was off to the Katoomba Water Tank which was probably good in its heyday, but leakage and weathering have taken their toll.

Katoomba Water Tank

 

Katoomba Water Tank Sharks

 

Katoomba Water Tank Close-up

 

I then travelled to Wentworth Falls to see their water tank but could only find a plain green tank, apparently the artwork is on the other side but I couldn’t see how to get there.  So off to Mt Riverview water tank.  This tank has artwork as a strip around the bottom of the tank.  The green patches are where the paint has lifted off.

 

Mt Riverview Water Tank

 

Mt Riverview Water Tank Rosella

 

Mt Riverview Water Tank Blue Wren

 

Mt Riverview Water Tank Snake

 

The last tank for today was at Lapstone just off the Great Western Highway which is the main highway into the mountains.  The highway is two lanes each way and winds up the hills, a very easy and pleasant drive.  The artwork is eye catching, I love the frog the best.

 

Lapstone Water Tank

 

Lapstone Water Tank Closeup

 

A couple more tanks or towers tomorrow and that will be Sydney done.  Richmond has a very busy shopping strip within walking distance of where I am camped.  There are a few takeaways, a Dan Murphy’s and a Coles, so I have everything I need!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Region #1

So it was back to reality today travelling with a caravan through Sydney, at one stage I was on the very windy Pennant Hills Road in the middle lane with a B-Double on either side, I did breath in!  I set up camp at the Richmond Club, who have a 20 site small camping area.  I will travel out from here to the various water towers around Sydney.  Today I visited the Edmondson Park tower at Bardia.  I really liked the tower which was very colourful and interesting.  There was construction work happening on the site so I was able to take photos inside the fence after seeking permission from the Irish workforce.

The design featured elements of Edmondson Park from the past and present, which are demonstrated through an aerial view.

You can see a blue line running through the bottom of the mural which represents Campbelltown Road (the main road through the suburb). The artist has included things from the past like vineyards and market gardens through to Indigenous elements.

Also included are a local totem, a soldier, a Victoria Cross and foxes for Fox Valley Road, right through to future housing developments.

This was my first view of the tower.

 

Edmondson Park Water Tower First View

 

I then walked to the side to take this photo.

Edmondson Park Water Tower Side View

 

Ans a close up of the side view.

Edmondson Park Water Tower Close up Side View

 

I then had to seek further permission to walk through the worksite to the other side of the tower.

Edmondson Park Water Tower Another View

 

This tower could well be my favourite.  Tomorrow I will be off to Katoomba to see some more water towers.

 

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Corindi Beach to Newcastle #2

The drive from Wauchope to Maitland Showground was along the Pacific Motorway through forests for most of the journey, an easy drive that seemed over before it started.  Once set up I drove to see a water tank at Coal Point on Lake Macquarie, about 40 Km away.  The artwork was only in a band around the bottom of the tank, but it was well done.  I was lucky to be able to stop and ask a trail bike rider for directions, as the best way to get to the tank was from a different street, rather than the one listed on the website.  As you approach the tank this is what you see, the glimpse encouraged me to keep climbing up the hill.

Approaching Coal Point Water Tank

 

I especially loved the owl, but the possum and lady bird were well done as well.

Coal Point Water Tank Front View

 

The back of the tank was more like artistic graffiti, but well done and colourful.

Coal Point Water Tank Back View

 

The side of the tank had a bird theme.

Coal Point Water Tank Side View

 

On Wednesday I went to Kurri Kurri to see their street art, sorry, should say murals, that is what the locals like to call them.  There are lots to see within easy walking distance of the centre of town and an amazing variety of subjects.  The town emblem is a kookaburra so every mural has a kookaburra somewhere in the painting, although I could not find a kooka in a few of them.  So, in order of my viewing, this is what I saw, appropriately the first into view was the town emblem.

Kurri Kurri Kookaburra Statue

 

Then came the toilet block, I take a risk here because have already copped some flack about taking photos of ladies toilets!  The kooka is in the second mural.

 

Kurri Kurri Toilet Block Mural #1

 

Kurri Kurri Toilet Block Mural #2

 

Schoolyard Mural

 

The school walls had murals painted on them, but they were hard to photograph, but here is one painted by the kids.

Kids Mural

 

Bullock Team Mural

 

Snake Handler Mural

 

Good to see the proper use of an apostrophe.

Galloway’s Electrical Store

 

Steam Train

 

Double Decker Bus

 

Christmas Mural

 

The firemen mural is on the side of the fire station and has flames coming out of all the windows, I could only capture the main part of the mural.

Firemen Mural

 

Preschool Puzzle Mural

 

Backburning Mural

 

Sewing Factory Mural

 

Car 54 Where are You

 

Time Tunnel Mural

 

Timber Cutters Mural

 

Cricketers – High on Hotel Wall

 

Christening Mural

 

So that is the best of the Kurri Kurri murals, well worth the visit.  Tomorrow I am off to Richmond in the west of Sydney for a few days and then I will start moving down the coast toward home.

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