This event started in 1988 as a one off celebration of Canberra's 75th birthday and Australia's bicentenary of European settlement. However even after this and due to the success and popularity of the event, it has run every year since then with each year having a new theme and is currently the largest flower festival in the Southern hemisphere with over 300,000 visitors each year.
Following are some of my selected images from this years Floriade:
Floriade 2009 - ( see more )
This Park covers an area of 21,004 hectares. Visitors share the Park with the hundreds of native animals and a picnic could introduce you to kangaroos, koalas, emus and an abundance of birdlife. The Visitors Centre in the Warrumbungles is staffed each day and provides walking maps and camping information. Visitors are encouraged to wander the walking trails and tracks through the National Park and experience the peace and tranquillity of a protected, fragile environment guarded by the lofty mountains.
Walking tracks in the National Park are clearly marked and a map will give details of the terrain, time and features and there is abundance of camping sites and fire places. Also for those less comfortable with roughing it, there are amenities with running hot water, showers, etc.
Lastly we spend a week in Sydney with our friends in Chatswood from where we explored the city during both the day and night, with and without our cameras!
The following are several selected images from the past few months activities:
Yamba - ( see more )
Sydney - ( see more )
Warrumbungle National Park - ( see more )
Along the way we encountered some very friendly cockatoos, beautiful light on Australia's famous coastal vistas and managed two days in the Grampians National Park on our way back to Canberra. We stuck to camping along the coastal route, turning up to places that caught our eye. We had a wonderful time and found a few places that we definitely would like to revisit in the not so distant future to both enjoy and photograph in different types of light.
Following are some of my selected images from this road-trip:
Great Ocean Road 2009 - ( see more )
This park features a rugged and scenic coastline with many beaches enjoyed by surfers, fishers, snorkelers, birdwatchers and sightseers. Many natural sculptures occur on headlands, cliffs and rock stacks.
Bushcamping is permitted at Middle Beach, Picnic Point, Aragunnu and Gillards Beach. Fees apply, payable on site. Picnic facilities with barbecues also available.
The park is located 22 km north-east of Bega, off the Tathra-Bermagui Road.
The Kangaroos were quite tame and used to human presence, almost peering into our tent. Paradoxically this added to the sense of camping in the bush and made for very pleasant mornings, once the city slicker Canadian squatting lessons were concluded and over.
We've really enjoyed this weekend with beautiful sunrises, wide expenses of beaches and bushland and even some Aboriginal sacred sites in an adjoining National Park.
All in all an excellent weekend with the following being some of my selected images:
Canada - ( see more )
Wendy's first foray into the Australian outback consisted of five days in the saddle, five to seven hours per day, crossing tabletop mountains, dry creek-beds and marshes, sleeping under the stars in a swag while listening to camp-fire stories. She survived though and lived to tell the tale :)
Following are some of my selected images from this adventure:
Snowy Mountains 2008 and Cochran Horse Treks - ( see more )