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Newpaper Readers' Photo Gallery - Australia's Natural Beauty - & reminiscences

Explanatory story re SMH collecting these.


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 ... )
[I]Photo: Andrew Martin[/I]
Also see: http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/19/1097951677187.html and http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/20/1097951735119.html , or

NOTE: If you're looking at the photo of the waterfall at Kanangra Walls in this gallery, check the person abseilling about halfway down the photo, on the right.

In Sydney suburbs --
St Ives: http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/20/1097951743850.html
Dobroyd Head: http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/20/1097951742774.html

For some reason there is a suburb called Dobroyd [U]Point[/U], near Haberfield or Leichhardt, in Sydney which is not at all near the peninsula on the harbour called Dobroyd [U]Head[/U], near Clontarf or Balgowlah Heights!
Here is an aerial photo showing Dobroyd [U]Point[/U], 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: http://www.bio.usyd.edu.au/hochuli/article.htm , http://www.bio.usyd.edu.au/SOBS/ADMIN/buildings.htm and http://www.bio.usyd.edu.au/SOBS/RESEARCH/FACILITY/JOHNRAY/Johnray.html )

This shows you something about Dobroyd [U]Head[/U], from a visitor's perspective.
http://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 http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Duke_Alfred_of_Saxe-Coburg-Gotha ) on the first Royal Visit to Australia in 1868 -- see http://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: http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/19/1097951665813.html

[B]Been here![/B]http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/19/1097951666139.html (Part of a longer story of mine.)
And here: http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/19/1097951678102.html
(see also http://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 -- http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2004/10/20/1097951734794.html .

These are something I [I]had[/I] 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 Newcastle, NSW)

These show the more common effect:

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