Rocky Raceway

I have recently become involved in the wonderful pastime of geocaching – basically a modern day kind of treasure hunt involving a GPS device. One of the great things about it is that it gets me to places I might not have ever ventured to otherwise.

My most recent geocaching adventure was to a rarely visited part of the Murrumbidgee River, on the side that doesn’t have carparks, picnic areas, play grounds and properly formed and sign-posted walking trails. A 10 kilometre drive and 7 kilometre hike (double that to get back) took me to a place on the river only 2.6 kilometres from home, but totally inaccessible from “my” side due to granite cliffs and rapidly flowing water. My objective: the geocache called Rocky Raceway – a small container hidden in a rock formation high above an area where the river is forced through a narrow chasm.

Here is a small selection of photos from around the area where Rocky Raceway lies hidden.

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Castle Hill

Castle Hill sits at the edge of Canberra, just past where the suburbs end and the national park and the wilderness beyond begin. While it may not seem that impressive from the road (as shown below) it is one of the most prominent hills in southern Canberra, sitting in the foreground of many vistas, its characteristic split granite monoliths a sign of something magical.

One stormy Saturday morning recently I climbed the unexpectedly steep Castle Hill (also known as Prue’s Hill, renamed by me for a friend) and marvelled at the piles of granite on its summit and the unexpectedly amazing view across the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park.


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Two Days on Cooleman Ridge

Some images from two recent visits to Cooleman Ridge, which sits between the suburbs of Weston Creek in the Australian Capital Territory and the vast area across the Murrumbidgee River, Bullen Range, Brindabella Range and beyond.

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Some time ago this blog was born and for a time it thrived. Then it developed a kind of malaise that saw it need to rest for a short time. That short time grew and for the best part of a year the blog rested.

It is now refreshed and ready to venture into the world again. Its past has gone, for better or worse. Its future will live up to its title and rely much more on images than words. That’s the way it began. The words had value, but that at times they overwhelmed and distracted. There will be words in the blog’s future, but they will be secondary.

Here are some images of Collins Beach, in the Sydney northern beaches suburb of Manly. Collins Beach rests in the Sydney Harbour National Park. It is home to a Fairy Penguin conservatory and to a former quarantine station, now the Australian Institute of Police Management. I visited there briefly, in grey and damp weather.

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