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Outings: Kuitpo Forest

After a few weeks devoid of any kind of serious bushwalking due to some health issues, we decided it was time to rectify our lack of activity. After looking for a walk that was reasonably close by and not too challenging or long, we decided on the 10 km Christmas Hill Forest Reserve loop walk in the Kuitpo Forest. The ‘All Trails’ App reviews were all very positive, but none mentioned a fundamental flaw in the route described, which we only discovered towards the end of the trail.

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Photography

Outings: Yorke Peninsula

Having recently joined one of the local photography clubs, South Coast Camera Club, I decided that the upcoming club outing to Yorke Peninsula would be a great opportunity to get to know a few of the members and to visit the Yorke Peninsula for the first time. Since it was a club event, we decided that I would go solo, a first in our newly acquired caravan.

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Tuesday 7 May - Deep Creek National Park
Bushwalks

Outings: Deep Creek National Park

Tuesday 7 May - Deep Creek National Park

After a busy day in the garden (K) and shed (me) on Monday, Tuesday was a good day to continue exploring our new neighbourhood. Deep Creek National Park was on our list, so we identified two potential circuit walks. The first of these was the 6km Arron Creek Circuit Hike. As this was listed as grade 3, we decided to walk this in the morning and, if we survived, we would tackle the second, the 4.7km grade 1 Spring Wildflower Walk, in the afternoon.

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Travel

Outings: Cox Scrub Conservation Park

Having stopped here briefly on our way back from our Mount Lofty Botanic gardens visit, our Thursday outing was to tackle the 8.5 km Emu Wren track around Cox Scrub Conservation Park. It was an early start as I was keen to photograph the winery at Currency Creek around sunrise. As a result, we started our hike at about 08:15, with the plan to be back home by lunchtime.

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Outings

Outings: Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

After a day of working in the shed and garden, Tuesday 30 April was time for a day outing. On hearting reports of the magnificent autumn colours and the variety of bird life that can be found there, we opted to got to Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Setting off from home, the weather was shaping up to be warm and sunny, but on arriving at our destination, it was anything but!

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Bushwalks

VIC 2023: Falls Creek

Pretty Valley Pondage

After 25 days of continuously working at an event in Adelaide, a day off on Christmas Day, a 720 km day drive back to Victoria and a 370 km day drive to Falls Creek on 27/12, it was time to relax and enjoy a few days of bushwalking. For me, this was both a new location and a new experience in the form of a bushwalking club base camp. However, little did I know that I would have a bit more relaxation than planned for!

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Travel

TAS2023 – A tale of two waterfalls

Mount Roland on the way to Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat

During a recent three week visit to Tasmania for two weeks work and one week play, I managed to spend some of my downtime seeking out a few waterfalls. To assist me to identify waterfalls to visit, I refer to two volumes of ‘Waterfalls of Tasmania’ published by Craig Doumouras and his associated website. Two locations I visited, Lilydale Falls and Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat, were dramatically different in terms of the hiking experience and the results.

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Travel

Overseas2023: Barcelona

Barcelona from the Tower of the Passion, Sagrada Familia

Having studied the famous architect Antoni Gaudi at university, I was very much looking forward to visiting his home city, Barcelona, and seeing his amazing designs first hand. Before leaving on our trip, we had planned two days of Gaudi and two days of other sightseeing and activity. Due to a misunderstanding on my part, our Gaudi days ended up being a bit more intense than planned.

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Travel

Overseas2023: Salzburg

Salzburg Cathedral from the Fortress

It was with great expectation that we were looking forward to a relaxing train trip to Salzburg after the stresses of air travel, the flight to Prague in particular. After our walk with the suitcases to the main railway station, we arrived far too early, but were soon on our way in a comfortable compartment. However, five minutes into the journey we were advised of the change that all the emails were about.

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Travel

Overseas2023: Prague

Charles Bridge

Having enjoyed almost unbroken great weather in Scotland, Friday 23 June was a miserably cold and wet day to be leaving Edinburgh bound for Prague. I guess this turn in the weather reflected my mixed emotional state, once again leaving family and friends, but with a couple of life long ambitions ahead – visiting Prague and Barcelona.

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