Archive | April 2014

Wordless Wednesday…spectacular sunset

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Glenrowan….Ned Kelly’s last siege and capture

On the way home from Bright we decided to go to Glenrowan. This is where Ned Kelly, probably Australia’s most famous (or infamous) bushranger was caught in the siege finally caught The Kelly Gang. These days the freeway diverts traffic away from Glenrowan but it’s well worth getting off it to go into town. There is a self-guided walk around town pointing out all the major points of interest. Each stop explains its part in the siege. There is also a museum devoted to all things related to the Kelly Gang.

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Australian’s are fond of ‘big’ things ie big Banana, ram, Koala, Lobster and many, many more. This ‘big’ Ned is in the town centre.

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The re-creation of Ned Kelly’s capture after being shot. He wore the metal shield around his torso and head but left is legs unprotected so that’s where the police shot him.

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The Museum and Tourist Centre.

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Bollards are placed around town on the self-guided walk to re-create the characters involved in the shootout and capture of Ned and some of his gang members.

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The train station has been re-built. This is where Ned and his gang were transported to Melbourne to face judgement.

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The jail cell where Ned was kept while transport was organised to Melbourne.

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http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/sites-in-glenrowan/

Weekly Photo Challenge: On top

When I travel I love to go to lookouts to get an overview of the city. The world takes on a whole different perspective from up high. The first three photos were taken from the Sydney Tower viewing deck.

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Looking from the Tower across Sydney Harbour to the Heads.

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Looking across to the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium (Allianz Stadium). The ocean is on the horizon.

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The famous eastern suburbs.

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This photo was taken in Queenstown, New Zealand from the Skyline Restaurant.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/on-top/

Bents Lookout on Mt Buffalo

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The lookout gives some of the most spectacular scenery in Victoria. Looking down you can see the sheer cliffs made from granite. When you look across to the north you see the rolling mountains and valleys.

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These huge boulders look like they have been stacked. It’s amazing what time and nature does.

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Hang-gliders launch themselves off the nearby point. A lot of them launched in the time we were there.

Mt Buffalo Chalet

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The grand, old chalet (it is more than 100 years old) has been closed since the 2007 bushfires prevented access to this part of Mt Buffalo. They have finally decided to open it as a day visitor centre (therefore having no accommodation) with a café, information centre and activity centre for the nearby ski fields. Unfortunately some parts of the complex will be demolished but I imagine they are the parts that cannot be saved.

It is fenced off but we were able to walk around the carpark and to the lookouts. There is an old stone hut on the edge of the carpark that was used in the past. The view from the seats on top of the granite are amazing. I can only imagine what it’s like from the windows of the chalet.

The chalet sits on top of a granite plateau part-way up the mountain. A few hundred metres away, on the edge of the plateau, many hang-gliders launch and fly down to the base of the mountain. It’s also popular for abseiling and rock-climbing.

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