09 October 2013

finishing Dandry Gorge and next, Sandstone Caves (Pilliga)

Now that you've seen the Sculptures in the Scrub -Part One and Part Two, the walk down in the gorge now continues on along that huge stone wall.

I love the wonderful ochre colours in there

This is the walking path beside the wall; it seemed to go on forever.  To the left, is the dry creek bed.

back at the top now and to the comfort of a seat in the shade of a picnic shelter.  Hat off and enjoying cooling down.  Time for the thermos out and coffee break.  Funny that it hardly matters how hot it might be, that cup of tea of coffee is still welcomed.   Had been drinking bottled water along the track.  

Then, in the tall Cypress Pines to the left of here, I could hear a couple of parrots.  

I'm thinking it's a Mallee Ringneck up there

hasn't quite landed in this shot, think it was just going up one level!

 another fascinating location within the Pilliga State Forest coming up

well documented information awaits before starting the track up some steps behind here, to the Sandstone Caves.  
"Our ancestors were here long ago,
from this hill we can see everything.
We can see the Warrumbungles and the Nadewars,
All this is Gamilaraa country."

must be one of the many wattle species.  When you see so much green (and red on the ground), it is refreshing to see something different like this.  Eyes needed to be kept on the pathway constantly though, so's not to trip up (and fall down).

I photographed this signage hoping it would back up a photo I'd get to take of one of these birds.  It was too hot for them I think...

the bare tree at the top of the rocks looked like a giant bonsai

I had to get a closer look at it

So looking forward to sharing the Sandstone Caves; we're not there yet ... getting closer!  More tomorrow.


Our photos said...

The photos are beautiful!
Greetings, RW & SK

Bob Bushell said...

Well done Carole, that was a great run around the reserve.

Jenny Short said...

What a wonderful walk. Love the bird. That is so unusual for me since we don't have them in Holland or Texas. Nice post. xo Jenny

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Carole.
Beautiful place to walk, the parrot is super.

Joop Zand said...

Thats a very nice place carole...... you show us again lovely photo's.

Greetings, Joop

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos of this reservation. Beautiful and sunny.
Best regards, Synnöve

diane b said...

Must go back and read part one. It is a beautiful pristine area and it does look hot.
BTW my sugar cane mulch only cost $5 a bale, straight from the plantation at Jacobs Well about 20 mins from here.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love seeing your part of the world through your camera, Carole. Looking forward to seeing the caves.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful! I like that last photo with the tree's arms outstretched to the sky. Very nice!

TexWisGirl said...

it is just lovely. the parrot made me smile. :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am with you. No matter how hot it may be, a cup of hot tea in the afternoon is so refreshing. I'd love to go for a walkabout in this country you're showing.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

These pictures are great! :-)

Warm greetings from the Netherlands,

Jan Castle said...

What a hike!!! Just think of all the good exercise you are getting Carole!!! LOL!

Wally Jones said...

I'm really enjoying learning about this area! Simply wonderful landscapes.
You've got me looking forward to those caves!

Brian King said...

Beautiful country! You have very diverse landscapes.