Sometimes nature blows me away with its beauty. Like this magnificent gum tree, whose subtle colours were given a vibrant makeover by summer rain (actually a summer downpour that turned our walking track in a mini riverbed). Rain gives the bush a welcome spring clean, sluicing away the dust and highlighting things you might otherwise miss, like delicate cobwebs strung between branches and abstract patterns on tree trunks. I came across this tree in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, on the Cowan to Brooklyn track, part of Sydney’s Great North Walk, which I did last year (read about how you can do it here). I love the gutsy way Australian gum trees tenaciously grip the rocky ground, draping their trunks over sandstone boulders or, like this one, stretching out across rock platforms in search of soil. Parks Week from 5-13 March is an ideal time to get out and admire nature’s beauty in park near you. See www.parks-week.org.
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Instagram - BriarsTravelBeatWant to play postman for a day? Then get out on the #hawkesburyriver with @theriverboatpostman and deliver the mail (and cases from Dan Murphy) to remote water-access-only properties. Delicious Anzac biscuits and lunch included. Scroll ➡️ to see the view from the post boat ( a huge catamaran), stunning rock formations, and skipper Randall Ferrington regaling guests with fascinating anecdotes of life on the water. My story in Sunday Telegraph Escape today. #riverboatpostman #boatinglife #daytripCatch the summer breeze from the deck of @cottagepointkiosk as you tuck into delicious seafood or a burger. There’s plenty of entertainment as kayaks, tinnies, speed boats, cruisers and yachts come and go. We had fun rating people’s boating skills as they approached. If you’re inspired, you can hire a kayak or runabout for your own aquatic adventure. Just make sure to book. #cottagepointkiosk #restaurantaustralia #riversidediningWhat’s a bit of rain when your walk takes you past the tranquil lagoon at Avoca Beach. #centralcoastnsw #avocabeachnsw #umbrellasSuch an honour to write this story on Dr Tonia Cochran of @inala_jurassic_garden for @australiangeographic magazine this month. Her desire to showcase the Gondwanan connection through plants from different parts of the world led to her #jurassicgarden on @tasmania Bruny Island. It now has 700 species from 50 plant families and the garden is contributing to the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens. Read more at Australian Geographic. #brunyisland #botanicgardensaustralia #inalajurassicgarden Photo credit @brad.moriarty
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