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 - BriarsTravelBeatHere is Odalisque, our luxury expedition base while exploring remote Port Davey in Southwest National Park in Tasmania. This custom built, 20 metre expedition vessel takes a maximum of 10 guests along with a crew including expert guide and chef. Owner and skipper Pieter van der Woude based the aluminium design on his previous abalone fishing boat so it can withstand the rigours of the Southern Ocean. It is based on a Mark Ellis Marine design, built by Legend Boat Builders in Western Australia and is powered by a Caterpillar C18 marine engine. #odalisque #expeditioncruise #tasmania @tasmanian_boat_chartersMarsupial lawns, button grass moorlands and tannin-tinted waters, it’s another world in Tasmania’s Southwest Wilderness. And accessing from the water gives yet another perspective. @tasmanian_boat_charters @tasmania #southwestnationalparkMelaleuca Lagoon was home of the Needwonnee Aboriginal people and there is an interpretive walk with examples of their huts and canoes. The lagoon is off Bathurst Harbour, which is off Port Davey, so very tranquil when the wind isn’t too strong, hence the stunning #reflections especially in the morning. You can experience these waters with @tasmanian_boat_charters boutique expedition cruise in this Wilderness World Heritage Area. @tasmaniaOnly three families lived in Bathurst Harbour, now part of Southwest National Park. And only one person lived there for almost 50 years. I’ve read about Deny King, so it was thrilling to see where he and his family lived while exploring with @tasmanian_boat_charters. This is Deny’s pontoon up Moth Creek. #boatinghistory #discovertasmania
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