Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 8, 2019

South of West Australia

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Southern Coast of Western Australia

I headed south from Norseman towards Esperance. Then I headed east along the coast to the Duke of Orleans Bay and Wharton Beach.

Duke of Orleans Bay


Duke of Orleans Bay

Just west of there is Wharton Beach and Little Wharton Beach. These are the islands from Little Wharton Beach.

Little Wharton Beach view


Little Wharton Beach view

Then I went back to Esperance and had a look at Lake Monjingup.

Lake Monjingup


Lake Monjingup

Next stop is Stokes National Park, about 80 kilometers west of Esperance. They have a really nice camp ground and the fishing is supposed to be terrific. Black Bream – yum yum.

Strange seed pod


Strange seed pod

The water seemed to be really high. These paperbarks were looking pretty soaked.

Stokes Inlet


Stokes Inlet

January 30, 2019

From the Eyre Peninsula to the Nullarbor

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South Australia tourist photos

From the Eyre Peninsualar to the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. Here are some tourist photos taken on my very cheap ($20) point and shoot camera.

Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk


Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk

Boat and tractor


Boat and tractor

This is how they get working boats into the water in South Australia. No mucking around!

Big Swamp


Big Swamp

A very old tree at the edge of the swamp.

Massive stingray


Massive stingray

I saw this massive stingray in an estuary near Farm Beach. It was massive, nearly a meter across.

Lake Newlands


Lake Newlands

All the water bodies were dried out. Sad, very sad.

Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay


Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay beach


Streaky Bay beach

Start of the Nullarbor


Start of the Nullarbor

1200 kilometers from Ceduna to Norseman. It took me three days with no radio, no cd player. yawn.

The nullarbor road


The nullarbor road

Straight and flat.

Great Australian Bight


Great Australian Bight

January 2, 2019

Wimmera and Mallee tourist photos

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Victoria to South Australia Tourist

First stop off for this blog post was Skipton, central Victoria, where I stopped off for a walk around the lake and a look at the op shops.

Skipton - Victoria
Skipton – Victoria

Then I kept heading west to Ararat, where I stayed at Green Hill Lake. Quite a nice little spot by the water with plenty of birds and shade for camping under. Horsham is quite a nice little town in the Wimmera district.

The Big Koala
The Big Koala

Just west of Horsham was this amazing big koala. I just had to stop and take a photo. It took my breath away.

Natimuk Christmas
Natimuk Christmas

Christmas day saw me on the road to Nhill through the Little Desert National Park. Header and hay. Before that I stopped at the Jane Duff Highway Park for a walk around the water-hole.

Nhill Lake
Nhill Lake

I spent a couple of days at Nhill and I spent most of it at Nhill Lake, enjoying the shade and the water skiing in the tiny little duck pond.

Little Desert National Park
Little Desert National Park

I guess they called it a desert because there was lots of sand. I went on a few walks in the park. I did not drive in because you need a four wheel drive.

Mallee Fowl Mound
Mallee Fowl Mound

On the Keith Hately Nature Walk you can see an old Mallee Fowl mound. I still have not seen a Mallee Fowl 🙁

Poocher Swamp
Poocher Swamp

And into South Australia. Near Bordertown, I went for a hopeful look at Poocher Swamp but it was dry.

Ngarkat Conservation Park
Ngarkat Conservation Park

Further North from Bordertown and into the Ngarkat Conservation Park. More mallee bush for miles and miles.

December 18, 2018

Northwest Tasmania Tourist

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The Tarkine Tourist

After the Arthur River, I drove up the road to the Couta Rocks. It is a wild area. There are a few fishermen’s shacks by the bay with a lobster boat moored in the protected waters.

Couta Rocks
Couta Rocks

The country in the north-west is a lot of grasslands and heath.

North-west country panorama
North-west country panorama

I drove inland through the Tarkine and camped at Julius River. There is a rainforest walk as well as a walk along the river.

Unusual Bottle  Brush
Unusual Bottle Brush

At the Sumac Lookout I spotted a whole bunch of Foxgloves along the road.
“Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. This genus was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae, but recent phylogenetic research has placed it in the much enlarged family Plantaginaceae.”

foxglove
Foxglove

The Kannunah Bridge has a good view over the river.

Kannunah Bridge
Kannunah Bridge

Heading north, I stopped off at Smithton, then north along the top of Tasmania, past Burnie and waited for the ferry to Melbourne at Devonport. And now it is back to the mainland!

December 13, 2018

North by North West

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West Tasmania Tourist

In the very south-west of Tasmania is Strahan and Macquarie Harbour, a very important site in Australian history. At the entrance to the harbour is Macquarie Heads, commonly called Hell’s Gates because of the treacherous entrance and bar at the heads.

Macquarie Heads
Macquarie Heads

I travelled north to Zeehan and Rosebery and spent the night at Montezuma Falls where I saw this tree splitting this massive rock.

Split-rock Tree
Split-rock Tree

Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain – Belvoir Vale Lookout 930 meters

In the foothills of the rugged peaks of Cradle Mountain lies the Vale of Belvoir, an extensive natural grassland surrounded by rainforest. A lot of these grasslands are rare and endangered and provide habitat for threateneed plants and animals. Twenty thousand years ago glaciers covered most of the the Tasmanian highlands.

Rainforest at edge of Vale of Belvoir
Rainforest at edge of Vale of Belvoir

Hellyer Gorge
Hellyer Gorge

There was not gorge at Hellyer Gorge, just a steep valley at the side of the river. There was a very nice walk through the rainforest.

>Boat Harbour
Boat Harbour

Past Burnie going west up north, there is a nice camping spot o the beach.

Arthur River - The Edge of the World
Arthur River – The Edge of the World

In the deep North-west I came across this amazing spot. It truly is the wild west. So awesome.

December 9, 2018

Islands and Mountains

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Tasmanian tourist photos

After Eaglehawk Neck, I stopped off at Sorell for supplies and headed north towards Oatlands in the Southern Midlands. I stayed at a nice camp just near the Lake Dulverton Conservation Area. There were lots of Black Swans and coots and waterbirds.

Lake Dulverton Conservation Area - Oatlands
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area – Oatlands

Also at Oatlands was this amazing old mill that was fully functional. They could grind flour and there were bags of flour in the mill. I wanted to do a tour to see it working but there was no-one about.

Callington Mill - Oatlands
Callington Mill – Oatlands

After the lovely weather in the Southern Midlands I heade uphill to Lake Sorell and Interlaken in the Central Highlands, but that night the weather turned windy and rainy, so I headed west back to the highway and down to Bothwell, Hamilton and stayed the night near Hobart at the scout camp.

Truganini Lookout and Rookery - The Neck
Truganini Lookout and Rookery – The Neck

I got on the ferry at Kettering to Bruny Island and turned off at Barnes Bay where there were a lot of nice birds and a good mooring inlet for yachts.

The Neck Camp Ground in the rain.
The Neck Camp Ground in the rain.

Unfortunately that afternoon the rain set in so it was not a pleasant place. Luckily there was a little shelter for the campers to cook some dinner.

ferry from Bruny Island
ferry from Bruny Island

I was sick of the horrible weather so I bailed out on Bruny Island, drove through Hobart and camped at Mount Field for two nights. Then I set off again for the west, camping at Tungatinah Lagoon

Tungatinah Lagoon
Tungatinah Lagoon

I did the tourist thing at the lookout of the Taralleah Hydro-electric power station.

Taralleah Hydro-electric power station
Taralleah Hydro-electric power station

Lake st clair NP
Lake st clair

This was a tree cut down along the Watersmeet track at Lake St Clair. Probably for safety reasons.

Do not feed wild animals
Do not feed wild animals

November 29, 2018

Bicheno to Eaglehawk Neck

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South East Tasmania

These are my tourist photos going down the east coast of Tasmania. The first stop after St Helens was the little village of Falmouth, where I got some nice photos of some Red-capped Plovers. Then I went further south to Lagoons Beach where I camped for the night.

Lagoons Beach
Lagoons Beach

Next stop was at Bicheno where it rained most of the time. Governors Island was out the headlands and had a whole bunch of sea-birds roosting. And it was a good place for roosting boats as well.

Governor Island - Bicheno
Governor Island – Bicheno

And the other side of the island was rough as anything.

Seaward side of Governor Island
Seaward side of Governor Island

I carried on south down to Friendly Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula. It was a great camping spot but my car battery died on me and I had to get a jump start and buy a new battery.

Friendly Beach
Friendly Beach

At Triabunna I stopped behind the pub for the night and in the morning had breakfast at Orford. The morning was miserable and raining and drizzling.

Orford beach
Orford beach

I do not know why I took the boat to Maria Island. It rained most of the time I was on the island. But luckily I did get a few good photos.

Maria Island boat
Maria Island boat

Here is the view of Triabunna from the arse end of the boat.

Maria Island creek and harbour
Maria Island creek and harbour

Next stop after a camp at the Dunalley pub was Eaglehawk Neck. I was quite surprised how beautiful it was.

Stunning view of the Tasman Peninsula
Stunning view of the Tasman Peninsula

The beaches looked nice except it was too cold for a swim. brrrr..

Eaglehawk Neck beach
Eaglehawk Neck beach

I did the tourist thing and looked at the Tasselated Pavement State Reserve and then on to Tasman’s Arch which was quite spectacular.

Tasman's Arch
Tasman’s Arch

And Devil’s Kitchen which was very scary to look down at.

Devil's Kitchen
Devil’s Kitchen

November 21, 2018

Going to Tasmania

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North-east Tasmania Tourist photos

I took the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne to Devonport.

Getting on the boat
Getting on the boat

Lining up to get on the boat.

View from ship
View from ship

The view from the top deck of the ferry of cars getting ready to come on the boat.

Leaving Melbourne
Leaving Melbourne

Setting off from the port of Melbourne. St Kilda is to the right up the coast.

Leaving the mainland
Leaving the mainland

the Spirit of Tasmania
the Spirit of Tasmania

This is the other ferry coming the other way, halfway across Bass Strait.

Arriving at Devonport
Arriving at Devonport

There was a very nice bow wave. The weather was really nice and no big seas. I am hoping for a calm sea on the way back. Fingers crossed. As soon as I got off the ferry I headed east and stayed at Port Sorel that night.

Narawntapu National Park
Narawntapu National Park

This is the view from my camp ground at Bakers Point in the Narawntapu National Park. Very nice indeed.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

Just north of Launceston, I stopped at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. They have kilometers of boardwalk and it is a highly recommended walk.

Lilydale Falls Creek
Lilydale Falls Creek

It had rained last night so the creek was powering down the hill.

Lilydale Falls
Lilydale Falls

A small waterfall with plenty of water coming down it.

November 13, 2018

Platypus in the Creek

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Cabbage Tree Creek Walk

As soon as I hit the border of Victoria, it started raining and it has been raining ever since. I saw a sign on the highway that said Cabbage Tree Walk – 5 kilometers, so I screeched to a halt and went in through this rough bush track to the Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve, which is the southern-most stand of Cabbage Palms. It was drizzling rain a little bit and the mosquitoes were very hungry and numerous. But I persisted and went for a walk on the track and up the road a bit to a bridge where I saw a Platypus.

Platypus
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

The Platypus is a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to Eastern Australia. It is called a monotreme, mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.

Cabbage Tree Creek
Cabbage Tree Creek

There were a few birds around but nothing that came out any good. All in all I think it would be better on a sunny day. And it is a beautiful spot.

The track
The track

Birds and Mammals of Cabbage Tree Creek

White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )
Grey Fantail
Common Bronzewing (Phaps Chalcoptera)

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

November 12, 2018

New South Wales

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Tourist photos from Australia

I cannot remember where I left you with the last lot of tourist photos. I think I had just arrived in Melbourne and thence to Newcastle. Let us carry on dear reader. I think I left you at the airport in Newcastle. I spent a few days and bought a car for travelling. It was a Toyota people-mover. My brother Lawrie helped me pull all the seats out and put a bed in the back. There is plenty of head room and it is much better than a station wagon.

Pimp my ride
Pimp my ride

The first journey was out west through the Hunter Valley, stopping at Burning Mountain and Wallabadah, my old favourite camp sites.

Wallabadah Cemetry
Wallabadah Cemetry

Then through Nundle and the back way to Tamworth and still heading west.

Sunset at Attunga
Sunset at Attunga

I stopped opposite the pub at Attunga and photographed a Black Honeyeater.

West to Manilla, then a few days at Borah Creek , before the rain came I snuck out to Gunnedah and Coonabarabran.

The Warrumbungles
The Warrumbungles.

A nice hot show at the Warrumbungles National Park, then on to Coonamble a very nice little town.

The river at Coonamble
The river at Coonamble

No jumping off the bridge or fishing!

water over Gibson's Way
water over Gibson’s Way.

There was heaps of water in the Macquarie Marshes and thousands of water birds. On to Warren and the wetlands

Namoi River near Boggabri
Namoi River near Boggabri

The Namoi River was flowing at Boggabri but not at Narrabri. Where did the water go? Back to Borah Creek again.

black furry  kangaroo
black furry kangaroo

I was amazed how black and furry these kangaroos were. Then back to Newcastle. And down south to the Bendeela Recreation Area – Kangaroo River.

Wombat and camp
Wombat and camp

Nowra and the Shoalhaven. And south to Narooma.

Bodalla State Forest - Lake Mummuga
Bodalla State Forest – Lake Mummuga

Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) The Spotted Gum is an attractive treen with smooth mottled bark with is shed in small irregular shapes.

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