Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Koala Path - Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve, Canberra









These images were taken on a return trip to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - a 54.5 square kilometre protected area, on the fringe of Namadgi National Park.

Located in the Eucalypt Forest, the Koala Path is 700m (taking about 20 minutes) and the Peppermint Trail is 1.8km (taking about 45 minutes and follows on from the Koala Path). A gravel track winds its way through the tall eucalypt trees and across crystal clear Mountain Creek. Though we looked out for koalas as we took a short stroll through the wet eucalypt forest we didn't see any apart from those in the enclosure.

The area is also home to wombats, wallabies, echidnas, potoroos and many species of birds and reptiles... we did see some swamp wallabies and I managed to snap one hiding behind a tree. More photographs can be seen on my flickr photostream - here.

NB: All images are © Copyright Gabriella Tagliapietra.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bendora Arboretum, Canberra












This post follows on from here. This was our last stop on a return visit after exploring Bendora Dam and wanting to come back to see Bendora Arboretum, located in the Namadgi National Park.

'The Bendora Arboretum was established in 1940 as one of a series of high country experimental plantings for possible commercial production purposes. It contains 55 softwood tree species (pines, larch, spruce, etc). The arboretum survived the 2003 bushfires which destroyed most other arboretum in the Brindabellas. The turnoff to this arboretum is about 9km along the unsealed Mount Franklin Road from Piccadilly Circus. The road (Chalet Road) to the arboretum is closed at a locked near the turnoff. The walk to the arboretum is along a gravel road which passes the old galvanized iron Bendora hut, a shelter hut constructed during the establishment of the arboretum. An interesting time can be spent wandering around the tree species in the arboretum' - courtesy of www.npaact.org.au. You can see more images on my flickr photostream - here.

Aggie Gap / Mount Aggie, Canberra













This post follows on from here and here. This was our second stop on a return visit after exploring Bendora Dam and wanting to see Bendora Arbortetum. Located in the Namadgi National Park, forming part of the Brindabella Ranges and located near the NSW border, Mount Aggie's elevation is 1,421 metres.

'The short climb to Mount Aggie, named after Agnes Franklin a pioneer from nearby Brindabella Valley, commences at a small carpark at Aggie Gap (approximagtely 17.5km from Piccadilly Circus along the unsealed Mt Franklin Road). The unformed track climbs about 100m generally along the ACT-NSW border up to the open Mt Aggie summit. It passes through snow gum forest and open woodland. The summit lookout is on a rock platform slightly west of the track which continues north from the summit. The summit gives superb views of the mountainous regions of Kosciuszko National Park to the west and south of the ACT' - courtesy of www.npaact.org.au. More images can be seen on my flickr photostream - here.

Mount Franklin, Canberra












This post follows on from this one. This was our first stop on a return visit after exploring Bendora Dam and wanting to see Bendora Arbortetum. Located in the Namadgi National Park, forming part of the Brindabella Ranges and located near the NSW border, Mount Franklin has an elevation of 1,646 metres. The mountain is named after the Franklin family who once lived here with their daughter, Australian author of 'My Brilliant Career' [Stella Maria Sarah] Miles Franklin.

In 1938 a ski chalet was constructed to service the Canberra Alpine Club, with ski runs and improvised tows. The chalet operated as a museum for some time before being destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. In 2008 a new shelter was opened that was designed and built by students from the University of Adelaide The shelter serves as an interpretive centre and a base for park managers and emergency services personnel to conduct search and rescue operations in the event of future bushfires.

Stay tuned for images from our Aggie Gap walk and visit to Bendora Arboretum, in the meantime more Mount Franklin images can be seen here.

Bendora Dam, Canberra


























Located in the Namadgi National Park, the Bendora Dam sits in the upper reaches of the Cotter River and is part of Canberra's water supply.

As you can see from the 1st image we are right at the NSW border - with Brindabella National Park. Arriving via Brindabella Road, we turn on to Mount Franklin Road, and take Bendora Road at Bulls Head Picnic Area (where we return later for a nice picnic lunch). Along the way we see much natural and rugged beauty... including a beautifully patterned tree trunk and the guardian of the gorge - the giant faced etched in to the cliff face by the forces of wind and rain over the centuries... what an amazing site! Not to mention how pretty the river is at the end of the track that we took to get a closer look at the giant... and how scenic the dam is... and the view in the last image taken along Brindabella Road on the return trip. More images can be found here.