Wattamolla Beach in Royal National Park, Sydney, NSW.
Rain caresses the skirts of Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains – near Blackheath, NSW, plus a portion of the floral diversity at the beautiful Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath, NSW.
Bare Island, on Botany Bay = history.
Empress Falls is a stunning waterfall near the town of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia. The Valley of the Waters Creek pours over fern-fringed ledges as Empress Falls, a 30 metre fall into a cold deep pool.
The hike in and out from The Conservation Hut is slightly vigorous (about 30 minutes hike each way), yet absolutely worth it if you are hesitant, especially if you like waterfalls.
This image shows the final section of descent to the bottom of the waterfall.
On the lower section of the bushwalk there are numerous seeps and soaks, especially if there has been recent rains.
A little further downstream of Empress Falls are a series of smaller, but no less beautiful waterfalls such as the following image of Sylvia Falls.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the ANZACs – the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day – 25 April – is one of Australia’s most important national occasions; it marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. For further information click here.
In Sydney there is a fabulous bridge named in honour of these brave heroes. At the western end of the bridge stand two bronze statues – one an Australian and the other a New Zealander. Each supporting structure has atop it a flag, one is that of Australia, the other of New Zealand.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
As part of the 2015 Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year (the Year of the Sheep), the famed “Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors” by Chinese artist Xia Nan are currently on display at Dawes Point, Sydney. These fabric and wire structures were originally created for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.