Isolation Antidotes (21): That Creek With the W

Twelve and a half years ago I was in Australia in September I had all weekend to drive from Coffs Harbour on the east coast of New South Wales (roughly halfway between Brisbane and Sydney) to Dubbo, 971 km (583 miles) to the west. Near the end of a late Sunday afternoon of a very long and very adventuresome day on the road, between the towns of Mullaley and Dubbo, I came across a sign that resulted in one more little side excursion into the bush. Here’s the entry from my journal:

I was now nearing my destination, but there was still enough of the fading light left that I made one more detour when I saw a sign for Hickeys Falls—and, apart from the natural beauty of the spot, the extra time and effort it took to get this view (it involved a fair scramble over a jumble of large boulders and fallen trees) would have been well justified just to learn that the name of the stream that held the falls was Wallumburrawang Creek. Metadata: Nikon D80 with a Nikon 18-135 lens at 18 mm, ISO 100, 1.5 seconds at f/20.

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18 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (21): That Creek With the W

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Secluded beauty that could’ve so easily been missed if you’d been unwilling to do yet another little side trip. The name of the creek is quite extraordinary, 15 letters!

  2. Vicki says:

    Well worth the detour and scramble :)

  3. Great name for a creek! A natural beauty indeed!

  4. Just love the name…… all you needed to complete the pic was a Jolly Swagman and his Billabong :-)

  5. krikitarts says:

    Well, that pond will serve very well as a billabong; the only other thing missing is the jumbuck!

  6. shoreacres says:

    I especially like the bit of sky reflected in the water: a lovely connection in the midst of quite a tangle.

  7. If you’d said the picture showed Utah I’d have had no reason to doubt it. The name Wallumburrawang, however, definitely says Australia. It’s like the Wollongong we visited outside Sydney in 2005.

  8. bluebrightly says:

    This has the quality of a painting. A good reward for the scramble.

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s what I thought, too. And I also thought it a good thing that the path to this spot hadn’t been made too easy. It was well worth the effort to get there. Thanks, Lynn.

  9. Quite a beautiful and complex scene. That pool is lovely and calls out “come in for a dip”. A difficult to access spot usually is able to remain pristine and only dedication, and possibly an insatiable curiosity, would have visitors making the scramble. Great memory, Gary.

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