Explorer and Independent Biologist

Thursday, 21 April 2011


Our next adventure in Australia was two days camping int the Wollemi National Park. It is the second largest national park in New South Wales, and contains some of the largest wilderness area of mountain and forest. It lies 129 kilometres northwest of Sydney and forms part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Our camping site was at an especially attractive part called Dunn's Swamp (see a film about the swamp here).

The forest and Canyons of the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia

 Dunn's Swamp fows through the centre of the canyon

Curious eroded rock formations known as the Pagodas

The Cudgegong River in full flow after recent rain in the canyon of Dunn's Swamp

Bird life included the Purple Swamp Hen...

 The cheeky Laughing Kookaburra 
that woke us at dawn with its cackling laughing cries...

And the charming Flame Robin

 When darkness falls, Simon replaces his binoculars with a head-torch 
and prepares a barbeque of lamb chops and bacon. 
Vegetables were represented by fried onion rings.
The beer contains yeast products.


  1. Oh my goodness, the home of the Woollemi Pine! How very beautiful it is there, and I can quite see how an ancient tree could have had specimens still remaining, hidden...

  2. http://www.wollemipine.com/index.php

  3. I love those rock formations. Is the kookaburra a type of woodpecker?

  4. All the food groups necessary to sustain life in one place.

  5. Nice pics. Nice to see Simon. Lovely bird pics. Never heard of that kind of Robin, that I can recall. Actually I'm not sure I've heard of many of the birds you mention or share a picture of. But looks like lovely country.