Tag Archives: Australia

Photos taken on a recent trip to the Sapphire Coast, NSW

Here are some of the photos I took on a recent bus trip to the Sapphire Coast in New South Wales with some Probus friends.  We stayed in beautiful Eden and visited Tilba Tilba, Mallacoota, Merimbula, Narooma, Bega Cheese Factory and ate and drank far too much.  The area we visited on the South Coast of New South Wales (known as the Sapphire Coast) is really beautiful, and on a day trip on the water at Eden we saw a dolphins, a seal and a fairy penguin.  We also visited a winery in Central Tilba.  These photos are from Central Tilba, a lovely little heritage listed historic village with a small, (approximately 100) and very artistic population.  Hope you enjoy these memories.

 

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This old bed and breakfast in the historic, heritage listed village of Tilba is for sale.
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Another of the historic and quaint shops of Tilba.
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A glimpse of the views from Tilba.  The country is green with rolling hills and volcanic mountains.
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One of our group on the retro lounge in the old lolly shop at Tilba.
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A plea on the local community hall in Tilba.
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Another view of the winery.
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Small winery in mountains of Tilba Tilba where we had a delicious ploughman’s lunch with local wine.

http://www.tilba.com.au/

 

 

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Photos taken on a recent trip to the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple at Berkeley near Wollongong

These are some photos I took last Sunday at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple.  I went there by train and bus with a group of friends for the day.  It was built in 1992 and has expanded since then to encompass an institute, retreat and university courses involving Buddhism and health and well being,as well as cooking, calligraphy and other activities.

It is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and sits in the midst of beautiful, tranquil grounds with manicured trees and hedges and a beautiful lotus pond and pagoda.

http://www.nantien.org.au/en/

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Buddhist temple

Close-up of giant lotus leaves on pond.
Close-up of giant lotus leaves on pond.

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Entrance to temple.
Entrance to temple.
Pagoda.
Pagoda.

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Photos of the magical Tulip Top Gardens at Sutton, New South Wales

These are some of the photos I took recently on a Spring trip to Floriade in Canberra, Tulip Top Gardens in Sutton and Moidart Garden in Bowral.  I found Tulip Top Gardens to be a magical place.

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”
–  Emma Goldman

Glorious pink tulips.
Glorious pink tulips.
Purple pansies.
Purple pansies.

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Blue and yellow pansies.
Blue and yellow pansies.

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Daisies

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Some photos taken at Barangaroo a new public recreation area on Sydney’s foreshore near The Rocks

Here are a few of many photos taken a couple days on my first visit to a recently completed  new public park in Sydney minutes from the CBD.  The area was  known as “The Hungry Mile”  during The Great Depression as men had to queue up at the crack of dawn hoping to be picked for jobs on the docks.

http://www.barangaroo.com/

View of the city.
View of the city.
View on approaching Barrangarroo.
View on approaching Barrangaroo.
Closer view showing path around foreshore and new plantings.
Closer view showing path around foreshore and new plantings.

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All the new planting is comprised of Australian natives which are drought resistant.
All the new planting is comprised of Australian natives which are drought resistant.

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Another view of the terracing with new plants and huge sandstone blocks which are a feature.
Another view of the terracing with new plants and huge sandstone blocks which are a feature.
Magnificent stairway edged with huge sandstone blocks.
Magnificent stairway edged with huge sandstone blocks.
Another view of greenery.
Another view of greenery

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Closeup of some of the sandstone blocks.
Closeup of some of the sandstone blocks.