Springbrook National Park Australia – A Water and Tree Wonderland

The Springbrook National Park in the Australian Gold Coast hinterland is a wonderful place to hike. There are many beautiful streams, waterfalls and magnificent trees. Thank you to CM who was there in September 2022 and took the stunning pictures.

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Manly, Sydney – Beautiful Serene Unique Special

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Words and pictures cannot describe such a wonderful place. Put a visit on your bucket list. Now! And, oh yes – stay overnight and allow.the dusk to silently enthral and bewitch you. What a place … Please press start if necessary Thank you.

Bald Rock and nearby forest area in NSW Australia

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Enjoy these photos taken this year Prof. CMcC. Bald Rock is 200 metres above the surrounding area and is about 750m long and 500m wide. The summit is 1277m. From the top the views are amazing.

The nearest town is Tenterfield, 27 km to the south.

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The vast Bald Rock


Boulders and rocks in the beautiful surrounding forest

Thank you again Prof. CMcC

Tranquility in an Australian National Park

This tranquil pool is in the Springbrook National‘Park in the Gold Coast hinterland of Australia. Please scroll down for full picture.

Photo: Prof. Cedric McCleland – Printed with permission

The Cockatiels’ Message from Manly, Sydney, Australia.

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The message of the Manly Cockatiels John Bartels

They dive. They shriek. They call.

They are the Corsa cockatiels.

Their call is urgent.

Do the crowds on the Corsa hear them?

The young surfer heading beachward.

People walking dogs.

Young mothers pushing prams. Sharing coffee.

Young men walking quickly as they WhatsApp.

All are surfing the ever-living wave of life.

The call of the cockatiels grows louder – more urgent.


He sees his beloved Manly as his ship passes the Heads.

Already he is missing his last walk with her to Shelly Beach.

The waves gently approaching the rocks and then bursting with joy.

He remembers:

How soft she was when he held her.

Her gentle hands.

The intoxicating scent in her hair.

How they spoke of children. How thy spoke of what dog they would get.

How he promised he would come back.

How they tightly embraced.

How they kissed goodbye

How they both cried.


The Heads are far behind now. The ship goes on. out to sea. And on and on.

He thinks of her constantly.

He crosses the endless Southern Ocean.

Then its beauty of Cape Town.

Then it’s the Atlantic.

Then its London.

Then finally, Flanders.


The call of the cockatiels grows more urgent now.

Diving, shrieking, and calling they swirl around the Corsa Cenotaph.

Their call grows strangely quiet as an elderly woman gently places flowers at the base of the Cenotaph.

Carefully she sprays the flowers with scent. She waits a while. She leaves and slowly walks away. She is going to Shelly Beach.

The cockatiels watch her go and then start again their diving and shrieking.

Their message is clear to all on the Corsa and beyond :

“Never forget”


Scenic World – Blue Mountains – Sydney – Australia

Just a few hours from Sydney. Canyons. Water falls. Sturdy wooden walkways in luxurious forests. Plenty of information notices. A Skyway ride over a massive gorge. Cable way ride. A ride up and down the steepest reticular railway in the world (52°). A large shop and restaurant with a viewing platform hanging over the void. Very cold when we went in June but this did not detract one bit from an exhilarating experience. Enjoy the 12 pictures. (Pictures P,J, L and M Bartels). Please scroll down.

High in the sky in Scenic Skyway
The Scenic Skyway
Top of the Scenic Reticular Railway.
Reticular railway 52 °
Scenic Cableway
Scenic Cableway
Scenic Walkway – One of many
Scenic Walkway
Viewing Platform
Just part of a very large shop
Where is Scenic World?