Pictures of South Australia 2014
Part 1 - Pictures of Country and Outback New South Wales

Finally, after a packed Christmas schedule, we’ve hit the road and are heading west to South Australia. Our route to the festival state will take us on a brief tour through Country and Outback NSW where we’ll visit locations that have been on the bucket list for some time.

Map of Parkes
Map of Parkes

‘The Dish’

Our first stop takes in the country town of Parkes. Set amidst rolling farmland, this town is better known for its giant radio telescope. ‘The Dish’, as it’s otherwise known, is a 64-m diameter parabolic dish used by the CSIRO for radio astronomy. Built in 1961 it featured in the first moon landing, relaying television pictures to a waiting world. The telescope functions both day and night but is probably best viewed under a starry sky. Here you can see the constellation of Orion (top left of image).

CSIRO radio telescope, Parkes NSW.

A view of the CSIRO radio telescope in Parkes NSW. You can see the constellation of Orion in the top left.

I can highly recommend the visitors centre which has some great displays to help understand what the dish is all about; there was also plenty to keep the kids amused.

CSIRO radio telescope at Parkes

You can get a great view of the telescope from the visitors centre.

The surrounding farmlands also make for great photographic interest.

Tree and Farmland. Parkes, NSW.

Tree and Farmland. Parkes, NSW.

Windmill. Parkes, NSW.

Windmill. Parkes, NSW.

Outback
Map of Menindee Lakes

Menindee Lakes

Heading further into the outback our next location is situated about 100km south east of Broken Hill. Menindee Lakes form a chain of shallow ephemeral lakes connected to the Darling River providing the region’s largest freshwater storage system.

Sunset at the submerged forest at Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee Lakes

Sunset at the submerged forest at Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee Lakes

A submerged forest at the lake’s edge makes for a vivid and unfamiliar landscape. I waded into the shallow lake to get the best perspective of the trees. Any excuse to get wet on a sweltering 45 degree day!

Sunrise at the submerged forest at Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee Lakes

Sunrise at the submerged forest at Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee Lakes

Outback
Map of Menindee Lakes

 

Broken Hill

The parched and barren landscape of Broken Hill is our final destination before reaching South Australia. One place not to miss whilst in Silver City is the living desert sculptures. Started some 20 years back, the installation was the brainchild of Gosford-based sculptor, Lawrence Beck.

Living desert sculptures, Broken Hill.

‘Under the Jaguar Sun’ by Antonio Nava Tirado.

My favourite of the many beautiful sculptures has to be Antonio Nava Tirado’s sculpture titled ‘Bajo El Sol Jaguar’ which translates to ‘Under the Jaguar Sun’. Antonio is an Aztec Indian from Mexico City, Mexico.

The best time to visit the symposium has to be at sunset. With 360 degree views from this prominent hill location it’s bound to be a brilliant end to your day.

Under the Jaguar Sun by Antonio Nava Tirado.

‘Under the Jaguar Sun’ by Antonio Nava Tirado.

Enjoy the views!

Regards

Richard



Also see

Part 1 – Country and Outback NSW

Part 2 – Pictures of the Oodnadatta Track

Part 3 – Pictures of Kangaroo Island

Part 4 – Pictures of Murray River




Pictures of Country and Outback New South Wales

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