Michael Gorey
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Old Government House
Old Government House
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Visiting Brisbane on the weekend I called in at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and walked around Old Government House. Located at Gardens Point at the end of George Street on the edge of the CBD, the building's construction was the first important architectural work undertaken by the newly formed Government of Queensland in 1860. It served as a private residence for ...

Michael 23 June 2021, 15:08

Offas Dyke Path
Offas Dyke Path
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In 2014 I walked the 285km Offas Dyke Path from Chepstow to Prestatyn along the Wales-England border, staying at pubs and B&Bs along the way. The intermittent structure is a large linear earthwork that roughly follows the border. It's named after Offa, the Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia from 757 to 796, who is traditionally believed to have ordered its construction. Although ...

Michael 06 June 2021, 15:13

Mount Gillen walk
Mount Gillen walk
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I was disappointed to learn the popular unofficial walk from Flynns Grave to Mount Gillen near Alice Springs has been registered as a sacred site and closed. I completed the walk several times when I lived in Alice Springs from 2014-16. According to the ABC, access to the site was restricted from March this year at the request of traditional owners. While I believe that ...

Michael 06 June 2021, 11:44

Ross River ride
Ross River ride
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The longest bicycle ride I've ever done was 81km each way from Alice Springs to Loves Creek Homestead at Ross River Resort in July 2015. The name Ross River conjures images of the mosquito virus, but similarly named location 80km east of Alice Springs should not be avoided because of this. Nestled in the East MacDonnell Ranges on the former Loves Creek Station, founded by the ...

Michael 06 June 2021, 11:43

Henbury Meteorites
Henbury Meteorites
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I visited the Henbury meteorite craters in November 2015, about 140km southwest of Alice Springs. According to Wikipedia, Henbury is one of five meteorite impact sites in Australia with remaining meteorite fragments and one of the world’s best preserved examples of a small crater field. At Henbury there are 13 to 14 craters ranging from 7 to 180 metres in diameter and up to 15 metres ...

Michael 06 June 2021, 10:18

Reveal Saddle
Reveal Saddle
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In April 2015 I walked part of the Larapinta Trail near Alice Springs from Standley Chasm to Reveal Saddle. The return trip was 10.5km. It’s a 50km drive from Alice Springs to Standley Chasm on a sealed road, making it a good trailhead for hikes in either direction. The chasm itself is also well worth a look, being just 1.2km from the main car park with an entry fee payable. That ...

Michael 06 June 2021, 10:03

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