Mar 26, 2011

Evans Lookout to Goverts Leap

I completed this walk at Blackheath in the Upper Blue Mountains with an NPA bush-walking group.
We started at Evans Lookout and walked the cliff-top track to Govetts Leap.

Crossing Govetts Leap Brook


The track afforded great views of the Grose Valley along the way

Bridal Veil Falls Blackheath

         Location Map

A route 698 bus ran from outside the Carrington Hotel at Katoomba to Evans Lookout Rd and St Andrews Ave. at Blackheath. It's about 2.8Km from here to the lookout at the end of the road.

The 698 bus also goes to the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Govetts Leap Rd.  The centre provides information on the Blue Mountains National Park and surrounding areas, an interactive educational display, video screenings and a gallery. There is also a very easy walking track which starting at this location, which is considered suitable for wheelchairs - see The Fairfax Track

see Blue Mountains Bus for current time table information

Many thanks to our walk leader John.

Mar 10, 2011

Canberra (3) - Parliament House

This is the third post from my visit to Canberra.  
The roof lawn of Parliament House is Australia's largest, and needs regular watering and mowing to protect the membrane below.

Parliament House, Canberra was opened in 1988. It is huge (0.3Km wide and long) and contains 4,700 rooms, with many areas open to the public. We were able to see the House of Representatives in action, but no cameras are allowed in there.

The main foyer (below) contains a marble staircase and leads to the Great Hall.

Parliament House, Main Foyer

Parliament House, Main Entrance

The polished stainless steel flagpole (below) is 81 metres tall and is on top of the exact centre of the building.

Flag Pole, Parliament House, Canberra

 'Student's Guide' - this gives a useful overview to Australia's Parliament