Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ben Chifley Dam

Ben Chifley Dam
20 kms (12.5 miles) south of Bathurst, NSW Australia
Xmas Day (25 December) 2007

A series of twelve 360-degree panorama photos, taken from the western shore "Beach", in front of the 'Ben Chifley Cabins'.

It was a windy day, blowing about 20+ knots! I couldn't believe there was no one around... it's such an awesome spot. I did go out for a sail on my Laser, but it was a bit blowy for me (albeit with my limited experience lately).

The next day (Boxing Day) saw about 15 water-ski and motor boats pottering about, and the wind was next to nothing. It's never crowded out here. Simply glorious stuff. Great for peace and quiet. A place to stop and reflect.

And so close to home as well.

There are two boat ramps, various picnic shelters, a great children's playground, toilets and free BBQ's (near the dam wall).

Plus the dam here is nearly full... it has a huge advantage over many of the nearby large water supplies, which are struggling below 20% capacity, after six years of drought.

Here's a map of the dam:

The range of the photos below are to be found in the wonky black circle near the main dam wall, top of the map. These pics were taken in front of the "Ben Chifley Cabins". As you can see, it's quite a good size body of water for an inland dam. (Map source)

Here's a view of the area the photos below cover, taken from the air c.2005. The Cabins are on the left-hand-side of the lake. The main dam wall is at the top-right.


Looking 360-degrees to the right, in an almost-complete circle.

The shore of the 'beach'.

That's the secondary dam wall.

The main dam wall is just behind the spit of land in the centre of the picture. The main access boat ramp is on that spit.

The western shore boat ramp.

The 'Ben Chifley Cabins', ex-2000 Sydney Olympic athletes accommodation. The local council bought six of the cabin-style accommodation buildings after the whole 2000 Sydney Olympic shebang was finished, and transported them up here!

The new children's playground behind the 'beach'.

Ahhh... the wonders of photos... it was actually blowing 20+ knots on the day, but these photos don't really show it! The surface was flat, but choppy. And clean... a little muddy after the recent heavy rains, but quite clean. Plus the actual water temperature was quite warm... not at all cold. Yay for mid-summers in Australia!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Around My Place


View of the front of my townhouse.

View down the driveway.

View up the driveway. (22 December 2007)

Out under the back patio. That's my old-old housemate's BBQ.

Early-morning winters' sunlight streaming into the backroom. (19 July 2008).

Jigsaw puzzle on my back table, December 2007

They've gotta sit somewhere, I suppose!

One of our little roses in full bloom.

A bit more greenery along the back window-sill.

Front room, 19 July 2008. Yes, that's one of my old bass guitar necks on the wall! Gagh! heh heh.

My TV and DVD etc (which I don't watch that much, really). And yes, that is a toy tiger sitting on the top. Why? Why not!

Spare sofa that doubles as a fold-away spare bed. The cabinet in the corner my dad made himself, not long before he passed away. My front room, 19 July 2008.

Thoon fishie's tank in the space of the front room. 19 July 2008.

Thoon IV, my goldfishie.

Whitey and Edward live on my bed.

On the wall... a "Hanimex" (?!? hahahaa) bass guitar neck. My old bass.

George II, my old trusty practice axe, hangs about in various parts of the townhouse... depending on where the 'old battered guitar elves' decide to leave it...

My Ibanez acoustic guitar.

Two views from out the front, towards the East. That's the Mid Western Highway; goes off to either Blayney and Cowra or Orange and Dubbo (to the West). (22 December 2007)

Yes, those are rolling green grassy plains as far as I can see at the end of my street, just five minutes away!!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Aussie Bush Views

Freshly-shawn sheep filling the road, on the way out to visit the boys. South of Bathurst NSW, back in September 2007.Ttaken thru the front windscreen of the car. Good golly, they looked ugly freshly shawn!

This flock were snapped at nearly the same spot, but two years earlier! Don't you love the sheepdog on the back of the farmer's quad-bike? hahahaa.

The Liverpool Plains, west of Tamworth, back in the middle of the year.

Bush views around Carcoar Dam Sailing Club, near Blayney, central NSW. 17th December 2007.