Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Grey box (Eucalyptus microcarpa)

Grey BoxGrey box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) tree to 20 m, or mallee, with fine grey fibrous bark.

Eucalyptus microcarpa, or Grey Box, is a species of Eucalyptus which is endemic to Australia.

It is a spreading tree which has fibrous grey bark on the trunk and lower branches, but has smooth, grey-brown bark on its upper branches The flower buds have conical caps and the flowers themselves, which appear from late summer to winter, are cream coloured.

The species occurs inland from the Great Dividing Range. It is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and in South Australia, including the Mount Lofty Ranges near Adelaide. It is associated with grassy woodland and loamy soils.

Alternative common names for the species include Gum-topped Box, Inland Grey Box, Narrow-leaved Box and Western Grey Box.

Peppermint box - Eucalyptus odorata

peppermint box Peppermint box - Eucalyptus odorata mallee form to 12 m, narrow leaves, thick flaking fibrous bark

The Peppermint Box (Eucalyptus odorata) Grassy Woodland of South Australia ecological community extends from the southern Flinders Ranges to Lake Alexandrina. It is mostly found in the Flinders–Lofty Block Bioregion but patches also extend into the Murray–Darling Depression, Kanmantoo, Eyre–Yorke Block and Gawler Bioregions. Read more

Monday, 23 January 2012

Alligator Gorge, Mt Remarkable NP :: Places

Alligator Gorge is a few meters wide canyon that cuts through the old quartzite rocks in the northern part of the Mount Remarkable National Park in South Australia.

Alligator Gorge, Mt Remarkable NP :: Places - Yegor Korzh :: Travel Photography:

Mt Remarkable National Park – we return to the Flinders Ranges

We returned to the Mambray Creek camping area, and were thrilled to set up camp again at our very same site of three years previous. We looked around. The trees were healthy and strong, the hillsides were covered in Christmas Bush in full, sweet scented bloom, Mambray Creek was flowing strongly, and birds were everywhere.

We had forgotten just how enormous were the River Red Gums around the camping area and along Mambray Creek.

To walk along the creek is to feel awed by nature, dwarfed by ancient trees hollowed out by time and fire. At their base are wildflowers, while the burbling of the creek and the song of birds fills the air. Euros (wallaroos) stare quizzically as you walk by, or bound off into the dense undergrowth.

Higher up the hillsides are grass trees and native lilies, and views across to Spencer Gulf.

Mt Remarkable National Park – we return to the Flinders Ranges Brolga Healing Journeys:

You have to visit the site to view some beautiful photos.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Around the fire at Mambray Creek

July 2010, wet, wet, wet, but at least we could get the fire going.
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View on the track to Hidden Camp

Make sure you take your camera with you, so many wonderful photos to be taken
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Camping at Remarkable National Park

There are three camping experiences offered in which to enjoy the natural surrounds of the park.
The Mambray Creek and Baroota Ruins campgrounds, at the southern end of the park are the most popular sites for camping. Bookings are not required.

Two spacious group campgrounds lie adjacent to the Mambray Creek Campground. Each group site consists of communal areas with running water, picnic tables and a fire pit surrounded by benches. Camp sites radiate from these central areas. The group sites share an amenities block. Bookings for Group Campgrounds are essential.

Backpack camping is permitted in any of the 11 designated backpack camp sites in the park outside of the Fire Danger Season. Group sizes are limited. Please contact the Southern Flinders District Office (8634 7068) for details and availability.

Camping and entry permits are required. These are available from the self-registration stations at Mambray Creek (near the park headquarters) and at Alligator Gorge.

Accommodation on Mount Remarkable National Park

Mambray CreekImage by ric.hayman via FlickrMambray Creek Cabin
Situated in the main campground at Mambray Creek, this cosy cabin is ideal for bushwalkers. The cabin offers accommodation for up to four people. Facilities include a gas stove, solar lighting, table, benches and utensils. Fridge and linen are not provided. Toilet facilities are located nearby in the campground. Bookings are essential.
Alligator Lodge
This spacious three bedroom self-contained lodge at Alligator Gorge is surrounded by nature. The lounge room's floor to ceiling windows provide stunning views of the surrounding bush. Facilities include solar power, gas appliances, hot water and a combustion heater. The lodge sleeps up to 10 people. Bookings are essential.
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Bushwalking in Mount Remarkable National Park

'gator gorgeImage by .ash via FlickrAn extensive network of bushwalking trails gives visitors the opportunity to experience the dramatic scenery, spectacular geological landforms and native wildlife of the Southern Flinders Ranges.
These trails cater for all ages and levels of fitness, varying in length and difficulty from challenging overnight treks and the long distance Heysen Trail to the easier and shorter walks at Alligator Gorge and Mambray Creek.
Please note that overnight hikes in Mount Remarkable National Park are not permitted during the Fire Danger Season, usually 1 November to 30 April.
Some popular walking trails in the park include:
  • Daveys Gully Hike
  • Alligator Gorge Ring Route Hike
  • Hidden Gorge Hike
  • Mambray Creek to Alligator Gorge Hike
  • Mount Cavern Trek
  • Mount Remarkable Summit Hike
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Mount Remarkable National Park - Dept of Environment

A popular destination for bushwalking and camping, Mount Remarkable National Park's dramatic gorges, walking trails and diverse wildlife is just the beginning of its appeal.

The park features the 960m high Mount Remarkable Summit which can be reached along the Mount Remarkable Summit Hike from Melrose, providing impressive views of Willochra Plain and Spencer Gulf.
Autumn to spring is the best time to visit the park when the weather is mild and vegetation and wildlife thriving. The extensive walking trails provide the perfect opportunity to explore the park's diverse habitats, from the red quartzite gorges, watercourses lined with river red gums to grassy woodlands and high ridges.

Along the walking trails you may see the western gray kangaroos and emus that roaming freely throughout the park. Watch out for the echidnas in spring or the protected yellow-footed rock-wallabies.
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Mount Remarkable National Park - Wikipedia

Mambray Creek across the gorgeImage by ric.hayman via Flickr
Mount Remarkable is a national park in South Australia (Australia), 238 km north of Adelaide.
Edward John Eyre named Mount Remarkable in June 1840. The Nukunu people, who called Mount Remarkable "Wangyarra", ("arra" meaning running water) inhabited the area before the arrival of European settlers in 1844.

Alligator Gorge and Mambray Creek were dedicated as National Pleasure Resorts in 1952. These areas were added to and became managed by the National Parks Commission in the 1960s. After the National Parks and Wildlife Act of 1972, Alligator Gorge, Mambray Creek and Mount Remarkable were proclaimed as Mount Remarkable National Park. Further additions have brought the present total to more than 160 km², the most recent being the Warren Bonython Link in 1998 which joined the eastern and western sections of the park.
View (looking north) along the Daveys Gully wa...Image via Wikipedia