Magic Moments…

ormiston gorge pc 032_4000x3000Sharon, the owner driver of the Red Back Tour company had told us Ormiston Gorge would take our breath away. So we slowly walk along the path between the gums.

ormiston gorge pc 042_3000x4000As we round the corner past this magnificent red river gum the sight that greets us is truly spectacular.

Ormiston Gorge photos just don't do it justice_4000x3000A photo cannot capture the sheer beauty. The towering red rock walls and ancient gums reflected in the crystal clear waters of the permanent water hole, with the canopy of the blue sky above. It was a magic moment to stand and just look and feel the grandeur of nature. I took so many photos it is very hard to choose my favourite, so I will share just a few in a gallery with you.

It is rather overwhelming trying to decide what to sketch. We all wander around and finally I settle on the ancient, gnarled and contorted river gum reflected in the waterhole.Ormiston Gorge was stunning and this is part of the group sketching and trying to catch the beauty of the moment..._4000x3000That is me in the blue top trying very hard to capture this beautiful scene. I will show you the sketch, but I feel it needs a bit more work. I had intended to do more when I got back home. Oh well I am still planning to do more….one day….


As I sat there the air was suddenly filled with the most beautiful sound of young voices raised in song. It was mesmerizing. Every one stopped to listen in silence as the voices soared around the canyon walls. It gave me goose bumps and I had tears in my eyes as I recorded a short video. A truly magic moment, one of those moments that occasionally happen when you are travelling and will forever be in my mind.

Here is the video I recorded and if you listen carefully you will hear the sound of bird song joining in.


It was a group of musical students from Santa Sabina College in Sydney. They were doing a two-week tour of all the gorges around the top end. The acoustics are magnificent in these locations, and they were having fun too.

Tonight we move on to a different location for 2 final nights of the tour. But I will show and tell you about it in the next post… (to be continued)



  1. Although Tasmanian bluegums have naturalized in some areas here, and I actually remember forests of them in San Bruno and Montara, I still think of them as suburban trees. All other eucalyptus trees are urban trees for landscapes. Eucalyptus look so odd out in the wild. The hills and rivers and rocks all seem so natural, but they should have redwoods around them!

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    • These are our native trees and there are about 700 species of them, most being native to Australia. Wikapedia tells me only 9 of the 700 are not natives…while travelling I came across a plantation with nearly 200 different species planted in it. I love the way they shed their bark

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      • ‘Supposedly’ we have almost 300 here. I don’t believe it. I think it is something that ‘arborists’ like to brag about knowing more about than others. I have yet to meet an arborist who can identify more trees than I can, and none can identify more eucalypti than I can. I taught most of them. So if I say that there are less than 30 here, I mean it. I do believe that some should be more popular than they are. They are so well adapted to our climate.

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