London Bridge Walk – via London Bridge Homestead

I have done this circular walk a number of times and prefer doing it in an anti-clockwise direction, contrary to the recommended (signposted) route. Don’t worry you won’t get lost and it’s a great walk in either direction, I just prefer to walk the longer, less steep, downhill section first-up with a shorter steeper finish.

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Mother Kim Jong-suk – From Kitchen Hand to Commander of Mt Paektu

Our primary reason for visiting the north east city of Hoeryong was to learn about Kim Jong-suk, one of the “three Commanders of Mt Paektu”, hero of the anti-Japanese revolutionary forces and mother to Kim Jong-il – the successor to North Korea’s first post Japanese occupation leader, his father Kim Il-sung. Continue reading “Mother Kim Jong-suk – From Kitchen Hand to Commander of Mt Paektu”

Sherwood Homestead (Former) Walk Via Blue Range Hut

Generally when people do this walk they do it in either spring or autumn. This lets them enjoy either the display of daffodils still growing on the site of the long abandoned Sherwood Homestead or the sight of a range of exotic deciduous trees as their leaves transform from green to an assortment of browns, yellows and reds before finally drifting to the ground in the former homestead gardens.

Not being one to follow the crowd I visited in the winter. Continue reading “Sherwood Homestead (Former) Walk Via Blue Range Hut”

Rock Valley Homestead – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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There are only two significant remaining examples of European tenancy of the Reserve – the Nil Desperandum and Rock Valley homesteads, both pise ( rammed earth ) buildings built in the 1890s by George Green and George Hatcliff. Green and Hatcliff had learned this building technique from a couple of Chileans working in the area. Continue reading “Rock Valley Homestead – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve”

Nil Desperandum Homestead and the Irish Connection

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Archaeological excavations at Birrigai Rock Shelter have confirmed the existence of Aboriginal habitation in the Tidbinbilla Valley going back some 21,000 years.

The first European to settle in the valley was George Webb who squatted here in1832, prior to obtaining formal government approval, in the 1860s. Continue reading “Nil Desperandum Homestead and the Irish Connection”

Westerman’s Homestead – Settlers Track

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If you walk the 9kms long Settlers Track in Namadgi National Park, which I strongly encourage you to do, you will encounter three old, restored dwellings along the way – Brayshaws Hut, Waterhole Hut and Westerman’s Homestead. This review is on Westerman’s Homestead located just over 7kms from the start of the walk if you follow the loop walk in an anticlockwise direction, as recommended. Continue reading “Westerman’s Homestead – Settlers Track”