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    Another Trip Down (& Back Up) The Pacific Highway South of Woodburn - 2014

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    Post by Joy on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 2:40 pm

    The weather is looking more & more dull as we head south.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 2:41 pm

    More tree & shrub plantings.

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    Post by Dawn on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 11:29 pm

    Very nice pics Joy !  ....blue skies and green flora, and such beautiful valley vistas, marvellous. 

    The Possum bridges .... :love: love it !
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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:08 pm

    Thanks Dawn.  :smile: Still cannot get over just how brilliantly green the eucalypts were on this trip. They usually aren't such a bright green more a bluey/greyish/green. The new growth was like soft light, bright green fuzzy pompoms on the ends of the branches creating a "fluffy" effect. Most unusual.

    Still travelling south on the Bulahdelah bypass. What a boon this is. Looks as though there might be rain in the distance. For those who would like to know how these Indigenous place names are pronounced they are phonetic. In other words they are pronounced how they look. Bulahdelah is bull-ah-dee-lah with no real stress on any particular syllable.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:10 pm

    Some sun peeking through the clouds.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:10 pm

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:11 pm

    The eucalypts are a mass of bright green new growth.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:12 pm

    We have come off a 110kph highway into a built-up area. These are judder bars on the road surface to alert drivers to slow down to 70kph. The noise is so loud there is no chance of going too fast.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:16 pm

    Crossing the Hunter River at Hexham west of Newcastle. Now in the Central Coast. This is a lifting bridge from when ships used to go up the river. Nowadays they are too large & remain down at Newcastle to pick up their loads of coal from the coal loader as well as wheat. At the moment, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting port in the world.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:16 pm

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:19 pm

    Still very cloudy & dull in this part of the Central Coast. It had cleared to a lovely sunny day by the time we reached our destination, thank goodness.


    These dark coloured trees are casuarinas.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:21 pm

    Dr Brian Owler, a Sydney neurosurgeon is involved in a road safety campaign utilising many road signs & TV advertisments, etc. This is one of the straight-talking messaged signs.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 3:22 pm

    Here is another.

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    Post by Dawn on Wed 26 Feb 2014, 6:35 pm

    Hi Joy re: your new growth on the eucalypts.. it is lovely when ones countryside gives you a nice surprise  like that,  enjoy. Very good advertising and yes great idea to hang them directly over the bridges etc. I love your indigenous words, thanks for the tip on the sounding of them.  :)
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    Post by Joy on Thu 27 Feb 2014, 11:12 am

    Thanks, Dawn.  :D Yes, it was most unusual to see the eucalypts being such a bright green, especially in the middle of summer. Their normal new growth, which can occur at any time of the year, is a small cluster of reddish/brown leaves at the ends of branches which will, eventually, turn green. These new growths are often sacrificed by dropping off during high winds to take pressure off the tree.

    These traffic safety billboards are everywhere along the highways as well on some bridges. Think Dr Owler willingly joined the campaign after having to operate on one too many road accident victim. 

    As for the place names thought I should just mention that they aren't as frightening to pronounce as they look.  :lol2:
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    Post by Dawn on Thu 27 Feb 2014, 8:25 pm

    Yes :) ...your  "place names" that is a better way of describing what you meant, I have always been  fascinated by the language maybe that's why I said indigenous words. :) Is Jumbuck and Billabong Coolibah, Swagman etc etc from the  song Waltzing Matilda Aboriginal words as well? ,  or are they just Aussie Slang Speak ?
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    Post by Joy on Fri 28 Feb 2014, 8:51 am

    Jumbuck is slang for a sheep, Dawn. It may have its roots in one of the myriad of Indigenous languages but as sheep were introduced to Australia by English settlers in the late 18th & early 19th centuries it would be a fairly recent Aboriginal word. 

    Swagman is also Australian & New Zealand slang for a temporary worker, a drifter, who travelled by foot, carrying his bedroll or swag, from farm to farm, usually cattle or sheep stations, picking up odd jobs, such as in the shearing sheds, for food &, maybe, a small wage. Quite common, in days of old & during the times of a Great Depression. It is English language slang. 

    Coolibah or coolabah is a eucalypt which grows near water sources as it is dependent on water for seed propagation. It is from yet another Indigenous language. Billabong is a body of water or a waterhole, usually horse shoe shaped, which is left after a river changes direction. It also is from an Indigenous language. Hence we have the coolibah by the billabong.   :lol2: 

    Another term for swag was "Matilda" or belongings carried in a "Matilda" on a swagman's back as he "waltzed" (tramped) along the roads. Which is why the song is called Waltzing Matilda. The swagman in this folk song is basically a sheep thief even though he did so because he was hungry.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 2:23 pm

    Two days later heading back north after a stay in the Central Coast to see Bruce's family.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 2:24 pm

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    Post by Joy on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 2:25 pm

    Heading north over the judderbars to Hexham. Hopefully this will be bypassed one of these days so the Pacific Highway will be mostly dual carriageway from Sydney to north of Kempsey.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 2:26 pm

    Judder, judder, judder. You certainly wouldn't want to exceed the speed limit here. Guess that is the point.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 2:27 pm

    This is a small glimpse of a coal train taking export coal to one of the two coal loaders at Newcastle. These trains carry around 5,200 metric tonnes & are 1km -1.55kms long. The indvidual coal cars either carry 100 tonnes & can travel at 80kph or 120 tonnes which have to travel at 60kph. There are a total of about 50 loaded trains per day, about one every 32 mins. This is coal from the Hunter Valley coal mines.

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    Post by granny on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 10:01 pm

    Great pictures Joy  :yes:   Thank you so much!
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    Post by Joy on Sat 29 Mar 2014, 7:05 am

    Thanks Granny.  :D  Many more pics yet to come, just from that one day heading north, then there's the next day's final leg home.  :lol3: '
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    Post by Joy on Sun 30 Mar 2014, 2:33 pm

    Heading north to Taree in the mid North Coast of NSW.

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