Saturday 9 December 2023


This week I went up to Tenterfield on a quick bush fire relief trip. It's quite a few weeks since fire tore through the New England district so most people have received their relief grants and this weeks service was about providing service to the few left navigating the system.
Instead of 6-8 hour days in a packed Recovery Centre, the multi-agency team spent 2-3 hours in each location, seeing only 1-6 people at each location. It was a relaxed team with not a lot to do but I was impressed that the government guy organising us said it was vital support for the few who still needed access to recovery services.

You probably can't see the barbed wire on top of this fence but it's there. I wondered if there was a gaol I'd never heard of but no, this is the showground.

Outside the Tentefield Railway Museum

Tenterfield Saddler, immortalised in song by Peter Allen. The shop was owned by his grandfather and is still open a few hours a day.

A road side rest stop. The little shelter had a large fire place in the back and there was a composting toilet about 50m down the road. We set up here for a few hours and saw a few people who had suffered large losses. 
Bluff Rock in the back ground was the site of an aboriginal massacre, acknowledged with a stone and plaque telling the story.

A scene on "tourist drive 7"

Also on tourist drive 7

Sunnyside Community Hall was another place we worked from. Built in 1902 and obviously well loved.

Tourist Drive 7 passed through farmland where the cattle were allowed to wander across the road. These girls and calves looked at the car with mild interest.

The view from "Mount Mackenzie Lookout" 

There has been rain since the fire so the usual charred look of the fire ground is softened by fresh grass.

The Railway Museum was shut so I took the photo from the gate. 

I saw quite a few goats when I took a drive up over the Queensland border. I'm not sure if they were feral.

The motel we stayed in was rather lovely with well tended gardens and a tasteful dining room. The service was great, too.

"Steinbrook Hall" was another community hall we operated from. Super rustic and super hot  under the metal roof but the verandah on the back had a cool breeze blowing so we sat there. There was much discussion of steak and beer.

The historic cork tree on the edge of Tenterfield. It was a very large tree and quite beautiful.

Kangaroos at Glenlyon Dam

The 1974 Childrens Book of the Year was "The Nargun and the Stars" I must have read it sometime later and don't really remember the book except that it must have described this kind of granite outcrop particularly well because I never fail to think of the book when I see these rocks. 

A lovely old church now operating as a real estate office.

Back to the dam.

The old manse next to the church.

This baby burger and his mates were very interested in me. And very, very cute.


I have a busy week of work coming up, plus a dentist appointment, sleep specialist and Milly needs vaccinations before she goes to board while I take the Indian Pacific across the continent. I've been looking forward to this trip for a long time and now the time is almost here!

I'd love to send a post card if you'd like one. I'll probably pop them in the post sometime after Christmas so hit me up!

taikylie at yahoo dot com dot au


  1. Thank you for your service. I am sure it was very much appreciated.
    I love The Nargun and the Stars and reread it every couple of years.
    I hope your trip on the Indian Pacific is magic.

    1. My best guess for someone who would know the book was you!

  2. You are doing a reat job for those affected by the fires. I love Tenterfield we were ther last year in autumn and the trees were beautiful. We also saw many of the places that you have shown.

    1. Hi Diane and welcome!
      The more I see, the more I want to see :)

  3. Very cool to see the Tenterfield Saddlers shop.
    I'm pleased to learn there is recognition of Aboriginal massacres.
    The cork tree is amazing.
    A bedroom slammed firmly shut two nights ago when the subject of the Indian Pacific came up. Are you Gold or Platinum? I look forward to hearing of your train travel.

    1. Hi Andrew, I'm doing the trip with my daughters and we are all in gold single. It's the cheapest and it was also the only beds available. Gold single has shared bathrooms and smaller cabins but is otherwise the same as gold.
      On the tenterfield trip we flew to ballina then drove across country. I think Armidale airport would have made more sense but there may have been logistical reasons I don't know of.

    2. Also, I would have thought the Indian pacific would have plenty of interest without being a train buff?

  4. I love your travel post and pictures and explanations. It is all fascinating to me.

    1. I'm glad you like it. I'm realising I take a lot of photos of animals in paddocks!

  5. An interesting trip. I'm intrigued by the recovery centres. We don't have anything like that in the UK and I've no idea how people get compensation for things like floods. What's this trip you're taking on the Indian Pacific? I don't recall you mentioning it before.

    1. Nick, I think I'll write a post on recovery centres. They are quite interesting and really only known to disaster affected people.
      Esrly this year, I decided I'd like to ride the Indian Pacific. It will just be the train trip to Perth and flying back to Sydney the next day. I could have done a longer trip alone or a short trip with my girls. I'll alwayschoose company!

  6. What lovely photos--thank you.

    I too go to the dentist this week.

  7. Thanks for taking us with you Kylie, your pics are stunning. That old railway station caught my eye as an exploration goal and the landscapes are beautiful, pics I don't often see of Australia. I will send you a request for a postcard as I collect them. Thank you.

  8. Great pictures Kylie - taking blog visitors like me to parts of rural Australia that we might otherwise never have seen. Have you crossed the island continent by train before? It will be a marvellous experience and you will feel every mile passing beneath you.

    1. Hi Neil,
      A good camera has improved my photography by leaps and bounds :)
      I have never been on a long train trip before but mum and dad took us across the continent back in 1987 so I have some memories of that


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