Besides Sydney, I'd never been to any of these places before.
I would have liked to spend longer in Newcastle. Enjoyed the walk along the harbour/wharf and out along the breakwater.
Margaret Olley's donation was quite diverse; mostly paintings - from a 1960s Carl Plate abstract work to Ben Quilty's very loose expressionist portraits of Adam Cullen from 2006. I was particularly attracted to Elisabeth Kruger's lush Taffeta - a large-scale detail of two white roses, reminiscent of Georgia O'Keefe in its tight framing, but with more emphasis upon luxuriance and texture, and Kevin Lincoln's pared down still life, Grey Jug 1999.
|Kevin Lincoln Grey Jug 1999 oil on canvas Newcastle Art Gallery, Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 1999|
Spent a couple of days in Port Macquarie, enjoying the beaches and the rainforest walk at Sea Acres National Park.
One evening we went for a cruise on the river, where I was pretty excited to see some dolphins. They were too quick for me to catch on film, but here's the last of the sun on the water.
The modest Newell Falls,
The very spectacular Ebor Falls, with a series of drops, the first image being the upper section, the second the lower.
We walked out on the Skywalk at Dorrigo National Park. Shorter than I expected but very high with fabulous views over the valley. Next post, I'll get to the art!