Yesterday’s happenings

Yesterday, my mum, my aunty and I had a great day out looking around the region – here’s just some of what we did….

We got to visit the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience – this attraction is a decommissioned mine that the owner, Alkane Resources, has turned into an attraction. Entry into the mine and it’s surrounds is free and is easily found by following the signs from Caswell Street (Peak Hill’s main street) up to the mine.

Camshaft and flywheel for a mine crusher
Camshaft and flywheel for a mine crusher
Looking down into the main pit - water is an open pit mine's worst enemy!
Looking down into the main pit – water is an open pit mine’s worst enemy!
Looking at the wall of the main pit - Mum said she'd hate to be one of the haul truck drivers.....
Looking at the wall of the main pit – Mum said she’d hate to be one of the haul truck drivers…..
Main pit - another angle
Main pit – another angle
One of the many cross shafts for the Bobby Burns pit
One of the many cross shafts for the Bobby Burns pit
Bobby Burns pit
Bobby Burns pit
A part of the old boiler
A part of the old boiler

After this, we went to Parkes for lunch. We decided on McDonald’s where we had a break. After this, we paid a visit to the CSIRO’s Australian National Telescope Facility Parkes Radio Telescope Visitor Discovery Centre – this is also known as The Dish! Boy, hasn’t it changed in the last 25 years…

The Dish - the best view ever!
The Dish – the best view ever!
Control panel used in the 1969 moon landing which this telescope had a hand in
Control panel used in the 1969 moon landing which this telescope had a hand in
Curved mirrors - boy, I look skinny here!
Curved mirrors – boy, I look skinny here!
Some of the many projects that the CSIRO have helped develop
Some of the many projects that the CSIRO have helped develop
Some older components of the Dish
Some older components of the Dish
Phased-Array Feed (PAF) unit
Phased-Array Feed (PAF) unit
One of the amazing items outside the Centre
One of the amazing items outside the Centre
Whispering Dish - if you stand facing this dish and your friend stands facing the other, you whisper into it and they can hear your words clearly
Whispering Dish – if you stand facing this dish and your friend stands facing the other, you whisper into it and they can hear your words clearly
The Dish - another angle
The Dish – another angle

I finally had my camera with me to capture one of the rhinos on the Rhino Trail – the Rhino Trail starts at Taronga Zoo in Sydney and finishes at Taronga’s sister zoo in Dubbo, Taronga Western Plains Zoo….

Between Sydney and Dubbo, there is a trail of brightly decorated rhinos - this is to bring the plight of the rhino into the public spotlight as they are critically endangered. This is the Elvis rhino at Parkes - Parkes is home to the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, the biggest festival dedicated to the life of Elvis Aaron Presley outside the United States
Between Sydney and Dubbo, there is a trail of brightly decorated rhinos – this is to bring the plight of the rhino into the public spotlight as they are critically endangered. This is the Elvis rhino at Parkes – Parkes is home to the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, the biggest festival dedicated to the life of Elvis Aaron Presley outside the United States
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2 thoughts on “Yesterday’s happenings

  1. Pascale LeBrasseur September 27, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    It looks like you had a great day. I love the Elvis rhino.

    • Joe Hupp September 28, 2015 / 10:04 am

      It was a great day – except for aching legs and knees….. I’ll remember to take water and an appropriate smallish first aid kit for the next trip. In the next few weeks, I’ll make time to photograph the rhinos in and around Dubbo….

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