A tale of Bathurst and her big, white, fluffy doona.

We are trying to walk Mount Panorama every Saturday morning, a friend and I.

Sometimes when the town is cloaked in fog and bed feels especially snuggly it’s hard to make the effort.

fog and bird mount panorama

But last Saturday we were well rewarded for our efforts.

fog lifting and kangaroos mount panorama

Most people walk the track itself, but as we are uninclined to get wiped out on one of its sweeping corners by a passing car (and mark my words it will happen one day), well we take a fenced off, gated, padlocked hidden path.

Just don’t tell anyone please because it’s one of Bathurst’s best kept secrets.

the back road up mount panorama

It was the weekend of the winter solstice, that delicious annual turning point when one moment we’re staring down the barrel at the shortest, darkest day of the year then overnight the odds have turned in our favour and suddenly longer days and warm summer nights appear on our winter horizon.

mount panorama above the fog

The Bathurst valley was a sea of fog – the town is down there somewhere, keeping her toes warm under her big, white, fluffy doona.

pathway and telegraph poles overlooking bathurst in fog

But up above it was crystal blue and white and warm. So unseasonably warm.

fog blue sky and mountains

This is the highest point of the track, Brock’s Skyline. It’s named after Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock who won the Bathurst 1000 nine times. At the end of this straight the track takes a sudden exhilarating drop into the Esses.

track mount panorama

mount panorama

But we, well we quietly make our way up and down and down and up our secret path.

polly on the track behind mount panorama

And no-one is any the wiser. Are they Pol?



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    1. Susan Douglas
      Posted 23 June 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Beautiful Marg!

      • Marg
        Posted 23 June 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        I had more Sue but I couldn’t fit them all in. It was a very gorgeous morning hey.

    2. Posted 23 June 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

      Just lovely – words and photographs.

      • Marg
        Posted 23 June 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        Thank you Ms Moody 🙂

    3. Seana
      Posted 23 June 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      Gorgeous! Looks so high with that fog below. And your secret’s safe with us.

      • Marg
        Posted 23 June 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

        You try walking it Seana. It is high! And I’ve spent the whole evening worrying I’ve let the cat out of the bag eek 🙂

    4. Margaret Andersson
      Posted 23 June 2014 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Beautiful pictures Marg 🙂 Love the ‘big white doona’.

      • Marg
        Posted 23 June 2014 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

        It was a first for me Margaret. I’ve never seen it quite like that before 🙂

    5. Michelle
      Posted 24 June 2014 at 2:34 am | Permalink


      • Marg
        Posted 25 June 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

        It stayed with me all week Michelle. It really was.

    6. Posted 24 June 2014 at 5:06 am | Permalink

      Stunning images Marg, the image of Pol is my favourite, stunning. Lovely to walk with you.xx

      • Marg
        Posted 25 June 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

        You realise you’re part of the family now so next visit home you might just have to put Bathurst on your itinerary lol x

        • Posted 25 June 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

          How lovely, and yes I would absolutely love to put you and Bathurst on my itinerary Marg xx

          • Marg
            Posted 26 June 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

            You’re on 🙂

    7. Posted 25 June 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Beautiful photos and lovely post. Australia is on my life list of places to visit, hopefully within the next couple of years.

      • Marg
        Posted 25 June 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Geralyn. Well if you ever make it to Bathurst we make good coffee 🙂

    8. Posted 25 June 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      And again, you make me so happy with your pictures. Keep walking and taking those pictures.

      • Marg
        Posted 25 June 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

        Will do 🙂 I’m liking the new pic and bio.

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