August 2, 2016
Two features I have in magazines out right now – grab ’em!
READER’S DIGEST (Aug 2016): Travel deep into Australia’s prehistoric past with the Australian Age of Dinosaurs team as they dig for dinosaurs, way out in the Queensland outback.
AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER (Aug-Sep 2016): Like three separately bound volumes of a Georgian gothic thriller, Tasmania’s trio of historic convict-built bridges – three of the four oldest bridges in Australia – are rich in atmosphere, character and stories.
Elaborately decorative Ross Bridge (1836) in Tasmania’s Midlands
March 30, 2015
Bathurst celebrates its bicentenary this coming May. Although the grand colonial architecture adorning those wide streets dates from the Gold Rush (i.e. mid-19th century plus), Bathurst was founded in 1815 and is Australia’s oldest inland town. Where else can you stare down a T.Rex, explore an art colony in a nearby almost-ghost town and eat crocodile pizza in an 1850s church building in a street named for a gang of bushrangers? Check out my travel feature here.
All photography © David Levell
Bathurst’s magnificent Abercrombie House – a virtual colonial castle, privately owned and occupied but offering regular tours.
Nose to nose with a T.Rex – only in Bathurst! The Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum, Bathurst, has the only complete T.Rex skeleton on permanent display in this Wide Brown Land.
Hill End near Bathurst was a large gold-mining town in the 19th century. Morphing into an artist colony in the 20th, it has been the subject of several iconic Australian paintings. Signs in the streets mark the spots. Above, Hill End today and in Jeffrey Smart’s 1950s painting. Below is Russell Drysdale’s The Cricketers.
Below: Golden Gully: the landscape transformed by the Gold Rush.
Hill End’s weird Golden Gully
May 6, 2013
Dinosaur hunting in outback western Queensland with the Australian Age of Dinosaurs team – click this link for my Dinosaur Dig story
Dig site 60km beyond Winton
Australovenator – love is his middle name
Palaeontologist Scott Hocknull examines a newly unearthed femur
Far from bone idle
(ALL PHOTOGRAPHY COPYRIGHT DAVID LEVELL)