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I visited Darwin's famous fish feeding - what a buzz!

The venue is at the western end of Bicentennial Park (a short stroll from Darwin City) and is well worth a visit.

Now... if only I had brought my fishing rod!

Another photo taken in Darwin's Bicentennial Park in November 2006, looking towards the ocean.

Weather was perfect!

I have been lucky enough to visit Australia's 'top end' a couple of times in recent years and the city of Darwin never ceases to amaze me.

It is a fantastic place, with a climate that you have to experience to believe - especially for someone like me who loves the cold and snow.

This photo was taken late on a balmy November afternoon in Darwin's Bicentennial Park. Temperature range on this day was min: 26.4 degrees and Max 33.8 degrees.

The low water level of Lake Eucumbene have exposed the remains of what was the Adaminay Convent. Today, the remains lay scattered across the country side above the waters of Lake Eucumbene.

The convent was left behind as the waters of the lake rose closer in 1957. When the water covers this spot the lake is at approximatly 45% of capacity - on this day, the lake was at 22% of capacity.

Due to poor rainfall, a lack of snow and the need for inland irrigation, the water levels at Lake Eucumbene have been low for several years now.

On this day, the lake was sitting at around 22.1% of capacity. The remains of a farm fence can be seen in the centre of the photo, left behind when the lake started to fill in 1957.

Corin Dam is located in the NW of the Namadgi National Park in the ACT (Canberra). The dam is one of the main water reservoirs for the city of Canberra and sits at 900 metres above sea level.

As can be seen by this photo, the continuing dry conditions of the past few years were having an effect on water storage levels - on this day in June 2007, the dam was sitting at around 35% of capacity.

Gungahlin is located in North Canberra and is home to one of the fastest growing communities in Australia.

The suburbs of Gungahlin are home to over 32,000 people (2006 Census)and the area is growing all the time.

This photo was taken from a hill (645m) at the back of my home in Ngunnawal (a Gungahlin suburb)on a beautiful summers evening in 2007. The temperature during this day had reached 32.8 degrees, but had dropped 30.2 degrees when the photo was taken.

The Brindabella ranges (snow covered in winter) can be seen in the distance.

If your travelling on the Hume Highway in southern NSW The Ettamogah Pub is a 'must stop' on your way. Located just outside of the city of Albury, the pub is unequally 'Australian' and on a hot day there's nothing better than siting inside at the 'quirky' bar having a cold beer.

It's a great place for the kids too, with the pub precinct having a playground, rides and even camel rides.

As the waters of Lake Eucumbene continue to drop more of the original village of Adaminaby (now Old Adaminaby) are revealed.

This photo, taken in July 2006, shows the remains of a farm house now exposed to the sunshine.

One can only imagine what living in the house would have been like, and what might have happenned in it. One thing is for sure, the views from the windows (looking directly across the valley towards the snowy mountains) would have been spectacular.

A winter scene at Old Adaminaby (Lake Eucumbene). The small, picturesque village (population approx 40) sits on the NW banks of Lake Eucumbene at an elevation of 1,180 metres asl. This photo shows the village in August 2005, with snow lying in the shade.

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