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The Hawkesbury River and Brooklyn by georgieboy98

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Looking down from the old Pacific Highway to Brooklyn. We had just stopped at a fruit stall to replenish our supplies and the owner had directed us to this lookout. I am so glad he did and we spent a long time just standing and gazing at this scene.
The location is about 40 or more kms north of Sydney but if you take the main highway you won’t see it. I have a feeling I read not long ago that the old road had split open. Was I dreaming this or did it really happen?
This was taken in 1979 on Agfacolor transparency film

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  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    This is a great shot Peter. The area has changed dramatically all through here now though with the freeway and its always sooo busy with traffic – I don’t think there are any fruit stalls around these days, at least none on the freeway. The old Pacific Highway is still in tact although during the June storm of two years ago the road just south of Gosford did wash away with the loss of a family of 4, so tragic. It has been repaired again now.

  • Thank you very much for all that info Bev which is very interesting. That wash away was obviously what I was thinking of. The freeway is an incredible road to drive, especially when you’re pulling a caravan. Going through those deep cuttings the cross winds play havoc and you really do need to exercise a whole lot of extra care. I remember that even in 1987 we still preferred to take the old road whenever possible.

    – georgieboy98

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Dalealmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful spot, so well represented here Peter (like Bev, I know the area well!).

  • Many thanks Rosalie. The memory of all of this area will stay with us for a long time – the beauty of the Hawkesbury is unforgettable.

    – georgieboy98

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago

    A wonderful shot and such a lovely area. x

  • Thanks very much Irene. This is another one of those photos that I had completely forgotten I had! I’m having a ball scanning these old slides with the memories they all bring back! Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful lighting and view:)

  • Very many thanks Els. It would be nice to think that our digital photos would stay in top condition for as long as these old slides have!

    – georgieboy98

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 6 years ago

    lo very loud~ man, does that scene take me back~Oh so beautifully taken and preserved Peter~ not sure you want to see it now days~there just a few boats bobbin in that water now!

  • I might have known it!! But I don’t remember seeing anyone else at that particular lookout that day!! It’s a gorgeous spot isn’t it? Plus I have just unearthed a few more golden oldies from that area so watch this space!! LOL

    – georgieboy98

  • John Pitman
    John Pitmanalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely sight Peter. I wonder if it looks that clean now. John

  • Thanks John. Judging by what the ladies above tell me it all seems to have changed quite dramatically. Only to be expected I suppose, but still a shame. Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 6 years ago

    I am so enjoying these memories around Australia.

  • You’re too kind Kala – thanks very much. I am enjoying having my own memories revived, too, as almost every slide tells me a story of some sort. Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 6 years ago

    I’m watchin!

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekalmost 6 years ago

    Nice shot Peter. The old, good Agfa ;)

  • Hi Jan and very many thanks. I used to swear by Agfa film in those days. Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations , you have been featured in the Retired and Happy group.

  • Well thanks very much Irene – that’s wonderful news. Peter

    – georgieboy98

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