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Will ye no come back again?

If the skirl of pipes through a morning mist brings on a fit of goose bumps …

If the swing and flip of Mel Gibson’s kilt has been known to raise your pulse rate …

If damsels in uniform and daggers tucked into brawny blokes’ socks leave you in a swoon …

… you may want to don your Tamoshanta, grab your trusty camera, and treat yourself to a visit to the Southern Highlands of NSW where the sleepy village of Bundanoon, for a brief moment in April each year, becomes …

BRIGADOON

Campbells and Conichies, MacDonalds and MacGregors sport tartans and sporrans and kirtles. ..

West Highland Terriers and Irish Wolfhounds bear up bravely under bows, coats and bandanas, all in appropriate plaid.

Sword fights break out …

… cabers are tossed (and dropped !!)

… and the lifting of the massive stones of manhood causes jaws to drop and eyes to water as the ‘min’ turn puce with effort.

The stallholders are stocked up and waiting to introduce you to the delights of haggis, or maybe a Jimmy Hat to impress your mates.

It’s possible to indulge in a dram or two of Malt if you’ve come by steam train, or a blend of Scottish Tea if you’re driving yersel hame!
Take a lesson in thrust and parry, have a throw of the hammer (if you aren’t susceptible to a hernia!) …

… or sit back and enjoy the dedication of dogs and their owners …

From the opening parade, to the massed bands of the grand finale it is an experience that will live with you for a long time. In fact I would wager a Scottish Pound or two that, as April rolls around in subsequent years, the memory of dew-dampened grass, coal-scented steam and the plaintive call of the piper’s lament, will tempt you back – at least one more time – to visit BRIGADOON.

DATE: Early April each year.

GETTING THERE: Bundanoon, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, is 137kms southwest of Sydney – no more than two hours drive from Sydney via the M7 and the Hume Highway. A helpful map can be found at http://www.maplandia.com/australia/new-south-wa....
Steam trains also run from Sydney and Canberra especially for the event.

ACCOMMODATION: Around the Brigadoon weekend, more than 20,000 people pour through the village so accommodation is well booked up. It is advisable to check ahead if you intend to make a weekend of it. http://www.thesouthernhighlands.com.au/southern...

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Morton National Park with hiking trails, antique shops, art and craft stores, and a local market which is held on the first Sunday of every month. The Post Office serves delicious meals, and the Bike Shop makes wonderful coffee!

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.southern-highlands.com.au/

  1. © Rosalie Dale 2009
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One of the most captivating events I’ve ever attended is “Bundanoon is Brigadoon” in our Southern Highlands. The transformation of this village into a byegone era is successfully seductive. For a few hours you are entranced and transported back in time. Water fights, egg tossing, and all of the activities mentioned in the article remind us of delightful simple pleasures our society has left behind as ‘unsophisticated’. It is with greqat reluctance that one eventually leaves and returns to … dare I say the ‘real’ world?!!

If I’d known I would be writing a piece about this event, I would have taken different shots! NEXT TIME I will be more prepared!

_ FEATURED in Australian Travel Photography & Writing Group June 2009_

Again Featured in Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 11 Jan 2010

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australia, train, nsw, steam, scottish, clan, clans, april, bagpipes, gathering, dale, rosalie, bundanoon, brigadoon, southern highlands

I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and most things that don’t”!!

I don’t so much wish to document places and things, as to evoke feeling and emotion.

This leads to a diverse portfolio and constantly overloaded external hard drives…not to mention some burning of the midnight oil as I keep looking for that elusive perfect process for yet another ‘masterpiece’!!!

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Comments

  • Sarah Moore
    Sarah Moorealmost 5 years ago

    LOL – there are some awesome, fun images in there! Great documentary Mum.

  • Wish I had room to put more – I am sure some of the pipers came with ventilators and pacemakers, while the kids’ outfits were straight from some fantasy movie! At least we now get to see what the blokes wear under their kilts …

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Sarah Moore
    Sarah Moorealmost 5 years ago

    LOL – I’m not sure I need to know what’s under their kilts!!

  • Imagination is probably more fun than fact in this case huh.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Rosalie! I’d love to see this (one day?). You have done a wonderful job here, well done.

  • It is a very engaging event Craig … if you visit Sydney make it around April and we’ll take you!!! Thanks for the kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 5 years ago

    *FAN*tastic Rosalie ~ Tops Shots and very informative info.

  • Trying to brush up the writing skills … they are a bit rusty! Thank you :)

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Prasad
    Prasadalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic presentation, Rosalie

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 5 years ago

    Gee why was I not in OZ for this, your got an excellent lot of images, you captured the day in style.

  • A photographer’s paradise Warren. We’ll have to get you stowaway lessons so you can come back again …

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 5 years ago

    This is brilliant work Rosalie. I’m sorry I missed this years event but I must put it on the list for next year. You have really done a wonderful summary and promotion for this event.

  • I think I was born in the wrong era Bev – I so love anything that smacks of yesteryear! And I am also one of these strange people who really does love bagpipes. I’ve been to Brigadoon on the steam train (a tad tiring after a very early start at Central station!) but this year, drove. Mark you diary … !!! Thanks heaps for the encouragement.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 5 years ago

    You’ll have to put up with me crying with the bagpipes – they do that to me! Its my Walker blood coming through.

  • Me too – I think it goes way back on my dad’s side!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...almost 5 years ago

    excellent coverage of a very cool event, felt like i was there, i bet it is amazing to be around such energy, great job rosalie

  • Chris you hit the nail on the head – there is an energy alright. And everyone gets right into the spirit of the day. Thanks so much for taking time to comment and for your positive thoughts. xx (I missed the mist that morning – it was more of a drizzle this time!!)

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant work, Rosalie !!! A fantastic range of images, wonderful, informative reporting that really makes you feel like you’ve just walked back through the mist and over the bridge into the 1954 movie You’ve just bought back so many fond memories, especially with my Scottish heritage !!

  • Phil thank you for that wonderful link! I, too, get ‘fed up with the big city hubbub’ so perhaps that is why Brigadoon really appeals!!

    – Rosalie Dale

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