Summer sunset – Murrumbidgee River, Western Riverina

The serenity in this photo of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, outback New South Wales belies the harsh environment that would’ve faced 19th century explorers Burke and Wills on their ill-fated journey from Melbourne to the coast of Carpentaria, a distance of over 3200 kilometres.

The explorers camped in Balranald in 1860, a time when non-indigenous Australians hadn’t travelled or mapped the vast inland of the continent. The journey ultimately cost the lives of both explorers and five of their companions from malnutrition and exhaustion.

Sunset over the Murrumbidgee River

TransmUTE – mosaic Holden ute at Deniliquin

Transmute – to change the nature, form or appearance of something

Mosaic car Mosaic Holden Ute

TransmUTE is a mosaic sculpture created out of an old Holden utility. It is located at the Heritage Centre in Deniliquin, a town in Western New South Wales.

Established where the major stock routes met along the way to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, Deni is also home to the world’s biggest ute muster, which pays tribute to Australia’s love affair with the ute as a vehicle for work and play.