Journals Of Two Expeditions Into The Interior Of New South Wales, 1817-18 - By John Oxley

 -  Nothing in fact can be imagined
grander or more beautiful than we have hitherto found the river, and
that too - Page 160
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Nothing In Fact Can Be Imagined Grander Or More Beautiful Than We Have Hitherto Found The River, And That Too So Near Bathurst That No Reasonable Expectation Could Have Been Formed Of Finding It Such As We Did.

Many good specimens of agate forming on granite were found on the hills, chiefly where the limestone appeared in the largest and most continued stratum.

We indulged ourselves in the probable speculation, that where limestone was found in such abundance as in this country, quarries of marble would also be discovered not far beneath the surface, as is usual in other countries most abounding in this useful stone. Fish and emus were procured in great quantities in the course of the afternoon.

August 23 - The last allowance of our provisions was now distributed, and at half past eight o'clock we proceeded up the river, which this day might be said to come through a mountainous country. Rocky points of hills frequently terminated on the river and occasionally opened into fine valleys and flats: in every valley a watercourse conveyed the waters from the back country to the river. I think the north bank was most frequently the lower: several small runs of water also fell in on that side. The hills, uniformly stony and rocky as they were, were covered with good grass to their summits. The scenery on the river was beautifully picturesque, and more magnificent reaches cannot be found in any river; these were interrupted in their uniform course by rapids, which having a much greater fall than any we had seen lower down, would materially impede the navigation of the river by boats farther than this station, up to which point I conceive it navigable.

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