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

 -  I rode five or six miles out, in hopes of
finding some eminence on which to ascend, but was disappointed - Page 20
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I Rode Five Or Six Miles Out, In Hopes Of Finding Some Eminence On Which To Ascend, But Was Disappointed, The Country Continuing A Dead Level, With Extensive Swamps, And Barren Brushes.

The timber, dwarf box, and gum trees (all eucalypti), with a few cypresses and casuarinas, scattered here and there:

Few traces of the natives were seen, and none recent. Upon the swamps were numerous swans and other wild fowl. In the evening we caught nearly a hundred weight of fine fish.

May 3. - Proceeded down the river. We passed over a very barren desolate country, perfectly level, without even the slightest eminence, covered with dwarf box-trees and scrubby bushes; towards the latter part of the day a few small cypresses were seen. I think the other side of the river is much the same. We have hitherto met with no water except at the river, and a few shallow lagoons, which are evidently dry in summer. I do not know how far this level extends north and south, but I cannot estimate it at less than from ten to twelve miles on each side; but this is mere conjecture, since for the last three days I have been unable to see beyond a mile: I have, however, occasionally made excursions of five or six miles, and never perceived any difference in the elevation of the country. To-day the course of the river has been a little south of west: its windings are very frequent and sudden, fully accounting for the apparent heights of the floods, of which marks were observed about thirty-six feet above the level of the stream.

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