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

 -  On the higher ridges of the hills, and
occasionally on their sides, were many fine cypresses: there was nothing
grand - Page 240
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On The Higher Ridges Of The Hills, And Occasionally On Their Sides, Were Many Fine Cypresses:

There was nothing grand or imposing in the scenery; but it was simple and attractive from its richness and extent:

The hills sometimes rose into singular forms which were continually changing in our progress, and appeared well calculated to afford an ample range of sheep pasture. The extensive vale in which we stopped was named Goulburn Vale, in honour of the under Secretary of State for the colonies.

September 2. - Our expectations of finding a river to the eastward, were this day verified: after passing for eleven miles across this beautiful vale, we came to a deep and rapid stream running to the north, through the valley whose eastern side it waters: finding it too deep to be forded, we constructed a bridge across a narrow part of it, by felling such large trees as would meet, by which the baggage was taken over: the horses were swum across. One of the men, foolishly attempting to swim over on a horse, nearly paid for his imprudence with his life: as he could not swim, he was carried down the stream near a quarter of a mile, and was several minutes under water. His body being providentially washed across a log, was the means of his preservation. It was late in the afternoon before our passage across was effected, so that we halted on the banks. This was the largest interior river (with the exception of the Macquarie and Castlereagh), which we had yet seen.

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