Chalkers Chimney in southern Namadgi National Park.
To most people who don’t know the history of this remote area of the very southern ACT, it’s pretty much just an old chimney standing in the middle of nowhere. But to me, well I’m also most people who don’t know the history of this remote area of the very southern ACT, and so, yep, it is just an old chimney standing in the middle of nowhere!
It’s a been-there-done-that kind of a spot, a bit like Sam Aboud’s Dunny which is a (non-functioning) dunny existing by itself in the middle of nowhere.
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