A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!
''My Country'' - Dorothea Mackeller c. 1904
Australia is used to floods. ''Droughts and flooding rains'' are nothing new to Australians. But this time, the entire east coast was deluged, from the northern tip of Queensland down to the southern island of Tasmania - that's about 3860 kilometres. As you can see from the picture, the United Kingdom has been inserted to give you some idea of the size of Australia.
The deluge of rain, combined with the king tides [Rosh Chodesh inspired king tides, I believe] have destroyed many beach-side properties, including the 106 year old Coogee Surf Club.
Part of the famous beach walk from Bondi to Bronte has collapsed.
|Beach walk: Bondi to Bronte; June 6 2016|
Rivers and creeks have burst their banks, and dams are overflowing. Aerial footage shows flooding in Sydney's south-west.
Now the rain has stopped, the clean up begins. Australians are very good at cleaning up, they are used to it. But..... this time it seems different, it's the entire east coast, and properties worth millions of dollars are now worthless.