Beckett's Fall, on the River Apsley, New South Wales.

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Beckett's Fall, on the River Apsley, New South Wales.

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Australia

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Beckett's Fall, on the River Apsley, New South Wales.

THE Traveller, in pursuing the course of the upper part of the RIVER APSLEY, is astonished at beholding so many beautiful Cascades, of which that called BECKETT'S FALLS is, perhaps, one of the most magnificent. The water here falls over rocks more than an hundred and fifty feet in height, into an apparently bottomless abyss; for the eye, in attempting to follow the roaring torrent in its sublime descent, is arrested by the immense masses of rocks, with which the sides of the Glen is almost covered, as well as by the large trees and bushes which grow amongst them.

No pen can possibly render justice to the scenes, which present themselves to view, in looking down this Glen: the powers even of the pencil are far too feeble to convey a correct idea of the magnificent, the awful grandeur of the wild scenery, which the sublime hand of Nature has produced on this truly romantic spot. The dark tint of the deep grey rocks, and the shade of the trees and bushes, form a fine contrast to the white sheet of falling water, changing into foam or mist during its wonderful descent from high and perpendicular rocks; whilst the tremendous roar of the Fall completely deafens the spectator who is near it, and is distinctly heard at a vast distance from the Cataract.

The Land adjoining the Glen on both sides is very stony; Trees of the largest size, of the Eucalyptus species, grow in abundance here; and the Casurina are also very large and numerous.

Accompanying text, 1825.