Glasshouse Mountains: Queensland, Australia

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Approximately an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, one finds the Glasshouse Mountains. Named by Captain Cook, they were created some 25 million plus years ago as the country passed over the hotspot now situated at the northern tip of Tasmania, the erosion of time has produced this awe – inspiring sight of rocks soaring above the plains below. Lava plugs … Read More

Wellington Point to King Island Walk: Queensland

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We undertook the 40 minute drive to Wellington Point in order to partake in the 2km round journey walk across to King Island at low tide. With the ebbing of the tide, a sandy causeway becomes visible, allowing the explorer to amble across the tiny mangrove surrounded island. Crabs played games of hide and seek. Sead coral was washed ashore, and … Read More

Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot – Tha, Brisbane: Queensland, Australia

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Bob and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here with the grandchildren. Well set up for the youngsters, a treasure hunt along the childrens’ pathway kept them occupied There was plenty to look for. This was a Floss Silk Tree: quite interesting. This was a hit! and the vegetable garden was great for their sense of smell. https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-venues/parks/brisbane-botanic-gardens-mount-coot-tha

Nundle: New England, New South Wales

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South west of Walcha is the picturesque tiny farming town of Nundle and this was our destination this day. Travelling upon the back roads via Woolbrook, we passed the beautiful Albaldie Nature Reserve – on this list for next time – taking in the sights of the beautiful countryside. Just outside of the township, was the picturesque Chaffey Dam. With rains few … Read More

Cottan – Bimbang and Werrikimbe National Parks: New England, New South Wales

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  This particular morning saw us heading south east of Walcha to Werrikimbe National Park. Yet another World Heritage destination, there were plenty of walks of all levels available. Werrikimbe is a true 4wd section and was a wonder to behold. With camping, picnicking spots and 4wd tracks there was much available for those with the time at their hands. … Read More

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, New England: New South Wales, Australia

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Today’s trip took us south east of Walcha to the Aspley and Tia Falls, and Mummel Gulf National Park. Named by Oxley, and now forming part of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, the region is some 1,000 metres above sea level and covers roughly 120,000 hectares. Presenting with high rising gorges and raging rivers – in winter, that is … Read More

Emmaville to Walcha

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Departing Emmaville, Bob and I soon found ourselves travelling through the landscape inhabited by Captain Thunderbolt, an infamous bushranger of New South Wales who made a living as a horse thief during the mid 1850s.  

Bonalbo to Emmaville: New South Wales, Australia

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After a peaceful night, an early morning departure from Bonalbo soon found us turning onto the Bruxner Highway and heading west. One of the pamphlets picked up last night had a tourist drive commencing a kilometre or so from there, and we had made the decision to partake in this scenic diversion. Arriving at Clarence Way, a dirt road, upon … Read More

Running Creek, Queensland to Bonalbo, New South Wales: Australia

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With a gremlin still playing havoc with the 12 volt system and causing Bob great frustration, it was time to move on to a powered site this morning. Despite wishing to remain longer for further exploration, back to highway 13 we motored. (Although it was possible to continue into NSW via Running Creek Road, the bridge limit of 5 tonnes … Read More

Platypus Hunting, Running Creek: Queensland, Australia

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Tonight was the night! Time for a platypus hunt! These elusive creatures live throughout the region, and they are to be found hunting food in the pools of Running Creek. On dusk, across the park and down to the creek went Bob and I, where crystal clear waters gaily ran through the valley. Creating burrows hidden in the undergrowth upon the side … Read More

The Lost World Valley and Christmas Creek: Queensland, Australia

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Having driven to Beaudesert, a turn into Kerry Road had us heading south toward the imposing Razorback Mountain, on the south western edge of Lamington National Park. The region of The Lost World Valley, settled in the late 1800’s, bushland had been cleared to make way for the open green pastureland on which dairy cows and cattle are fattened today. … Read More

Lamington National Park, Green Mountain Section: Queensland, Australia

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This morning’s drive took us along roads where the trees are starting to burst with colours of red and gold, and into what is known as the Green Mountain section of Lamington NP and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Situated on the western side of the Lamington plateau, this was once the northern edge of the Mount Warning Shield Volcano that was … Read More

Tamborine National Park: Queensland, Australia

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A surprise as we motored up the mountain this morning. A group of paragliders were enjoying a ride upon the thermals. First stop, Cedar Creek Falls and Lookout. Dry except for a series of rock pools, the sun beat down upon the unwary with a burning fury. Brush turkeys scratched, minor birds called, and magpies warbled. A beautiful spot for … Read More