Saturday, 18 February 2017

Incredible Nature of Springbrook

Wednesday 15 February

The Hungry Hikers set off at 7am for Springbrook's marvellous, Twin Falls trail. This was to be my 6th visit in 4 years and it never fails to send my happiness metre soaring. Today was again magical.

The yellow breasted robin joined us at morning tea.

Editing the photo, I accidentally made it black and white and loved the effect.

Eating MT, my eyes were drawn to an unfurling tree fern leaf.

A delightful meander down to the main trail followed.

Seeing unusual tree shapes. 

And the eucalyptus shedding huge lengths of bark.

Joc also captured this lovely shot, as we headed through the bracken to the trail.

Soon we were admiring the view across the valley to a far cliff face. This we would ascend, when we completed our circuit.

As we arrived at this small bridge, we had made a lot of noise, posing for a photo for Jenny. When I turned round I spotted movement where the red circle is.

A carpet snake or python slithered onto the trail. These are not poisonous, so we felt comfortable standing relatively close to capture his beauty.

A great shot by Jocelyn.

He just couldn't quite decide to cross the bridge or not.

At this point, he is hiding on the steps off the bridge.

Finally, he decided to swim across to the bank. Fantastic to watch.

Continuing on, there was a splash of red, amid the lush green.

Splashes from the Blackfellow Falls.

Distant view of the Rainbow Falls.

Delicate pink of the Helmholtzia lily.

Vibrant green of the soaring, tree fern.

Dramatic rock features.

And the symmetrical beauty of a delicate moth.

After completing this circuit we drove to the entrance to the Purling Brook Trail. Normally we hike this trail 1st, but I changed this for today's walk, so that we could swim in the Warringa Pool and have a relaxed picnic lunch, sitting on the surrounding rocks. On arrival, police tape cordoned off the entrance, news crews were milling round and a park ranger informed us we couldn't enter. We discovered later that, a hiker had discovered a partially submerged body in the pool of the Purling Brook Fall, at about 9.30am. Very sobering.

The decision was made to drive to the Best of All Lookout and eat lunch there. As we drove higher up the mountain, the clouds were lowering and the temperature dropped dramatically. I love the feel of 'mountain cold'.  A temperature we hadn't experienced for several months. 

As we entered the trail, mist swirled and not long after, rain fell.

We were thwarted again. No view and definitely not a pleasant spot for picnicking.

Not sure where we would find a covered table, we set off back down the mountain and fortunately found a perfect spot, beside the local community hall, war memorial and children's playground. We were fully able to enjoy the colourful mural, depicting the Springbrook area and its flora and fauna. I hope you recognise the cliff face and waterfall from my earlier photos.

Yes it had been hot and sweaty, but we all agreed it is definitely worth being out and about in our amazing great outdoors, down under, no matter what the weather.

Our hike may have been shortened, but having lunch beside this incredibly convincing mural, was definitely a bonus to the day.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Walking in January

A very delayed post.

We are experiencing a particularly hot humid summer. Days in a row where the temperature has been very humid and 35C and over - energy sapping.

Not wanting to stop hiking, we have been setting off to our destination at 5.30 am, but the sweat still pours out.

Wednesday 11 January
This morning found us on an upper reach of the Brisbane River called Seventeen Mile Rocks. It gave us both riverside and hill walking.

Our starting point was from the extensive parkland created on the site of the Qld Cement and Lime Company in 2003. It is an awesome place for families. It was incredibly busy on our return, as it is the school, summer holiday period.

Thursday 12 January
A group of us revisited Toohey Forest early. We were startled by this large frilled neck lizard on the edge of the path.

Wednesday 18 January
Thankfully we got the tide right for today's walk. We drove to Wellington Point on Moreton Bay, walked across the causeway to King Island, made a circumnavigation and returned to shore. We then hiked several kilometres of parkland and suburbia.

5.30am sunrise, just prior to my departure from home.

The sand crabs scuttled to their holes as we approached.

Thursday 19 January
Today we returned to the Wynnum Wetlands. The cloudy morning was a bonus, with hot but serene views.

Our distances haven't been great, around the 10 kms, but at least we are getting out and about in our wonderful, if hot, great outdoors.

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