Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 4

Darryl enjoying his early morning cuppa.


It was pretty cold, and was interesting to see the evaporation coming off any damp surface as the sun hit it.



Because it was cold, we took our time packing up and left just before 10am for the trip home.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 3

Overnight was a bit warmer. We drove to the start of Rainbow Falls walk. This was a fairly gentle walk down, but there were several trees across the track. 



The falls are just beautiful, with an azure pool at the base. The water was way too cold for us, but another couple, a German man and British woman who braved it. 



Darryl found the rope and ladder but didn't go down further. After a very relaxing time, we headed back up the 240 steps out of the gorge and went to the top of the falls, before going back to camp. I was lucky enough to see a small dragon, who darted off the path quickly, so no chance for a photo or proper identification, but the only reptile around.


Tony brought over his folio of bird photos for us to look at. They were fabulous.
Darryl had been for a walk around the campsite and spoke to another couple, Don and Penny, who came by our site while we were getting ready for our shower. It turned out that they were originally from Mt Isa, and my Dad taught him at school. Furthermore, Don worked with Darryl's cousin, Glen, and knows his other cousin John in Mackay! On top of that, John's wife, Sharon's brother was married to Penny's sister. I went to school with Sharon in Mt Isa too. What a small world!


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 2

First thing we went for a bit of a reconnoitre around the campsite to see what the other sites were like. While we were away the Currawongs (I suspect), stole my pink solar battery! We searched around but couldn't find it.

Even though we started out quite late, Darryl convinced me to join him on an 'easy' walk down Spring and Stoney Creeks. At first we had quite a bit of trouble finding the track. At one point Darryl mentioned that he was quite worried about not seeing the track when we finally stumbled on it. It isn't a very well marked track. We followed it down, and at times it had stone markers, and at other times it disappeared altogether again. 

We stopped to eat and discussed going back, but decided not to, and almost immediately we were rewarded with some rock art. Child and adult hand stencils under an overhang. 


We continued on, but didn't get to the escarpment, and eventually turned back. I had a bit of a fall and hurt my knee and leg. 

A new neighbour turned up, a photographer in a yellow combi-van. Tony was an avid photographer and thoroughly enjoyed the birdlife. He even set up speakers with bird sounds to call them in.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 1

Blackdown Tableland National Park is west of Rockhampton, and around 2 1/2 hours drive. This is my third trip, but Darryl has been several other times. We brought the camper-trailer, and the Isuzu pulled it up the steep road with ease. At least now the road is sealed for most of the way, (in fact it looks like all steep parts will be totally sealed this week, as they are working on it with the sealing starting next Monday). The very first trip here, many years ago, I remember slipping over on the round gravel which acted just like ball-bearings, when we stopped the car partway up to walk back to the first lookout.

The first official lookout is Horseshoe Lookout, with a very short walk to impressive views of the sandstone cliffs.


Site 6 was the one we had chosen, after poring over the website information, trying to work out sizes, overhanging gumtrees (from the photos), and direction (as we need good sun for the solar panels). As it turned out, it was a great choice, and there was really only one other which would have worked as well for us. We set up and had lunch, and the welcoming committee flew in...lots of Currawongs, and a few Kookaburras. One of the Kookaburras almost landed in Darryl's plate, but luckily I reacted in time, and no food was lost. 


After lunch we went on the walk to Officer's Pocket, now known as Mook Mook (the native name for the Owl). The walk follows down the rocky creek, past steep cliffs and waterfalls, to a view of sandstone cliffs and a distant horizon. 

Back near the camp we detoured to look at the swimming hole in the same creek, which is below the campsite.


During the night it got down to less than 0oC, as my thermometer said -0.0oC (so I don't think it goes below zero, and inside the camper was 1oC and usually outside is a couple of degrees colder. So, it was pretty cold!

See the full slideshow of the whole trip here:

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Home - Day 51

Darryl headed off to Elliott Heads for repairs he needed to do at our house. I knew he would be trying to get back early in time for us to head home, and that is what happened. After over 8,000km of travel we nearly lost the bikes 30km from Rocky, when part of the weld on the frame gave way, and they went over horizontal to the ground, just being held by the front of the weld and some occy straps. It was very lucky that they didn't hit the ground as there was no damage. After tying them securely we arrived home in the afternoon. I know it is wonderful to travel, but I really enjoy getting home.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Crow's Nest - Nanango - Day 50

Rose early, 4:45am, to walk to the lookout, falls, and rockpools.

At the waterfall, (well, no waterfall as the creek wasn't flowing even after the heavy rain overnight), we could see platypus & turtles, (which I am sure you can't make out in this photo). 

 At the lookout over Diamond Valley we were greeted by one of the rare tiny Bursh-tailed Rock Wallabies. I was able to get photos and even some video before it hopped away. At the pools we saw another wallaby, and a large fish. I have to say, that apart from these animals this is the most disappointing National Park I have ever been in. I only saw one large gum tree, and the granite countryside was thirsty. 

We drove up through Yarraman, Nanango. At one point there was a tortoise on the side of the road. At Biggenden we stopped for lunch, then went for a tour to take photos of the various places of my childhood, when my family lived there in 1966.

Our house - the Methodist Manse at the time - in George Street - it still has the same fence

Biggenden State Primary School where I was in Grade 1

The front of Biggenden State Primary School

The Methodist Church where Dad was the Minister. To the left is the Church Hall where table-tennis was regularly played
We camped the night near our farm and there was a really spectacular sunset, as you can see.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Greenmount - Toowoomba - Crow's Nest - Day 49

Pretty much our destination today was Greenmount Cemetery, where some family are buried. We also did a detour at Stanthorpe to Pozieres to see if we could see the house that my grandfather Sid Anderson built on his Soldier Settlement block. We had no luck finding it. 

Further on the way we passed through Spring Creek and Kings Creek where nothing is left of the settlements. At Greenmount cemetery we found Ada Baldwin (nee Smith, nee Hargens) and her daughter and son-in-law's graves, but could not find her first two husbands and two other children.

Lunch was at Queen's park in Toowoomba, where we were 'entertained' by children in the electronic playground. We looked at Ravensbourne National Park as a potential camping spot, but rejected it as it was just a picnic spot on the main road, and then stopped at Crow's Nest National Park. 

There are bag showers, and smelly drop toilets. We chatted with a neighbour before the thunderstorm rolled in around 7:30pm. Darryl was snoring gently by 7:36! He really had a big day. The storm continued for a couple of hours, which was lovely to go to sleep to.