We decided to take a couple of days to camp and do some walking.
On the first day we found the old steep track that we had been on years before with the 4X4 club.
We stopped at the top and went back to the start of Bulburin Scenic Drive (4X4 only) which is currently closed off due to works being carried out on the road. Here we found a shady tree, and started unpacking our lunch. As we were doing so, 2 National Parks vehicles arrived, and the ranger got out to check that we were ok. We explained what we were up to, and despite an initial formal conversation, we ended up following them down to the top of the Boyne River to have lunch with them under the shady trees there.
After lunch we went back past the campsite, to the other end of the closed off Bulburin Scenic Drive, parked and walked down the road to the first creek. There was an old bridge which is closed off as it is dangerous, but NPWS has put in a culvert beside it.
I really like Alocasia spp so was pleased to see so many growing here.
This is one of the largest land snail shells we have ever seen, almost as big as the palm of Darryl's hand.
Some Tradescantia spp. Also along this walk were plenty of maidenhair fern and shield ferns perched in rocky outcrops.
After our walk, we went back to the campsite (the old Forestry Research Station), and as we stopped had a flat tyre!. Darryl changed it before we set up, had happy hour, then cooked dinner.
The next day we returned to the northernmost end of Bulburin Scenic Drive, and parked at the top of the ridge and walked down the road to the place we had eaten lunch with the rangers the previous day.
The first area of interest along this part of the Boyne River is what the rangers called 'Flat Rock'.
Lots of Water Dragons lazily warmed themselves in the sun. Mostly they took absolutely no notice of us at all, and just held their ground.
A huge fig tree provided a nice shady spot. Near here was also a lovely stand of Burdekin Plum trees Pleigynium timorense, along with plenty of native blackberries Rubus spp.
This should give you an idea as to why my ankles were aching, after rock-hopping over 8km of this (although, not all of it was this bad).
This was as far as we went. We 'were' trying to get to Mt Jacob mine, but Darryl realised that we had only made it just over half-way, and it was already 11am. There was no way I would have made it any further.
This gorgeous flower - Turraea pubescens (native witch hazel) had a beautiful perfume to go with its delicate looks.
The Leech who got me! See how engorged she is with blood? That's my blood she took there, and this was just before Darryl popped her. (By Sat afternoon behind my left knee was looking pretty red, and I started getting a streak up my leg. So, after 8pm I got Darryl to take me to Emergency Department, and I was admitted for IV antibiotics. Not a nice way to spend a few days!)