Gurulmundi State Forest
At the 42 km mark of our day trip we came across rusted relics of the past on the side of the road.
The Conloi No. 1 bore and the tank used for storing crude oil pumped from the Surat/Bowen Basin were long ago abandoned, left to decay by the side of the road.
At first glance it seemed there were no wildflowers growing in this parched landscape. But a closer inspection revealed more beautiful blooms growing in the stony soil.
Some were tiny – no bigger than a thumbnail.
The clear blue sky made the perfect backdrop for these scarlet grevilleas.
And way overhead, tufted white blossoms in the highest branches of the gum trees glittered in the glaring midday sun.