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SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #23

Another perfect day at Carnarvon Gorge comes to an end.

Takarakka Lookout is an ideal place to sit for a while, watching as the sun sinks behind the mountains.

Day is done!

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Dried Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #8

Cycads are endemic to central Queensland and grow prolifically in Carnarvon Gorge. Descended from prehistoric plants which grew at least 280 million years ago, cycads bear either male or female cones. While local indigenous people used the cones as a nutritious food source, don’t be tempted! They store large amounts of cyanide and are highly toxic, unless treated correctly before eating.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Light up the Night

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #2

The first task when setting up camp is to get the campfire going. BYO firewood, chairs and drinks!

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Up and Away

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #1

When, after months of restrictions and stay at home orders, our state Government announced that Queensland was “good to go” we packed up our caravan and headed off on a road trip, up north to Carnarvon Gorge National Park. We broke up the 600 km journey by free camping on the first night at Judds Lagoon, near Yuleba.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Not Forgotten

Exploring Queensland: Tamborine Mountain

The slopes of Tamborine Mountain are covered with dense stands of Kauri and Hoop pine, cedars, flooded gums and strangler figs. When the area first became accessible to European settlers in the 1870s, these magnificent rainforest trees attracted the attention of timber cutters.

Among the earliest arrivals on the mountain was the Curtis family who, in 1888, built a water wheel and steam driven timber mill on Cedar Creek. They dammed the water each night and released it in the morning, creating enough force to turn the wheel which in turn generated steam to power the machinery in the mill.

Luckily for the rainforest, the mill only operated for a few years before low timber prices caused it to close in the 1890s. In 1908 parts of the mountain were declared Queensland’s first national park, guaranteeing the safety of the trees in the forest.

While the water wheel and timber mill are long gone, the Curtis family name carries on. Downstream from where the mill was located the water of Cedar Creek tumbles over a narrow rocky ledge festooned with ferns and moss. It fills a deep pool at the base of the falls before making its way further down the mountain. Curtis Falls, named in memory of the family, is surrounded by the beautiful trees which first brought them here at the end of the 19th century.

 

A Passion for Waves

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #22 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Heads

The Ocean View Circuit around Burleigh Headland ends at John Laws Park in the Gold Coast suburb of Burleigh Heads. Popular with both locals and visitors, the park is filled with 450 Norfolk Pines, some planted more than 80 years ago. They provide welcome shade for those who want to sit, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful outlook or watching surfers in the water below. 

Surfing has long been part of the beach culture at Burleigh Heads. The waters off the headland have attracted surfers for decades and the world’s first professional surfing competition, the Stubby Surf Classic, was held here in 1977. 

Even the picnic tables in the park celebrate Australia’s passion for surfing.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Calm Waters

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #19 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast

The protected waters of Tallebudgera Creek have long been a favourite of Gold Coast holiday makers. Originating in the hinterland at Springbrook, the creek flows down the mountain range and through the Tallebudgera Valley for 25 kilometres before joining the Coral Sea between Burleigh Headland and Palm Beach. 

Tallebudgera is one of those places families return to year after year and many south eastern Queenslanders have fond memories of their first school camp beside the creek.

The sandy beach is perfect for picnics and the calm water is a haven for swimmers. It’s no surprise that the creek is popular with fishermen too – the name Tallebudgera means “good fishing” in the local indigenous language. 

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare

Catching a Wave

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #18 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Heads

Surfers take every opportunity to enjoy the sea and the sunshine at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare.

Do You Know?

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #11 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Bruce Highway

Distances are vast in Australia and fatigue brought on by long hours of driving is a common cause of car accidents. In some parts of the country Transport Departments have come up with a novel way to keep drivers alert. It’s called Fatigue Zone Trivia. Let’s play!

We’re on the Bruce Highway, driving north from Gympie to Tiaro.

Here are the answers. How did you go?

Don’t give up! There are more in the other direction.

Perhaps you’ve got them all correct this time.

It’s just a bit of fun but it might help to keep your mind on the job and it certainly encourages lively conversation.

*The Bruce Highway is 1,679 kilometres long and links Brisbane in the south to Cairns in the far north of Queensland.

*These photos were taken through the car windscreen by the passenger while travelling at 100 km/h.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare.

Brooklyn House

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #10 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Brooklyn House, Howard

Dame Annabelle Rankin earned her place in Queensland’s history with many notable achievements. She was the first Queensland woman elected to the Senate, the first female to head a federal government ministry and, in her role as High Commissioner to New Zealand, the first Australian woman to lead a foreign mission.

Annabelle also supported many community groups and charities. Her highest honour came in 1957 when she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1957 for her political and public service.

Brooklyn House, in the small Wide Bay town of Howard, was the childhood home of Annabelle Rankin. The grand Queenslander-style home was built in 1890 for the Rankin family and remained in their ownership until 1969. It was left derelict for many years before being restored by new owners to its former glory.

Set in lush sub-tropical gardens, the house is surrounded by a wide shady veranda which provides protection from the harsh Queensland sun.

It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea.

This month I’m joining in every day with Becky’s October Kind Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word “kind”. Look for #kindasquare