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Up Above, Down Below

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #24

Bright sunlight filters down through the forest, casting intriguing shadows on the track.

While some bring welcome relief as the morning temperature rises,

cycad

fan palm

others are simply ornamental.

tree fern

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 Late

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

Stacked Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #21

All along its course through the gorge, Carnarvon Creek is strewn with waterworn stones of all shapes and sizes.

Some have been repositioned as stepping stones, linking the walking track from one side to the other.

With such an abundance, we were surprised to see just one set of travellers’ stones stacked up beside the creek.

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 High, Looking Out

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #20

After the long walk up through Wagaroo Gorge the bench at the lookout on Boolimba Bluff provided welcome respite. But I didn’t stay seated for long. 

The views from this vantage point, 200 metres above the base of the gorge, are simply spectacular. 

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

On The Way Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #19

The steep climb up 300 steps to Boolimba Bluff passes through Wagaroo Gorge. The sandstone walls are weathered and craggy, formed by thousands of years of erosion by wind and water.

About half way up a shallow cave catches our attention. The brilliant white stone glows in stark contrast with the darker stone surrounding it, and we feel awed by the beauty of nature’s carvings. 

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

The Only Way is Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #18

With 300 steps and several ladders over a distance of just 300 metres, it’s lucky there are some resting places on the final climb up to Boolimba Bluff.

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

What’s Up There?

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #17

The lookout at Boolimba Bluff is somewhere up there. To see the amazing views from the lookout, we’ll have to walk 3.2km and climb up 900 steps.

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

I Spy

Exploring Queensland: Tamborine Mountain

With 210 types of trees, 75 species of vine and 26 different orchids growing in the rainforest, you could play I Spy all day at the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

A 300 metre steel bridge beginning at the Eco Gallery winds through the forest canopy; the tops of the tall piccabeen palms are almost within reach.

Staghorns and elkhorns competing for sunlight cling to the trunks of the tallest trees. King orchids also use the trees as hosts. They are the largest orchids in the forest with each long spike covered in masses of tiny flowers.

Dense vine thickets monopolise the understorey, creating a tangled mess of stems and a green overcoat on  the trees above.

On the forest floor the buttress roots of giant strangler figs dwarf the small walking stick palms. With their host trees long ago rotted away, the figs are the strongest and tallest plants in the forest.

An abundance of tiny creatures live in and around Cedar Creek but they’re shy and not always easy to spot. Freshwater turtles, shrimps and eels hide under the rocks while water striders, water beetles and fishing spiders hunt their prey in the water.

It’s much easier to spot the forest animals on this beautiful hand carved bench.

The green hues of the forest are complemented by splashes of bright colour. Bottlebrush trees are loaded with crimson blossoms.

And if you’re lucky a pale yellow robin will join in your game of I Spy.

Joining Jo for Monday Walks

Small But Beautiful Part 2

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #23 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind Destination: Burleigh Head National Park Rainforest Circuit The Rainforest Circuit starts where the Ocean View Circuit ends, immediately beginning its ascent up the headland. It’s not long before the track is surrounded by littoral rainforest, a particular type which only grows by the ocean. Along the way there are glimpses of those majestic Norfolk Pines at John Laws Park and the white sandy beach at Burleigh Heads. At Jebbribillum Lookout the view expands, revealing the northern areas of the Gold Coast all the way to Surfers Paradise. After the lookout the track heads inland through the rainforest, where more of those hexagonal basalt columns lie half hidden by vegetation. There’s a second opportunity to see the ocean at Tumgun Lookout. This time the view is southwards, past Palm Beach to Currumbin, Kirra and Coolangatta on the Queensland/New South Wales border. The Rainforest Circuit does not go to the summit of the headland, 88 metres above sea level. The risk of rock falls means the highest part of the park is not open to the public. Instead the path heads gently downwards, rejoining the Ocean View Circuit at Tallebudgera Creek, the perfect spot to complete your walk with a quiet lunchtime picnic. 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 Also joining Jo’s Monday Walks

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