Giants of the Forest

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #12 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Purling Brook Falls, Springbrook National Park

It’s easy to feel dwarfed in a rainforest. The height of the trees is matched by their girth, as they grow ever taller and broader in their search for sunlight.

But when you come across a fallen tree you realise just how large it is. The huge root system, hidden while it lives but unearthed when the tree topples, is revealed.

It’s hard to imagine the sound one of these giants makes when it falls.

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

Staying Apart

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #9 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burrum Heads

In the small fishing village of Burrum Heads social distancing was a thing long before it became a world wide phenomena.

At the mouth of the Burrum River there’s plenty of room for boats to spread out.

The pelicans give each other a wide berth.

Even the benches at the park encourage everyone to stay in their own personal space.

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

Stay Away From the Edge

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #8 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Point Pure Lookout, Brooyar State Forest

The signs at Point Pure Lookout were straightforward – they left us in no doubt about where we needed to be.

Beyond the fence was a sheer drop, a favourite spot with abseilers.

We were happy to enjoy the views of Brooyar State Forest from the safety of the lookout.

It was a long way down to the ground.

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.

Swim If You Dare

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #7 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Tiaro

The Mary River flows north for 291 kilometres, from the Sunshine Coast hinterland near Maleny to the coastal town of River Heads. On the way it passes through several small towns.

Beside the river at Petrie Park in Tiaro there’s a free campground, a shaded picnic area and access for boats.

It would be tempting on a hot day to cool off in the water, if it were not for this sign.

Crocodiles are not common here, but a few have been spotted in the river over the years. Swim if you dare!

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.

Over The River

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #6 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Dickabram Bridge, Miva, Queensland

For a country bridge linking two small rural towns, Dickabram Bridge is an impressive sight. Located between Miva and Theebine, the steel truss bridge is 191 metres long and stands 23 metres above the Mary River.

The bridge opened in 1886 and carried both road and rail traffic between Dickabram and Kilkivan.  It’s one of two of this kind left in Australia and the oldest in Queensland, and has been heritage listed since 1992. Trains no longer travel along this route but the bridge is still open to road traffic, one way at a time.

There’s a reason why the bridge is so far above the Mary River. With a catchment of more than 7,000 square kilometres in an area of the Great Dividing Range with higher than average rainfall, the river is prone to flooding. Since records began in 1868, the riverbanks have been breached 83 times. Major flooding, when water levels reach 20 metres or more above normal, has occurred 20 times. Only once though has water covered the timber planking of the bridge.

Dickabram Bridge was built to last.

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

A Nut By Another Name

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #5 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Bauple

Have you ever eaten a bauple nut? You’re probably shaking your head, but chances are you have and you didn’t even know it!

The trees on which the nuts grow are native to northern New South Wales and south eastern Queensland and were named by the local indigenous people who once lived in the region. Enterprising farmers began growing grafted trees as early as the 1860s and in the 1880s they were introduced to Hawaii, where they became one of the state’s most important crops. Today the nutritious nuts are grown commercially in 13 countries, in a global industry valued at more than one billion US dollars. The bauple nut is Australia’s only native food source grown in other countries.

Have you guessed which nut I’m talking about? The bauple nut, also called the Queensland nut, is most commonly known as the macadamia.

Original ungrafted bauple trees still grow on the slopes of Mt Bauple in the Fraser Coast region of Queensland, in a national park reserved for scientific study.

Three original trees also grow in the grounds of the Mt Bauple Museum in the nearby town of Bauple, which celebrates the famous nut in a festival each November.

Next time you pop a macadamia in your mouth, take a moment to remember all those trees growing wild on the slopes of Mt Bauple and the indigenous people who prized the nuts as a delicacy.

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.

Park Love

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #4 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Queens Park, Toowoomba

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.

Feeling the Blues

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #3 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Queens Park, Toowoomba

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.