Tag Archive | Queensland

Picnic Raiders

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #20 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast

Everyone knows seagulls will steal the food from your hand if given half a chance. 

But along Tallebudgera Creek, a wily band of even more cunning marauders lurks, looking for any opportunity to help themselves. Australian brush turkeys, also called bush turkeys or scrub turkeys, live wild in the forest on Burleigh Headland. They’ve become familiar with the habits of humans and know that where there’s a picnic there’s likely to be a free meal. 

The local seagulls aren’t deterred and happily join in, taking their lead from the turkeys. There’s some rowdy bickering, but everyone gets their share of the plunder. 

When they’re discovered the turkeys make a quick getaway,

but the seagulls are bold as brass. They simply assume an innocent expression, all the while keeping an eye out for the next tasty treat.

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.

Jewels on the Beach

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #17 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Surfers Paradise

Highrise towers line the iconic beachfront at the Gold Coast.

The newest addition to the area is the Jewel Tower complex, housing a five star hotel as well as luxurious private residences, shops and restaurants. It must be as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside.

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.

Look Out For Dragons

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #16 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Burleigh Head National Park, Gold Coast

The Eastern Water Dragons who live in the rainforest on Burleigh Head are used to people walking on the tracks. Often passers by don’t even notice them basking like statues on the rocks in the sun.

Tempted by a tasty snack, one dragon ventures out into the open and happily poses for photos at the lookout.

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

Walking in the Clouds

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #14 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Springbrook National Park

With a name like “Best of All” this lookout promised much.

But cloud had enveloped the track, covering everything in a misty drizzle. We wondered if there would be anything to see at the end of the path.

Luckily the cloud lifted and the lookout lived up to its name. The views into northern New South Wales were the best!

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.

Standing Tall

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #13 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Mudlo Range, Mudlo National Park

Hoop pines once covered the slopes of the mountain ranges of Queensland and northern New South Wales but most of those natural forests are long gone, harvested decades ago for their excellent quality timber. Today these majestic trees are usually cultivated in state forests and timber plantations.

On the Mudlo Range a native hoop pine forest still grows, protected inside the boundaries of Mudlo National Park. Standing up to 60 metres high, the trees tower high above the rest of the forest.

On the lower slopes they stand side by side with tall eucalypts but higher up the range they grow more densely.

Hoop pines can live for up to 450 years. It’s nice to know this ancient stand of trees is safe and secure.

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.

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