Tag Archive | Springbrook National Park

Paddle At Your Peril

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #29 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Springbrook National Park

It would be tempting on a hot day to discard your shoes and go paddling in one of the many creeks at Springbrook National Park. Rainforest trees shade the little streams of crystal clear water and, in some parts, shallow pools form between smooth shelves of water worn rock.

But a refreshing dip would be foolish when, just a few metres downstream, the creek reaches the edge of the McPherson Range and falls 60 metres to the valley below.

Where Mundora Creek tips over the escarpment the falls are aptly named Goomoolahara, the Aboriginal word for big waterfall.

The scarlet flowers of giant spear lilies bloom on the cliffs in spring. They grow exclusively in these mountain ranges on the Queensland/New South Wales border.

Purling Brook looks deceptively pretty. It’s only up close that the sheer drop over the cliff is evident.

There are 265 steps down from the lookout to the walking track at the base of the falls.

Halfway down, delicate King orchids cling to the rock walls.

From Canyon Lookout, it’s easy to see where the waters of Rush Creek and Ee-jung Creek plummet over the edge of Springbrook Plateau to form Twin Falls and Rainbow Falls.

The pretty little creeks leading to all these falls might be tempting, but take heed of the signs. Paddle at your peril!

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

Breakfast Time

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #28 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Springbrook National Park 

A Lewin’s honeyeater searches for a tasty treat at breakfast time.

The flowers on the spike of a grass tree are just what he’s looking for.

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

Disappearing Act

Kind Squares Photo Challenge #26 ~ Queensland: One of a Kind

Destination: Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

On the walking track through the Numinbah Valley section of Springbrook National Park, Cave Creek looks like any other pretty rainforest creek. Icy cold mountain water tumbles over mossy rocks on its way to the Nerang River.

Suddenly it disappears, rushing over a weathered sheet of black basalt before emerging again down below.

Over thousands of years the relentless force of the water has created a rock arch, formed when a pothole collapsed into a large cave underneath. The water falls through the pothole into a deep pool in the cave.

The craggy formation, aptly named the Natural Bridge, is festooned with mosses and epiphytes which flourish in the damp conditions.

Inside the cave the water displays its power as it falls down from above. Once the water flows out of the cave, it transforms back into that pretty bubbling creek and continues its journey through the forest.

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.

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