Monday, May 30, 2011

Queensland waterfalls

The Queen Mary Falls plunge 40 metres to continue the Spring Creek’s journey in the valley floor and joining the Condamine River’s upper reaches.  

On a hot summer’s day, the feel of the waterfall’s cool spray is said to be delightful.  On the day of our visit it was merely slightly damp.

How about this for a lookout over the Queen Mary falls?  One would not like to fall!!!!!!!!!

Tooloom Falls are only 8 metres high but they are wide and drop into a broad deep pool.  The falls provide a splendid start for the Clarence River near Urbenville.  We camped right next to them and the sound of the water was much much louder than the sea.  It was a pounding noise all through the night.

Below is Dagg Falls.  Small but picturesque.

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Spicers Gap and Governor's Chair lookout

 Spicers Gap Governor's Chair lookout over the Fassifern Valley in Qld near Boonah.   

This is in the Main Range NP on the Qld/NSW border and part of what is called the Scenic Rim.  The term Scenic Rim was first used by Arthur Groom, naturalist and author, to describe the chain of mountains, peaks and plateaus in south-east Qld  comprising Tambourine Mountain – Lamington Plateau – McPherson Range  Main Range.

This is my artistic shot, through the shrubbery.

The view below is further on looking back towards Queensland.  We are almost at the Qld/NSW border.  Everything is green and lush.  And last night is rained buckets.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Glasshouse Mountains

These are shots of the lovely Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast.  The mountains are the remnant cores of volcanoes active about 25 million years ago.  They were formed as molten rock was forced out of vents from within the earth.  As these flows of magma cooled over a period they solidified into conal shapes of hard rocks (rhyolite and trachyte).

Mt Coonowrin or Crookneck.

This is my favourite shot, of Mt Tibrogargan.  Andrew climbed it last time we visited.
Max and Priscilla at the lookout.

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Visit to Katie and Ian

We visited Katie and Ian at Tinbeerwah.  This is the view from their lounge room.

and the view inside the lounge room.

Andrew, Katie, Ian and George the poodle.  Unfortunately the pre-set photo which Katie set up for us which included Nikki as well came out too dark.  It was lovely to catch up with them and to see Katie in her new life - it suits her well.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lake Cania and some Sunshine Coast scenes

Lake Cania below.

Kondalilla National Park

 Kondalilla falls

Rockpool in Kondalilla NP

View from Poet's Corner Restaurant in Montville

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mount Scoria near Biloela

On leaving Carnarvon Gorge we felt ourselves at the crossroads. Where to go from here? Going inland without Birdsville and Innamincka seemed a travesty but due to the recent floods, the road to Birdsville had been closed. Now it has been re-opened but not to Innamincka.  Do we backtrack or leave Birdsville for another trip and head for the coast - and very probable rain? We decided to head for the coast and maybe visit friends on the way back homewards. Birdsville has to wait for the next trip.

Mount Scoria is known as the musical mountain because of the basalt columns at the top that ring when hit with another rock.

The columns on closer viewing.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Animal shots again

I thought these were cane toads but they just ordinary frogs in the toilet bowl - this is Queensland. One jumped out from the shower curtains missing my person by a few cms - scary!!!!!!!!!

The kangaroos happily grazing in the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Center grounds again.
Below the kokaburra on the hot water tank in the camp kitchen at the Takarakka Bush Resort.

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The Moss Garden and Warrumbah Canyon

Moss Garden pool.

Water drips constantly from the sandstone walls of the Moss gGrden supporting a lush carpet of moss, ferns and liverworts. The small waterfall tumbles over the rock edge in the above photos.

This is the approach into another very narrow canyon underneath the Warrumbah Bluff. It is off the Mickey Creek Gorge and it is incredibly narrow.

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The Amphitheatre Carnarvon Gorge

The Amphitheatre is one of those places that must be experienced first hand. Water eroding along lines of converging weakness has produced this masterpiece of sculpted sandstone whose awe inspiring walls defy attempts to capture the essence on film.

They made it easy to enter the amazing cave.

You just had to be there to see it.

Looking up at the sky from below.

The entrance looking back.

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