Easter 2006 Long weekend
Below are some of the photo's of the birds that come in each night as it gets dark. The next door neighbour feeds them, and they come in plentitude.
Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast
This time was different however. All attempts to spot a Kangaroo for Bud had failed misserably. While a Zoo is a poor comparison to actually seeing one in the wild, it was a sure thing.
The Zoo actually turned out to be supprisingly good. The infrastructure and staff were well built and friendly ;). THe animals seemed extremely happy, and vertainly in the case of the Kangaroos, very well fed. I suppose they might get sick of the 100th child of the day coming up to them with a handfull of Roo pellets, but they never showed it.
Whale Watching, Hervey Bay
The weather was perfect, the sea calm and flat, the sun warm, but not hot, and the whales plentiful and playful. Well, NOW I know why they call it the whale watching capitol of the world :)
The boat had barely made it to Platypus Bay when a couple of whales were spotted. They were a pair of teenage (sub-adult) whales about 5 metres long. Very curious, they circled the boat, spy-hopped, flipped and rolled near us for about an hour.
Another tour boat drew nearer, and the whales headed off to see that boat, but came back pretty much immediately - we had the better groupies - a bunch of teenage girls screaming and yelling. Even when a shouting match between boats started up, we still won.
I suppose the whales must think we're all nuts.
Blackdown Tablelands N.P.
I hadn't been to the Blackdown Tablelands since I was a kid, so we headed out west of Rockhampton to the 700 metre-above-sea-level escarpment. Its about a 2 hour drive from Rockhampton, and then a rapid climb up onto the plateau on very slippery pea-gravel roads.
The tablelands flora changes very rapidly as you climb, from the grasslands and sparse trees on the plain below to tree-ferns, and lush green forest at the top.
The park is littered with oddly erroded sandstone boulders and vast golden orb-weaver dens. One group of rocks looks like something a party of travelling hobbets might find a particularly pleasing spot to spend the night, boulders strewn around in a great circle with ferns and grass at their feet.
Majestic views of the Fitzroy River basin are on the winding 4WD track through the forest, and at the end a 2km walk to the Rainbow Falls, stepping down through lush rainforest, the path all but overgrown with tree ferns at some spots. Unfortunatly the falls were but a mere trickle.
Ballina to Hervey Bay
Some images of the storm and the Urangan Pier.
Townsville to Sydney
We drove from Townsville to nearly Mackay, Airlie Beach, and stayed the night with Jason. Was good to catch up again, if only briefly, and look around his new pad. He sure does know how to pick the spots.
Next morning we headed on to Hervey Bay, but stopped for a couple of hours and had lunch in Rockhampton with Bug and Andrew and crew. Of the entire vista of human experience, limited quality time spent with good frieds demonstrates just how short minutes can appear - in this case each minute felt like 55 microseconds.
We had seafood in Hervey Bay with M&D and got a good nights sleep before the longer haul back to Sydney bypassing Brisbane.
All in all an enjoyable and relaxing trip.
Brisbane to Sydney, HOME!.
With the loss of an hour at the QLD / NSW Border, the trip took me 11 hours, 7am to 7pm.
Jonte came to the rescue with Sushi. My god did it taste good.
Brisbane Region, Tamborine NP, Lake Moogerah.
We stopped at Lake Moogerah, and did one third of the walk to the peak nearby - it was very tough going. After that, we drove to nearby Governors Chair, and walked to the lookout, an exposed rock at the top of a sheer cliff, with a magnificent view of the Boonah region.
One the way home, we headed up Tamborine Mountain, into Tamborine National Park. The drive took us through lush old growth rainforest and stopped at a delightful little campground near Cedar Creek Falls.
With all the recent rain, the Cedar Creek Falls were running well, making a mighty roar that could be heard well before it could be seen. I spent some time taking photographs of the main falls and the rockpools.
Heading back to Brisbane, we went to a Monica and Gareths house for a BBQ. It was very good to finally spend some time with Monica, we worked out its been about 8 years - far to long. Rhys made it also, and Gareths brother Gavin.
Gladstone to Brisbane.
Luke hadn't finished work yet, so I had a bit of a poke around in the Queen Street mall, and found a photographic gallery by XXX XXX, which was fantastic. Most of the places photographed by XXX I can now proudly say I have visited.
I caught up with Luke, and we had dinner with Joshua and Tracy whom I've not seen in ages. We ducked off and had our obligitory Guiness for St Patricks day.