Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 4

Darryl enjoying his early morning cuppa.


IMG_0538


It was pretty cold, and was interesting to see the evaporation coming off any damp surface as the sun hit it.


IMG_0539



IMG_0540


Because it was cold, we took our time packing up and left just before 10am for the trip home.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 3

Overnight was a bit warmer. We drove to the start of Rainbow Falls walk. This was a fairly gentle walk down, but there were several trees across the track. 


IMG_0397


IMG_0399 



The falls are just beautiful, with an azure pool at the base. The water was way too cold for us, but another couple, a German man and British woman who braved it. 



IMG_0415




IMG_0419



Darryl found the rope and ladder but didn't go down further. After a very relaxing time, we headed back up the 240 steps out of the gorge and went to the top of the falls, before going back to camp. I was lucky enough to see a small dragon, who darted off the path quickly, so no chance for a photo or proper identification, but the only reptile around.
IMG_0457


IMG_0459

Tony brought over his folio of bird photos for us to look at. They were fabulous.
Darryl had been for a walk around the campsite and spoke to another couple, Don and Penny, who came by our site while we were getting ready for our shower. It turned out that they were originally from Mt Isa, and my Dad taught him at school. Furthermore, Don worked with Darryl's cousin, Glen, and knows his other cousin John in Mackay! On top of that, John's wife, Sharon's brother was married to Penny's sister. I went to school with Sharon in Mt Isa too. What a small world!


IMG_0527




Thursday, 8 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 2

First thing we went for a bit of a reconnoitre around the campsite to see what the other sites were like. While we were away the Currawongs (I suspect), stole my pink solar battery! We searched around but couldn't find it.

Even though we started out quite late, Darryl convinced me to join him on an 'easy' walk down Spring and Stoney Creeks. At first we had quite a bit of trouble finding the track. At one point Darryl mentioned that he was quite worried about not seeing the track when we finally stumbled on it. It isn't a very well marked track. We followed it down, and at times it had stone markers, and at other times it disappeared altogether again. 


IMG_0343
We stopped to eat and discussed going back, but decided not to, and almost immediately we were rewarded with some rock art. Child and adult hand stencils under an overhang. 


IMG_0346IMG_0347

We continued on, but didn't get to the escarpment, and eventually turned back. I had a bit of a fall and hurt my knee and leg. 

A new neighbour turned up, a photographer in a yellow combi-van. Tony was an avid photographer and thoroughly enjoyed the birdlife. He even set up speakers with bird sounds to call them in.


IMG_0380


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Blackdown Tableland - 1

Blackdown Tableland National Park is west of Rockhampton, and around 2 1/2 hours drive. This is my third trip, but Darryl has been several other times. We brought the camper-trailer, and the Isuzu pulled it up the steep road with ease. At least now the road is sealed for most of the way, (in fact it looks like all steep parts will be totally sealed this week, as they are working on it with the sealing starting next Monday). The very first trip here, many years ago, I remember slipping over on the round gravel which acted just like ball-bearings, when we stopped the car partway up to walk back to the first lookout.

The first official lookout is Horseshoe Lookout, with a very short walk to impressive views of the sandstone cliffs.


IMG_0243

Site 6 was the one we had chosen, after poring over the website information, trying to work out sizes, overhanging gumtrees (from the photos), and direction (as we need good sun for the solar panels). As it turned out, it was a great choice, and there was really only one other which would have worked as well for us. We set up and had lunch, and the welcoming committee flew in...lots of Currawongs, and a few Kookaburras. One of the Kookaburras almost landed in Darryl's plate, but luckily I reacted in time, and no food was lost. 


IMG_0251IMG_0253

After lunch we went on the walk to Officer's Pocket, now known as Mook Mook (the native name for the Owl). The walk follows down the rocky creek, past steep cliffs and waterfalls, to a view of sandstone cliffs and a distant horizon. 


IMG_0297
Back near the camp we detoured to look at the swimming hole in the same creek, which is below the campsite.


IMG_0327

During the night it got down to less than 0oC, as my thermometer said -0.0oC (so I don't think it goes below zero, and inside the camper was 1oC and usually outside is a couple of degrees colder. So, it was pretty cold!

See the full slideshow of the whole trip here: