Post 223 – Eulo

iancollard
September 22, 2020

Eulo

We had planned to stop on the banks of the Eulo Billabong for the night. Why would I let a storm stop our plans. (Ann has photos on her phone) but it was pretty impressive.

Any way we didn't make it to the Billabong. Apparently there  are limits to where even a four wheel drive can go. Short story is lucky we had a pair of Treds on board. We were able to eventually back out and head back to the Eulo Queen Hotel for a powered site and a pub meal.

Eulo

Reflections of the highlights of Eulo in the water after the storm. Actually near the old jail. The lizard racing track. Check out Ann's photo of the memorial plaque here. Not to mention the bore.

Eulo - Paroo River

The muddy brown waters of the Paroo River at Eulo.

Post 222 – Thruston National Park

iancollard
September 22, 2020

Thruston National Park

Thruston National Park is between St George and Cunamulla. It is an old sheep property that has been handed back or brought by National Parks. This homestead is pretty much beyond saving I am not what National Parks have planned for it. Nothing I suspect.

 

Thruston Homestead.

This was not the only dead roo under the house. I can only assume that in the middle of the drought these poor fellas came looking for the shade and basically a place to die.

 

Thruston Shearing Shed

While there seemed to be tracks everywhere we did find our way to the shearing shed where we spent the night. The shearing shed complex was more interesting. The shed was laid out differentially to what I had seen before with the sheep holding pens behind the shearer and the shorn sheep sliding down under the shed and under the holding pens.

The group of buildings were all still identifiable with the wash house, cook house, meat house, and shearers quarters.

There was also an old bore drain running down one side. I am not sure how far away the bore was. Some of the literature said the bores were all capped in 2007.

 

Post 221 – St George

iancollard
September 19, 2020

St George

We stayed at the River Gums caravanpark in St George. St George is actually larger than I envisaged. I rode along the banks of the Baloone river to discover the St George camp draft was in process. I wasn't inconspicuous with my mountain bike amongst the jeans akubras and horses.

 

 

 

St George

A walk along the river in the morning came across this interesting sculpture. I can only assume the the Baloone river is part of the Darling river system and that there are Murray cod in the Baloone.

 

 

 

St George

This is the current weir with steel gates and vehicular traffic over the river. I was also excited to find the remnants of the original bridge dating back to the late 1800s. This rocky causeway across the river was an ideal place to cross with cattle in the early days. This is perhaps the reason for the existence of St. George.

 

 

 

Post 220 – Lake Broadwater – Dalby

iancollard
September 19, 2020

Lake Broadwater - Dalby

The first night out on our western trip. Lake Broadwater is not far outside Dalby on the road to Moonie and St George.

The lake is natural and semi-permanent - is pretty low at the moment and signs are up prohibiting boating.

 

 

 

Lake Broadwater - Dalby

It was quite pleasant in the morning with the sun coming up over the lake.

Post 211 – Cape Hillsborough.

iancollard
July 11, 2020

Cape Hillsborough

Doesn't everybody go to Cape Hillsborough to see the kangaroos on the beach?

We managed to drive from Blacks beach to Cape Hillsborough - without going back to the Bruce Highway. A nice drive through cane farms.

Before setting up a Cape Hillsborough we checked out Ball bay, Halliday Bay and the National Park campground at Smalleys Beach. All very nice.

 

 

 

Cape Hillsborough Kangaroos

Behind the stunning kangaroo on the beach photos.

The kangaroos are still wild.  But that are so popular and there are so many people that the interaction is controlled. Feed is placed on the beach so the kangaroos tend to stay in the one spot and plastic hats are used to keep the crowd at a safe distance. Yes a little artifical, but I understand why and it is still a pretty unique experience. You can still get great photos.

 

Cape Hillsborough - kangaroo poo scooper

No job is ever done until the clean up is complete.

The "ranger" has to sweep up the kangaroo poo.

 

 

 

Cape Hillsborough

A couple of Lapwings try to muscle in on the kangaroo action.

 

 

 

Cape Hillsborough - Wedge Island

A couple take an early morning walk across the natural causeway to Wedge Island.

 

 

Cape Hillsborough

View from the twin beaches lookout. This is wedge island with the tidal causeway that allows you to walk across on low tide.

 

 

 

Post 210 – Blacks Beach – Mackay.

iancollard
July 11, 2020

Blacks Beach - Mackay

I wanted to get a little creative and have some blurring of the sea. I originally wanted to blur the cloud movement as well but could only get a shutter speed of 3 or 4 seconds not longer. The cokin filters I have also give a colour cast when I stack them. I have played with this in post production but I think I could perhaps do better.

 

 

Blacks Beach Mackay

It still wasn't much of a sunrise the next morning but the cloud formations still allowed me to get some interesting shots.

 

 

 

Blacks Beach

 

 

Post 209 – Blacks Beach – Mackay.

iancollard
July 9, 2020

Blacks Beach - Mackay

We payed the extra and as well as the luxury of power and running water for a few day we were right on the beach!

 

Blacks Beach Mackay

The resident masked lapwings had chicks. There are three at present, another park resident said there were originally four.

 

 

 

Lapwing Chick

 

 

Lapwing Chick

 

 

Post 208 – Eungella Broken River Platypus

iancollard
July 7, 2020

Broken River Platypus

As always this little guy was at the last viewing platform we went to. We saw him two days in a row. We also say another one in the river past the sign that said no platypus past here.

Broken River Platypus

 

 

 

 

Broken River Platypus

 

 

Post 207 – Eungella

iancollard
July 7, 2020

Crediton Hall Campground

The national park campgrounds at Broken River were booked out. (I think the National Parks booking site is a bit of a mess coping with Covid-19 restrictions)

We came about 10 km down the road to this campground.

Crediton Hall - Eungella

It was a bit cold though. A nice frost this morning.

 

 

Crediton Hall

 

The fees from camping are to be used to renovate the recreation hall. I think "they" are losing the battle. The roof on the back half of the hall is missing and the interior is exposed to the weather.

 

 

Crediton Loop Road

 

An iPhone panorama just up the road from the hall.

 

Post 206 – FinchHatton Gorge

iancollard
July 7, 2020

Finchhatton Gorge

 

Two different views of the Araluen waterfall.

 

I don't think I have been into Finch Hatton Gorge before.

 

 

Araluen waterfall.

Yep it was Ann's first time as well.

Araluen waterfall.

Not sure if I would have done this even if I had been here when I was in Sarina in high school. Definitely would not have gone swimming at this time of year it looked cold.

 

 

Wheel of Fire Cascades

 

The pool at the base of the Wheel of Fire Cascades.