Canungra – Warwick (featuring Queen Mary Falls)

Queen Mary Falls, Main Range NP. Queensland
Azure Kingfisher captured over Canungra Creek, Canungra Queensland

Some critters from Canungra (click or press image for larger view)


Well  thanks anyway but I guess all that finger crossing didn’t help us. We ended up at the Canungra Showgrounds for 4 days pretty much just sitting in the rain. In fact it seemed like most of the heavy rain was making a beeline straight for us so any outings to the Lamington Ranges was definetly out and we just sat there watching the grounds slowly turn into a lake. Riveting.😳😳 We did grab our brollies a couple of times and walk into the town, this is a beautiful picturesque place normally  and thankfully the rain turned a bit more patchy on our last day so we could at least pack up the awning while it was dry. We also walked around the Showgrounds which backs onto a very nice creek that was fairly flowing with all that rain. We saw a couple of ducklings caught up in the raging torrent, we couldn’t do anything to save them, they sped by so fast, the parents were flying over quacking like crazy, we just hope they all met up again a few miles down the river where the current hopefully eased off a bit. Horrible, we never think of the animals getting caught up in this torrential rain and the rivers rising so rapidly.

 

Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird, Durikai State Forest, Warwick Region

Some other birds sited at Durikai State Forest 


We have been in Warwick a couple of days now and the days have been good, very cloudy and ripper storms coming through in the afternoon, but the worst ones have just skimmed past us like we have a magic shield on so we hope that continues. There’s a lot of hail, big winds and torrential rain around.
We found a nice little Billabong at Durikai State Forest just west of here towards Karara. The birds were chirping like crazy, it really lifted our spirits, so many honeyeaters there but they were very wary of us. We were very quiet and sneaky but they were on to us and soon as we got near them they flew off to another part of the Billabong. One of those collapsible bird hides would have been great here.

 

This was a tough selfie. Had to tie the camera to a tree branch and scramble back down in the allotted 10 second timer 😳

Queen Mary Falls, Killarney Queensland 


 

 

Satin Bowerbird
The stunning Female Satin Bowerbird

Click or press on bird for larger view 


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Leslie Dam, The Billabong & Queen Mary Falls 


Eastern Water Dragon
‘A Dragon in the mist’ A young Eastern Water Dragon at the base of the Falls

More Eastern Water Dragons

 


Today we drove to Queen Mary Falls, about 40 minutes drive east. We have been there many times and it’s a fantastic place. The afternoons always seem better there as the sun is on the waterfall and today was a lot of birds out and about and so many of the Water Dragons. I just love them, each one is different depending on how they are camouflaged so Anthony got some great photos and I got some great video of two squabbling over something…maybe the best rock to view the falls from😁😁
It’s one of our favourite places to visit. Please enjoy the pics and video,
Cheers Steph and Anthony.

 


A curious Swamp Wallaby wonders what we’re up too

Lamington Ranges / Canungra (Our first Blog)


Start of Border Track, Lamington Ranges

Hello everyone,

We had a great first week away from Stanthorpe and Work. It’s taken a little while to get into a travel routine after full on working for seven months and having a set routine for shopping eating, sleeping etc. It’s a bit hard to change but we are getting there.

In with the new
Out with the old

We stopped in Warwick on the way to Canungra, where our new bald eagle head sticker was waiting. Its called (a bad hair day and cross-eyed) funny hey? Its our 4th sticker in 10 years so not too bad. The last one we put on ourselves and it’s quite a big job so we decided to leave it to the professionals this time and only took about an hour then we were on our way. Lots of road works and the dreaded lollipop men seemed to be out in force which seems to be standard on Qld roads.

Canungra Showgrounds
Our campsite at Canungra

It’s always nice pulling into the Showgrounds in Canungra, the gateway to Binna Burra and O’reilly’s, both in the Lamington Range NP. That night we headed down to the Gold Coast to catch up with my sister Denise and her hubby Mark. We went to the Outback Spectacular horse show, it was a great night out.

Outback Spectacular
Celebrating Nissi’s Birthday
The next morning we hightailed it up to Binna Burra where we did a 5 hour hike through the rainforest. It’s just beautiful country up there, through some nice big trees and a beautiful waterfall. Sadly. we couldn’t get good photos because the sun was in the wrong place. There weren’t many birds about, but I guess it is winter.
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Moran’s Falls, Lamington Ranges
On the Coomera Trail, Lamington Ranges
The next day Mark and Denise came and stayed in Canungra overnight so we drove up to O’reilly’s, which is about 1 hours drive and a very windy road, and of course, plenty of road works to contend with, as they have had a lot of landslides. We had more luck with birds, as they feed them there. Lots of beautiful parrots and rainforest birds, we were hoping to get photos of the amazing regent bowerbirds we had seen there before but being winter it seems a lot of their usual birds are on holidays somewhere warmer.
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Find more info about the lamington Ranges and O’reilly’s here

Fortunately there is plenty of bird life just around the grounds here at the Showgrounds, as it’s next to Canungra Creek.
Yesterday we drove to Wyarolong Dam about an hour, it’s near Beaudesert, a beautiful spot, heaps of walking tracks but only saw a few birds. I’m sure around spring though it must be a place to visit.
On the way back we stopped in to visit one of Anthony’s friends from the Navy whom he hadn’t seen for about 25 years, Leanne and her husband Ian made us very welcome on their beautiful property near Jimboomba. The scones and great coffee were very welcome. Their Beautiful horses, dogs, cat, children and chooks were very friendly. So all in all we had a great day.
Today we have made our way back up Cunningham’s Gap to Toowoomba to have some work done to the suspension of the van among other jobs which are overdue. This will be a good week to catch up on that.
Cheers for now
Stephanie & Anthony