Mt Cooroora, Pomona, Queensland

Can’t say we could think of a better place to breakdown

We certainly are lucky little Wanderingeagles……

Yesterday we had just backed the pod into a tricky position at the Pomona Showgrounds, it’s very hilly here so we had to put one set of wheels up on a thick plank and then onto the highest part of our ramps to get it even when Anthony noticed something pouring out of the front of the truck onto the driveway. He quickly realised it was steering fluid 😬😬😬.

So of course it was panic stations, luckily we could just unhitch and quickly park the truck before it ran out of fluid. So we are stuck here now till it’s fixed, Pomona town is only a 10 minute walk and we found a mechanic who dropped by later to have a look. It appears a seal in one of the hoses has blown out…..why stuff like this happens is beyond me but we are just grateful it happened here rather than be stuck on the highway somewhere which would be our absolute worst nightmare. Also being Friday afternoon we weren’t expecting much to happen but the mechanic will organise some hose doctor to come and fix things here on Monday, so hopefully the truck won’t need to go anywhere on a tilt tray.

 

So this morning after much deliberation and an extra cuppachino we decided to climb Mount Cooroora.

 

The Trek begins

 

Yes there was scrambling, ladders and chains

 

Views along the hike

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We knew it was steep and had looked at it before on other trips but always fobbed climbing it off…have to get fit first….oh it might rain….or it’s just not convenient to climb right now.

But I tell you what…it was a really great climb, very steep of course and we were under the impression that it was only the last bit where you had to pull yourself up with the help of chains but honestly that starts about halfway. It took around 1 hour from the mountain car park to get to the top and a little longer coming back down which of course is always harder and more jarring on the old knees but we are so glad we are fit enough to still climb.

Since we have taken up bird, dragonfly, nature photography things happen a little slower, we have to walk very slowly otherwise you miss critters.

We will try really hard this trip to find a few more mountains to climb.

 

Happy little campers on top of Cooroora

More views from the top

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Press play to watch the video of our hike


 

We also found a nice cafe in town so that was a nice reward after such a hike. Please enjoy the pics and video, not sure what else we can do without wheels but there’s plenty of beautiful bushland and some parks around so we will look for some birdlife tomorrow.

Cheers for now , Steph and Anthony.

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

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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