Cania Gorge, Queensland – pt.1

Greetings from Cania Gorge National Park . What an amazingly beautiful peaceful place this is. We are camped right at the entrance to the hiking tracks, at Cania Gorge Tourist Retreat . We have been here a few times before when there was no communication reception. Recently the owners of the Retreat have splashed out and got themselves a Telstra tower installed so Halleluja, we now have phone and internet which is great.

The trip here from Pomona was very lacklustre. Typical Queensland inland roads, very bumpy, even jarring in places, of course we can’t go real fast as we don’t like bouncing all our nice things around in our (house on wheels). It was a very long day, with a lunch stop in Gayndah and catching up with some friends. We didn’t arrive here at the Gorge till round 4.30 pm.

Here’s where this story turns nasty…….

Last Light : Laughing Kookaburra at Cania
Glasswing Butterfly bedding down for the night, looks so comfy …. not
Rainbow Lorikeets enjoying a morning bath

When we unhitched the van, it made some really horrible creaking noises and actually seemed to be sitting way to low on the back of the truck.

We did manage to unhitch and started to look around the King Pin Box (hitch) with a torch and to our absolute horror, saw two very big cracks in the framework behind the hitch. We also noticed that the hitch had hit underneath the front of the van, as there was a chunk of fibreglass missing……which means that it was flexing a hell of a lot to do that.

After setting up we googled to see who on earth around here could possibly help us.

 

Cania Gorge Dam

 

Some more pics from Cania

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We are 26 kms from the nearest town, (Monto) and luckily found a large engineering firm there, we rang them and they are coming out tomorrow for a look and fingers crossed, can help us out of our predicament.

Oh that’s not all, it gets even worse……we really wanted to see if there were cracks anywhere else, so we had to cut the lining away and take a lot of the trim off, take out the insulation etc to even be able to see the main beam and framework that the hitch is attached to and guess what????? We found 7 cracks, the biggest is over 3 inches in the main beam.

 

Wow, I was so lucky to grab this Great Egret Flyby
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Then it landed and stood tall and proud for me to capture this shot.
We spent a good hour or so being mesmerised by this Azure Kingfisher fishing at very close range.

 


So now we are wondering how on earth we managed to get here without losing our van on the highway, talk about an absolute ship stopper, we ain’t going anywhere for a while till all this is fixed somehow. Our house is broken and unable to be towed. Of course we are devastated but after doing some massive googling find that this does happen a lot over time with 5 th wheelers and we have been travelling in ours now for 11 years.

We will certainly be keeping a close eye on this area once fixed.

 

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This stunning male Striated Pardalote put on quite a display.

 


 

Blue-faced Honeyeater

This family of Blue-faced Honeyeaters just kept on following us around, they’re so funny to watch

 


 

Adult Pied Butcherbird
Adult Pied Butcherbird

 

 

Stephanie ready for immediate action

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Cania Gorge Video

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Cania Dam Video

In between all this happening we have been out and about, so don’t worry…..it’s not all doom and gloom. We have been walking our socks off, seen lots of birds.

We drove to the reservoir today and Anthony got some really wow photos as you will see.

Since we will be stuck here for a while we may have to blog Cania Gorge in a series form so hang on to your hats….there’s plenty more photos and video coming, plus keep you all posted on our repair progress.

Cheers Steph and Anthony.

 

One of the 7 (ship stopping) cracks in the frame supporting the king pin box (hitch)

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.