Random Adventures in the Scenic Rim Part TWO

Lake Moogerah Sunset, Scenic Rim

  Are you ready to return to that magical land of mountains awash with rocks and rainforest; steep passes, plunging waterfalls and patch-worked plains; green and glowing with magnificent sunsets? What land is this? It’s Australia’s amazing Scenic Rim Region that I introduced in Part One HERE! Don’t recall? Check it out NOW! I’ll wait … … OK! You’re back!

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Random Adventures in the Scenic Rim: Part One

There’s a magical, mystical land where ancient, dense rainforests cloak majestic mountains, their serrated silhouettes marching across a dramatically sensational skyline. Where vertically columned cliffs fall into fertile valleys patch-worked with produce and criss-crossed by rocky streams. Picturesque hamlets dot the landscape providing shelter, food and a base from which to explore their impossibly scenic surroundings. Numerous National parks showcase

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A Day in the Border Ranges National Park

Berries and Leaves

If Australia’s aggressive marketing of itself as all sunshine, surf and sand; red rocks, red dust and reefs has infected you, then a visit to the Border Ranges National Park is the most effective antidote. Because the ancient sub-tropical rainforests of Gondwana that clothe the sheer cliffs formed by the eroded caldera of what’s left of a massive shield volcano

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Beauty and the Bridge!

Waterfall at Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park, Queensland

Although it’s the bird du jour around almost any given sub-tropical picnic area and car park, my shots of Australian Brush-turkey in the dark depths of Natural Bridge*, in Springbrook National Park’s lushly magnificent rainforest, all had something missing. Clarity. But that’s what you get for driving up the impossibly steep Border Ranges from New South Wales across the Queensland Border, into

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The Hypipamee Heebie-jeebies …

The Crater, Mt Hypipamee National Park, Far North Queensland ‘I would NOT like to fall down there,’ the backpacker remarked to his mates with that peculiarly British mixture of overconfident understatement and blinding obvious as he stared down into the depths of the crater. They nodded wisely, unsure whether or not they’d heard something profound, but deciding to play it

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7 Crocodile Hot Spots in Australia’s Top End

White Crocodile, Victoria River, Northern Territory

Crocodiles are a weird combination of Aussie ‘Big Thing’ and perilous prehistoric predator. Maybe our fascination with crocodiles in Australia is what makes this my most viewed post of all time*. Or maybe it’s because of the awesome photos and superlative writing … read on, and decide for yourself 😀 But before you do, PLEASE NOTE this WARNING: Crocodiles are VERY dangerous and

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Random Adventure #7 – Taking the Train to Tumoulin

1925 D17 Class Steam Locomotive ‘Capella’ in Tumoulin, Queensland Over 100 years ago on 31 July 1911, regional Parliamentary representatives invited to the Herberton-Tumoulin railway line opening were too busyto attend according to a local historian. Exactly 100 years later – and how things have changed!! Crossing the trestle bridge, Tumoulin to Ravenshoe So, on 31 July 2011, during a

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7 Days in … Cairns!

Looking South over 4 mile Beach, Port Douglas

Cairns is one of the best Australian travel destinations – and I’ve got the photos to prove it! This laid back city 2000 km north of Brisbane between World Heritage Listed Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, has come a long way from its sugar-cane farming roots to become Far North Queensland’s tourist hub. Cairns has just as much to

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Only in OZ #19 – Moon Rock-Throwing World Championships, Richmond, Queensland

Moon Rocks in Main Street, Richmond, Queensland

I’ve yet to meet a Calcareous Concretion I didn’t like. Although there’s some confusion about exactly where that magical Moon Rock meeting is likely to be. My first sighting in Outback Queensland’s Richmond was supposed to be ‘unique to the Richmond Shire’ according to the town guide. BUT … I’d clocked up several hundred Moon Rock sightings before heading a

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Signs #19 – Where’s the Ocean? Eromanga, Queensland

Eromanga Distance Sign, Queensland

There’s only one town in Australia furthest from the sea – in EVERY direction! Surprisingly, to me at least, it’s NOT in Central Australia! Australia’s weird continental shape means the geographic centre is relatively close to the Great Australian Bight to the south, and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the north. No, the title of furthest from the sea currently

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