Escaping the heat!

With the prospect of the G20 leaders coming to town over the weekend and the mercury rising up to about 40 degrees celcius, we decided to escape to The Bunya Mountains which is about 3.5 hours north-west of Brisbane. It is up high and with lots of rainforest to shade under during the day. We went with two other families so all the children could have lots of fun exploring the creeks and rainforests!

Bunya pine trees at Dandabah -Lilibet Stanley

Our base for the long weekend was the campsite at Dandabah, it is a beautiful spot. Our view from our tent was overlooking these wonderful tall Bunya Pines and thus why it is called The Bunya Mountains.

Blue Fairy Wren -Lilibet Stanley

The Superb Fairy-Wren was there to meet us when we arrived at the campsite and we had plenty of sightings. The brilliant, bright blue of the Superb Fairy-Wren matched the sky.

Tall grasses at Dandabah-Lilibet Stanley

The Superb Fairy-Wren loves to take shelter from the campers in the tall grasses on the edge of the campsite. The swaying grasses are so graceful but I’m sure hide a multitude of wildlife that I don’t want to meet!

Wallaby2 -Lilibet Stanley

Another resident of Dandabah was also there to make sure we were welcome and that was the Wallaby. They are used to the campers but always keep their distance!

Tim Shea Falls sign-Lilibet Stanley

We decided to wait to put up our tents until the sun had gone down a bit. We started our adventure by going to the Tim Shea Falls which is a short walk from the campsite though with little ones in tow and all that a rainforest has to offer can take a long time!

Dam Building1-Lilibet Stanley

Dam building began in earnest when we reached the creek, there was no time to loose! Dam building is one of My Ideas Man’s favourite activities when given half a chance.

Great Barbed Frog tadpole-Lilibet Stanley

The motley crew of adventurers found large tadpoles which I think are  going to grow up into a Great Barred Frog. They enjoyed the challenge of trying to catch them, mostly  without success but had great fun trying and occasionally they were lucky but they had to soon release them as not to harm them.

It was shaping up to be a great but cool weekend, with lots of walks and things to discover!

Until next time!

Lilibet

 

 

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