Monday, April 26, 2021

Driving Victoria in fall



Leaving Kalliope in Bundaberg Queensland and her transmission at a shop in New South Wales, we drive on to the Bass Strait south Coast of Victoria.  Arriving at Wilson's Promontory Park in time for a few hikes in blustery, occasionally wet weather.  We start with a bit of fly fishing along the Tidal River.



This park features high class boardwalks where needed to protect hillsides or river banks




On the way back to the trail head Deb gets shots of a crimson rosella,




Three emus which are fairly common here in cow pastures and car parks





And a galah, say it with emphasis on the second syllable.  They are common in small flocks everywhere.





We hike the trail to the scenic overlook



and we are rewarded with a panoramic view of Bass Strait between the
State of Victoria and the southern island state of Tasmania.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Frasier Island Redux


To do:
Six weeks of isolation - check
Haul Kalliope & paint the bottom - check
Test all systems -  check
Cast off the lines - check
Cross the Mooloola River Bar - check
Sail to Double Island Point - check
Anchor for the night - check

Greet the songbirds in the morning


Hitch a ride ashore with friends Greg and Lisa
We cross the Wide Bay Bar in perfect conditions so no drama and no photo. 
Now we are in Great Sandy Straight National Park where we find our way 
through braided channels among sand bars.


Enjoying another sunrise that couldn't be beat.
Spill out of The Straight into Hervey Bay.  We could not get a good picture of the spill.


Debbie shopping for sea shells by the sea shore.

 Anchor near the Kingfisher resort and
hike the trail to the site of the former Secret
WWII Frasier Island Commando School.


Get stuck driving the commando's not so secret surplus equipment.


Walk back 'cause the tractor is stuck.


Have such a good time we forget all about Mooloolaba sunsets.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Noosa River Bar


After three months of anti-social distancing we venture
out to the beach, still keeping our distance.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Subtropical Queensland

Well anyway, we rent a camper van and head south from Brisbane in March 2017.  Still in Queensland, we stop at Springbrook Falls N.P. for a walk on a well established trail.


After half an hour or so, Deb begs me not to take her picture because she is feeling the heat.


The main attraction of this park is a waterfall where a small stream tumbles
off a plateau falling a long way down before continuing the journey.


Along our walk to the bottom of the falls a harmless green tree
snake entertains us.  This one is for Henry.



Along the way we get occasional glimpses of the falls


When I was sixteen the thought of climbing down in the cool morning and up that long trail in the hot afternoon wouldn't daunt but . . . .  at least a unique feature awaits us at the bottom where the creek takes another tumble and passes briefly through a natural arch or tunnel if you prefer.


The cool mist at the bottom offers some relief.



Eventually we climb back out and take one last look at that long drop from the top.


All in all it is an experience uplifting for both body and soul.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Frasier Island








Parts of Queensland are in the third year of drought.
Bush fires are common and radio news announcers
routinely describe threatened regions while advising
residents to "Shelter in Place, Watch and Act or
Prepare to Leave."  Frasier Island has no residents
and no such warning but here is smoke from a fire
 that burns for days or weeks at the south end.

Straddie

Views like this attract visitors who take a ferry from Brisbane.
We were here before and came more for dive opportunities
than the view.
Kookaburras land on the spreaders to sing a song of welcome
but it sounds more like they are laughing at us.  We hosted many
birds aboard but never Kookaburras.
The beach stone curlew patrols the cafés and growls at the
diners until someone throws him a chip
The sulphur crested cockatoo sounds a loud obnoxious squawk
when it flies.  We see them everywhere in Queensland.
The rainbow parakeet gathers in large noisy flocks in the
trees near sunset.
The beach stone curlew patrols the cafés and growls at the
diners until someone throws him a chip.




Sunday, December 1, 2019

Atoll and Lady Musgrave Island


We enjoy four days of fabulous weather, diving and explor-
ing on the atoll and one small island called Lady Musgrave.
Noddys nest here along with several other species of birds. 
This marks our sad farewell to the Great Barrier Reef



 This is the narrow beach where we land the kayak.





When we leave for the next anchorage we pass through
another algae bloom.  These are common on the GBR 
this year.  Other than visual pollution no one seems
concerned about it and the fish suffer no obvious detriment.