Monday, 29 April 2013

Walking at Springbrook After the Rain.


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Our walking trio set off on 12 March to finally visit Springbrook National Park, which had only just opened after the rain disaster at the end of January. Some trails were still closed. Rain clouds were teasing us all day, but fortunately for us, they waited until we were back in the car and heading home. It did, however, mean we had to drive the steep, narrow, winding road down the mountain very slowly,

       


Our 1st hike was to the Purlingbrook Falls which under normal conditions is a circuit, but for us today, an hour and a half return walk.
We had to watch where we walked, but considering that over 900 mls [40inches] had fallen over 3 days at the end of January and constant falls since, our feet kept quite dry.



Progress was slow with so much beauty in so many forms to be enjoyed. Lush greens of the under canopy, brown hues of the leaf litter, dramatic cliffs, bird song, varieties of mosses and algae, bark shedding gums [eucalpytus trees], gurgling water, cascading falls, vast panoramas and the dramatic damage of the storm.

                                        
                                             Harmless blue tongue lizard catching some sunshine.
                                           
                                                   
                                                        

 Tree Fern




                                                           







Base of the Falls


On our return to the car park, we found a picnic table amongst the palms to sit and enjoy coffee and rolls before setting off to the Twin Falls Circuit. Nature had provided a rich, green carpet to cover the concrete.
                                                                        

Feeling refreshed, we set off to the Twin Falls circuit for more steps and zig zagging paths. Considering the path drops from sheer cliffs, it has been cleverly created for minimum discomfort.


As we set off along the initial rim path, our senses were again being overwhelmed by all we were seeing, hearing and smelling.





Having walked to the top of the Twin Falls we began our descent and continued to be stunned by the dramatic beauty all around us.



 


 


               

       Cascade at base of of theTwin Falls. The path took us drily in behind these falls.


The first time use of the umbrellas we always have in our back pack, wasn't for rain, but to keep dry on the path behind the Canyon falls.

 Just another cascade!


                            As we ascended from the gorge, fog began drifting in.


The days ominous clouds, rapidly neared, as we headed for the car, after a marvellously rewarding day in the great outdoors down under.

 

Happiness is...............
                                   Watching the full moon rise.








                       
        








1 comment:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. Looks like you had a beautiful hike with lots of waterfalls. Perfect! Nice photos.

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