On setting forth to our destination of Mt Cootha, we were disappointed as we watched the increase of cloud cover.
Ladybird continues however to bring us good fortune. By the time we commenced walking, refreshed from a good strong coffee and Jenny's delicious passionfruit jelly puff cakes, the sky had donned its best winter blue tones.
Our trail initially followed the course of a slowly running creek, littered with smooth rounded rocks. On our return it was delightful to see families, young and old, making the most of this 'natural' playground. It was lovely to see one youngster dumping rocks to make a big splash!
The trail then continued to wind its way up Mt Cootha through 'good old aussie bush'. Eucalypts, bottle brushes, wattle and fan palms. As we walked we were yet again amazed that the city seemed a world away.
On reaching the summit we mingled with the throng of tourists enjoying the panoramic view east across the city to Moreton Bay and south to the Border Ranges. We have plans to hike the Border area in the future.
I had made a copy of our hike from my guide book - Take a Walk in SE Queensland - before leaving home. It did not however, match many trail signs. There was much laughter as we debated where to go. Two dedicated walkers stopped to help, but were unaware of our particular trail. They did suggest however, an alternative. It was a very pleasant trail, gently winding down the southern side of Mt Cootha. After about 20 mins it dramatically turned steeply upwards. More laughter followed by much puffing and rest stops as we realised we were on the Kokoda training trail. We survived and set off again to find our return route. The photos don't give a true picture of 'steep', although my North Americans friends will just laugh at the use of 'steep.'
We decided that our trail must be below the lookout and that we needed to follow the road down for some 350 metres. When it still didn't appear we were resigned that we would have to return to the car via the road. Suddenly a man walking his dog appeared out of the bush. He wasn't on our track, but when questioned, he said he had spotted a trail veering downhill, just a few metres from where he was standing.
The trail wasn't well used and my buddies were reluctant to set forth. I was very confident but rather miffed when the trail suddenly went back uphillto the road. More laughter. For some unexplainable it continued parallel to the road for quite a distance before finally taking us back to our starting point. I surprisingly discovered a peach blossom - yes it is mid winter!!!
More families were enjoying themselves and I snapped some four legged friends taking the winter sun.
We drove back the short distance to the botanical gardens and relaxed in the tranquility of the Japanese Garden as we ate lunch.
Another fabulous day down under walking with friends.
capturing reflections. [Slaughter Fall's weir - Mt Cootha]
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