Three simple hikes, each making my happiness metre soar, leaving me with an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness for having the time, health and good friends to share the simple pleasures of our awesome nature.
Tuesday 20th March
A return to the Coombabah Lakes Conservation Park, to the melodious chorous of its birds and its grazing mobs of kangaroos. Great excitement, when two sleepy koalas were spotted resting high in the gums.
Boardwalk through the Melaleuca, Paper Bark trees.
Unfortunately half the park was closed for mosquito control, so our time here was shortened. This allowed us time to enjoy the sparkling waters of the Southport Seaway, as we sipped our coffee.
Finally, the sheer bliss of a dip in the calm, torquoise ocean.
Wednesday 21st March
Brisbane Koala Parkland
Margot, Laurel and Jenny had hiked here in March of last year and were disappointed at how hot, dry and uninteresting the trail was. Considering how much recent rain we have had, I made the suggestion that perhaps it might deserve another visit.
Yes, it was definitely worth it, eventhough no koalas were spotted.
Early in the walk a dark cloud was seen heading towards us. Within minutes the first drops were falling. We frantically put on our rarely used ponchos, as the driving rain and gusting winds hit us.
Such a relief to find this shelter.
Waiting for the rain to ease, we were amazed to see a 'waterfall tree'. Watch the video.
Once the rain was lighter, we happily set off, enjoying the cooler air, puddles and the transformation of the bush from the deluge.
Koala paw marks, but no koala.
I may be the oldest in the group, but must be the youngest at heart, delighting in jumping in the puddles.
Viewing point of a small stream.
The smiles tell the story of yet another perfect day in our great outdoors.
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