Sunday, 29 March 2015

A day in the country

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"Few people have the privelege to walk through Paradise" 
This comment on my blog recently [in Portuguese and translated] is one of the reasons I love to be out exploring our spectacular countryside and, if I have to notch up another year, what better way to celebrate than being out exploring with friends.
 Unfortunately, both Frank and Reg had been suffering all week with a tiresome virus, so we girls did our best not to miss them too much.
An early start was made and after picking up Margot at Fairfield, we travelled south on the Mt Lindsey Highway to Beaudesert.  Here we turned onto the Boonah Road and 18 kms along, we turned right to Wyralong Dam on Teviot Creek. It was completed and then filled over night in the big wet of 2011. Here we enjoyed its pristine beauty and checked out future walking trails.

 Black swans were spotted on the dam's shoreline. Later we discovered 100's of them on the shoreline of Moogerah Dam.

A 50 min drive through Boonah and along the picturesque Mt Alford road, brought us to Moogerah Dam.

Lovely Laurel provided coffee and delicious lumberjack cake for us to enjoy, as we appreciated the warm sunshine and view.

Jolly Jenny opened the bubbles.

Here's to good friends and good health to continue our exploring.

There was hint of autumn in the air and in the cloud formations in the sky. A perfect day and this was a perfect position for a wedding to be held sometime later in the day.

Refreshed and back in the car, we travelled passed Mt Edwards to Aratula and Cunningham's Highway.
 Mt Edwards
  Approaching Cunninghams Gap

The sunflowers in the Allora district of the Darling Downs were spectacular.

Our destination for lunch was The Bull and Barley Hotel in the quaint little country town of Cambooya. Built in 1903, it was in the past, one of three pubs in the town.
Laurel enjoying her South African Bunny Chow.

Feeling in need of a walk, we set off to explore this country town.

Next was a visit to Picnic Point Toowoomba, for coffee before the final leg home, feeling blessed to have such good friends, good health and this wonderful country to live in.

Life 'down under' couldn't be better.

I hope you have enjoyed this visit through SE Queensland. I would love to read your comment. 


  1. Beautiful day! And your friends know how to celebrate in style!

  2. Lovely photo and lovely ladies! You have shared a great pack of pictures with us. I have a thing for clouds and your last photo is spectacular!

  3. You are a fine looking crew who eat and drink better than I do. Spring is in the air here and the more moderate temperatures of your winter are on the way. Happy trails. Helen, my website will transfer to the other side and many recent comments, including this one, will disappear in the process. No worries. We shall meet up again on the other side.