Monday 4 October
Our farmhouse was perfectly situated for its close proximity to the walking trails, but on arrival, we discovered it was even closer to the Balancing Heart Vineyard.
It wasn't particularly cool, but it was lovely to watch the flames dancing, as we tasted a variety of wines.
We had arrived late [4pm] at the winery, but we were made very welcome. The ambiance was such that we didn't depart until 5.30pm. On our return to the farmhouse, we were greeted by a mob of wallabies grazing outside the back door. They kept us captivated until the light faded.
The joy of wallaby watching was followed by the joy of a candle lit meal on the verandah. The Balancing Heart Campfire Red, was a perfect accompaniment to the delicious fare provided by Marlene.
The following morning we were well and truely on the trail by 7am, to explore the Bald Creek Trail. A flat trail, but full of wow on this crisp, blue sky morning. The prolific wildflowers, sensational refections, a roo or two, glimpses of Pyramid and Castle Rock, a surprised slithery friend and a creek, which had eroded its course through vast, smooth granite, made this our final walk quite exceptional.
The trail entering the creek bed of eroded granite.
This flowering native shrub immediately above me, [ photo above] was glorious against the intense blue sky.
A perfect reflection taken by Jocelyn.
Bald Rock Creek meets Ramsey Creek at The Junction - 1992
We are always on the alert for snakes. On our return leg, I must admit I wasn't as watchful, as the path was so open. I'm not sure if I actually stood on any part of this Red Belly Black Snake, but thankfully he took evasive action rather than attack. His fast, noisy slithering action on the granite, made me aware of his presence. We were able to stand well away from him and watch him repeatedly try to slither up the smooth slope, towards the cover of the bush.
Castle Rock using my 30x zoom.
A short trail, but spectacular in every way. Now sadly, it was time to return to the farmhouse and pack for our departure time of 10am. Girraween Part Five will share the highlights of our journey home.
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