Wednesday, 27 January
Three years ago, the Hungry Hikers made a plan to visit the sunflower fields of the Darling Downs. [a two hour drive from here] A phone call was made to the local tourist information centre for advice on the best locations to visit. The result being that the excursion was cancelled, as the existing drought conditions had prevented any plantings. Finally, late last year rain fell, and on making the call this year, we were given directions to find the golden fields.
The number of fields was still limited, so we looked for somewhere to hike nearby. Some googling took place, with Goomburra and Main Range National Park becoming our destination.
A 6am start was made on what was to be a perfect summer's day. Clear blue skies, green fields and a car filled with the laughter of good friends, made for a great day.
Goomburra and Main Range National Park was our first destination. The countryside was awash with colour. The ploughed fields and crops of maize, sorghum and legumes made a patchwork of browns and greens. Livestock were looking stunning with their glistening hides. Foals and calves were innumerable.