A mysterious regrowth wonderland.
Murgon to Faulkner Park
Back roads are the golden roads to discovery, and driving these roads to Mount Perry lookout found us at a mysterious regrowth wonderland. The plant life emerging after flooding was of soft green textured mounds, which gave beauty to the lifeless naked tree trunks it surrounded. These plants extended the full length of the flood zone creating a magical backdrop to the dead trees. We walked what was left of the road, winding through the naked trunks with branched like slender fingers reaching . If not for their soft grey smoothness, pastel surrounds and soft lighting it could have been like some classic haunted nightmarish movie scene.
The kids were left adequately in awe as we moved on from the area, but the play was not yet finished as this is also an area where we once again come across the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle. An image that always takes centre stage to the surroundings. The great creature left its feast at the side of the road (fortunately the focus was on the bird and not the gruesome offering left behind) and rested in a nearby tree. Just as I was about to give up on my feeble attempt to sneak closer, it launched, in all its breathtaking beauty. And I got it!!! thankyou new camera and your high speed shutter release. View from launch to glide in consecutive shots on my slideshow at www.graphics.v-i-o.com
The Schuh lookout was our next stop and itself was somewhat disappointing after the events of the morning, but still a great rest spot. I don’t know what it is about designated lookouts but I am yet to be wowed, and seem to always leave a little disappointed. I don’t know if its the structured layout and the “this is where you look” or the fact that its largely the same view from the top of every mountain…trees and hills in the distance, and farm houses you just cant quite see??? someone please tell me of a place to change my mind.
Nothing like the smell of cow paddies to make you feel at home, our next detour had us opening gates and crossing cow paddocks. All bobbly cow eyes were transfixed on us, following us like some cartoon skit. Have you noticed that every cow (Ok Cattle) has to look…its like they cant resist…I must not look..I muuust not look….dammit I have tooo….mooo. The Boolboonda Tunnel is heritage listed (1883) and the longest unsupported tunnel in Queensland, at 192m through rock. The age and unsupported bit had us a little nervous to drag the caravan through, so we walked it first. This may have seemed a good idea at first, but as we hit pitch black, the screech of bats sent a shiver down the spine.
If your trip is starting to make the kids yawn, take the closest detour and see what you can find.
But the day is not over yet, just outside of Bundaberg lies a truly questionable landmark, geological, alien or prehistoric in nature, no one really knows. Since the discovery of the Mystery Craters in 1971, the origins of the 35 oddly shaped craters have remained the subject of controversy.
Our night stop was a little hard to find but well worth the hunt and a little backtracking. This spot beside the Kolan River was well kept, beautiful and quiet, Except for the few geese and the odd peacock running around (he sounded a lot like the bird in the movie “Up”). We had our usual fire pit for dinner and I think due to the difficulty to find the spot we had the place to ourselves, yay.
– 147km(3hr)Schuh Lookout rest area(from Murgon QLD) :
L ont Bunya Hwy,
R onto Murgon- Gayndah rd just after golf course,
L onto Burnett Hwy
R onto Gayndah-Mount Perry rd
L onto Anne st at Mt Perry, for aprox 3 km (becomes Monto-mount Perry Rd)
– Mysterious regrowth:
Bin Bin Creek, Gaynda-MountPerry Rd
– Boolboonda Tunnel :
If the tunnel is approached from Gin Gin (east side) it is clearly signposted on the left and close to the Gin Gin – Mt Perry Rd. After passing through the tunnel the trail winds for 3km back to the
main road giving a good sense of the terrain the trains had to battle through. Here there is a sign (if coming from Mount Perry, west side) reading ‘Tourist Drive 6’. It is then about 12km to the historic mining town of Mt Perry. The rail line corridor is still visible in places from the road but what remains is difficult to follow and after leaving the trail portions of it is on private land
– Mystery Craters:
15 Lines Road
South Kolan, Bundaberg Area
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