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‘bungles to Brissie – #9 – the last weekend

We woke up to cloudy skies and a little bit of rain. When the rain passed us by we cooked up some breakfast, packed up the camper and started to make our way towards the coast – Woody Point to be specific.

Bells Caravan Park

Having arrived on the coast and located a park we wandered over to the caravan park. We had been calling for most of the morning and hadn’t been able to get anyone on the phone. We had also forgotten it was QLD school holidays, as NSW isn’t on holidays for another couple of weeks so the parks were both looking very full. Thankfully there was someone at the office when we wandered over and there were still a few sites left. We collected the car and trailer and set up on our site at the Bells Caravan Park.

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Bells Caravan Park
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The park is well secured and in a great location
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Leeroy doesn’t like being behind bars – wide open spaces for us !

The park is along the main drag into Clontaff and Woody Point and across the road from Bells Beach. We grabbed a bite to eat for lunch and wandered along the waterfront in front of the park.

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QLD’s Bells Beach
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Looking towards the Jetty
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Looking back to the mainland

We spent the afternoon unpacking and packing the trailer, ready to hand our gear over to our mates, and try to pack the rest of it into the truck for the journey home, then it was time to head to the pub for a sunset drink and dinner.

Dinner at Belvedere

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Sunset along the coast
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Sunset from the boat ramp
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Our gorgeous amazing mates. So good to see them again!

Dinner was at the Belvedere and dinner was pretty delicious.

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Chicken Parmy
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Southern Fried Chicken burger
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Beef ribs

Sunday morning, we finalised the last of the unpacking and packing and rearranging before heading to our mates for the final exchange of gear, a bite to eat and a little bit of exploring of the northern side of the peninsula.

Lunch at Preece’s at the Jetty.

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Grilled Snapper
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Calamari
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Lemon Curd Cheesecake – Gluten Free
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New York baked Cheesecake with Meringue & fresh cream – Gluten Free
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Sticky Date Pudding

After such a scrumptious (and filling) lunch we opted for a bit a walk along the esplanade.

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The ANZAC memorial
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Defence Force Memorial

We then went for a little drive around the new canals and found a pretty darn impressive boat!

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hmm dont think we could even afford the fuel but damn it was nice!

Our last night

Unfortunately, it was time to say our goodbyes and hit the road for our final destination for this trip – Brisbane Gateway Resort, located only a few km’s from the factory for a quick (and early) departure in the morning. The park has all the bells and whistles but my gosh its expensive – $53 per night (powered). That has to be the most we’ve paid for a site and i think that includes Vegas !!

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Our Setup for the night
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Our Site
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Tables outside the camp kitchen
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Camp Kitchen
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Laundry
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Playground and one of the BBQ huts
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Pool
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Tennis Court
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Games/TV Room
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There are a lot of cabins in the park.

With an early start on Monday morning we dropped Leeroy off into the safe hands of the Lifestyle boys before heading home via some family at Tweed Heads and Lismore.

 

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‘Bungles to Brissie – #8 – Glasshouse Mountains

We left Allora and Dalrymple Creek Park behind after spending a bit of time trying to work out where we were going next. We were a little under-prepared for this part of the trip. We need to be in Brisbane on Monday (its Friday) for the trailer to go back to the factory for some repairs and work. We are heading to some mates north of Brisbane for Saturday/Sunday as they have kindly agreed to hold some of our stuff that we need to remove from the trailer whilst its at the factory, but hadn’t anticipated being this efficient in our travels LOL so we essentially now have a day spare and no idea where to go.

After a bit of map searching we opted to head towards the Glass House Mountains. We haven’t been there before and after looking at Wikicamps (if you like to camp and don’t have it seriously go to the App Store pay and download it, its so worth it) the options were somewhat limited and the available options didn’t have glowing recommendations, so we were taking a bit of a punt on a caravan park in the glass house mountains.

We stopped for a stretch break at Esk and headed into the Visitor Centre to grab some info on the mountains – there wasn’t any. This probably should have a been sign.

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Esk Visitor Centre

With the Caravan Park loaded into the GPS we headed towards the mountains and more dark clouds hanging around. We found the caravan park, drove in and essentially drove straight back out. The wikicamp comments were well lets say on point!

Landsborough Pines Caravan Park

So after some more searching, we found a park about 15km up the road at Landsborough, and as it turns out not too far from Australia Zoo. We headed to Landsborough Pines Caravan Park, set up the trailer and decided to try and beat the weather and go for a look see of the mountains.

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Landsborough Pines caravan park

Glasshouse Mountains

We headed down along the Old Gympie Road towards the main Glass House Mountains National Park lookout. These mountains and the surrounding plains are the ancestral home of the Jinibara people and Kabi Kabi people.

According to Jinibara peoples’ lore and custom, Beerwah is the ancestral pregnant mother and Tibrogargan is the father with his faithful dingo, Ngungun, lying at his feet. Around the parents are their children—Coonowrin the eldest, Beerburrum, Coochin, Elimbah, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai, Tunbubudla and the youngest known today as Wild Horse Mountain.

We pulled into a few lookouts along the way.

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Mt Coonowrin, 377m

There are many stories from the indigenous peoples of the land in relation to the mountains however the main story seems to go – Coonowrin is said to be the son of Tibrogargan and Beerwah. During a violent storm, Tibrogargan commanded his son Coonowrin to take his mother Beerwah and his siblings and help them move to safety. Being scared of the storm, Coonowrin instead ran off and when his father found him he hit him on the back of the head, resulting in Coonowrin’s crooked neck. Tibrogargan was so ashamed of his son’s cowardice that to this day he sits with his back to Coonowrin.

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Mt Ngungun, 253m
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Trail Head.

We stopped at the trail head to check out the walks, discovering most are 3km or over. So given the time of day and impending weather walking appeared to be off the list.

From here we headed to the main lookout. The lookout is about 10km from the Glass House Mountains township, in Beerburrum West State Forest and apparently offers panoramic views of the mountain peaks, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island, just not today LOL.

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Mt Coonowrin and Mt Ngungun
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Mt Cogee and Mt Tibrogargan
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Mt Cogee, Mt Tibrogargan and Mt Beerburrum

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The Twins – Mount Tunbubudla
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Storm incoming.

With storm on approach we left the lookout and started to make our way back to the park. We stopped at the Tibrogargan trail head carpark to check out the walks.

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Tibrogargan trail head
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Tibrogargan trail head – facilities
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Tibrogargan trail head

With the rain holding out, we opted to quickly head up the Mountain View Lookout trail.

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Junction on the Mountain View lookout trail
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The Twins
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Mt Beerwah and Mt Coonowrin
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Coming back down the trail
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Mt Beerwah
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The Twins – almost disappearing in the storm

With the rain now well and truly coming down we headed back to the camp to dry out the chairs and settle in for the evening.

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’bungles to Brissie – #7 – Crossing the Border

We reluctantly packed up camp at Lemontree Flat and made our way out of Kwiambal National Park with sad faces. The GPS was locked into Stanthorpe meaning we also had to cross the border into QLD.

We opted to cross at the beautiful old township of Texas, making our way over the ranges and whilst the landscape was getting greener and more lush, the sky was getting darker and the temperature was going down.

Stanthorpe

We arrived at Stanthorpe around lunchtime and we almost needed a jersey LOL. We grabbed some information from the Visitor Centre and had lunch by the lovely wetlands right behind the centre.

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The view for lunch at Stanthorpe Visitor Centre
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Looking downstream
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The giant thermometer being built at the Visitor Centre – we’re not sure what that is all about!

After a bite to eat we decided to check out some of the tourist sites around town. Our first site was Quart Pot Creek Rail Bridge, a heritage-listed railway bridge at Quart Pot Creek, locally known as the Red Bridge.

Someone had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction at this point, with the funniest bit being we have no idea how long she’s been walking around like that 😂😂😂

From the bridge we headed up the hill to the Soldiers Memorial, a heritage listed memorial built in 1926 and took the form of a park and rest house located on Foxton’s Hill described at the time by The Queenslander as one of the lonely hills overlooking Stanthorpe.

Going further up the hill we ended up at the Mt Marlay Lookout which has fantastic views across the town to the mountains.

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Where are we!
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Panoramic views from Mt Marlay

Suttons Juice Farm

We were now headed for the beautiful agricultural area of Allora, however we couldn’t resist a stop at Suttons Juice Farm/Factory along the way.

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Inside the little shop/cafe
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Apples every way for sale.
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Oh so tasty Apple Pie – so worth the stop.

Dalrymple Creek Park/Reserve

We arrived into Allora just before sunset, and pulled up at the free overnight camp at Dalrymple Creek Park/Reserve. There’s a little playground for the kids, a big open green space, with a walking track around the park, and a toilet, making it a great little overnight stop.

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Hand carved water trough

In 1948, an allora district farmer Watty Stark, received an unusually rare gift for his birthday. To his surprise his mates Jack Busiko and Bill Blocsidge delivered a 1200 gallon wooden water trough for use in his cattle yard on his ellinthorpe property. The trough, which took two days for the men to construct, was made from a dead bloodwood tree taken from the Pechey State Forest. Due to the size and weight of the trough the men used an army GMC 6×6 truck to transport it to Watty’s property. In 1980, the Stark family sold the property to Don and Margaret Duff who then donated the large trough to the Allora shire council. In 1991 the trough was placed in its current position in dalrymple creek park, allora.

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Our camp for the night.
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Cleveland Point Sunset

A colleague posted a photo of a lighthouse whilst i was Brisbane working and I knew that she lived in the vicinity of where I was heading the next day so I asked for the location and in between my meetings I headed there to check out the sunset potential (thanks Elaine!)

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Clearly mangrove lone trees is my thing this trip.

I grabbed a few quick shots before heading off to my next meetings with my sunset location confirmed.

I arrived back at the Point, thinking it would be high tide, but wonderfully it was still quite low although I could see the tide was starting to turn.

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The clouds were looking promising and hadn’t done their disappearing act of the past two days so I was hopeful of some colour.

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As I started to move around the little mangrove flat, that was quickly becoming a little island with the incoming tide i spotted this little dead tree.

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As the tide started to flow in it created some great reflections.

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As always its a good idea to turn around see what is behind you. When i turned around, the full moon had risen into the the sky and looked quite cool from down at water level.

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As i was taking the shot above, i saw out of the corner of my eye that rainbow out on the horizon.

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The colour really started to hit as the sun dipped behind the clouds on the horizon. Even with my filters the variance in light from the ground to the sky was significant, so i started to bracket – where you take a number of shots (in this instance 3) at different shutter speeds, and then in post processing blend those shots together.

These 3 images are my ‘base’ images for the following ‘blended’ image. You can see that there is a dark image, a middle image and a bright image. By blending the 3 images you get the best of each image and can draw out the details without it being too dark or blowing out the highlights.

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The clouds had started to roll in quite thick from the North, the colour was starting to disappear as the sun dipped below the horizon, and the mangrove flat was now almost a complete island.

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I had to take one last shot before i packed up from the high ground of the carpark.

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Brighton Park Sunset

With my work meetings finished for the day, i had all my gear with me and I was keen to bag a sunset. I had been thinking i would head to Nudgee Beach, however, after a recommendation from a colleague to head to Brighton Park i decided to follow their recommendation and headed there instead.

Brighton is the northern most suburb of Brisbane, about 20km to the north of the CBD and is situated on Bramble Bay and the North Pine River.

I headed up the highway and past a roadside fire that was starting to create a fair bit of a headache for the firefighters. I was hopeful that it might help with some colour in the sky.

I pulled up at the park and was stoked to see this lone tree sitting among the mangroves with a quickly incoming tide. The park sits alongside the Hornibrook Bridge which made a different backdrop to the lone tree. The two bridges connect the City of Brisbane with Redcliffe City.

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Unfortunately, the clouds that had been looking very good before i went in for my afternoon, had all but disappeared – super sad face.

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The sun was slowly start to set to my left, and the smoke was drifting across the western horizon putting a little bit of colour in the sky.

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It was quite windy which made for difficult long exposures, which is how you get the lovely smooth water look.

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This was taken at shutter speed 1/8. The tree is clear, however, the water isn’t smooth

 

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This was taken at shutter speed of 30 seconds. The water is now smooth however the longer exposure picks up the movement in the tree.

The cloudless sky to the west was a nice shade of yellow and you could see the smoke plume from the fire i had seen along the highway making its way across the western horizon being fanned by a reasonable wind. I spotted a few helicopters flying around the fire zone.

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As the sun set i headed up to the old part of the bridge for a couple of shots before heading back to the city.

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