HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 31

When we left Brisbane, we headed for Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast’s Hinterland of Queensland (QLD). The area was lush and green. We visited the Natural Bridge which didn’t have a great deal of water, but the National Park itself was beautiful.

Natural Bridge, QLD, 8 Oct 2015, (7 of 34) October 201508

Natural Bridge from the top

Natural Bridge, QLD, 8 Oct 2015, (11 of 34) October 201508

Natural Bridge at the base

The colour here was reflective of the greenery above and it looked surreal.

Natural Bridge, QLD, 8 Oct 2015, (34 of 34) October 201508

Natural Bridge

We travelled 1 km down the road and decided to stop there for the night. The rainforest drive up till then had been amazing. No sooner had we settled in our caravan when the steady rain began and continued during the night. The next morning, we decided to go back to Springbrook NP and see the difference in the waterfalls. After all, we were only 1 kilometre away 😜 This was the difference…

Natural Bridge 2, QLD, 9 Oct 2015, (5 of 46) October 201509

Natural Bridge from the top

Natural Bridge 2, QLD, 9 Oct 2015, (10 of 46) October 201509

Note the difference in the colour of the water after all the rain

Natural Bridge 2, QLD, 9 Oct 2015, (16 of 46) October 201509 Natural Bridge 2, QLD, 9 Oct 2015, (21 of 46) October 201509

Natural Bridge 2, QLD, 9 Oct 2015, (33 of 46) October 201509

Admiring Natural Bridge

The rain continued for most of the day. It was the first rain we’d encountered for months 🙂

We drove on a bridge over Hinze Dam and looking over the side, it seemed creepy! What had once been a lush forest, was now a tree cemetery and with the skies still full of rain, it added to its lifeless impression.

Hinze Dam, QLD, 8 Oct 2015, (18 of 42) October 201508

Hinze Dam

Hinze Dam, QLD, 8 Oct 2015, (21 of 42) October 201508

Hinze Dam

Both photos taken out the window as we drove over the bridge 🙂

We heard there were great markets at The Channon 50 kilometres west of where we’re staying, so we drove to see them as they were reported to be big. We found these markets very ‘hippyish’ or alternative as we now would say 🙂 Take a look…

We like our current location (Brunswick Heads in New South Wales) and initially we were going to stop for one day, then three, now five 🙂 It’s quiet, small, laid-back with beach, river and creek at our doorstep – literally. No crocs, high temperature or dust. Perfect from my perspective right now 🙂

Brunswick Heads, NSW 12 Oct 2015, (3 of 10) October 201512

We have time to sit and relax now

Brunswick Heads, NSW 12 Oct 2015, (5 of 10) October 201512

Maybe throw in a line…

Brunswick Heads, NSW 12 Oct 2015, (10 of 10) October 201512

Or just sit and watch the sun set

The big journey is almost behind us now with some 26,000 kilometres traveled (16,155 miles). We only have some 647 km (402 miles) to go, but you know, you can’t rush these things. So our trip is almost over…

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays/Sundays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂

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8 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 31

  1. macmsue says:

    Stunning photos and what a difference one night’s rain made.

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  2. kazg10 says:

    Oh I love those natural arch shots Sonia.. I went there and took one from the viewing platform but didnt realise you could go further, I must get back up. Great shots. You really did do a bit on the coast, I love Brunswick and you brought out the best of the Channon markets and all its vibrancy. 🙂

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  3. Amy says:

    Amazing scene and the nature bridge. You got great shots of the waterfalls. 🙂

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  4. RuthsArc says:

    The waterfalls look great after the rain. And what a colourful market. Enjoy the final few kms of your trip.

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