Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart
– Candy Polgar
Back in January, I made my first trip to Springbrook National Park, part of the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests Region, 100km south of Brisbane. Springbrook is a fantastic escape with a variety of walks ranging from a short 300m circuit right up to a challenging 54 km hike. Temperate and subtropical rainforest as well as montane heath and open eucalyptus bushland make up the diversity of this region.
The 17 km full day Warrie hike had been my original plan but since it was closed I opted for a relaxed wander along the Twin Falls Circuit with my son and daughter. This class 3, 4 km walk meanders through subtropical rainforest, passing under and near several waterfalls and through rock clefts. The suggested time is 2 hours but we did it easily in 90 minutes. For detailed information here is a printable guide and maps.
The mountains were shrouded in mist that day and although this meant our lookout views were obscured, there was so much to enjoy about this beautiful walk that it didn’t matter. In fact, the mist added to the feeling that we were in a mystical setting from a Tolkien novel. After being used to hot Brisbane summer temperatures, the drop to 20C at Springbrook was a much needed relief. At times the sound of cicadas was deafening, particularly under rock overhangs.
The only down side to the walk was that it was tick season so we needed to check ourselves regularly and not brush up against plants. The paths are kept well clear of plants though which makes this much less of a risk than in my Tale of Ticks and other Terrors.
After sweating through 43C (109.4F) yesterday and another scorcher today, reminiscing about this walk is giving me a temporary escape. It was one of those trips that was just plain fun, and completely devoid of any suffering (apart from taking the wrong road home but that was more about my poor navigational skills.) It made a nice change from my usual sweat-soaked summer adventures. My memories of this walk are really just a blur of happiness at being immersed in cool green rainforest. I’d even call it blissful. I’ll be heading back there very soon. I’ll let my album tell the story rather than ramble on any further! Click on images for a larger view.
When we need those healing times, there is nothing better than a good long walk. It is amazing how the rhythmic movements of the feet and legs are so intimately attached to cobweb cleaners in the brain. – Anne Wilson Schaef