Cutting the Cord at Coomera Circuit, Lamington National Park

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A few years ago, Australian Geographic listed the 17.4km, class 4 Coomera Circuit in Lamington National Park as one of the 16 best day walks in Australia. I’m not usually someone who takes much notice of “best of” or “top 10” lists.  In fact, I usually avoid them because of their subjectivity. However, in this case I’d have to agree.  The numerous waterfalls, creek crossings and lush rainforest  justify its inclusion.

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Coomera Circuit crossing and kevin

It was difficult for me to believe that the city of Brisbane and the bustling tourist resorts of the Gold Coast were only about an hour drive away when I was immersed in dark earthy rainforest and soothed by the constant murmuring and gushing of flowing water. Without a phone signal for several hours my escape from the outside world seemed complete.

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On this occasion I was not alone though. I shared this mind-massaging walk with Kevin,  Goin’ Feral One Day At A Time.  Kevin and his lovely partner Sam had travelled all the way north from Melbourne to relax and do a few walks at the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park.

This particular trip was tentatively planned about a year ago but after recent events in my life, I’d decided to cancel my part in it.  While I may be good at making plans, I’m even better at cancelling them, especially when it involves meeting people socially for the first time or having a holiday.  There always seems to be work or family crises that take priority and since I’m also a shy person, postponing meet-ups tends to be my default mode of operating. On this occasion though, I was persuaded to do something out of character.

Now if you’ve been following my blog for a long while you’ll know that I have a love-hate relationship with technology.  This trip was a reminder to me of my ambivalence.  Through the wonders of technology, Kevin and I both discovered Hiking Fiasco blog some years ago. In fact, it was when I first read Greg’s long rambling tales written in his distinctive humorous and self-depreciating style that I contemplated writing my own blog.  For an amusing and straight talking summary of his recent 6 weeks travelling through the outback and some beautiful Milky Way shots, click here.

It’s because of our mutual appreciation of Greg’s blog and each other’s that Kevin and I met up and enjoyed one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Technology is a great way for people with shared interests from across the world to make contact.  However, losing my phone signal on this walk and being surrounded by wilderness gave me a much needed break from the constant demands of technology. For a short time I was unreachable. If you want to cut the umbilical cord or should I say, the chains of slavery to your phone and computer screen then head to the Coomera Circuit.

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Now, leading up to this meeting I was a little nervous about how I was going to keep up with Mr Feral. After all, he’s done walks such as Ben Nevis in Scotland, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea and plenty of other challenging walks. With my back injuries, an addiction to the camera, my midget build and very little walking done in weeks, I was expecting Kevin to feel frustrated by my snail pace. It was a relief when I discovered he doesn’t view hiking as a race from A to B. He also likes to take photos, so for the first time I found myself in the unusual position of waiting for a walking partner to take shots. Without the intrusion of phone calls, a walking companion who wasn’t rushing me and magnificent surroundings, there was little chance I could dislike this walk.

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For me the magic of Lamington National Park began earlier in the day, before our walk. While Kevin was catching up on sleep from his long drive north I was up taking a few shots of the changing colours during the sunrise from Binna Burra Lodge on the top of the mountain. I have an internal clock that wakes me around 5am every day no matter how tired I am. It’s not appreciated by family members…

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Binna Burra sunrise

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What can I say about the Coomera Circuit?  It’s all about the water really. With so many creek crossings and waterfalls surrounded by giant trees, vines, fungi and vibrant green moss, I found myself unable to think or say anything other than “wow,” “stunning,” “beautiful” and yes, even the much overused “awesome.”

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The walk is around 18km long if you add the distance from the carpark and further if you are walking from your accommodation at the Binna Burra Lodge, as we did. Whether you take the walk clock-wise or anticlockwise depends on what you want to experience first. We went anticlockwise but I’ve heard some other walkers prefer the clockwise route with the falls being the climax of the day. I enjoyed getting down into the gorge early on though as I was eager for my fix of waterfalls.

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Coomera Circuit falls

I found the walking paths easy as the switchbacks reduce the gradient considerably, however the multiple creek crossings can be slippery and dangerous depending on how much water is flowing. I discovered that while my new Merrell hiking shoes are great on dry trails, slippery wet mossy rocks are another matter.  My short legs meant walking from boulder to boulder was not easy on a couple of occasions.

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rock edge

My memory of the walk is very much a blur of falls, creeks and greenery so I’m mainly going to share photos for the rest of this post.  I’ve been told the circuit can be leech heaven in summer but it was winter when we did it so perhaps that’s why we didn’t pick up any.

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To be honest, I am someone who can feel overwhelmed and claustrophobic after hours spent in dark rainforests. However, after spending the previous couple of months travelling to dry country areas the lush green rainforest was a welcome change. I returned to do Dave’s Creek Circuit on my own later. It is shorter and if you prefer a wide variety of vegetation, cliff paths and blue skies to solid rainforest, I’d recommend it as a great medium length walk.

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Cooomera Circuit trees

Lamington blue spiny crayfish live in the waters but we weren’t able to view any. Amanda from Walks and Wines did though, along with a red bellied black snake. You may be interested in reading her version of the walk as well.

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Coomera Circuit giant tree

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For detailed information about Lamington National Park, including walking maps, please check the QLD National Parks website here.

I’ll be heading north-west again this week to sort out some problems associated with my relative’s accommodation. I may not have Internet again so I apologise ahead of time for lack of personal contact.  Thanks for reading!

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76 thoughts on “Cutting the Cord at Coomera Circuit, Lamington National Park

  1. Superb photos (as always), Jane.
    Those waterfalls look so refreshing and the fungi……….even more interesting, as I so rarely see them in my own river walks in this inner city area.

    • Thanks Vicki,
      Yes, I can imagine how lovely it would be to have a dip in them during the heat of summer, although apparently the leeches are very bad then. We were there in winter so the water was icy cold. I do love a bit of fungi so this walk had me getting my knees dirty to take shots of them. I find the rainforest light difficult to take shots in. It’s a challenge with all that dappled light and I am too lazy to use a tripod. Best wishes. 🙂

  2. What an absolutely stunning post! The waterfall shots and sky shots are magnificent!
    I am somewhat shy and an introvert. I am ok meeting folks on the spot, but ironically feel pressure when I’m meeting someone I respect or look up to.
    It must have been awesome to walk with someone who stopped as often as you to take photos! I have not met someone like that yet 😉😉

    • Thanks very much. My photos don’t really do it justice though. It’s the sort of place where you really have to be there to experience the scale of the trees and of course I can’t share the smells with you. I will try to make a recording on another walk there, however it seems to use up my battery and memory.
      Yes, I know what you mean about being nervous about meeting people we admire and respect. I seem fine at chatting to complete strangers at bus stops and shopping centres. I think I end up acting not myself on the first meeting with those I’ve known for a long time but not met in person yet. Yes, I was lucky that Kevin likes to take photos too. I suspect his tiredness from the drive slowed him down as well which worked out well for my short legs! Best wishes. 🙂

  3. It is nice to see your lovely face here 🙂 I can’t believe how far you can walk. I never had that much stamina, and now something seems broken somewhere inside me and a mile or 2 is about my limit. What a treat, then, to get to accompany you on your rambles into beautiful country like this. Take care as you go forth to protect your relative.

    • Thank you, Melissa. I am a bit reserved about sharing my face on the Internet so that may be the only shot for a long time to come. A few years back I had trouble walking up my driveway. I had various health problems and this contributed to weight gain and depression. It was only when I found out I had multiple food intolerances which contributed to the the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome (from Ross River Fever), rheumatoid arthritis and a thyroid condition that my health improved greatly. It took a long time though. I probably have more stamina now than I did in my youth even though I weigh a lot more. Back then I would not have believed I could ever walk 5km again, let alone 20km. I’m very thankful for this improvement. I’m so sorry something “seems broken inside” with regards to your health. I am wondering if like me, you may have an diagnosed condition. I was ill/tired for many years before the causes were found and that was by chance really. Thank you for your encouragement, Melissa. Best wishes! 🙂

      • I have been adjusting my diet, removing wheat and sugar and increasing fruit and vegetables. I think a long time of bad eating certainly contributed and it will take time to heal from that. And, I think I have Lyme’s Disease, even though I tested negative for it. There was a rather sudden onset of pain everywhere and lack of energy that seemed to date from a season in the field where there had been a lot of ticks. Like you, this led to weight gain! 😦 Ballet/yoga stretches, careful diet, and lots of rest is what I’m doing these days. More time in the studio!

        • Yes, Lyme’s Disease certainly sounds like a possible candidate there! It did take me a long time to recover from the effects of eating gluten and lactose for so many years too. I do hope you see improvement. You sound like you’re doing all the right things. It can take a long while for the body to heal. Lyme’s Disease is nasty. The effects of the tick bite related illness hit me hard and very suddenly but I think I was treated correctly early enough with multiple kinds of antibiotics. I had a specialist who didn’t rule out an Australian form of Lyme’s Disease that is still controversial topic here. It can be difficult to get tested accurately for it. Continue to take good care of yourself! Best wishes. 🙂

          • Thank you for your encouragement, Jane. I’m relieved to hear that if I keep at it I might see improvement. It makes sense that it could take time. I was hoping for more immediate results, and got a little worried when I didn’t feel better right away.
            Best wishes for your continuing healing!

    • Haha…yes, they can make life very tricky at times. However, on two other walks I have done at Binna Burra which I will write about eventually, I was celebrating my vertically challenged physique… Sometimes there are benefits. Thanks for reading! Best wishes. 🙂

  4. Unbelievably beautiful, those pictures looking up into the treetops blew my mind. Thank you so much for sharing all those wonderful images with your readers. I gasped with pleasure as I scrolled through.

    • Thanks very much, Susan. It’s one of those places which is really hard to describe adequately in words. My pictures don’t really share its magnificence either. The sights, sounds, smells, the heaviness of the air and the sheer scale of the giant trees needs to be experienced in person really to appreciate its full beauty. I’m so pleased you were able to enjoy what I was able to share though. Best wishes. 🙂

    • Thanks, John. It was, indeed, an extremely memorable hike. We did it in winter but I was imagining how refreshing the falls and creeks would be on a hot, humid Queensland day. Yes, I can imagine that Florida weather must be challenging at the moment! Best wishes. 🙂

  5. Stunning photos . . . all that water! The fungi shots were my favorites, but viewing all the images was like taking a (very inexpensive) trip to a beautiful part of the world I would not have “seen” otherwise. Thanks!

    • Thanks very much, Thea. All those falls were rather overwhelming in a way. I’m usually excited when I come across just one! I sort of came away in a daze afterwards. I feel very thankful to live so close to such an extraordinary place. If it wasn’t for the forethought and hard work of others, it may have been completely cleared many years ago. Best wishes! 🙂

  6. That looks like a brilliant walk…until you mentioned the narrow path on a cliff. All the same, you made it look like a place where anyone would want to be. How I envy all that fungus.

    • Thanks, Tom. Yes, it was definitely worth its inclusion in the top 16 walks. After having a relatively dry summer and seeing drought conditions in the west, it was quite a shock for me to see so many waterfalls and be surrounded by so much green. The cliff paths were narrow in a few places, but are fine really unless you aren’t concentrating. I wouldn’t like to be taking very active young children along there though! I’d be a nervous wreck! Yes, the fungi is a bonus too. Best wishes. 🙂

  7. This is one of your best Jane. The photos are superb – the fungi….you know how much I like fungi photos *sigh
    You said it so I cannot add more other than – “say words other than “wow,” “stunning,” “beautiful” and yes, even the much overused “awesome.” x

    • Thanks very much, Brian. Yeah, that’s the great thing about rainforest – plenty of fungi! 🙂 I went back up there and did Dave’s Creek Circuit which is shorter but has a wider range of vegetation. I’m really looking forward to sharing that post eventually. I haven’t seen sundews in years but there were heaps on a bank alongside one section of the path. Stay well and I hope to make it to Grafton one day. 🙂

  8. What a wonderful post Jane, you are so intrepidly inspiring. How wonderful to share the walk with another kindred blogger. I loved your fungus and tree shots. It is great sharing such experiences with friends. This walk is one I would love to do one day also when we are back in the Lamingtons. It was lovely to see your beautiful face in the last pic Jane:-)

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Ashley. I’m not sure I deserve it though. Yes, it certainly was a wonderful hike and it was lovely to meet Kevin and his partner, Sam. I was very relieved to find I could keep up the pace during the walks. Leading up to that trip I had back injuries and I really thought I should cancel. In the end I was fine though. I’m very thankful that I live so close to such a beautiful area. Best wishes. 🙂

  9. From your photos this hike was everything that you said that it was and more! I loved all the waterfalls, we have plenty of streams here in lower Michigan, but no waterfalls. It must have felt odd to be waiting while some one else shot photos. 😉

    • Thanks, Jerry! It certainly was a magical place. 🙂 I’m very pleased when I come across one waterfall, but I lost count of them on this walk. It was almost too much to take in and I may have to travel back and do it again to take in the smaller details. We’ve had a fairly dry summer here so to see so much running water and greenery was very welcome. Yes, it was a completely new experience having to wait for someone else to take a shot. Kevin was keen to take a record of every waterfall but I’m not so great with those shots so I gave up in the end. As you would expect, I didn’t mind waiting. Best wishes.:-)

  10. Hi Jane,
    Gee you built me up a bit there didn’t you! Thanks for sharing a great walk, it was a special day, perfect weather, beautiful scenery and great conversation, its no wonder we didn’t get back until it was almost dark. Hopefully we can return the favour and host you on a walk down here one day soon.
    Cheers Kevin

    • Thanks very much, Kevin. Yes, it certainly was a great day out. Everything seemed to work out for us in the end. I wonder how it would be in summer with the leeches? We may not have stopped for quite as long at each crossing and waterfall! I got pretty hot and sweaty doing the Ships Stern circuit recently even though it was a mild day. I’m thinking most Binna Burra walks are better done in the cooler months – less ticks, leeches and humidity! I’ve only done one walk at the O’Reilly’s section so I’m hoping to get up there sometime before the heat returns. Thanks again for a great walk. 🙂

    • Hi Terry,
      Yes it is indeed a magical destination. I’m sure you would love it! I prefer the cooler months as there are less leeches, ticks and snakes and the humidity is much lower. Our winter walks were perfect. I also hope to walk in your beautiful part of the world one day. Maybe I wouldn’t want to leave it. Best wishes. 🙂

  11. It’s hard to find hiking boots that grip well on different surfaces. I sympathized with your problems sliding around on wet rocks. I’ve had that happen all to often and have ended up just sloshing through the water instead. Without leeches, though! Enjoy your winter hiking. It must have been a treat to hike with another photo loiterer. Well worth the pre-meetup anxiety, I should think.

    • Thanks, Brenda. 🙂 I ended up just walking through the water in places. I wasn’t worried about leeches really but was concerned about chafing of my feet in wet socks as I still had a few hours of walking to go. They were new shoes and I’d not tested them in the wet before. I had a pair of spare socks in my pack but I didn’t know how many crossings were left. Yes, it was a relief not to have to rush through the walk. An odd experience being with someone else taking so many photos. Best wishes. 🙂

  12. I have been to the Lamington area once, but only painfully briefly, with no time for any real exploration. I love the Brisbane area of QLD, though, and would dearly love to probe more deeply into its secrets. I am very impressed that you were able to walk this whole trail and yet be able to stop for such a wide variety of photographic memories of your impressions. Just curious–for those really-extreme lighting conditions, have you considered bracketing exposures and experimenting with some subtle HDR treatment?

    • Thanks very much for the positive feedback. It certainly is an area worth revisiting. I do hope you’re able to get back again one day. Despite how wild the scenery looked in some pictures, most of the paths were quite easy really. The walk can be done much faster than we did it. We took it very slowly. With regards to the bracketing and HDR treatment, I haven’t got around to trying out anything apart from some cropping and a little adjustment of contrast. because I have to reduce them so much for the blog and because I only have a 13inch laptop with a poor quality screen, I’ve given up doing much editing for the moment. My camera has a lot of features I haven’t explored yet. To be honest, I find it hard enough to take simple shots, get the walk done and write up a post at the moment. One day I will give some other things a go, including a DSLR. Best wishes. 🙂

  13. I truly enjoyed all your photos, but I must mention that I’ve met quite a few marvelous folks based on their blogs (including my beloved). It seems to help that you already know for certain that you have interests in common. I’ve never had a bad experience when meeting up with a fellow blogger. I’m so glad you had someone looking out for you for a change!

    I’ve been getting a much needed break from the internet since we don’t have it at the new/old house. Instead we have the sound of the creek flowing by and the wind in the trees and birds chirping. What a soothing relief it is. I’ve decided to quit apologizing when I’m away and can’t keep up with blogging, both my own and visits to those I follow. Though I still TRY to keep up with checking in when I can. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this one. It was simply lovely!

    • Hi! It’s so lovely to hear from you again. Thanks for taking the time away from your wonderful new environment. It sounds magical. I’m so happy for you! 🙂 Yes, I know what you mean about stopping apologising for being away. I’m going to have to follow your lead there. I just can’t keep up at the moment. Too many things happening and I really need to look towards building some things for my future. Life moves on. I love the kindness and encouragement of other bloggers and I feel terrible when I can’t keep up with their blogs, but life happens doesn’t it. I’m so glad you found your beloved through blogging. I’ve met some very wonderful people through the Internet, although not many in person yet. It is indeed a lovely way to make connections with people who have similar interests. I wish it was around when I was younger…;-) Perhaps I wouldn’t have felt like I was such a weird person. Apparently there are other equally weird people out there too! 🙂 Thank you so much for your support so early on. You really did help to motivate me to keep going. Best wishes to you and your beloved! 🙂

      • Heading south to the other house in just a few… but had to mention that you have to realize you’re not weird, just unique. I get the feeling that quite a few folks who are introverts are drawn to blogging. Unfortunately, in our society, being shy or introverted is considered a bit odd. If I might suggest a great TED talk on this topic — https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts. Or if you prefer a more in depth book: Susan Cain also wrote a book on the same topic: “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”.

        • Hi again,
          Thanks very much for sharing the link to Susan Cain’s talk. I’ve actually seen it before and read (some of) her book. I often need reminding though! I am a quiet person but also have unusual interests so it can be difficult to find like minded individuals sometimes. I think you’re right about introverts being attracted to blogging. I find it a less exhausting way to interact with people because it’s more on my own timetable. I communicate better via the written word in general and also with one to one contact rather than in a group. Thanks very much for your kind support. Have a beautiful weekend now. 🙂

  14. Hi Jane!

    your last hike struck me as being very much hot and dry, whereas this one is really lush and green; it always amazes me how different Australia can be! Between these two posts I’ve had the chance to read ‘Tracks’, by Robyn Davidson, and it was even more of a surprise. Never thought a desert could be so interesting!

    Using ‘awesome’ more than once? Oh no, I hope it was due to the fatigue and heat!

    Fabrizio

    • Hi Fabrizio!
      You make a good point about how different this country can be. After the last hot, dry, sunny post I needed a lush green one to cool me down! I haven’t had a chance to read “Tracks” yet. I must check it out. It is amazing how much life goes on in the desert despite its seemingly lifeless appearance at times! Yes, I think my use of awesome is proof I was affected by some strange force. It’s not a word I generally ever use much in conversation!
      Thanks very much for reading and commenting. It’s always a pleasure to read your words. Best wishes. 🙂

  15. Hi Jane, I’m taking a leaf out of your book and apologising for not commenting on your post sooner! Life’s been a bit hectic recently but I am away from home now and have a little time for catching up though the internet is very dodgy here.
    The photos of the waterfalls, the fungi and the ones where you were looking up through the trees are so good! The pleasure you got from hiking in this wonderful place with a friend comes across really well.
    Thanks for the link to the Hiking Fiasco blog – so amusing and fascinating at the same time and those Milky Way shots are fabulous! I will return and have a look at Kevin’s and Amanda’s posts later.
    Take care on your travels – much love Clare xx

    • Hi dear Clare,
      No need to apologise. I am still way behind in catching up with everyone and I know we all have busy lives. Real friends can pick up easily again after a long break of contact. 🙂 I know how hectic your life can be!
      Thanks for the lovely feedback about my shots. It’s a magical place and I wish I could also share the sounds, smells and textures with you. I must try another video or sound recording soon. I am lucky enough to have a few days off next week with my grown up daughter. We are hoping to camp and walk. The weather is looking a little wet though which may make things extra interesting!
      I will pass on your feedback to Greg. He’s been blogging for over 6 years now. He’s certainly got a unique style and his shots are great. He was in the police force for many years as well as the army so after those life experiences he can be quite honest about the good and bad parts of a walk… 🙂
      You take good care of yourself too, Clare. 🙂 Love Jane. x

      • Thank-you Jane! I know how honest policemen can be – my brother was a policeman for 30 years! I hope it isn’t too wet next week – I have had many wet camping holidays and the novelty wears off quite quickly 🙂
        xx

  16. The quotation with which you began got me doing a little research. I found that the original wording is “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” It’s from Poor Richard’s Almanack in January of 1746. The sentiment wasn’t original with Franklin, however. In 1732, in Gnomologia, Thomas Fuller had this: “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” It’s possible that Fuller, too, was picking up on an earlier proverb. So ends my non-nature comment.

    • Hi Steve,
      Thank you for researching that for me. After trying to find a decent quote for ages to go with my post about waterfalls, I gave up and picked something simple which had a strong meaning. Having lived in dry outback areas, I knew how precious water is. To be surrounded by water at Coomera was very strange. I started to think about how when people are surrounded by something they don’t often appreciate it until it is gone. So the quote seemed to fit my mood in the end. I will just remove the quote. Better not to include it if it’s not original. Thanks. I’ve not caught up with your blog. Sorry, Steve. Life is a bit messy at the moment. I did do a nice walk with my daughter that I hope to write up soon. 🙂

        • SometimesI’ve included a few comments but she censors me heavily! 🙂 Most of the time we share similar interests on walks and because she has much better eyes, she often serves as my scout for wildlife. She doesn’t appreciate risk-taking for the sake of art or blogging though… There will be injuries in the post, however it’s me who does the bleeding thankfully! 😉

  17. Hi Jane, What an AWESOME post! I especially admired the early morning views and the magnificent birds nest ferns. And yes, I agree you have to be there to fully appreciate the magic of a rainforest and the sheer scale of the trees. I am glad you mentioned leeches, I was wondering about those.
    Good luck with your caring duties.

    • Thanks very much, Margaret. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post so much. Coomera Circuit is such a special place. I’ve been back to the region with my daughter recently and it was just as magical. I’ve never seen leeches in winter there but apparently they are in large numbers in summer, especially after rain. I don’t mind them really. The ticks are my nemesis. I’m now highly sensitive to their bites so have to be very careful.
      Thanks again for reading and your encouraging feedback. Best wishes. 🙂

  18. Every single time I read a blog post of yours I am reminded how very much alike we are! I’m no “goat woman” either… I stumble and stub my feet all over the place. My hubby, FD, is goat man, rambling up the rocky and bumpy inclines no problems at all and maneuvering downhill with grace and ease! Early bird? Yes indeed!! It must be the young farm girl in us! These photographs are stunning, Jane. I imagine in person the landscape and plant life is even more magnificent. It’s lovely to find people you enjoy being with… what a fantastic adventure this was for you!!

    • Hi Lori,
      Haha…yes, I would never call myself a “goat woman.” The funny thing is my accidents tend not to occur so much on walks but back in the carparks, at home and in my garden! My latest injury after a long walk with my daughter on slippery paths and narrow cliff edges, happened back at the room we were staying in! I think I am probably concentrating hard on not falling over during the walks but relax once I am finished and my clumsiness then has a free reign! Yes, my dreams of being a ballerina were shattered early. I’ll never be graceful. 🙂
      Oh, so you’re also an “annoying” early riser. Well, that would suit me then if we ever stayed in the same place. I’ve tried to stay in bed but it’s a bit of a frustrating experience. I end up just overthinking. I’m productive in the mornings.
      Thanks for the lovely compliments on the shots. Yes, I wish I could somehow share the other elements of the place with you. I should do a video or sound recording again. The scents are a bit trickier to share though!
      It was wonderful to share this magical spot with another nature lover. I hope one day we can share a walk together somehow!! Thanks, Lori. x

    • It’s certainly one of the best places to go if you want to see waterfalls. A magical place. Thanks very much for visiting and reading. Sorry I’ve not caught up with your blog. Best wishes. 🙂

  19. W O W !! This really is a spectacular walk Jane. Your photos tell the story so well. And thanks for the links to the other blogs. I haven’t hiked this circuit but after reading your post, I feel like being there right now 🙂

    • Thanks very much, Gail. This year has felt like a whirlwind of events happening. I’ve felt a bit swept along by the current. Blogging has taken a back seat. I’ve missed keeping up with people but it’s unsustainable to do it to the same degree with the increased family commitments so I need to just go with the flow and not fight things. It was wonderful to make it to Binna Burra again and relax from commitments for a while. It helped me to be more “present” instead of worrying. I definitely recommend the Coomera Circuit after rains when the falls are flowing. I even saw a few people cycling up there, but the roads are a bit too narrow and winding for me to ever consider that myself (oh, and I don’t have the awesome calves!) Best wishes. 🙂

      • Oh yes it’s a good idea to give up resisting. We’re too often experts at that 🙂 Different times bring different seasons for where we need to place our energies and it’s so freeing to flow with that. Nature teaches us that so well. I love your photos – you see the beauty that too many walk right past. Warm wishes to you Jane 🙂 p.s. I don’t think Binna Burra is on my cycling list 😉

    • Hi! It’s lovely to hear from you. 🙂 Yes, the dappled light does give it a special atmosphere, especially in the afternoon. It is surprising how quickly it darkens once the sun starts to set if you are on the eastern side of the mountain! It’s a race to get back unless you had a headlamp or torch. Thanks very much for reading and commenting despite my neglect of your beautiful blog! Best wishes. 🙂

      • I’ve experienced that kind of sudden darkness when I was around the Ecuador. Within 30 minutes it was pitch black and it was quite impressive. Better to be prepared when you hike in these conditions 🙂

        Don’t worry darling, my policy is not I’m reading your blog because you read mine. I don’t have a lot of time at the moment but when I find time I like to read about your hike and see your beautiful pictures of the nature around you. It’s so different from what I have here and I love it !

  20. I was just looking at your post again and realised my comment that I wrote last week didn’t load! So I will write it again! So glad you got up to Binna Burra and did the Coomera Circuit. There is so much green and so much water you feel like you are on another planet. Running man and I have been getting up to Binna Burra frequently this year and doing lots of big hikes. We did the Hobwee circuit and mount Merino 2 weeks ago and it was a white out again like last time we did Mount Merino back in May, but it was so beautiful walking through the mist and clouds. We did 26km that day, which is now our official record!
    Thanks so much for the link back to my site Jane. I have been really slack on the blogging front this year, but I am hoping I can get back into the head space to start posting again soon. I might change tacts and put up more pics and less words, as my brain just doesn’t seem to be very good at concentrating at the moment, too much going on in my life!
    Great to see another wonderful post from you Jane. I hope things are settling down for you a bit and that you can get out and do some more hikes soon. Amanda x

    • Hi Amanda,
      I’m so glad you’ve been able to get up to Binna Burra frequently. I went back on my own and did the Dave’s Creek Circuit and the Ship’s Stern. I had intentions of trying the long ones you did with my daughter but I had a small accident and some issues with tick bites again and decided to just do shorter relaxing walks with her. She hadn’t done any walking for ages so I was also not keen to torture her on her holiday (yet!) The weather can be quite unpredictable at Binna Burra can’t it? I love the mist as well. I think my longest walk was with my brother and that was nearly 30km but we only did that length because we got a little lost! It was in summer in dry bushland and I wouldn’t want to do that again! I’m finding the 18-20km walks more comfortable again after returning to better health but I still avoid the really steep ones. I think it will be a while before I’ll be attempting Mt Warning or Mt Barney.
      It’s a pleasure to link to your great site, Amanda. I know how you feel about finding the time to blog. I miss the blogging world interactions but finding the time to get my mind in gear to write is proving increasingly difficult lately. Yeah, if you find the words frustrating, just throw in a zillion photographs. I do! 🙂
      There are ongoing issues with my relative’s care and I don’t know when/if they can be properly resolved. It looks like I may need to move her again to a better place, but waiting lists are very long. I just have to wait and see what happens.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Amanda. I hope life also settles down for you. I’m glad you’ve had a chance for some great walks though. Binna Burra is a bit magical. Best wishes! 🙂

    • Ah yes, it does sound perfect, doesn’t it? Yes, the cool breeze certainly helps. The heat and humidity certainly gets quite high here sometimes! Thanks very much for reading an commenting. I appreciate your interest. Best wishes. 🙂

  21. Sorry, couldn’t resist using my favourite over-used word. Magic photos Jane, what a great walk. You’ve made me realise how much I need to get back to some rainforest for a soaking of green light. Thanks for these magic posts. Cheers, Rob.

    • I hope you get a chance to experience some soothing green light soon, Rob. You’ve been so busy for a long time. You deserve a holiday. Thanks very much for your kind feedback, as always. It’s always great to hear from you. Best wishes. 🙂

  22. Wonderful! Thanks for taking me on another beautiful hike with you. I really like the shots of the different fungi. I must start taking more fungi photos as they are so diverse and absolutely fascinating. You found some great light for your photos, too. I have been very poor for time recently and don’t seem to have bathed myself in nature for a while. Your post reminds me to get my act together! 🙂

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for reading and taking the time to give such lovely feedback. It is lovely to hear from you again, although I’m sorry you’ve not had much time to bathe yourself in nature lately. I’ve not been out and about as much either and it certainly impacts on my mental and physical state. I do hope you’re able to get some soothing outdoor experiences again soon. I find fungi fascinating. In recent years I’ve seen many more species. I don’t know if it’s because I am better at finding them now because of the blog or if we’ve had changes in our environment that promote their growth. Unfortunately the tiny, dimpled orange fungi are an introduced species which may become a problem. I had no idea until recently. Thanks so much for your visit. I’m so sorry I’ve been lax with my own comments. Best wishes! 🙂

      • Hi Jane,
        I think you have had good reason to put your blogging (and comments) on pause. I hope things are getting back on track for you and the family. It is a great side effect of blogging that I think we (or at least I) notice more, take more photos and find ourselves forced to learn about the things we post. Definitely a great side effect! Looking forward to my next bush walk with you. 🙂

        • Thanks again, David. I do have some pictures of walks to write about but time has been a problem. I look forward to sharing them with you soon, I hope. I hope you and your family are well. 🙂

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