I was not particularly thrilled about having to get up at 6:30am, on a Saturday, but I still wanted to see the Blackdown Tablelands… and so, I rolled out of bed at said time. We were on our way by a little after 8, and arrived in due time. You could see smoke clouds in the distance, as there were supposed to be fires somewhere. Not dangerous enough to close the national park, though. As eucalyptus trees (especially the leaves and branches) are extremely flammable (I hear they can explode), I wonder how small the fires actually were, because there was plenty of smoke.
We also wanted to see some good views, and eventually found the right trail for that. On the way, we misplaced two of our group, and when they finally caught up with us, someone else was behind them. I didn’t really pay attention, until he walked by and said, “Hi, Rachel.” as he passed. I did a double take, and then finally went, “Oh. Hi, Paul.”, or something to that effect. Having only met him twice, I’d forgotten what he looked like, and though several people said he was going to Blackdown to camp, did I really think I’d run into him? Of course not. I can now say that I’ve gone bush-walking, hours from where I live, and still managed to bump into someone else that I know. In the middle of the boondocks, for crying out loud!
We had fun taking pictures at the overlook, including sets of pictures, enough to stitch together on the computer, to create a panoramic view. The resulting picture (see two pics down) took about 23 photos to achieve.
Then we drove 8 kilometers down another bumpy road, in order to hike down to the Rainbow Falls. Down 240 steps, and some ramps, we went, to a beautiful pool under the falls. It’s supposed to be freezing in summer, too, but they like to swim there. So, since the rocks below the falls seem to go on forever, and some were great fun to climb on, we think we’ll come back to swim and picnic, in the summer.
We eventually had to climb back up, and drove toward the exit. Then we noticed the sun going down, and a Lookout View sign, so we parked, and RAN, as the sun was almost behind the hills. We missed it by several seconds… I’m not kidding. Very frustrating, but we still got some lovely pictures.