It’s amazing that we have lived here in Brisbane, same house, for more than five years and it wasn’t until about a month ago that we heard about one of our local beauty spots, JC Slaughter Falls.
A friend of my wife’s mentioned it to her. What is so amazing about this place is it’s only about 10 kilometres from our house, and just five or so kilometres from the centre of Brisbane, and we never knew.
As the name suggests, it has a waterfall, but more about that later, first…
Now, I know from a lot of comments and emails I get, that for some people, snakes are a bit of a worry here in Australia. I just want to put that, again, into perspective.
It struck me as we were walking around this popular picnic park at the foot of Mount Coot-tha that this particular piece of bushland is, effectively, on the very edge of Brisbane Forest Park.
That would be where loads of snakes live.
Would there be snakes in this Park? Yes, undoubtedly.
I was speaking to a snake expert the other month, and he tells me snakes are at their most dangerous when they are not at their optimum temperature. The reason for that is when they are not warm enough, they are a little sluggish and therefore can’t get away from you as quickly as they would like.
So, you have slightly more chance of seeing one or, worse, stepping on one.
Here in Australia, we are in the middle of autumn, not ideal temperatures. On the day though, it was about 28°C, enough to make them want to sit in the sun, but still not enough for them to be at their sharpest.
Were we all worried? Were we all concerned for our kids? Were people wearing protective boots?
No, nothing of the sort. People were walking around in thongs (or flip-flops if you prefer), sandals, crocs, and I saw one lad, about 20 years of age, walking around barefoot.
I just wanted to illustrate the point that snakes aren’t really a day-to-day concern for most people living here in Australia. The only snake we saw at JC Slaughter Falls was the one painted into a rock by aborigines many years ago.
Yes, the one that is in the picture above.
I’ll tell you what else we didn’t see…
That may seem a strange thing to say, but after visiting JC Slaughter Falls, I wondered where the place got its name. Searching for an answer, I quickly came across some eerie stories about the area, notably this one from a website called Amazing Forums.
Here’s one of the comments…
“…apparently a young girl was taken to the falls, raped and murdered (she was hung from a tree). She still haunts the track where she was hung but apparently only appears for 7 days a year during the week she was murdered when she searches for the person who killed her, if you are driving the track (not sure you still can), your car will stall next to the tree she died in, she will appear in front of your car, walk towards it then look through the windows directly at everyone in the car, once she’s walked around the car and is happy that you are not the one who killed her she will disappear and your car will start.”
It’s an interesting story, but one which you’ll be pleased to hear is almost certainly false. There is no documented evidence of any such crime, most people are of the belief that the word “Slaughter” being in the name has led people to be a little inventive about its history.
In the same comment, it turns out that JC Slaughter Falls was named after a town clerk; not very exciting, is it?
JC Slaughter Falls is another example of the great outdoor life we live here in Australia, it’s perfect for barbecues, picnics, walking and searching for that waterfall.
Come on, let’s go see if we can find it…