Spring in Australia and an Early Start to Bushfire Season

In November of last year Mrs Bob and I went to Binna Burra Lodge for the weekend, just to chill out. There is no doubt, it is a great place to do that, the views are just spectacular.

Views from Binna Burra
Views from Binna Burra

Views from Binna Burra

If you look closely, you can see the Gold Coast in the distance…

Gold Coast

It is also a popular venue for wedding receptions, we saw the tail end of one ourselves when we were there…

Binna Burra Lodge

Binna Burra Lodge

Binna Burra Lodge is in Queensland, very close to the border with New South Wales, and on the edge of Lamington National Park…

Lamington

It has pademelons…

pademelons

pademelons

pademelons 2

It’s also a great place to watch the sun go down…

Sunset from Binna Burra

Sunset from Binna Burra

Sunset from Binna Burra

I would recommend it to you, but sadly, I don’t know when you, me, or anyone else would be able to make a booking to stay in this beautiful heritage listed building. It’s bushfire season here in Australia.

Bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales

It might only be the first month of spring here, but the bushfires we have witnessed so far have been nothing short of ferocious.

At 1:20 PM on Saturday, 7 September the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service issued a “Prepare to Leave” warning for people in a suburb called Riverview not far from where I live.

Riverview is about 5 km away from my house ‘as the crow flies’ and, it is the other side of the river. So we were never in any danger here, although it’s worth remembering that bushfires can travel at some speed. With burning embers being carried in strong winds, they can also jump rivers.

One house was lost in that Riverview fire, which, I suspect, was also due to burning embers in the wind.

Houses were also destroyed in Stanthorpe by bushfires at around the same time. Stanthorpe is another favourite of ours, we went there for a winter’s break in 2016 when we visited Granite Belt Wine Region of Queensland.

There have also been some savage bushfires in the Sunshine Coast in and around Peregian Beach, a place we’ve been to many times. Again, houses were lost in these fires.

The ABC have captured all of this in pictures, and if you really want to see what burning embers in the wind look like, then I suggest you take a look. It’s fire raining down, check it out at Queensland’s bushfire devastation captured in pictures.

Binna Burra Lodge destroyed by fire

And then, of course, there’s Binna Burra Lodge, which has been completely lost to fire. The owners have promised to rebuild it, I hope they succeed. They’d made a video with the help of Greenpeace, so it does contain a political message, but still worth watching…

Here are two more videos, one short and one longer one, for those who would like more details.

This is, I’m told, the worst start to a bushfire season here on record. Many are predicting this could end up being our worst year to date. All of us, I suspect, are hoping they are wrong.

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