Call That a Park? This Is a Park!

Just over a year ago we had a barbecue at a place called Camp Mountain Lookout as part of my birthday celebrations. This weekend, as part of Mrs BobinOz’s birthday celebrations, we went back.

Well, the views are stunning as you will have remembered if you watched the video on my last post about it, called A Barbeque on an Australian Mountain.

But what exactly are the views of?

There are two lookouts on Camp Mountain Lookout; one overlooks the city of Brisbane, and the other?

The D’Aguilar Range

D'Aguilar RangeWell, I suppose it doesn’t so much overlook it, it is in it.

The D’Aguilar Range is a mountain range to the West and North of Brisbane, stretching from Mt Coot-tha, which is about 15 minutes from my house and to the South West of Brisbane city, through Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious to Mount Mee further north.

What’s there?

Three large lakes, Eucalyptus forests, creeks, a couple of waterfalls I think, and its home to 90 species of reptiles and amphibians, 65 species of mammals and 270 species of birds. And it’s all within an hour or so’s drive from Brisbane.

It’s the bush on Brisbane’s doorstep.

There are some wonderfully named birds in there, here are a few of my favourites…

  • The long nosed potoroo (An owl, ooops, no it’s not, it’s a marsupial. Thanks to Liam who pointed that out in the comments below).
  • Bowerbirds.
  • Wompoo fruit doves.
  • Pitta.
  • The paradise riflebird and my favourite…
  • Spangled Drongo.

And mammals…

  • The tiger quoll.
  • Both short and long nosed bandicoots.
  • Short eared possums.
  • Yellow-bellied gliders.

And, I suspect, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.

What can you do there?

  • Go mountain bike riding.
  • Take one of the horse riding trails. (With a horse, of course!)
  • Stroll along a variety of walking tracks, 15 are listed.
  • Enjoy a wide range of picnic facilities. (Like we did.)
  • Stay at a bed-and-breakfast, a resort or at a camp site.
  • Or, for serious campers, go remote bush camping with minimalist facilities.
  • Visit the D’Aguilar National Park.

You can seriously get lost in this area and there is a whole list of safety rules to follow when visiting. The prime rule being, never go walking in there alone and be sure to inform others where you’re going and what time you expect to return.

That rule certainly came in handy for 24-year-old Emily O’Brien. She went for a walk with a male friend, or should I say ex-friend, in the similarly beautiful hinterland area of the Gold Coast known as Springbrook National Park.

She’d lost her phone and the pair of them got lost looking for a waterfall on a Tuesday. The bloke started to get impatient with her on the Wednesday because she was tired and wanted to stop for a drink of water every now and again.

So he left her! (Nice one mate! Who said that chivalry was dead? You I reckon)

At least he had the good sense to report her missing before he disappeared to avoid the heat. Rescue teams found her on the Saturday after she had spent five days in the forest.

At night she would sleep under fallen trees or palm fronds. When she was rescued on Saturday, all she was wearing was a bikini; she didn’t even have shoes. Apparently, her clothes had been soaked earlier. Source: Courier Mail

So, yes, it pays to observe the safety warnings.

Now I know this post seems to only apply to Brisbane and not the rest of Australia, but actually, I think it does.

The nature of Australian cities is that they are all, compared to the UK, isolated. I know the Sunshine Coast has amazing hinterlands, so does the Gold Coast as already mentioned. Adelaide has the Adelaide Hills. Sydney has the Blue Mountains.

Darwin is blessed with Kakadu National Park and the Great Dividing Range starts to the east of Melbourne and stretches up past Sydney.

I’m not sure what Perth has got, but Hobart, of course, is simply surrounded by a whole island jam-packed full of nature.

Yes, we have hundreds and thousands of little parks with swings and roundabouts, but we also have massive parks, many of them on the doorsteps of our cities.

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  • Liam February 9, 2013, 8:26 pm | Link

    Hello Bob.
    Just by way of clarification, the Long-Nosed Potoroos is a Marsupial, not an Owl. Otherrwise, this was a great summation of one of Brisbane’s natural beauties. Keep up the good work!

    • BobinOz February 11, 2013, 4:54 pm | Link

      Thank you for pointing that out Liam, I’m not sure where I got that from, but they sure are a marsupial. Cheers!

      Bob

  • Sue Court July 10, 2012, 10:33 am | Link

    ‘I’m not sure what Perth has got’. Shame on you Bob. You must make a trip to WA sometime.

    The Darling Scarp (or Darling Range) lies East of Perth. National Parks, forests, dams, reservoirs, waterfalls, camping, hike trails, mountain biking, hills (not mountains though), rock climbing, wildlife, conservation reserves, views of the Perth skyline.

    For mountains you’d have to go a fair bit further.

    • BobinOz July 10, 2012, 12:43 pm | Link

      Well, I wasn’t sure 🙂 But I knew someone would tell me, thanks Sue. The Darling Scarp it is then, and yes, I really must make a trip to WA, still hoping to do that in January of next year.

      No mountains though eh? No worries, ours aren’t exactly Mount Everest!

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