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  • Colour of the stream
    Colour of the stream
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  • The stunning green of the tree ferns
    The stunning green of the tree ferns
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  • Walls draped with green
    Walls draped with green
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    Boolimba extra

    by iandsmith Written Sep 5, 2014

    Favorite thing: Though most will remember the lookout, for me the climb held more interest.

    Fondest memory: The dramatic cleft in the cliff, the palm before the white cave, the scrub wren flitting around the sandstone and the tortured shape of the rock were all features of interest to me.
    Photographers may find more interest in the climb than at the actual lookout itself.

    Bizarre sculpture in the sandstone Palm before the white cave Scrub wren Dramatic cliff Cleft in the cliff
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    Boolimba Bluff

    by iandsmith Written Sep 5, 2014

    Favorite thing: To achieve this lookout you face a 6.4 km round trip.
    The first part is easy and then it's 300 metres of climbing, including four ladders before you reach the plateau and then it's a further 800 metres to the lookout.
    The lookout is fine, worth a look, but not brilliant.
    The climb has a warning at the start re fitness and ability as you'll see in one of the pictures.

    Fondest memory: When I was at the top I went off piste and came across some more views. However, this is a bit risky if you're not experienced.

    View from Boolimba Another shot from Boolimba Rock on the route View from off piste Another view off piste
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    The Walk - Boowinda Gorge

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    Favorite thing: I'd not done any research on this but was convinced by a couple who were just leaving that it was worth a look. I'm so pleased I listened to them.

    Fondest memory: From my notes at the time:
    "When I returned to Boowinda my legs were sending a clear message they didn’t want to clamber over yet more rocks but, ultimately, that’s what I did, slogging my way up this extraordinary canyon with its narrow passage and yet more mossy rock faces.
    My legs complained and I cut the walk short, only going up about half a kilometre and bearing in mind the time. It had taken me 5 hours to get this far and I still had to get back before the winter sunset and it was already half past one."
    The canyon has moss covered walls on one side and is an atmospheric place to visit as it winds around bends carved by the flows when the floods are on.

    The glorious walls of Boowinda Gorge Such an unusual shape
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    A special place

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 18, 2012

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    Favorite thing: There was little left now but to walk to my goal, there were few distractions en route and an hour passed before I did crossing 19 and came upon what I now hold to be my favourite spot in the whole gorge.

    Fondest memory: There is a large slab of rock which is just at comfortable seat height and from here you have an unrestricted view across the rock laden riverbed to a sheer wall partly reflected in the waters and, down at the bottom, there were tree roots of extraordinary shape over a pool that mirrored their errant ways while off to the right was an undercut with horizontal bands of yellow ochre and black vertical stains of algae, the same type that stains the mediaeval churches of Europe and, at one point, there was a pattern that looked not unlike the fold over reverse blotting paper images favoured by psychiatrists. Carnarvon Stream bounced beneath a ribbon of red rock underneath, cascading not far below me and bequeathing different tones of splash depending on the height of drop, searching for a new way through, pausing only in a deep pond of its own creation.
    A couple from Uralla came upon me and they started explaining where their town was. Imagine their surprise when I started rattling off names of people who lived there. Yes, they knew the Thackways, remembered Anne but couldn’t remember nondescript Mike and they knew Frank Low and his photography so I got them to pose.

    Enjoying my favourite spot The amazing tree roots Algae stained rock Ochre and algae The couple from Uralla
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    Ward's Canyon

    by iandsmith Written Jul 18, 2012

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    Favorite thing: From my notes at the time:
    "I returned to the main trail and next opted out at Ward’s Canyon, a short, steep, but pretty affair with a waterfall that carried not a lot of water but, above the fall was a colourful canyon or two bedecked with the usual liverwort and moss and a stream that had vividly coloured rocks with backlit tree ferns adding vibrant colour to the scene. I thought this the prettiest I’d seen so far and, then I transgressed beyond a barrier, walked into another beautiful spot, a small slot canyon without flowing water, just the moss laden walls on one side and tree debris littering the floor. Somehow it seemed like it had been this way for centuries."

    The stunning green of the tree ferns Walls draped with green Inside the transgression Ward's Canyon is so pretty Looking into the transgression
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    Ward's Canyon

    by iandsmith Written Jul 18, 2012

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    Favorite thing: This is another of the side trips (all worthwhile) that I did while I was there. It's only a short, but steep (with stairs) excursion but I thought it had a lot to offer photography wise.

    Fondest memory: After the small waterfall which I doubt would be permanent, you can move on up to the moss and liverwort hung rock walls above and also look into the clear waters of the stream and see wonderful colours in the rocks.

    The waterfall in Ward's Canyon Below the waterfall Waterfall from the top Colour of the stream Ferns in the top section
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