Photo of the Week – Poondahra Falls

I’ve been crazy busy with work over the last month, which means I’ve had to resort to using my blogging/photo editing time (between 10 and 2 at night) to actually sleep. I finally had a full day on the photos today and did some more finishing touches on this one of Poondahra Falls at Springbrook N.P.

This shot was another from our walk on the Warrie Circuit and I’m sure benefits from the large amount of water that was flowing.

I’m currently in the process of preparing this as a 40 x 60 inch canvas print for a special customer and am super excited to see the end result.

High and Wide: Landscape &emdash; Poondahra Falls

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Photo of the Week – Meeting of the Waters

This weeks shot was taken on the same weekend as the previous one up at Springbrook. Maree and I completed the Warrie Circuit which had been on our list since doing the Twin Falls Circuit last year.

The waterfalls were stunning. With the large amount of rain that came through the day before they were all pumping.

This shot is of Meeting of the Waters. A good lunch spot on the circuit and the point where all the water from upstream in the gorge funnels through. The photo is a three shot panorama taken from a rock perched in the middle of the flow. My goal was to capture the power of the water coming through this small gap. Please click through to see the image in a bigger format on Flickr.Meeting of the Waters Upstream

Photo of the Week – Springbrook

We headed up to Springbrook this weekend to do the Warrie Circuit. Despite having the walk planned for a few weeks it turned out to be perfect timing being the day after a huge dump of rain. More photos and a trip report will be incoming soon. In the mean-time here is a shot I took on Saturday evening at sunset looking towards Lamington N.P.

A bit of technical info on the photo for anyone interested:

To achieve an aesthetically pleasing “sun-burst” like this use a smaller (higher number) aperture on your camera. The downside is that very small apertures lead to an overall less sharp image. To counter this I took two shots here. One at f22 for the sun, and a second at f8 for the rest of the image.

After processing them both similarly in Lightroom it was a fairly simple matter to load them both up as layers on Photoshop and erase out the sun from the f8 shot. Thanks for looking. Comments, questions and constructive criticism are always welcome. High and Wide: Landscape &emdash; Springbrook Sunset

Edit: This image is now available for purchase as a canvas or beautiful acrylic facemount print. Click through the image above to see size and pricing options.

Surprise! Twin Falls Circuit

Springbrook Cliffs

There are many ways in which to be surprised in the bush. There are good ways and not so good ways. All of them, however, combine to help create the lasting memories which stay with us long after we finish a trip or walk. Last week, Maree and I did the Twin Falls Circuit at Springbrook N.P. and going by this measure, we are sure to remember this walk for a long time. Continue reading

Purling Brook Falls

Date: 31/12/2013

Some bushwalks are popular for a reason. Often because the spectacular view to effort required to get there ratio is fairly high. The Purling Brook Falls walk in Springbrook N.P. definitely fills this quota. The falls themselves can be viewed from a lookout easily accessible from the carpark along a concrete path. However, things only get better as the walk progresses and to answer the question of one walker heading in the opposite direction as we were heading back up the hill… “Yes it is worth going down there”.

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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Date: 12 – 14 February 2010

Walkers: Myself, Tom

This was the second attempt that Tom and I had made at this walk. The first time ended after one day. It poured rain all day and we were soaked through. The final straw was when we discovered that the lid had come loose on Toms water bladder and leaked about 2 – 3L of water all through his clothes, tent and sleeping bag.

Day 1:

Day 1 of the walk involved walking the boarder track from O’reilly’s to Binna Burra. This track is well marked and graded. This would be my 4th time walking this track so there wasn’t too many surprises. There had been some work along the track to clear some of the lookouts which was good. A few snakes were encountered including one red bellied black which took some convincing to get off the track. This stretch took around 7 hours.

View to the South from the Border Track

Red Bellied Black Snake

Day 2:
Setting off from Binna Burra Day 2 started along the Ships Stern track and eventually turned onto the Lower Bellbird Circuit. This was one of the best parts of the entire three day walk. Some very picturesque views.

Falls on the Bellbird Circuit

Eventually the great walk turned off this circuit and headed down off the main plateau. This section of the track followed a fire trail and was very steep and ungraded. This continued for quite a while and was very hard on the knees. Eventually the trail crossed a creek and levelled out. The track left the fire trail at another creek crossing and headed up through some swampy scrub. This section was fairly overgrown and one section was completely submerged by a pond. We were able to bush bash around this without getting our feet wet while dodging the giant spiders.

Eventually the track met up with the fencline of the jail and followed this down to the Numinbah Valley where it met the road which we then followed to the Numinbah township. This section of the track was horrible. It was completely exposed, was very hot and took a lot out of us. An hour or so later we arrived at the Numinbah Cafe. This is where we stopped for lunch and filled up our water. They were nice enough to fill up our water behind the counter at the cafe.

Soon after leaving the cafe the track headed for some more fire trails.We followed these up and over a ridge and down into the valley next to the Springbrook Plateau. The track followed some farmland and crossed over quite a large flowing creek. This required getting feet wet. The creek ran next to a cow paddock so we collected water here but only for boiling. The final stint followed the creek upstream for a while before crossing it again and starting the trek up Springbrook. This section followed a road and was ungraded and reasonably steep. At least it felt steep at the end of the long days walk.

We were very pleased to see the campsite. It had a toilet block and some very nice grassy campsites with an amazing view out over the Numinbah Valley.

Campsite for Day 2

Day 3:

Day 3 started off up hill immediatley.The track climbed the Springbrook Plateau with over 900 steps. Despite this being a very tiring climb there was some amazing views out over the valley with a really nice breeze to help cool us off. Eventually the track arrived at Apple Tree Park. There was no potable water here when we went through despite being back in civilisation.

Looking back

The track then crossed the main road and then heart-breakingly back down to Little Nerang Creek. We stopped and filled up water at the creek and had a snack. The creek had quite a lot of water in it. Tom as usual skipped across the nearly completely submerged rocks while I blundered my way across using a stick to help keep my balance. The track then followed the creek up to Warringa Pool where it met the day walk track system.

Small waterfall beside the track

Despite another steep ascent up to the top of Purling Brook Falls this was one of the other more enjoyable sections of track. The track first stopped at the base of the falls where you could walk behind them and get thoroughly drenched. This was awesome after the past 2 days. Eventually it came out at the top of the falls before continuing on to The Settlement campground (2014 edit: The track behind the falls is no longer accessible due to storm damage)

It wasn’t long after we finished lunch when Maree showed up to take us home to a nice shower.

Purling Brook Falls