Take a hike! (With me?): Mount Maroon edition

I love take a hike posts, don’t you?  This is a hike I did quite a while ago, but I suddenly got nostalgic for Oz, so I’m posting it today.  If you like this post, you might also like: The Great Wall of China, Boyd Big Tree, Shingletown Gap, the Allegheny Front Trail, Hawk Mountain, Rothrock State Forest, Iguaque, Pike’s Peak, Mount Wellington, and Wollumbin.

(Come with me/and you’ll see/a world of pure imagination!)

This is a bush walk up Mount Maroon, which is located close to the border of Queensland and New South Wales.  It’s quite a pretty hike, and challenging in places, but overall a really good day.

The hike does not follow a trail; instead we crash our way through the bush, following the line of a cliff.

The hike does not follow a trail; instead we crash our way through the bush, following the line of a cliff.  This is the first real view of the day.

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The cliff that we are following (and will eventually scale).

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Ubiquitous skinky friends

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Looking straight up

Halfway up we stopped for tea in a little alcove in the cliff face.  The view was amazing (click for larger).

Halfway up we stopped for tea in a little alcove in the cliff face. The view was amazing (click for larger).

Can't resist a boot shot

Can’t resist a boot shot

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A Golden Bum Ant (Polyrhachis ammon) Don’t you love Australia?!

Hiking buddies chillaxin'

Hiking buddies chillaxin’

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Orb Weaver

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Amongst the grass trees near the top.

Amongst the grass trees near the top.

Botanizing

Botanizing, Seringia hillii (ID by Craig Doolan)

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Acacia brunoniodes (a rare plant), ID by Craig Doolan

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Pultenaea whitei (another rare plant), ID by Craig Doolan

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Leptospermum but not sure which one, possibly L. barneyense, ID by Craig Doolan

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View from the top

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views

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Hiking buddy!

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We are explorers!

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Trigger plant (Stylidium laricifolium) (ID by Craig Doolan) Whacks a pollinator with a sticky pollinium

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Pretty good, hey?

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Rainforest in the saddle between the peaks

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Perseverance

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Comesperma esulifolium, ID by Craig Doolan

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mind the gap

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We have adventures!

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This rock was actually pretty difficult to walk on.

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Paper daisies

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Kennedia rubicunda, ID by Craig Doolan

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Grass tree flowering + dramatic lighting

On our way down!

On our way down!

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Fire in the valley

Fire in the valley

TIL I know nothing about Australian botany

TIL I know nothing about Australian botany, Patersonia sp. (ID by Craig Doolan)

It's pretty down under

It’s pretty down under

Dragons!!!

Dragons!!!

Thanks for coming!  I’m off…to go take a hike!  Maybe I’ll see you around next time?

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9 thoughts on “Take a hike! (With me?): Mount Maroon edition

  1. If you’re interested, I can ID most of the plants;
    The first purple flower is Seringia hillii, the one below is Acacia brunoniodes (a rare plant), next is Pultenaea whitei (another rare plant) and next is a Leptospermum but not sure which one, possibly L. barneyense. The trigger plant is Stylidium laricifolium. The one you’ve written ‘haven’t the foggiest’ is Comesperma esulifolium. The one you’ve suggested Swainsona is probably Kennedia rubicunda and the three petalled purple flower is a Patersonia – not sure which one.

    Heading up there tomorrow with a few other plant people – looking forward to it!!

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  3. cool dragon! beautiful shots, I love the rain forest in the gap! And somehow the water in the puddles is so beautiful, Thanks for taking me places I could never go on my own, Nice to know there’s such a gorgeous diverse world out there

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