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. This is the first real view of the day.
The cliff that we are following (and will eventually scale).
Ubiquitous skinky friends
Looking straight up
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
A Golden Bum Ant (Polyrhachis ammon) Don’t you love Australia?!
Hiking buddies chillaxin’
Amongst the grass trees near the top.
Botanizing, Seringia hillii (ID by Craig Doolan)
Acacia brunoniodes (a rare plant), ID by Craig Doolan
Pultenaea whitei (another rare plant), ID by Craig Doolan
Leptospermum but not sure which one, possibly L. barneyense, ID by Craig Doolan
View from the top
We are explorers!
Trigger plant (Stylidium laricifolium) (ID by Craig Doolan) Whacks a pollinator with a sticky pollinium
Pretty good, hey?
Rainforest in the saddle between the peaks
Comesperma esulifolium, ID by Craig Doolan
mind the gap
We have adventures!
This rock was actually pretty difficult to walk on.
Kennedia rubicunda, ID by Craig Doolan
Grass tree flowering + dramatic lighting
On our way down!
Fire in the valley
TIL I know nothing about Australian botany, Patersonia sp. (ID by Craig Doolan)
It’s pretty down under
Thanks for coming! I’m off…to go take a hike! Maybe I’ll see you around next time?