After the storm blew through the Great Sandy World Heritage Area and disrupted our plans there, we set off early to the wilds of the Brisbane hinterlands to stop by no less than four of the literally dozens of properties that make up today’s World Heritage Site visit, as well as its tentative extension:
This site, comprising several protected areas, is situated predominantly along the Great Escarpment on Australia’s east coast. The outstanding geological features displayed around shield volcanic craters and the high number of rare and threatened rainforest species are of international significance for science and conservation.
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia is a serial property comprising the major remaining areas of rainforest in southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. It represents outstanding examples of major stages of the Earth’s evolutionary history, ongoing geological and biological processes, and exceptional biological diversity. A wide range of plant and animal lineages and communities with ancient origins in Gondwana, many of which are restricted largely or entirely to the Gondwana Rainforests, survive in this collection of reserves. The Gondwana Rainforests also provides the principal habitat for many threatened species of plants and animals…
The exciting thing about these visits, of course, was that three days into our Australia trip we finally got to see WILD KANGAROOS!
Yep, dingos are nice and all, but now we’ve gotten up close and personal with the iconic Australian wildlife!
This was at Bunya National Park, the most northerly of the parks in the Tentative Site extension; we took a charming walk through the enchanting forest
as far as Pine Gorge Lookout — check out the video for the view from that, as well as the interesting birds we met along the way.
The next day, we headed to Main Range Park and Cunningham’s Gap, where from the overlook you can see the city of Brisbane off in the distance:
and stayed that night in a charming little cottage right by Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook National Park to the south of Brisbane:
… and finally, topped off our three days of hiking with a visit to Natural Bridge, the top tourist attraction of the lot:
So there we were, exhausted and several pounds lighter from all the hiking, with some pretty epic scenery enjoyed by all —
— and we’d hiked/driven through less than 10% of the properties inscribed with this site, which extend several hundred miles further south along the coast!
p dir=”ltr”>So this is, indeed, an epic natural World Heritage Site that you should visit while in Australia to get a taste of that Down Under wilderness beauty!