Allora QLD Area
The first stop on my trip was the Historic Glengallan Station in the pouring rain. Only partially restored so still has a lot of character and stories to be told.
COCKATOO CORNER My first Flooded road detour for my trip through NSW floods 2022…. And I had not even made it to NSW. Travelling from the historic Mary Poppins town of Allora, I found the Wheatvale Plains Rd was closed, so I took the Connells Bridge Rd. A quiet narrow little road travelling through the farming countryside. I was just after the Canola crop harvest, so the corner took me by surprise.
The water from the Condamine River spilled over to the water catchment in the corner, and surrounding the area was residual Canola Flowers. The bright yellow flowers joyously screamed out at you against the rich green grasses.
Stepping out of the car, I was greeted by a sound just as imposing as the colours. The most ear-piercing cockatoo warning calls. The area was almost vibrating with the cockatoo screeches; there were that many. I feel that if I had had the time to look, I am sure there would have been some nests in those beautiful old gum trees.
MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK: The 2 walks mentioned are accessed off the Cunningham Hwy at the Crest Carpark. Both are stunning, well-kept walks that are best done in winter. I took my young teen up Mt Mitchell, and we sat at the top with our legs hanging over the rocks…. Then the clouds parted, and I caught my breath. We thought we were a long way up and were cautious…. But still, that is a long way straight down and what a surreal experience.