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.
At Allora there are numerous character-filled old buildings and quiet streets, for En Plein Air possibilities or photographs to take home. If you like colour the Canola fields bloom from late August to early October at the Connells Bridge rd and Wheatvale Planes Rd. For sunflowers Allora Disused Racecourse off New England Hwy, along Browns Rd at Willowvale
At Allora there are numerous character-filled old buildings. If you like colour the Canola fields bloom from late August to early October. The Connells Bridge rd and Wheatvale Planes Rd. For sunflowers Allora Disused Racecourse off New England Hwy, along Browns Rd at Willowvale
The CONDAMINE COUNTRY art & Open Studio Trail is usually the first weekend in November and covers a large portion of this area. (Click on the icon above to go to their website for more details)
Main Range National Park is at the Cunningham gap only 48km from Allora. There are a whopping 22 tracks with my 2 favourites(no I have not walked them all...yet) for photography and beauty being Mount Mitchell 10km into the sky(walked up through fog and when the clouds parted looking down the road was a slither) and Bare Rock 12.4km(yes the 2 longest walks) but both with stunning views and found at the Cunningham end of the park, off the Cunningham Hwy. A reasonable amount of fitness required. NOTE: we took out drone up but it was too windy. NOTE parking is off the busy Cunningham HWY so be careful when turning in (Click on the icon above to go to the NP website for more details)
Dalrymple Creek Park. Close to town. Entry at the Forde st/Allora Dr intersection DOG. TABLES . CREEK . LRG RIG . RECEPTION . SHADE. TOILETS
Washpool Camping Reserve at 724 Washpool Rd, Leslie Dam . Self Egistration system POWER . TENT . LRG RIG . TOILETS . SWIM . SHOWERS . WHEELCHAIR ACCESS . RECEPTION . DUMP SPOT . TABLES . BBQ (Tap icon to visit website)
Spicers Peak Lodge. Everything is wow at this place1 Wilkinson Rd, Maryvale QLD 4370. Remote lodge offering posh suites and private lodges, plus a gourmet restaurant and a spa. (Tap icon to visit website)
Tips to Make the Most out of Your Journey
Embarking on a creative exploration road trip into the countryside can be an incredibly fulfilling and inspiring experience.
- Flexibility: Leave room for spontaneity. While planning is essential, be open to impromptu stops and deviations from the initial plan.
- Pack Essentials: Bring a camera, sketchbook, notebook, art supplies, and any other tools necessary for your creative endeavours.
On the Road:
- Capture Moments: Take photographs, sketch scenes, or jot down your thoughts. Let the countryside inspire your creative expression.
- Engage Locals: Interact with locals, learn about their stories, and gain insights into the area. This can spark creativity and provide unique perspectives.
- Immerse Yourself: Engage in local culture, try regional cuisine, and explore off-the-beaten-path locations to get a genuine feel of the countryside.
- Stay Curious: Be curious and open-minded. Embrace the unfamiliar and allow it to influence your creativity.
- Drive slower: Travelling on back roads means that often you have them to your self. 80km or under is a great speed to stay safe and still be able to check your surroundings for interesting subjects as you travel
- Mindfulness and Reflection: Take breaks to absorb the scenery, reflect, and allow ideas to flow. Meditative moments can spark creativity.
- Experiment and Play: Try new techniques or mediums in your creative process. Experimentation can lead to fresh and innovative ideas.
- Collaboration: Consider collaborating with fellow travellers or locals, engaging in joint creative projects, or simply sharing ideas and experiences.
Safety First: Ensure your vehicle is in good condition have emergency supplies, and inform someone of your itinerary.
Accommodation: Book accommodation in advance or be prepared for camping if that’s part of your plan.
Internet Off/On: Disconnect from constant connectivity for a portion of the trip to immerse yourself, but also ensure you have the means to get information when needed.