Sunday, 17 May 2009

Casino to the "Scenic Rim" (Beaudesert, Boonah and Ipswich

I have spent 2 days at Casino, mostly just relaxing. Great sunny weather but quite cool at night with temps well below 10 degrees. Definitely an advantage when you are on a powered site, my little electric heater in the morning providing nice ambient temperature inside. Once the sun is up it gets warm very quickly.

When I leave Casino I am driving north to Kyogle where some friends are doing a Retreat at a Buddhist Retreat Centre, located in the bush. At the Info Centre at Kyogle they tell me that the road in is really bad and so I decide to give the idea of a short visit there a definite miss. Instead I continue toward the border of Queensland.

View of Mt. Lindesay, just across the border of Queensland

The Scenic Rim describes a land of mountains, hills of various heights, most of it all grassland, perfect country to raise cattle which are in evidence wherever I cast my eyes. According to my book, there is a campsite near a hamlet of Darlington. Just after the township of Tamrookum I turn right toward the valley of "Lost World". The road is single lane but sealed all the way. A couple of steep climbs over mountain ridges and finally I am in the valley of "Lost World", turn left and just a few km up the road I arrive at the campsite and pick a nice spot in the sun by the windmill, along the river.

View of the countryside near "Lost World"

Looking across the river by the road

Just beautiful. All facilities are spotless and in good working order. The Ranger, David and his wife Judith, terrific people. I really love that place and decide to spend 2 nights.

The windmill next to my campspot

On Saturday morning I leave late to drive to Boonah and from there to Lake Moogerah. Again, surrounded by hills, another beautiful spot.

View across Lake Moogerah just after daybreak

My neighbors invite me to sit by their fire where we sit, solving the problems of the world before turning in for the night.

Opportunists looking for a hand-out

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