In North Queensland only a few hundred kilometres inland from the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef is some of the most intensive coal mining in the world.
The Stop Adani Campaign has been the headline battle to try and stop the coal behemoth swallow up the fragile land water and wildlife churn it and just spit it out as tailing and pollution
Bob Brown Stop Adani convoy 2019
And the fight still goes on at FLAC
The west of Queensland is dry and outside the wet season the riverbeds are dry sand
And farmers, animals, birdlife and native flora rely on water stored underground.
It bubbles up in springs across inland Australia. The springs I swam in on the Oodnadatta Track, thousands of kilometres away are linked and fed water by the Queensland springs.
Springs like Doongmabulla Spings
An oasis in the harsh outback of Queensland which could likely be drained to wash the coal extracted from The Adani Mine.
Water is essential to preserving the beautiful things of nature.
None of the birds above are threatened but at the Adani site, there are endangered species of birds that could be wiped out.
In outback Australia, water is life. For people, for food production, for Australia’s unique fauna and flora.
We don’t need to use it to waste it on a new coal mine when the future is in renewable energy not coal or gas.
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Camped at Camp Binbee
Under the Milky Way at Night
It was a well worn path along the Lions Road over the Border Ranges back into Queensland.
Back into the Sunshine State on the first day of winter in Australia
It’s amazing that no matter how often a route is travelled there is something new to find.
The first find was Goomeri on the western side of the Great Divide.
The pear danish would rival any patisserie in the world and the Goomeri emporium and saddlery a blast from the past.
But my aim was the sea again.
To 1770, named after the year of Cooks landing, was where I came back to the Pacific.
Back at the long sandy beaches and the fisherman casting into the sea after Australian Salmon
Sunrise heralded the dawn of a glorious day.
Perfect for some sight seeing on the estuary
Or a walk in the coastal forest
And good weather even for a swim.
Ah nice to be in warm water.
And heading north in winter
The ocean beaches of Northern NSW are the most beautiful I have seen.
The broad sweep of sand
The rolling blue ocean
Town beaches like Byron Bay (above) and Yamba (below)
The beautiful lighthouses on the capes
Sentinels for the sailors as sea.
But its the quiet,
The largely deserted
The hard to get to beaches on the coast that I love
Ah you have to search for your own tranquillity!!!!
Where the surf pounds in
And the you can stand alone on the sandy beaches.
Image by Clare Rynhart
With a sea eagle circling overhead as a companion.
Set up the little tent
And at night be bedazzled by the Milky Way.
But the Pacific isn’t always peaceful
It doesn’t always contain its power
The a big swell expoding against the south wall at Coff Harbour a testament to the power of the sea.
It was beautiful spending the last of a mild Autumn on the NSW North Coast.
But the southern hemisphere winter is here and the temperatures are falling.
I’m sitting with my friend in South East Queensland
Tomorrow its time to head back north to the tropics.
Towards the start of the Savannah Way and the ride across the tropical North of Australia.
Bunya Mountains are west of Brisbane in Australia’s Great Dividing Range and house the world’s largest Bunya Pine forest.
The Bunya Pine is one of the few plants surviving from the Jurassic period -200 million years ago these magnificent trees developed and the Bunya Mountains is the place on the planet where they are still prolific.
What a place to camp for my last nights before reaching my destination.
I love the Bunya’s droopy branches and leaves.
To me they resemble giant rastas with their shaggy dreadlocks towering above the forest.
Walking in this beautiful cool rainforest wa such a contrast to the hot dry heat of the central Australia.
Walking amongst the trees
Walking through the trees.
Gardens on the ground
And in the trees in the shape of ferns and moss on the trees.
The gentle wallabies are in the camp grounds and on the trails.
At the northern end of the range at Mt Kiangarow, the forest is drier and grass trees prolific.
The view from Mt Kiangarow magnificent
And at sunset.
That is just over 10,000km completed since I left Melbourne on 1 March 2021
What a ride:
Along the Great Ocean Road
Into the Flinders Ranges
Up the Oodnadatta Track
Immersed in the Red Centre
Across outback the Northern Territory and Queensland
Climb into the Bunya Mountains.
And now it’s the wedding on Saturday and I made it on time.
For the last couple of weeks I have been immersed in the Red Centre of Australia.
Literally immersed as the rivers, creeks and waterholes in the MacDonnell Ranges are brimming after recent rains
The MacDonnell Ranges flank Alice Springs to the east and the west.
A line of rolling mountains, as old as time itself,
Punctuated by, gorges, gaps, passes and chasms
Red and ocre rock forged into mountains by rain wind and salt over the millennia.
This journey of discovery of the Red Centre starts and finishes in these ranges so let’s start the story in the east MacDonnell Ranges.
To the east the ranges run out to the Trephina Gorge Nature Reserve.
Emily and Jessie Gaps/ Yeperenye are only a short 22km ride east of Alice Springs.
These sites have important cultural rock paintings that tell the dreamtime stories of the local Central Arrernte people.
Their dreamtime stories are represented in rock paintings at these sites. People are requested not to photograph them. So you will have to go and see them yourselves.
Corrobaree Rock was formed hundreds of millions of years ago
When central Australia was covered by sea and sand and salt formed a motar to bind these rocks into a new form.
The ghost gum is such a symbol of central Australia and this one at the entrance to Trephina Gorge is over 300 years old.
Trephina Gorge really was a perfect first taste of the magnificent canyons and gorges that were to come.
As an addendum for those following my actual where about. I left Alice Springs yesterday and now on the way to Queensland. The next few posts will be reflections on the Red Centre.