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25 March 2012 @ 07:09 pm
Weekend in the rainforest  
This was the weekend I've been looking forward to for months - our stay at O'Reillys Rainforest Resort, in the Lamington National Park. It was a two-hour drive, most of which was through rainforest and on a winding, climbing road with picturesque scenery but totally worth it when we finally reached our destination at midday.

In no particular order:

Our room:

View from our room, looking towards the Qld/NSW border:

The Treetop Walk, which takes you high above the forest floor and into the rainforest canopy:

Strangler fig in action: these trees grow from seeds deposited in the crown of host trees by birds; they send their roots spiralling downwards and eventually they can enclose the host tree completely, killing it off:

This host tree has died, leaving a hollow cylinder inside the strangler fig's roots:

This cheeky bloke ended up hopping onto my knee in search of a feed! He's a crimson rosella.

Hoppy thing! A wallaby who took an excursion past our room. He was one of three wallabies who were feeding on the grass along the driveway, but sadly they were all too far away to get a decent photo.

Bench seat in the botanical gardens on the resort grounds:

Drystone wall at the gardens:

Entrance to the National Park:

Looking up into the rainforest canopy, where birds nest ferns were in abundance.

From the lookout just north of the resort:

Parked on the top of the mountain, we could have had the only car in the world:

Spectacular sunset, as seen from our room:

Ho hum, back to work tomorrow!
Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
byslantedlight: Sukhoi Su26 Road Angelbyslantedlight on March 25th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
Oh, looks gorgeous - everyone's making me wanderlust-y lately... *g* Those trees are ace, and it all looks so... primeval? As you (almost *g*) said, as if you could have been the only people alive... Though I must admit to also thinking Oooh - lammingtons! *g*
miwahni: uk fish spankingmiwahni on March 25th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Primeval is a good word. It's ancient, and some areas are almost completely untouched by humans. The history of the resort itself is fascinating; the area was originally thrown open to selectors as dairy land but the O'Reilly family were the only people to take up selection, and then they opened up the retreat / guesthouse in the 20s. The trip used to take two days from Brisbane city with the last 14km being done on horseback! It's very isolated; you feel like you're on the edge of the world.
Trepkostrepkos on March 25th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
miwahni: uk fish spankingmiwahni on March 25th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
Sorry! *g* I'd smuggle you in if I could. It's a beautiful part of the country, though.
sunray45: Poinciana Flowerssunray45 on March 25th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
It is beautiful up there. I haven't been there in donkeys years, so thanks for the lovely photos. Did you get any rain there?

Sounds like a nice relaxing weekend.
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on March 25th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
You're welcome :-) I'd never been up there before and loved it to bits. We were expecting rain and went prepared with umbrellas, rain ponchos and anoraks - it didn't matter if it poured down, we were still going walking. But our preparations were un-needed and it stayed fine. Cold this morning though - it must have been around 12 when we got up.
Merlin Pendragon: Québec vu de Lévismrlnpndrgn on March 25th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
beautiful place!
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on March 25th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
It is absolutely stunning, and so green at present after the weeks of rain we've had (although the weekend stayed dry).
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- FANTASTICdraycevixen on March 25th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)

What a gorgeous place. I'm sure such a trip provides an excellent opportunity to recharge your batteries and just to put everything in to perspective a bit. It's important to get away from it all for a while, particularly when your room looks that nice. *g*
miwahni: B7 BlakeAvon Watching over youmiwahni on March 26th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
It was wonderful to get away for a while. And the wine on the verandah at sunset didn't hurt one bit. *g*
Newsynewsy891 on March 25th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
I LOVED O'Reilly's - even just going there for a day trip rather than staying there. Gorgeous.

And rosellas. Adore them. So cute <3
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on March 26th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
Isn't it just magical. I loved it to bits and I'm almost ashamed to admit I'd not been there before.