A flight across the Tasman, losing a race with the terminator.
A cool day, so we trudged up the mountain looking for wildlife, interesting things and ice cream.
The ice cream at the top was delicious.
Yesterday was mountains and rain forests. Today we went as far from the watersheds as you can get and visited Boondall Wetlands. It’s an area of about 1000ha of coastal forest and mangrove swamps.
Since it’s located on the other side of the city we asked Siri to navigate. We already knew that she has a fondness for the new toll-charging AirportLink tunnel, but today we learned that it’s more like a toddler’s single-minded obsession. The idea was to follow her instructions to the start of the toll section, then continue in a sensible direction until she re-planned the route. This didn’t work.
Siri: “Turn left onto AirportLink”.
Us: <ignore, drive right past>
Siri: “Turn left, then left again onto AirportLink”
Us: “No thanks. Heading happily on.”
Siri: “In 100 metres, make a U-turn”
Us: “Nope-de-dope. Full steam ahead!”
Siri: “At the next roundabout take the fourth exit signed AirportLink”
Us: “How’s about a nice hot cup of ‘Not Listening?’”
Siri: “Turn around right now.”
Siri (as we pass the far end of AirportLink toll): “I am never speaking to either of you again.”
Us: <fire up Android navigation>
The wetlands have a variety of walking, cycle and canoe(!) trails. We decided on a 2km walking circuit. It’s been a wet summer and now we’re well into a lovely autumn. Much of the forests are covered in lush greenery which will dry out a treat for fire season.
As often happens on our expeditions, a little forethought would have saved some misery. Wetlands. Hmm. Open stretches of fresh-to-brackish water in autumn. What breeds in that? By the end of the day we’d each donated about a litre of blood to the mosquito population. Dengue can’t be far behind. Anyway, pictures!
On the way home, we navigated with a paper map.
I’m still on holiday. We try to make the most of time off so today we boarded the enormous truck and pointed it southwards towards Mount Tamborine. This is a 600m high remnant of the Tweed shield volcano which blew up around 20 million years ago.
One of the attractions there is a suspended walkway through he rainforest canopy. It would have been good if “Rainforest” and “Canopy” parts had triggered some thoughts about “Vertigo”, “Plummet” and “Fear of certain death” before we arrived. Once we’d forked over the twenty bucks a head I wasn’t going to let my residual plains-ape instincts prevent a good day out. The suspended walkway is solidly built but is designed to permit a clear view in all directions – including straight down to the rainforest floor 20 metres below.
The views across the rain forest were stunning. Serious photography was done by other people. I spent my time worrying about the engineering and chivvying the party onwards to solid ground.
Wombat, awake. Very unusual.
Dingo. Also snoozing.
World’s fattest water dragon.