Australia Trip Part 4

In the final week of the holiday we stayed for two nights in some cottages near Ballandean (15 minutes drive from Stanthorpe). On a fresh and cloudless day we did a walk in Girraween National Park.

The landscape is populated with granite boulders like the ones shown above.

The Pyramid track (3.4kms) ends in a steep climb and something I wouldn’t attempt in wet conditions.

At the top of the climb you get a spectacular view. Also the balancing rock:

Coming down was also a slight challenge ; there is very little to hold onto. Full faith was place into the traction of my new walking shoes!

Apart from the walks, there was enjoyment in visiting one of the wineries, reading and relaxing in the cottage, sitting in front of a log fire, and a wonderful meal at the restaurant run by the cottage owners.

It was a great little getaway, and fairly much the last activity before our return to England.

However I should mention a few other highlights from the days before our trip to Ballandean. The first was whale watching in Moreton Bay.

On a perfect winter’s morning we boarded the tour operator’s boat to travel past the northern tip of Stradbroke Island to sight humpback whales that were making their migratory path north to warmer waters. The whales migrate from the Antartic waters north to warmer waters for additional food and to breed. August and September are supposed to be the best time to see the whales in Moreton Bay as you see whales heading north and some whales starting to return south.

Of course this little photo doesn’t do it justice. The whale watching left the biggest visual impression on me from the Australia trip and one that I dreamt about a few time in the days following.

We also managed to catch up with some of my long time friends at Daisy Hill’s finest Chinese and Malaysian restaurant – the Lychee Village. The food was very good, and I’m not just saying that because Wynner’s Dad is the chef! Actually, I am led to believe Norman wasn’t scheduled to be cooking on this quiet week night, but came to cook especially for us. How very kind!

I have no photographs to show, but was fortunate to catch up with some of my relatives on my mother’s side. We enjoyed a coffee in the morning at a local cafe in Coorinda on Brisbane’s south side.

If I could change one thing about the Australia Trip, it would be more time! I would have loved to have caught up with more people but this proved difficult with our various trips within the country.

That concludes the 4-part summary of the Australia Trip. We returned to England and after a recovery day I was back to work.


  1. MrPuu2u said,

    August 27, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

    The numbers of whales are definitely increasing.
    I have done a bit of whale watching at the Hyperdome, taking care to avoid dangerous situations, such as standing in the way as they migrate to their traditional feeding grounds in the Food Court.

  2. sarita said,

    August 31, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

    It must be hard getting back to London? Hope you and Emily have got over your jetlags?

    Was there any dolphins? It must be amazing holding the little koala, and always wanted to do that.

  3. craig said,

    September 13, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    Dude you were in Aus and didn’t give us a shout, WTF??? Would’ve been good to catch up with you bro.

  4. craig said,

    September 13, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    Hey mate, didn’t know you were coming back to Aus. Would’ve been awesome to catch up with you bro.

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