The wind seemed to blow even stronger and colder overnight. Troopy was rocking me to sleep, how nice. Lucky I have a warm sleeping bag.
I decided to walk the Coomera River Track today, which is dotted with many waterfalls and cascades along the Coomera River Gorge. Admittedly, waterfalls and cascades, surrounded by lush green and glass-clear waters is a favourite photo object off mine. The weather gods were still on my side, as the forecast was the same as yesterdays. Just cold and windy.
The Coomera Gorge lies on the western side of the Lamington plateau. I was hoping it wasn’t too narrow and sunlight would be coming through around noon. Nevertheless, I started hiking at sunrise. Early mornings are still the best way to enjoy a peaceful day in the woods. A few pademelons, the smallest of the kangaroo family, were hopping through the undergrowth. They are extremely cute! And extremely shy and quick. I had no chance for a photo.
Coomera Falls track loops in a circle, but I had a better plan. Knowing the sun won’t shine on all cascades in the morning and vice verse after lunch, I would take sunny photos as I go. Meaning, passing the ones without sunlight and leave them for my return walk.
Bahnamboola Falls were the only cascades with sunlight on my way in.
Golden sunlight reflections on calm waters.
A perfect spot for a quick sunny break.
Looking through my lens, some things appear differently than through my eyes.
Climbing uphill against the current, some sunny pockets appeared.
Some waters were so still and clear, that reflections could easily be mistaken as the real picture. I passed plenty more cascades and pictured how they would look in sunlight.
Meanwhile, I walked on to ‘Dacelo Lookout’ at the southern end of the escarpment. A clear view in a southern direction for hundreds of miles. Mount Warning easily recognisable as the highest peak near and far. How lucky am I?
The vegetation was drier and not quite as thick here. The warming sun rays were welcoming too.
My plan worked like a treat. Returning to the gorge-ous cascades, which shone like fire.
First up was ‘Neerigomindalala Falls’. I have absolutely no idea what that could mean. But that didn’t matter.
Plenty of light and lush greens alongside.
Spectacular display at Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia
The whole gorge was in a different light.
Tree trunks covered in moss appeared in different corners.
Small cascades carving through moss covered boulders.
Waterfall pools with see-through waters reflected the sun.
This was exactly what I was hoping for. Just spectacular.
‘Gwongarrong Falls’ seemed to be the highest and most destructive falls.
Moving large fallen trees, only to be stopped by a tree growing on a stone? Mother Nature’s irony at it’s best. Just fantastic.
Some cascades don’t seem to get much sunlight at all.
I came to my last creek crossing as the gorge ran steeper and deeper in the valley below.
Some smaller creeks plunged a good 100 meters down, flanked by ferns and other greens. Ironically, I didn’t take any photos of ‘Coomera Falls’ itself. Not enough sun in the morning and too much sun early afternoon didn’t give any good photo options. My plan worked too well in this case. But it was nice to watch and to hear the roaring waters from the viewing platform. A fabulous way to relax before making way back to Troopy. I still had another 8 km to cover.
What an amazing natural and photogenic way to spend the day. This has been my most favourite track along the ‘Scenic Rim’ so far, by far.