J.S Fisher Lookout
Raising myself out of slumber at the slightly later time of 5.30 am having earlier decided that I wouldn’t be doing the third walk that I was intent on doing here as I was still spent from yesterday, headed back to J.S. Fisher Lookout to watch the sunrise.
Spotting a pavement-pounding pademelon bounding across the road, and a gang of wallabies around the intersection at Dandabah made the quiet drive down across the mountaintop a delightful one.
Arriving a little later than I would have liked, I still managed to get there shortly before the sun broke the horizon. The land still had remnants of fog lingers in scattered patches across the landscape. I wonder had I come earlier if the scenery would have been nothing but low-hanging clouds.
Snacking on some Tex-Mex Jackfruit Rice while a wallaby was munching some grass, watching the sun slowly rise illuminated the shadows was a soothing way to start the day.
After all the fog disappeared, I decided to visit the furry woodland creatures of Dandabah, because one can get enough of cute fluffy things.
With no one else being here, they had taken over more of the joint even more than before. There were wallabies with babies, wallabies with tails between their legs scratching their faces, and even more wallabies with babies. So much adorableness! SQUEE!
Heading back to the campsite, I was sad to see that no creatures had visited during my stay here, but right as I was just about to “pack up my bags and I’m gonna get away”, I was alerted to the pounding of pavement that turned out to be a wallaby! Whoo! Finally.
I managed to grab a shot of the hopping fuzzball before it disappeared across the road and into the rainforest.
Snacking On The Local Tree Tucker
One last visit to Dandabah, I couldn’t leave these Bunya Pine laden hilltops without sampling some of the local tree tucker. Aboriginals used to consume the nuts of the Bunya Pines, and every three years when the trees used to inexplicably produce more nuts than usual, they would gather other Aboriginal people and have a feast.
Checking into the Poppies On The Hill cafe, I ordered a vegan Gourmet Salad with Bunya Nuts.
Sitting outside in the sun and warmth was a nice reprieve from the howling winds from the days prior and was made even more delightful as there were wallabies right by my table and more in the near distance. (That was until people started lunging at the wallabies to try and touch them for a bet…)
The salad was ENORMOUS but yum. As for the bunya nuts, they are strikingly similar to hot chips with a similar taste and the same fluffy, starchy feel in the mouth. It was bizarre but really delicious. I wanted way more than what was given.
I’m assuming they are also significantly healthier than the hot chips we all know and love, so grab me a bag full of these nuts and I would be able to snack off these babies and get my hot chip fill any time of the day.
Bidding the mountains a fond farewell with promises to visit again, I made my way down its steep slopes down to the plainlands of the South Burnett Region.
Passing through the tiny township of Kumbia and its cute signs, a bottle tree caught my photographic eye. Stopping to capture it, a kind guy in a tractor pulled up next to me and told me that this was his property and that I could go and have a closer look at the bottle tree, which he had put a fence around so travellers can have a look at it without trespassing.
Giving him a thank you wave and popping around to see it, I could see it had a giant opening on the side of it. Grateful for the man’s kindness in letting me know I could get an up-close look at it, I snapped some photos of the beautiful scarred tree and then carried on to the peanut capital, Kingaroy.
Navigating my way through the roundabouts and traffic lights of this large town, I departed it as quickly as I arrived, if departing means leaving the chaos of the business district and heading to the outskirts on the other side town to the local lookout: Mt Wooroolin.
The steep ascent up the mountain had a mini pathway to heaven that brought me above the trees and revealed a pretty panoramic view of the vast agricultural lands that dominated the plains as far as the eye could see.
Dropping back into town to get grab some of the local offerings at the Peanut Van on Kingaroy Street (Spicy Massaman are the best, but dammit, why is there no Big Peanut?), I made my way past the peanut silos to the Carroll Nature Reserve to watch the city dip into darkness at Apex Lookout.
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