The next day we got some more information on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which is near the GlasshouseMountains we visited earlier and then we set off to explore. First stop was near a town called Flaxton, the KondalillaFallsNational Park. We set off on a 5 kilometre walk down the valley in search of the falls. First we arrived at a Rock Pool towards the top of the falls and I was tempted to take a swim, but the water looked a bit still. Due to the recent dry weather there wasn’t much water flowing in this area, which also meant that the 80 metre drop of the actual KondalillaFalls was more of a trickle.
I was a bit disappointed but we completed our round trip journey down into the valley and the bottom of the falls. It was still a very nice walk.
Karina was very wary of snakes while we walked and this was increased by talking to some people who where near the end of the walk as we started. And yes we did see a couple… the first was at the bottom of the falls as we climbed over some rocks making our way to the very bottom of the valley. Karina got quite scared when she saw this one, which was slithering along a rock wall close to us… it was a small green tree snake, so harmless, but nevertheless it still scared her, but in true style, she quickly got her camera out and started taking photo’s… LOL! The second one was as we were finishing the walk and was a little brown snake, yes the type that can be quite deadly… it was right in the middle of the path a few metres ahead of us, so we just waited for it to slither away.
The walk was quite long and yes I did think they should have renamed it the Kondalilla Trickle for the day as that was a bit disappointing… but in Australia in dry times this is to be expected.
From here we went to the Montville Falls, which at 120 metres is a larger trickle in these dry times… no valley walk this time, just a short rain forest walk... still very nice though. After this we drove down a range on a dirt road (yes this still happens in Australia) near a place called Kenilworth where there was an interesting Fig Tree walk. Then we drove to a spot along the MaryRiver which was very secluded in the hope of seeing a Platypus, but unfortunately they didn’t come out to play. After that full day we returned to Maroochydore at about and as it was late we again enjoyed a nice salad for dinner that Karina prepared. I was exhausted after this day, all the walking and driving… bed wasn’t far away after dinner…
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