Last week with work being flat out and having an assignment for Uni due I felt that it was an opportune time to take my procrastination to the next level so headed out to Girraween for a long weekend. Now the deadlines loom and I'm paying but it was so worth it
. Living at around 10m above sea level and being in the subtropics the air is relatively warm and heavy year round with just a brief period of cold days during winter so it's great getting out and spending some time somewhere cold. I think there was only one morning this year when I woke & checked the thermometer and saw that it was at zero degrees, and a total of three days last year where it got that low, so there's nothing like heading inland and up on the Great Divide to 1100m where the air is cool & noticeably thinner, waking up to a decent frost and walking on crisp cool days. I've been hoping for snow every time I go but haven't had any luck yet, maybe next year.
I had a lazy first day, parking the car at Dr Roberts carpark & walking a couple of k's in to Underground Creek to setup camp. Lots of birds about, a couple of wallabies and some dog tracks in the mud on the way and for anyone thinking of heading out there soon the flowers are well under way, wattles, native pea etc. With the rain we've had I'd say it's going to be a spectacular spring for wildflowers. I had my MLD duomid on its second outing and it's ticking all the boxes so far, it's dead easy to pitch and has great internal space for it's weight. I woke up each morning to condensation on the inside of the fly but this is to be expected and wasn't an issue even with the mesh inner.
Leaving the track and heading up onto the first slabs
ALWAYS be yourself.
Unless you can be outside, then ALWAYS be outside.