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Monday, May 24, 2010


A Sunday ride along an old rail trail in the Brisbane Valley.  The rail closed 20years ago and the trail now follows the Brisbane River Valley through many small towns which border on Brisbane's water supply Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams.

Riding was pleasant along a mostly flat gravel based trail . The country is green after the summer rains and we had a brief autumn shower which we just avoided.

The whole rail trail is not finished but there are many sections opened so we will be back
Lowood was a sleepy little town which time seems to have forgotten but is now on the edges of the Urban sprawl.  Did not see any koalas but there was a huge bat colony outside the town, and i mean huge.  Must have been thousands and thousands of bats.  In view of the recent virus outbreak I'd be keeping the horses inside.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


This was a 13km walk through a Koala Park Reserve  on the south side of brisbane called Daisy Hill........It's one of those walks you walk along a trail looking up in the trees to find the elusive koala and then walk into a tree or log
I have never really seen a koala there but I have walked into trees and the occasional pond but I believe that they are there somewhere...(mm probably having a bit of a laugh on their gum leaves  actually

One thing I always forget about this walk as I start is that it is hilly.  Well it is not called Daisy Hill for nothing and there are really a lot of daisies hilly parts.
There is even the remains of a disused quarry there.  Oh yes and it is a popular place for mountain bike riding and the occasional horse rider....horses good, bikes not so good.
One bike rider shared the secret life  of the quarry with us.  " Go up on the cliffs of the quarry" he said " that's where they filmed a scene from Sea Patrol ( TV Series)"

"Really?"   mmm I started to think how Sea Patrol got so far inland. No wonder they have trouble finding refugee boats...
Guess this could be part of a celebrity tourist circuit like in Scotland, Hamish Macbeth or Doc Martin in Cornwall
" You just gotta see the cliffs and the quarry that they pushed a Sea Patrol over"
Anyway we were impressed and if we didn't see any koalas it sure was at least something