Jan 16 2010

Day 5 – O’Reilly’s (January 12)

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Today we left Sydney. We had an uneventful flight into Brisbane and then jumped on a bus to head to O’Reilly’s Guesthouse in Lamington National Park. This is about a two hour bus ride with the last almost hour being all uphill to the top of the mountain with many switchbacks and one lane roads. This is obviously good fun when you are in a large bus. Luckily our driver had taken the road many times and was excellent.  

View from Pat's Bluff

View from Pat's Bluff

Upon arrival to the guest house we were able to grab a quick bite to eat before heading out on afternoon activities. A good number of the students went on the Flying Fox which is a zip line down part of the mountains, others used the afternoon to explore the area and some came with Lauren and me on the West Cliff walk. Travis was our guide on the walk. It was good to see Travis again because he was a guide for us last year and did an excellent job.

The walk was a good introduction to the area for the students. It allowed us to see many of the species of trees and plants in the area and a few birds. The highlight of the trip was ending up at Pat’s Bluff for some scenic views of the valley. According to the Lamington National Park walking track map, “Pat’s Bluff affords a view over the Albert and Logan River valleys to the Great Dividing Range.”

Our guide Travis explaining the rainforest to the students

Our guide Travis explaining the rainforest to the students

Later that night, some of the students went on a night time wildlife walk while I went with some students to see the glow worms. The glow worms are quite an impressive sight in that they almost light up the bank of the creek and it looks like stars. The bad thing is that it is nearly impossible to take photos of them, but still quite an impressive sight.

View from the West Cliffs

View from the West Cliffs

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