Dr Robert's Waterhole walk 4 by robz

Dr Robert's Waterhole walk 4

At the end of the track is an underground creek. It emerges from the cliffs and rocks and continues back along the track as a sedate creek in the gorgeous bushy gully. If you're brave you can climb up the cliffs to the tableland above. It is amazing - this is one small part of it - showing the way the stream has eroded through the rocks to emerge down below. If you are really brave you can climb through the tunnels and come out at the bottom of the cliffs.
What an array of experiences for a single walk! This area is stunning and the people give us a sense of its scope.
June 14th, 2018  
Can't believe how many different aspects there are to this one walk! Wonderful terrain to explore here. But who, if I may ask, was or is Dr Roberts?
June 14th, 2018  
Nice image of the eroded rocks and the small figures in the background. Fav
June 14th, 2018  
Very cool rocks and water.
June 14th, 2018  
Think you can spend a lot of time in this beautiful park, and every picture you make is different and beautiful. Looks like the end of the track is the cherry on the cake, looks so very good..
June 14th, 2018  
Thanks for posting images taken on this walk Rob. This photo gives a good indication of the size of the area.
June 14th, 2018  
Oh my Rob, what an amazing place. No way would I be brave enough to go through the tunnels though
June 14th, 2018  
OMG, how fabulous to have that kind of playground nearby. Love the shapes in those water-worn rocks, don't think I'd be exploring the tunnels though.
June 15th, 2018  
Incredible landscape and totally fascinating!
June 15th, 2018  
@taffy Thanks Taffy - and what is really nice is that there is very rarely anybody else up there. Those two people are Errol and Anna ( my husband and my daughter).
June 15th, 2018  
@casablanca Hi Casablanca - it is a fabulous spot. I googled some info about Dr Roberts:

This walk is one of many in Girraween National Park near Stanthorpe. Dr Roberts was a local doctor in the area. I found some info online:

"During the 1920s, Dr Spencer Roberts began visiting the Girraween area. As a local general practitioner in Stanthorpe, he would tend to his patients in their own homes and, while doing so, he would see beautifully-mounted tail feathers displayed. The patients told him that they belonged to the Superb Lyrebird and that he could possibly see one of these birds for himself at, the later named, Dr Roberts' Waterhole.
During this time, Dr Roberts also became interested in the Common Wombats of the area. He suspected that the distribution of both the Superb Lyrebirds and the Common Wombats did not extend any further north, and was convinced that protecting the habitat of these two animals was vital for their long-term survival in Queensland. So he put submission after submission to government to have the area protected."

So basically we owe it to him that we have the Girraween N.P. What a legacy!! :)

We've seen and heard the Lyre Birds - just the very best experience! :)
June 15th, 2018  
@caterina Hi Caterina. It is gorgeous - and usually deserted of people. Those 2 figures are my hubby and my daughter. Thanks again for your fav - it very nice to know that you like it!
June 15th, 2018  
@homeschoolmom Thanks Lisa - it's one of our favourite places. :)
June 15th, 2018  
@madeinnl Hi Ko - as you say - it is beautiful - I end up taking so many photos my husband gets quite impatient.. LOL
June 15th, 2018  
@robz What an absolutely brilliant bit of history! I like this man - as you say, what a legacy! I have never heard or seen a lyre bird but the name sounds just so exotic.
June 15th, 2018  
@nzkites Hi John - this is my favourite walk - but there are many others - and they all have something different which makes them special. No excuse for being lazy - unless it's too hot, or too cold, or you're too tired or...... :)
June 15th, 2018  
@suzanne234 Hi Suzanne - I don't know if you're meant to go down the tunnels! Our crazy (even at 33!) went exploring and emerged on the other side - and then talked us all into having a go! Once was enough for me!!
June 15th, 2018  
@golftragic It really is a fabulous playground - for young and old. So many walking and climbing tracks, so many rocks and so many waterholes. I've only done the tunnels once - that was enough for me!!
June 15th, 2018  
@olivetreeann Thanks Ann - we just love it!!
June 15th, 2018  
@casablanca They have a fabulous tail which they spread (a bit like a peacock) when they are trying to impress the ladies. The feathers make a shape like a Lyre or U shaped harp. But the best bit is that they are the world's best mimics - so when they try to impress the ladies they go through the full repertoire - every imaginable bird song is reproduced (and easily recognizable) and then they also add assorted items like the noise of chainsaws, or bells, or whistles or telephones . We heard him singing for about 20minutes - along this very trail - he just filled the forest with noise. Unforgettable!! You truly would fall in love with them. :)
June 15th, 2018  
@robz I'm already falling in love with just the sound of them! I shall have to go and research them and see what I can find. What fun!
June 15th, 2018  
June 15th, 2018  
Lee
Amazing are the shapes that water creates in stone. Good shot here.
June 15th, 2018  
@robz Just love the shapes in those rocks.
June 16th, 2018  
@gamelee Thanks Lee - this is a good example - so interesting to see.
June 16th, 2018  
@golftragic It would good to see with water actually running through.
June 16th, 2018  
@robz I'll bet.
June 17th, 2018  
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