We’re back! And Australia was very interesting, and not at all scary (except for their love of polyester, which was very alarming!), and most enjoyable.
The first part of my holiday was pure, brainless holiday: sleeping in, long walks on the beach, visiting national parks, etc.
Being me, I was most interested in and excited by the wildlife. We saw birds and beasts and bugs and it was all most excellent.
Right outside our hotel their was a baby myna bird in a lauhala (pandanus) tree, cheeping like mad and making his parents constantly scurry for bugs to feed him.
Further away, in the parks in the hinterland (anything 15 minutes drive from the coast!), there were birds that had found an easier way to get food: just bug the humans for it!
There were also more attractive birds that didn’t remind you quite so much of rats or pigeons.
Then the beasts:
We were extremely privileged to see not one, but seven pachymelon, which are miniature rainforest wallaby (and wallaby are miniature kangaroos). Pacymelon are very shy and solitary, and hide in the trees, so are quite hard to see. We saw two mothers with joeys just out of their pouches, which was particularly lovely.
I was so thrilled and excited to see the pachymelon, and thought that would be our highlight. At the visitor centre I was told that I wouldn’t see wildlife outside of a zoo – there was no-where to go for herds of kangaroo (OK, I don’t think that is the proper collective noun), except the zoo. How dull. How touristy. But we drove out to a secret valley in search of a permaculture centre, and what did we find?
Herds of kangaroos!
Well, not herds, as the proper collective noun is actually court (what a great collective noun!).
While I communed with the courts of kangaroos and acclimated to the distinctive stinky-curry smell they have, Mr D had a nap.
I woke him up by sprinkling lantana flowers all over him.
I also saw a koala up a tree, but couldn’t get a photo of it. And later in the trip I saw a water dragon. I almost stepped on it! But it ran away before I got my camera out to take a photo. And I didn’t scream!
In addition to things that flew and hopped and scurried and crawled, we saw some spectacularly beautiful scenery (taking into account that what appeals to me is quite bucolic and gentle and pastoral).
Hayley mentioned that one of the loveliest things in Brisbane this time of year are the jacarandas. They were even lovelier in the country up the Sunshine Coast
There were also staghorn ferns, which remind me of my childhood. I climbed a tree and made Mr D get a picture of me with one.
In a few days I’ll tell you about the rest of the trip, the best part, where I got to meet Steph and share creative ideas.
And that was the holiday. It was hot and sunny and lovely and I want to go back (but maybe in the winter when it isn’t so hot).
I still don’t want to go to the outback though!