A quick (2 nights) visit to Fraser Island, Queensland.

“Fraser” is the largest sand island in the world, is fascinating in its diversity, and absolutely stunning. I recently spent two nights on family vacation on the splendid Fraser Island, Queensland. As it was a family holiday, these were opportunistic photos and as such do not represent the vast diversity of habitats and scenery.


This is Lake McKenzie – a beautiful spot to have a freshwater swim.

Fraser Island 2AM-005282 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view back as you approach Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM-005283 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view up the sand dune from Lake Wabby.

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Sunrise ocean motion.

Fraser Island 2AM-005313 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Stranded jellyfish.

Fraser Island 2AM-005316 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Tempestuous sunrise.

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Ocean approachin’.

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Stranded jellyfish again.

Fraser Island 2AM-005353 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) in front of  She-oaks (Allocasuarina and Casuarina spp.).

Fraser Island 2AM-005360 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005361 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Highway.

Fraser Island 2AM-005364 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Goats-foot Convolvulus (Ipomea pescaprae subsp. brasiliensis) and Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005375 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach airstrip.

Fraser Island 2AM-005384 ©Andrew McInnes

 

North view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM 5406-5413 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

South view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005417 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The beautiful Pacific Ocean as it meets the beach next to Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005419 ©Andrew McInnes

 

4WD’s from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005420 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Contemplation on Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005425 ©Andrew McInnes

 

A very busy day at the famed Champagne Pools.

Fraser Island 2AM-5440-5443 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Cruising down Eli Creek.

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©Andrew McInnes

 

Cheers 🙂

Aerial views of the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Aerial views of some of the volcanic plugs (remnants of volcanic activity that occurred 25-27 million years ago), known as the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Some of the mountains included in these images are Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin (‘Crookneck’), Mount Ngungun, Mount Tibrogargan, and Mount Tunbubudla (‘The Twins’).

Mount Beerwah 2AM-000330 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Mount Beerwah 2AM 0319-0324 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Cheers 🙂

The view from Mount Ngungun – the Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland.

The 360 degree view afforded from the top of Mt. Ngungun is fascinating – the 2.8 km (return) hike up is well worth including in your plans.

These are some of the volcanic plugs (remnants of volcanic activity that occurred 25-27 million years ago), known as the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. These two are, from nearest to furthest, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah, as seen from Mount Ngungun.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-003979. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004006. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2am 3992-3995_stitch ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004003. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004009. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004013. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Glasshouse Mountains 2AM-004021. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Cheers.

Day 8 – Fiordland and Cascade Creek, New Zealand – December 2015

Ah, to have more time to explore and be awed by Fiordland National Park! And a revisit in late winter/early spring is in order too.
We ventured along the Te Anau – Milford Highway, to hike the Key Summit, a day-hike portion of the Routeburn Track, beginning at The Divide. Spectacular!

Here is a portion of the view from the end of Key Summit.

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Routeburn Track 2AM 0796-0800 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Hiking (“tramping” in NZ) up to Key Summit.

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Routeburn Track 2AM-000788. ©Andrew McInnes

 

A loo with a view – sort of.

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Routeburn Track 2AM-000814. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Driving into Fiordland National Park in the morning we noticed a field of lupins and thought that it would be worth a look on the way out that evening. What a beautiful scene it turned out to be!

This is Cascade Creek, along the Te Anau-Milford Hwy.

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Cascade Creek 2AM 0827-0832 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM 0842-0843 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000819. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000844. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000863. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000865. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000889. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000835. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000818. ©Andrew McInnes

I hope you like lupins 😉
Thanks for viewing my images.

Cheers 🙂

Posting #8 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Mirima/Hidden Valley National Park – Kununurra, Western Australia.
Bungle Bungles in miniature – located just minutes from Kununurra, Mirima/Hidden Valley is a small park with sandstone ranges, cliffs and valleys, similar in appearance (and formed by similar processes) to parts of the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park). The 350 million year old sandstone features within the park are subject to some striking colour changes due to sunlight variances.

Here is the ‘mini Bungle Bungles’ (a portion of Mirima/Hidden Valley), viewed from a helicopter, including the town of Kununurra, Lily Creek, Indian Sandalwood plantations, and a portion of the surrounding ranges.

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Kununurra and Mini Bungle Bungles 2AM-003518 © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003519 © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden-Valley-National-Park-2AM-003533. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Okay, back on terra firma – time for a wander through Hidden Valley…

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003277. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003262. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003180. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003224. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003281. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003284. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003200. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003206. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003249. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003259. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003273. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.