On my day trip from Brisbane I visited Springbrook National Park to see the waterfalls and the sub-tropical rainforest. Purlingbrook falls were the most impressive (they're the second highest in Queensland) and the rainforest was amazing. The old trees were beautiful, all with their accompanying strangler figs. We saw a few big black skinks and lots of little lizards and parrots. We also saw a bower bird nest but Mr bower bird wasn't at home unfortunately. There were funnel web spider holes everywhere but very few creepy crawlies in evidence (fortunately!). The views across to the gold coast were stunning and out guide was really knowledgable. We went for a two hour walk in the middle of the day which I loved but a slightly older heavier man in the group found a bit much - a bit of a fainting session ensued but no heart attack, so it could of been much worse!
The next day I headed to Hervey bay further up the coast. I wasn't planning on visiting the nearby Fraser Island but when in rome and all that. I'm glad I went as the lake was beautiful and it was great to see the rainforest emerging from the sand...I didn't regret not spending longer there though. My next stop was Bundaberg where I was going to see turtles hatching. I went to see the turtles last night and it was amazing. I saw some little flat back turtles pushing their way out from their nest out of the top of the sand and they were gorgeous. Later I saw lots of flat back baby turtles and a few loger heads making the trip down the beach to the sea and struggling into the waves. It was the best thing I've seen all trip. I also saw a adult female come to lay eggs and go back to the sea. All on a lovely beach at midnight under the stars. Stunning! There were talks and presentations too so I am briefly full of random information about turtles!
I'm getting the night bus to Mackay today where I'm hoping to go on a day trip to Eugella National Park where they have platypus. Fingers crossed...