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Published December 10th 2015
Rewarding bush walking & bird watching
JE Duggan Park in Leslie Street is fruitful bird watching with over twenty varieties birds to observe including the Spotted Pardalote, Corellas, Rosellas and the Eastern Yellow Robin.
A curious and diminutive brown honeyeater.
Even the heat of the day it was possible to spot birds. A bush turkey, a female fairy wren and a brown honeyeater made an appearance. There was a symphony of birdsong to enjoy as well. Wedge-tailed eagles regularly take off from Picnic Point and float over the valley, which would be viewable from Duggan Park. For more information or to become involved in bird watching contact the Toowoomba Bird Observers on 07 4659 5475.
For the fit-as-a-fiddle, there is a scenic, though virtually vertical, bush walk around the park. Your reward will be a close-up view of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley. There is an easier walk with plenty of side tracks to explore, where Table Top Mountain is still viewable through a clearing in the trees at a lookout platform.
Table Top Mountain; a challenge to climb and lovely to look at from afar.
Long ago, Table Top Mountain was formed by a violent volcanic eruption. The basalt scree from the eroded crater edges can be seen on the slopes. It makes for painful climbing at times as the rocks slide away and hit shins and ankles. The Aboriginal tribe of Jagera are the traditional custodians of the mountain.
There are twenty acres of bushland park on the edge of the escarpment to wander, when even at night you may find gliders, bandicoots and possums. The Wallaby Trail is still in use by these marsupials as my nose told me, though they must have been hiding from the heat.
In July 2015, additional planting took place on National Tree Day. An extension named 'Millennium Forest' was recently planted by the Toowoomba Regional Council. To become involved contact Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP), Michael McGoldrick, on mobile 0417 802 817.