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Published November 11th 2015
What Can You Find in the Old Quarry?
Each day thousands of cars pass the area where the Hemmant Cemetery, and the old Hemmant Quarry are obscured by bushland. While many folk may not choose to visit the cemetery (though the older area has fascinating stories on the headstones), few visit the Quarry.
Hemmant Quarry Reserve
It was an area where the local aboriginal people used to hunt, well before European settlement, and after the area was settled by those who chose to live in the area in the early days of settlement, the timber for houses was often sourced from the open forests in the region.
Around 1920 it was a busy quarry, with rocks and stones was removed for building and roadmaking until 1936 when over a few days, the quarry filled with water from a nearby spring, and subsequently all quarrying ceased. It is now a waterhole in the midst of a park – and well hidden from the busy road, so few realise what is there!
There is access to the Hemmant Quarry Reserve on Wynnum Road, but on Fleming Road there is a small car park, with information boards at the entrance to the walkway. There is a 700 meter walking track, seats to sit and enjoy the tranquillity and bird sounds. It is also a nesting area for red goshawks. In the waterhole or lake there are some interesting aquatic species
On Sandy Flat Road, Wynnum North, there is another park waterway – with access opposite Iona College (there are no signs), with a raised walking path to a shelter with views over the water which is a popular spot for a wide variety of local bird life. There is a longer walk around the area.
Both spots are great for photography – not only the birdlife but the local landscape.