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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
http://www.mezzemoments.blogspot.com
Published January 4th 2020
Measure up to those trees
A flowering tree loved by Richmond Birdwing Butterflies
A flowering tree loved by Richmond Birdwing Butterflies


A Richmond Birdwing
A Richmond Birdwing

It's the beginning of a new year and a new decade and while we may be generously distributing happy wishes to our nearest and dearest, we cannot help but be "engulfed" by the devastating news of the wild bushfires tearing through communities, wildlife and peoples lives.

Wherever you might be in Australia the news is bleak and often dangerous, though it may not touch us all in the same way.

So this is to remind us all of the joys that nature does hold, and how precarious our hold over her really is. We cannot delay our action and our words in her defence. We need to take meaningful action to protect her in any way we can.

One of the ways to do so is to make sure that we take the opportunity to get close to her again, where we can and when we can. Never at the cost of our lives or those of our pets but Australia is a vast land and while millions of hectares have been destroyed and will take years to regenerate, there are millions more which have been spared and which continue to offer us so much. This is a small reminder of those parts.

One of the ferns
One of the ferns

We escaped to Lamington National Park. It was not far from this park in Canungra that the bushfires started in September of 2019. The cost of that was the complete destruction of Binna Burra lodge, which sits on the edge of the Scenic Rim. On another plateau lies O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.

Beautiful Vistas
Beautiful Vistas

A haven of tall trees and beautiful vistas, of many species of bird and wildlife. Here you can walk among the Antarctic Beeches, age-old trees, gnarled and mossed up with crevices and epiphytes thriving. These trees are an important Gondwana relict of the rainforests of the southern hemisphere and some of them can be thousands of years old.

Check out the Red Cedars whose girths are astounding and the brush boxes whose colours are eye popping.
A brush Box width=
A brush box


Lift your eyes up as far as they can go and you might just catch the upper branches.
The Antarctic Beech Trees
The Antarctic Beech Trees

The streams and waterfalls are still burbling and tinkling and they provide a lovey picnic spot or a cool bath for hot toes.
One of the waterfalls
One of the waterfalls

The birds are so colourful and friendly as they are fed in a special area in the resort, so can be approached by children and grown ups alike.
Birdwoman
Birdwoman


Of course, seeing them in the wild is even more exciting and you may well be able to spot them if you take one of the many trails into the rainforest or walk along the boardwalk which is elevated.

The elevated Boardwalk
The elevated Boardwalk


Check first to see that you are safe and then head to the hills. You won't regret it, the freedom to roam, the clean air, the delightful vistas of the plains below.

To check out more, go to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
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Why? A beautiful resort close to nature.
When: All through the year
Phone: 1 800 688 722
Where: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat 1800 688 722 At the end of Lamington National Park Rd
Cost: As per website.
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