Fungi Spotters

My favorite Fungi photo - Connondale National Park

My favorite Fungi photo - Connondale National Park

Discovering Fungi on my hikes is one of my greatest joys. I am amazed at the different shapes and colors. I even have Fungi spotters - other hikers who keep their eye out for me. As I am hiking I will hear the call - 'Jan, come see this one!' 

Apart from the enjoyment of finding fungi I also enjoy researching  and trying to identify the  different types eg 'Bracket, Coral.

I have even created a Facebook page 'Fungi Photography Fun' for everybody to share fungi photos or information. Check it out: '
Facebook Page: 
https://www.facebook.com/FungiPhotographyFun/

Would love it if you could like the Facebook page and post any photos of fungi

Reference Material
At the Glasshouse Mountains Information Centre I recently found some great reference material produced by Sunshine Coast Council to help identify some of the species

Great resource from Glasshouse Mountains Information Centre

Great resource from Glasshouse Mountains Information Centre

Who to follow
On my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FungiPhotographyFun/ I follow Steve Axford whose fungi photography is amazing and you will be mesmerised by some of his fungi time-lapse videos
https://steveaxford.smugmug.com/

Gills under the cap of Fungi

Gills under the cap of Fungi

Beautiful color

Beautiful color

Coral Fungi

Coral Fungi

 Would love to see some of your Fungi photos on my Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/FungiPhotographyFun/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of my comfort zone - Yul Yan Man trail

New track - not knowing what to expect!

New track - not knowing what to expect!

After planning a hike with friends on the new trail in the Glasshouse Mountains - Yul Yan Man I started to doubt if I would cope with the hike.

5 out 5 difficulty the description stated for one part and I started to think I was out of my comfort zone. Further research talked about a 60 degree rock slope to go down.

My mind started to wander wondering what the rock would be like - I have a fear of slipping - will it be smooth?, will it be slippery?, what happens if it rains?

Being with 4 close, encouraging and caring friends I decided I could achieve it as I knew they would watch out for me.
Yul Yan Man means to ‘walk slowly’ and that we did as we followed the bright pink triangular distance markers on the new Yul Yan Man track which skirts around Mt Beerburrum - not the base of the mountain, but about half way up and then transverses the Trachyte Ridge
Within a short distance of starting the track we scrambled over boulders, edged around narrow ledges, hiked along rubble strewn tracks, over rock slabs, descended down a steep rocky face on my bottom to the Trachyte circuit,

Smiling now - boulders got bigger and bigger!

Smiling now - boulders got bigger and bigger!

Although we started at 7am the sun was soon belting down on us. Our energy levels were getting low as we descended down the steep rockface to the crossroads of Trachyte Track and Soldier Settlement Track. Nobody argued when one of the group decided it would be best to head back instead of continuing on the full Trachyte Circuit -just far too hot, so we decided to pick up a small amount of the Trachyte and then the Soldier Settlement track which would take us back to our cars.

Having to watch footing whilst edging around

Having to watch footing whilst edging around

One of the lookout views

One of the lookout views

Hmm….. felt safer closer to the ground down the steepest part!

Hmm….. felt safer closer to the ground down the steepest part!

Returned via Soldier Settlement track whilst stopping and admiring the many great views of the various Glasshouse Mountains - all in over 30 degree heat.



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Heading back on the Soldier Settlement track













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Climb Mt Ninderry

Weekends for me are to be out in Nature, a mountain climb or bushwalk are all good for the soul. 
The weather couldn't have been more perfect for a climb up Mt Ninderry (304m) with magnificent views as far as Mooloolaba, Mt Coolum and Glasshouse Mountains.

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The old track used to go straight up a steep rocky path - good workout but hard on knees coming down.  The new track with some natural steps is a gentle climb to the summit and peeping through the trees on the way up are views along the coast including another popular mountain, Mt Coolum.
Large interesting shaped boulders with lichen line the edge of the path to the summit. Watch for the new sign posts to various lookouts on the way up.  You will find tracks off to the right but no need to take them on the way up as will pick them up on the way back to join up to the main track.

Track with natural rock steps

Track with natural rock steps

Lookout signs

Lookout signs

Lovely lichen covered boulders

Lovely lichen covered boulders

Enjoy the journey by taking every opportunity to detour to all the lookouts. Sit on the rocky outcrops and relax and enjoy the views.

Enjoying the view from lookout on the way up to summit

Enjoying the view from lookout on the way up to summit

Overlooking farmlands

Overlooking farmlands

There is a  great viewing platform from the summit overlooking Maroochy River, solar farm, Mt Coolum and the coast.

View from new lookout platform overlooking solar farm, Mt Coolum, Maroochy River

View from new lookout platform overlooking solar farm, Mt Coolum, Maroochy River

View from rocky outcrop Summit (this is the old view before the viewing platform was built)

View from rocky outcrop Summit (this is the old view before the viewing platform was built)

Check out the view from the rocky outcrop just to the side of the viewing platform which used to be the view from the old track. After taking in the spectacular views we headed off through a bush track taking us to the western side of the mountain where another viewing platform has views over Yandina. 

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Heading back down the other side of the mountain there is a track to the right that joins back up to track we came up.

After arriving at the bottom if you would like to do some further walking just near the carpark is a track that leads to Wedgetail track - a short bushwalk. You will need to come back the same way as it leads to suburbia.
A track I am yet to explore is to a small waterfall from Waterfall Road

Wedgetail Court track

Wedgetail Court track

Wedgetail Court track

Wedgetail Court track

Would love to hear your experience of climbing Mt Ninderry.

3 Bushwalks of Buderim, Sunshine Coast, Qld

Have you been to Buderim Village? Do you know there are 3 lovely bush walks just a short distance from the village?

A few showers didn't stop us from walking the interesting bush trails of Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway, Buderim Forest and Foote Sanctuary

BUDERIM-PALMWOODS TRAMWAY is a short walk of appx 4kms return along a section of where the train used to travel carrying farm produce and timber. The railway line was used between 1914-1935.
Access to this track is on the corner of Mons and Telco Roads. A small grassed parking area is available in Telco Road. This walk is suited for wheelchairs and the access at the beginning has a ramp.

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Historical Photos of the railway

Historical Photos of the railway


As you walk along this historic track listening to the birds singing you will find signage with points of interest -  pass the site of Mons Station, and will see some of the few remaining sleepers. Seats are placed at regular intervals to take a rest and take in the bush environment.
Want to know more check this link out to download the map https://www.buderim.com/tramway

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Railway Sleepers

Railway Sleepers

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BUDERIM FOREST - is a beautiful rainforest walk, with cascades, ferns and the very much photographed 'Serenity Waterfall'
There are 2 entrances one from Harrys Lane (off Lindsay Rd) and the other from Quorn Place. Depending on how much the creek is flowing sometimes you can cross over and walk from one entrance to the other.

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Cascades on the way down the steps from Quorn Place

Cascades on the way down the steps from Quorn Place


We took the Quorn Place entrance where there is a memorial garden in memory of Edna Walling who is famous for designing Australian gardens and using native plants. The natural rock steps lead down to the bridge at Serenity falls. A very short distance on the track and we could hear the roar of water. As we came down the hill it was great to see the waterfall flowing over the rockface and into the rockpool. Standing on top of the arched bridge is a good place to get some lovely photos.

Serenity Falls

Serenity Falls

Arch shaped bridge -a great viewing point for Serenity Falls (also known as Buderim Falls)

Arch shaped bridge -a great viewing point for Serenity Falls (also known as Buderim Falls)


Ventured down the steps to enjoy a closer view and to check out the creek crossing. Decided not to cross over Martin creek this time as rocks were very slippery. Up and over the bridge took us back to our cars where we drove to the other entrance at Harrys Lane.
From this end of the track is a boardwalk for a short distance until it meets the bush track where we needed to watch our footing as lots of slippery tree roots. The track follows along the banks of the creek with the water flowing over the boulders to the bottom of the falls to the point where you could cross over the creek.
More information http://www.buderim.qld.au/must-see-places/buderim-forest-park/
NOTE - part of the boardwalk is currently under repair so there is a bush track detour (26/8/18)

Boardwalk 

Boardwalk 

Slippery tree roots

Slippery tree roots

FOOTE SANCTUARY - We had been lucky with only light showers as we drove towards Foote Sanctuary our 3rd bush walk for the day in Buderim. Entrance we took is  Foote Avenue, just off the Buderim-Mooloolaba Road.
This area of land was donated by the 'Foote Family' in 1948 and dedicated to the memory of their son Eric, killed in the fighting at the Somme during the First World War.

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Many tracks - good idea to take a photo

Many tracks - good idea to take a photo

Enjoy a walk on the different walking tracks in this 9 hectares of land ranging from easy to moderate to difficult in the wooded areas of rainforest, eucalyptus trees, tree ferns and the call of many bird species
We planned to walk the boundary track which is one of the longer ones, however we must have missed a turn and found ourselves back at the car sooner than expected which was a good thing as there was some thunder and rain. 
A good excuse to go back another day to check out all the tracks.

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Take along a picnic or bbq as there is a gazebo, picnic tables and bbq facilities
More Information: https://www.buderim.com/foote-sanctuary

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How lucky are we to have these 3 interesting and varied walks in close proximity to Buderim Village.

Boat Mountain Conservation Park - South Burnett

Camping at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival I decided to go for a short drive to Boat Mountain Conservation Park. It is located appx 15mins west of Goomeri on the way to Murgon..
Driving along the narrow road I could see the 589m mountain which has a flat-topped ridge shaped like an upturned boat and covered in dry rainforest and open eucalypt woodland.

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Arriving at the carpark there is a picnic table and a billboard with details of the mountain and a signpost of the hikes. I checked out the hiking signposts which showed details of 2 lookouts. As I started to head up the many steps (over 150) a family were also making their way up which was good to know someone else was around.

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Venturing up the many leaf littered steps to Braithwaites lookout the large rich coloured boulders on the side of the track were covered in lovely lichen. On the way up there is a seat for those who need a rest. Views from here are across surrounding towns and tablelands. After Braithwaites lookout the trail flattens out and in places was bright reddish iron-oxide enriched soil. How peaceful it was walking by myself with only the sound of the birds and my footsteps. Many shadows on the track giving it an eerie feeling.
On the track were dish-shaped depressions made by the black-breasted button-quail as it spins around feeding. On my way back I came across bird feathers - not sure if they were from the button-quail.

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Followed by a shadow!

Followed by a shadow!

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Various views either side on the way to Daniels lookout. Great views from Daniels lookout over Goomeri on the eastern side, and to the northern distance could see  “The Seven Sisters” (hill formations near Ban Ban Springs) and Mt Boogooramunya.

View from Daniels Lookout

View from Daniels Lookout

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 If you wanted to make a slightly longer hike I noticed a short side loop on the way back which I didn't take - Silburns Vine Scrub.
An enjoyable walk in a beautiful part of Queensland with so much peace and quiet.