Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!
Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!
I recently met the very interesting local legend ‘Lindsay Titmarsh’ at a talk on dingoes at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. I took a photo of Lindsay holding a paper article with a picture of himself in his 20’s and a very interesting editorial he wrote on dingoes, ‘Living with the Wild Ones’. Noticing that I was into fitness Lindsay told me about his massive history making 81km mega ‘ultra’ marathon run he did when he was 60. It was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. I found it so interesting, impressive and inspiring I have asked him to forward his account of the event, which he has, so that I can share it with the public in this blog story. We’ve also made tentative plans to possibly go wild pig spotting together on his mangrove islands and to have a look around his property ‘Tandora’, so that should be another interesting blog story!
Lindsay also kindly gave me one of his books ‘Mary & Susan’ Sister Rivers of the Fraser Coast and autographed it for me. The images and photographs are so magical and it is full of awesome and educational history!
To visit a place on this overcrowded planet of ours, where no other person has ever been, should certainly give the lucky participant a thrill. So it is when I venture out into the largely unexplored wilderness of the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers. Viewing an ancient, twisted mangrove tree for the very first time or standing in a few square metres of open mud in an otherwise seemingly endless scrub, is just magic.
He has also published another book being:
Tandora – A Pioneer’s Dream The author presents 36 chapters of ‘no holds barred’ interesting reading that has something for everyone. Droughts, floods, dingoes, wild pigs, horses, cattle, birds, trees, earthworks are just some of the topics explored.
Some people write letters, some people attend rallies, but for Lindsay Titmarsh of Tandora, a history making 81km mega marathon run was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. “I live with my family at Tandora, the only property situated beside the estuary of the Mary River. Having lived here for just over 100 years, we have seen the watercourse change dramatically in that time,” explains Mr Titmarsh. “For all of my life I have looked at the two hilly headlands, North Head and South Head, which are only one kilometre apart and form the mouth of the Mary River. Nobody has ever traveled on foot from one headland to the other. “I’ve wanted to be the first to do this run for years. The threat of a dam on the Mary River has given me the extra motivation to go ahead with my plans this year, a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. I hope it will draw attention to the importance of the Mary River for the estuary and for the communities that live along it’s length.”I hope my run will help us prevent the damming of the Mary.”
Some pictures from my trip to O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat last weekend.
In rainforest I am definitely, “In my element – You are where you should be and you fit in. You’re in your zone and no one can stop your game.”
I went down for a 35km paid hike to the Stinson plane crash, which is supposedly being rescheduled due our inebriated tour guide getting us, a group of eleven completely lost!
We walked lost in circles for 9km and 7.5hrs once away from Echo point and were told prior to our walk by the guide we would not even be going to the Stinson crash site, which is why we were there?
O’Reillys General Manager Shane O’Reilly stated to me on the phone they went through after our hike and the track was not even cleared so none of the group would have made the hike anyway, aside from the fact that the guide was drinking heavily the night prior, also took four bottles of wine on the hike and not knowing where to go.
O’Reillys proudly boasts 100 years of hiking this route, yet does not know the accessibility or check the tracks condition before advertising paid hikes to the public?
I reached an agreement with O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat General Manager Shane O’Reilly in relation to full remuneration of my costs for the inconvenience and dangerous situation, though Mr O’Reilly has reneged and is not extending the offer of a free walk anymore …
Positives of the hike, I met a lot of nice people & still hiked 25km mainly in circles. Here is an awesome clip made by one of the hikers … ‘We’re on the Road to No Where!’
I also went to Buderim Falls, Kondalilla Falls, Mapleton Falls & climbed Mt Cooroora at Pomona. Whilst I was away two of my photos were used in the background on Hannah McEwan’s weather segment on WIN News Wide Bay. How very exciting ….
Today’s snaps from the Orchid House at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, only $2.50 to have a look around, money well spent, it was so Magical!
Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!
Yesterday I did some camera practice on a 10km hike on Fraser Island. Some of my beginners snaps here and a couple taken of me by acclaimed award winning local photographer Sandra Boles on her weapon of a camera. Thanks heaps for all the helpful tips Sandy!!
On Saturday the 6th of June I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the very inspirational Turia Pitt at the Brolga Theatre Maryborough.
Turia was burned terribly to 65% of her body in Sept 2011 by a grassfire when competing in a 100km Ultra Marathon across the Kimberley. She mentioned she passed away three times on the operating table and her amazing transformation has so far taken over three years and over two hundred surgical procedures. She wore her mask for two years and didn’t like it at all, mentioning how we all wear masks ….. something to think about!
She spoke of how people have so much more potential and are capable of so much more than they realise. If you really want to do something you will always find a way to make it happen, anything is possible if you never give up. Time is our most precious resource, make the most of every single day.
Earlier this year Turia ran the Huskisson 42km Marathon and beat her time from before her injuries! She is currently training between 8am – 11am in the morning to compete in an Ironman! 4km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42km run.
Turia mentioned that long runs can be tedious which I tend to agree with so she uses her imagination for distraction such as seeing herself as a messenger running to the Queen. Her talk was very amusing.
She mentioned one day she may get back into engineering as she missed the maths and spread sheets (I couldn’t think of anything worse hee hee) but for now is enjoying her motivational public speaking and supporting the charity Interplast plus possibly staring a family with Michael.
She has also written a book ‘Everything to Live For’, more info here! … and is currently working on her new book, ‘Life is a Gift’.
[Images via Turia’s website, Womens Weekly, News.com.au and 60 Minutes]
Mt Warning 1,156 m (3,793 ft) above sea level, near the Queensland border.
9km, return walk took me 2:25mins, 1420 calories burn’t.
What a magical spiritual experience, beautiful rainforest the whole way, I’ll definitely be climbing this mountain again!
Today I climbed Mount Kosciuszko!
2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level, Australia’s Highest Mountain
Distance: 22km (loop) – Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake, Main Range & Summit Walk home. 2535 calories burnt.
It was freezing at the top, you can hear the wind in the clip, magical scenery, saw one black centipede, one black crow and a finch.
I was also visited the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House in Canberra before the Mountain hike.
I even phoned the Environmental Ministers office to discuss the new QPWS ‘Do Not Run’ rule on Fraser Island, State Member Steven Miles wasn’t in today so I spoke directly to the Federal Environmental Ministers office of Greg Hunt and advised of the situation …. more info here!
Check out our awesome stretcher tents, so comfy, my portable investment home!
The night before the climb we camped at Island Bend and had 80km winds in the snowy mountains nearly lifting our tents off the ground for about seven hours!
I’m sure I got about 2 hrs sleep before my morning assault on the mountain! Failure is NOT an Option!
Some pics we took the other day when my mate Carol and I decided to explore Big Woody Island and Middle Bluff Lighthouse heritage listed in 1866. We walked about 1.5km along the rock lined tracked (with 100’s of spiders & their webs) then scaled down a cliff face to walk back to the boat via the beach.
Relive the fascinating history of Queensland’s early light keepers as you explore around the lighthouses. Follow the walking track up to the Middle Bluff Lighthouse from the Gas Shed. For your safety, please do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures. A rock-lined track once linked the Middle Bluff Lighthouse to the North Bluff Lighthouse. The track can now only be seen in places and is not sign posted.
[More info here]
Some interesting images here. (Pictured below)
“A call for tenders for the construction of lighthouses and a lightkeeper’s cottage on Woody Island was advertised in the Maryborough Chronicle on 26 May 1866. ….. John Simpson was appointed as the first lightkeeper of Woody Island and the lighthouses became operational on 1 October 1867. Simpson, remained at Woody Island until 1870, when he was transferred to the Sandy Cape Lightstation. Simpson’s replacement was Peter Hardie, lightkeeper, who remained on Woody Island until 1897. In 1883, Hardie’s daughter, Sarah May Hardie, died of lung congestion and was buried south of North Bluff. It is thought that a number of other unmarked graves are located in the area.“
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.
What an awesome five day Adventure on Fraser Island!!!
We walked the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk in just 2.5 days!
(Myself, Carol, Susie & Tash – the Awesome Foursome!)
Starting at Dilli Village 6:30am on Friday morning, we trail walked through the amazing surrounds to Happy Valley by Sunday lunch 12noon! Staying at Lake Wabby via Central Station the first night on the track and Valley of the Giants the second night.
A big thank you to RANGO our support crew for looking after us and bringing the supplies into remote areas each day to ‘Rango’s Angels!’ (bedding, tents, food, clothes & BEER!)
We couldn’t have done this sensational achievement without you and your awesome jokes! (I don’t get it?)
A big thanks also to Carol for her excellent organisation skills with the trip / accommodation plus her vehicle got smashed and another vehicle pulling out the week prior, so with some quick genius work from her we still pulled the trip off! Really appreciated by all involved with the epic recovery and two new support 4WD’s!
Best Adventure to date I think, just absolutely breath takingly beautiful and challenging the whole way with nonstop hills, soft sand, and magical nature to immerse yourself in – eucalyptus woodland, rainforests, sand blows /dunes and pristine lakes!
1st day was 42km a trail marathon, day two 26.5km – 29km, day three 16.5km straight to the bar at Happy Valley for a burger and beers!
We saw a few animals – three dingos, a few goanna’s, lots of butterflies, I nearly ran over a small black snake, and an owl followed us for about 5km plus a dingo even tried to eat my dencorub!
Carol & I also took a power pack so we could charge up the iphones to use runkeeper over the few days.
I burnt 9,445 calories during the week!
Fraser Island – is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi). It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km². It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.
The Maheno – is the most famous of Fraser Island’s wrecks and has become a landmark attraction. Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbine-driven steamers. She plied a regular route between Sydney and Auckland until she was commissioned as a hospital ship in Europe during World War One. She also served in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
In 1935, she and her sister ship the Oonah were sold to Japan for scrap.
The rudders of the boats were removed and they were being towed to Japan. When they reached Queensland Waters, a cyclonic storm snapped the tow chain and the Maheno drifted helplessly onto Fraser Island’s ocean beach.
Eli Creek – the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to four million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour.
Lake McKenzie – has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level.
Lake Boomanjin – Another perched lake on the island is which at 200 hectares in size, is the largest perched lake in the world. In total there are 40 perched lakes on the island, half of all known lakes of this kind on the planet. Lake Boomanjin is fed by two creeks that pass through a wallum swamp where it collects tannins which tint the water red.
Lake Wabby – is the deepest lake on the island, at 12 metres (39 ft) in depth and also the least acidic which means it has the most aquatic life of all the lakes….. More info here.
Wanggoolba Creek is a fresh water creek on Fraser Island with its source in the Pile Valley and mouth on the Western shores of the island. Wanggoolba Creek at Central Station is a popular tourist destination due to the crystal clear waters flowing over white sand through a rainforest valley.
The Flora of Fraser Island is unique and diverse. More than 865 species of plants thrive on the island. It is the only place on Earth where tall rainforest grows in sand. The island contains the largest extent of wallum heath remnants in Queensland. In Pile Valley, 1,000 year old rough-barked satinays are found. Despite being logged the kauri pines dominate in some areas. Scribbly gums, red gums, piccabeen palms, Blue Quandong, brush box and pandanus all grow on Fraser Island.
[Info via – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Island]
WOW AGAIN!! I’ve already planned the next few hikes over there in my head, just can’t get enough of the place!!
[Images via Jeanette, Susie & Carol – Digital cameras, iPhones & GoPros!]
Fraser Island Great Walk map here Fraser Island Great Walk topographic map.
Click on thumbnail to enlarge images.
Yesterday I entered the Pomona King of the Mountain Race and I’m feeling it today!
A good sore all over – legs, arms, shoulders, back; talk about the Ultimate Workout and Awesome Fun!
I went with a friend who participated in the Zinc 96.1FM Mountain Dash 2.8km before the main race. I also got chatting to Sarah Mycroft who is the first woman to run continuously around Australia, and went in the race at the last minute too! It’s Excellent to be among and meet so many friendly and like minded people!
The main race at 3pm, The Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge, is a steep, almost vertical climb up the mountain, 4.2km race to the top of the 439 metres high mountain and back.
I came 88th out of 100 competitors in 52:20mins = 650 calories ✔
Looking at the Splits on Runkeeper I took 34:57 mins to pretty much crawl to the top and 17:23mins to get back down to the finish line.
On the way down one of the volunteers asked me if I had ‘Jelly Legs’ yet?
I thought hardly, I’d been up and down the mountain about seven times before without ‘Jelly Legs’ but certainly not at this pace!
Opps spoke to soon, as I hit the the base of the mountain to run home ‘Jelly Legs’ totally kicked in, now I knew what he meant.
I had to really concentrate as I didn’t have control of my legs like I normally did, they went abit numb also, quite an unusual feeling!
Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge Winners:
1st Ben Duffus – 23.47
2nd Lance Downie 26.16
3rd Aaron Knight 26.26
1st Kim Beckinsale 31.11
2nd Leslie Saunders 31.39
3rd Shona Stephenson 33.37
Check out the results here !
What an Awesome Event! So well organised! Sensational Volunteers & Supporters!!!
Just loving my calf burn today!
See you next year!
Keep up the good work Barry!
Talk about Livin’ the Dream, couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do on that Sunday arvie!
[Some of the image are by Simon Green, Michael Leadbetter and the Sunshine Coast Daily]
Having run and completed the Noosa Half Marathon (21km), strolled around Noosa National Park and climbed Mt Cooroora at Pomona the weekend prior – myself, Susie & Carol decided we needed an even bigger challenge to celebrate our success!
Travelling on the dawn Barge from River Heads we set of at 8am with our overnight gear, food & 3L of water for Eurong – hiking across the width of Fraser Island.
The diversity of the terrain is magnificent, breath taking and so naturally beautiful always changing from bush tracks leaving Kingfisher resort to soft sandy tracks, steep slopes and hills the whole way (Sleeper Hill!), refreshing tropical rainforest, back to scrub and bush, then a surf beach at Eurong!
We had meal breaks at Lake Mckenzie and Central Station, pulled in at Basin Lake for a look. and thoroughly enjoyed a hot shower, buffet dinner, beers and warm sleep at Eurong!
On day two we were up at 5am, after coffee with headlamps attached we set off at 5:45am. Carol was bravely first up front on spider patrol with my walking pole positioned vertical ready for any frontal assault. We all took turns to lead and set the pace.
Check out the spider web I ran into and took out with my head 5cm from the spider on day one when leading!!! Specsavers Anyone? (images below)
Time taken was 5:50mins on the 1st day not including breaks (time with breaks 7hrs) and 5:18mins (time with breaks 6hrs) on the way back the next day! We Smashed it, even though legs and shoulders were alittle stiff on day two for the return. We probably ran about 12km of our overall total distance, being easy runs on the downhills.
56+ km’s = 5,400 calories ✔
We are definitely going again to Eurong, so stay tuned for the date everyone to come along!
…. I’m also currently planning 90km Challenge on the Great Walk!
…. and will be doing another 20km Challenge to Lake McKenzie within the next two months.
Keep up to date for the latest adventures on facebook!
Some images from Noosa Half (21km) & Mt Cooroora Weekend!
The Noosa Half was a hideous run the whole way but we finished and that’s always good – I was 16 minutes slower than I wanted to be! … and had six big power spews when I got home afterwards! Then I tucked into a nice steak burger and beer!
On the way home the following day after a stroll around the Noosa National Park Carol, Susie & I decided to climb Mt Cooroora at Pomona!
Well done everyone, another awesome weekend of fun and adventure!
What an Awesome Adventure Day at Mt Walsh in Biggenden, A big thanks to the Maryborough guys, especially Florian and Jenny for letting me tag along. Was so much FUN and a sensational workout with cool people!!
Mt Walsh 2hrs 38 mins, 460m high = 930 calories ✔
+ 2.4km stroll to Utopia Falls = 240 calories ✔
Get outside everyone and start enjoying nature!
Mount Walsh day use area
Turn off the Maryborough-Biggenden Road 2km east of Biggenden or 80km west of Maryborough. Travel a further 5.3km along the signposted National Park Road to the picnic area.
See Mount Walsh National Park map [Info via Qld Parks]
Utopia Rock falls from From Biggenden
From Biggenden travel along the Maryborough-Biggenden Road for 22km, turning right at Innooroolabar Road. Follow this road for about 2.5km and then take the first right at Utopia Road (no street sign). Follow Utopia Road until you reach the car park.
A huge thank you to everyone that was up at 6:30am and came on the 10km Challenge run / walk this morning!
We had magical weather in Hervey Bay and it was so gorgeous outdoors on the bike track.
I had a 72 year old, a 68 year old, 7 and an 8 year old, a diabetic, our Fraser Coast Mayor, walkers from Maryborough, my regular exercise friends and lots of fit and fun Hervey Bay Locals!
One walker accidently forgot to turn at the Pier and ended up at the Boat Club adding an additional 3km to his walk plus is 67 and a diabetic … well done and very keen I must say!
I ran backwards and forwards during the walk chatting and checking on everyone to make sure they were all doing ok, and met some really nice and interesting people, all ages, and like minded!
WIN news even turned up to film the start.
A big thank you to Enzo for giving participants 20% OFF their Coffee!
Well done everyone, you should be very proud of yourselves and thank you so much for your support of the Fun and Fitness I’m trying to create on the Fraser Coast.
I think as per your suggestions we may have to make this a more regular event!
For those that enquired about shirts for the walk they are available here!
Hmmmmm perhaps 15km next time? 😀
“Great way to start the day. Congratulations and thanks Jeanette , this is a terrific initiative. Thanks to everyone for joining in.” – Gerard O’Connell | Fraser Coast Mayor
“Thanks Again Jeanette little miss (8 year old daughter) hasn’t stopped talking about our walk can’t wait to do it again cheers” – Samantha Moore
“It was fun. I look forward to the next one. Thank you all for your efforts in organizing it.” – Roger Duncan
“Thanks Jeanette, for inspiring us all once again. It was wonderful to have my teenagers join in and run!” – Cheryl Virgo
“What a great event. Keep an eye out as Jeanette Maynes has said that there will be more to come.” – Kim Parnell
On Saturday morning my friend Michelle and I set out for a 20km hike to Eurong from Kingfisher Bay, which took 5:15hrs burning 1,630 calories through the hills and soft sand.
Upon getting there we checked into Eurong Beach Resort, glad to take off our overnight bags then we had a look at the souvenir shop, went down the beach, enjoyed a spa, then hit the Beach Bar for some beers! We enjoyed a buffet dinner then it was early to bed for our return to Kingfisher Bay at 5:30am via Central Station, Basin Lake & Lake Mckenzie being a 30km Hike taking 7hrs (including meal breaks) and burning 2,180 calories!
The scenery and environment is magnificent ranging from bush, to soft sand, lakes, rainforest and surf! This hike is definitely a must do again, such Awesome FUN!
The Black bat flower, Tacca chantrieri, is a species of flowering plant in the yam family Dioscoreaceae. Tacca chantrieri is an unusual species in that it has black flowers. These flowers are somewhat bat-shaped, are up to 12 inches across, and have long ‘whiskers’ that can grow up to 28 inches. There are different color types, including white and brown, both retaining the whiskers of the black variety.
Tacca chantrierei grow wild in the tropical forest in Yunnan Province, China, where they can get as tall as 36 inches (~0.91 meters). They grow best in well-drained soil and high humidity but are hardy down to -3C.
[Info via Wikipedia]