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Published: September 18th 2016
Loop drive with Rob and Marge
One of the many creeks we drove across - subject to flash flooding.
After spending the night in a Motel in Casino, NSW we set off on our trip to Toowoomba where Rob and Marge live and then on to Crows Nest to Yvonne's home. Instead of taking the most direct route, the plan was to go the scenic route along the Lions Road Border Loop and through the National Parks, Rain Forests and beautiful scenery of mountains and lowlands. It was a full day's drive which proved to be most spectacular and rewarding as we enjoyed the beauty of the rain forests and the variety of the animal and bird life. Rain forests cover less the 1% of Australia yet contain half of all Australian plant families and a third of their mammal and bird species. On our journey we were rewarded with a look at many varieties of animals and saw and heard a great variety of birds. Caution is advised when traveling this road because of the very windy road which crosses many creeks which are subject to flooding, and wildlife crossing the road. The Lions Rd. also took us to a lookout that overlooked the unique and historically significant Spiral Loop railway line constructed back in 1926. It was the
first time same gauge railway was laid interstate. It also included a major engineering feat, which involved building the railway line over the McPherson Range on the Queensland border. This was achieved by a series of tunnels forming a "Spiral Loop". Upon completion it was then possible to travel an unbroken journey from Brisbane to Sydney.
The highlight of this trip was when we stopped for lunch and discovered a Koala up in a nearby tree. While we enjoyed our lunch, he munched on gum leaves. Then later he decided to come down and go over to another tree. The pictures will tell the rest of the story.
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