As part of the Flower Festival a special excursion train ran from Toowoomba Central Station to the little station at Spring Bluff where steam powered coal trains used to stop halfway up the escarpment to take on water. The little station and stationmaster’s house have been preserved and beautiful flower gardens have been planted. Picnic tables and well-manicured lawns welcome day-trippers from the city. We enjoyed this little trip with Yvonne, Robert & Marge. The trip also gave us a clear perspective on the huge bypass highway being built to take truck traffic up the escarpment without going through the city.
Ravensbourne is a National Park, and also an administrative area containing two man-made lakes: Lake Perseverance and Lake Cressbrook. In this quiet countryside setting we ran across kangaroos again, and a number of campers out for school holidays this week. However, no koalas. Yvonne has NEVER seen a koala in the wild, and is quite jealous we saw one two weeks ago.
Well, it's about time for another trip "Down Under". Sept 6 we leave for Australia and what Lorraine is billing as her "last trip home". This will be Dwain's fifth trip there to visit his in-laws and see that wonderfully beautiful and unique country. This is really our only big trip this year. An earlier trip in 2016 to Oregon was cut short by health problems. All that is well now and we are rarin' to go. We'll do our best to keep posting regular blogs and notes so you can enjoy our experiences and see the sights through Lorraine's photos.... full info