Saturday 4th Feb
John finished work on Friday so we packed up and headed out of Condamine on Saturday morning to make sure we could get out before the weather changed and the roads flooded again. Roma is only 100 klms to the west and they are flooded as also is St George, Mitchell and a lot of towns to the west of Condamine. The plan was to leave Condamine along the Leichardt Highway heading towards Goondawindi, Texas then Tenterfield. This highway had been closed due to flooding only last week so we were a little worried but we only come across a couple of spots where the water was still running over the road but nothing to worry about - there was a lot of water laping at the edge of the road and it would not have taken very much for the road to flood again. When we arrived at Gundy we were told that the Mooree road (Newell Highway) was closed because of flooding so we changed our plans and headed along the Cunningham Highway to Warwick - which is a longer way around but we will still be able to get to Tenterfield (we hope). As
we got closer to Warwick we noticed that it was a lot dryer here and not so much water laying around so finished up being a good way to go. Decided to stay a couple of days here to check out the place.
Sunday 5th Feb
Headed out to Killarney to see the water falls at the Main Range National Park. Had mornring tea at Browns Falls, very pretty place but could not get to the falls as the water was a little swollen but a lovely walk under the bridge and a shortway along the creek. Then stopped to look at Daggs Falls, just off the road, very spectacular then onto Queen Mary Falls. Took the short walk first to see the falls from the top then took the longer walk which took us along the bottom of the falls, just spectacular with water spray all over the path. The water plummets from Spring Creek 40mtres down from the top over the rocks straight down into the Condamine River. The Condamine River runs into the Darling and Murray river systems which are part of the largest river system in the world. Had lunch in the park and
saw our first Currawong and had a Noisy Miner bird share our lunch. Saw a lot of lizards scurrying across the paths on our walk around the falls. Then drove onto Carrs Lookout over the hills just beautiful scenery. The whole drive, the scenery was very green, lush and a lot of rainforest in the national park. Back into Warwick we drove around town and checked out all the very old buildings and stopped to have a look at the beautiful old sandstone church of Saint Mary's and the sandstone at the front of the church had already been cleaned and you can see what it would have looked like at the side where it had not been cleaned yet.
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