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18-19 September 2006 - Dalby

Location map Nights in Dalby were quite cold. We've put away the bits and pieces we use to control bugs which are no longer any concern and have got out blankets to deal with the cold. The caravan park is adjacent to the shopping centre, separated by a wide creek (about 15 metres wide) but we can easily walk to the shops. The creek level is maintained by a weir so the water is not flowing and the water colour is best described as the colour of coffee with milk in it. It looks unappetising but there is no sign of oil pollution or rubbish and a variety of birds swim in it and we saw at least four turtles happily swimming around.

After lunch I drove to Bunya Mountains National Park north of Dalby. This national park was established many years ago to preserve stands of bunya pine with their tall symmetrical shape and large nuts; visitors are warned not to stand under bunya pines between December and May to avoid being brained by falling bunya nuts. The park is at an elevation of 1100 metres with access via a steep road; several hairpin bends add interest. Signs say that the road is not suitable for caravans, trailers, trucks or buses but some camping trailers had got to the camping ground at Dandabah on the edge of the national park. Most of this camping area was being used by red neck wallabies for grazing. The wallabies were almost tame; they paid hardly any attention to people unless the person came within two or three metres and even then the wallaby casually hopped a few metres further away. A range of walking tracks has been prepared within the national park; several days would be needed to walk all of them.
Red neck wallaby grazing at Bunya Mountain National Park.
Currarong on Bunya Mountain.
Distinctive shape of Bunya trees
Bottle trees left after land clearing between Bunya Mountain National Park and Derby
The road from Dalby to Bunya Mountain passed through flat, black-soil plains for the first part, much of this was devoted to sorghum, stalks of the previous crop were still in the paddocks. Several rows of electrical poles were leaning over indicating earth movement in the black clay.

On the second day in Dalby we returned to McDonalds to update the blog. Dalby is very much a service centre for the surrounding Darling Downs agricultural area and doesn't have much in the way of tourist attractions although it is a pleasant place to spend a few days. Unusually, there were parking metres in the main streets.
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