We live 10 minutes away (by car) from an amazing place. It is owned by the QLD government and it has a Koala Education Center in the middle that is free and open to the public. But that is not why we go there. We go there for the trails. According to some PR:
The Daisy Hill Conservation Park comprises 435 hectares of open eucalyptus forest. It has long been a popular bushland retreat for people, and is home to many native animals including koalas.
There is a ringed circuit for cars to drive around and get a parking spot. In the middle of the ring is grassy park area with bbq’s and gazebo’s and other such wonderful public use things. But it also has walking and bike trails. And dogs are ALLOWED. As long as your dog is on a leash, and you pick up after it, dogs are allowed.
Mark and I try to go each weekend for a walk. We don’t usually take the dogs as my two boys get very excited around bikes and other dogs and children and wildlife. They are also monsters to walk. However today we put them in the car to take them to the local dog park, and there was a family there with their dog. Now our dogs are fine around other dogs, however there was a small child there. Hogan doesn’t like small children, so we drove back to the house, got the leads, bags, water, backpack, harnesses and took the dogs on our weekly peaceful walk.
On the way back to the car I spotted this little guy off the track. Luckily the boys didn’t, so he didn’t get spooked and stayed for me to take a snap! He was so so so little. Had to be a joey wallaby. And yeah we spotted the mum not to far away she was double his size. But she was also better hidden and did get spooked by the dogs, so no pictures of her.
The trails go from 1km to 8kms but of course you could mix and match. Some are very small and mostly just for bike riders. It’s pretty hilly but it is so beautiful. And it is just around the corner from us. Can you believe its so very close to winter and this is what it looks like?
I tried to get a few varied snaps, but it’s mostly eucalyptus bushland and looks mostly like this .. trees and trails.
The boys were actually awesome this time. No kids or dogs on the trail, we kept them away from the horse droppings on the track, and they didn’t pull too much. Mark also ran them up a few hills to try and tire them out. It was nice, but next time it will probably be sans dogs, as it is so relaxing without them. Then it was over and we were back at the car.