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Springbrook Township, Queensland
Springbrook Township: Tiny, But Interesting
You don't need to go further than tiny Springbrook Township to see interesting sights, especially if you are looking forward to seeing some of the birds of the area. Of course, at the end of the road there is the National Forest and there are some lovely walks, tall trees and waterfalls to see there.
In less than an hour from the Queensland Gold Coast, you can drive into the Hinterland and enjoy the cooler air of the mountains around Springbrook.
Nestled in the mountain area amidst beautiful National Parks, we find the tiny township of Springbrook.
When you come to the signpost, on your left is a short road that leads to some popular walks in one part of the Springbrook World Heritage National Park.
Turn into this road and straight away, on your left is The Shop.
The Shop is a spread out building made up of three parts: In the centre there is the general store, to the right is the Post Office and to the left an Aladdin's Cave of interesting goodies and the Café.
We parked outside The Shop, avoiding the owner who was sweeping the small car-parkin area. She was accompanied by a large dog, known as Dook.
After a leisurely chat, we went into the Café for a morning coffee.
The Café was a surprisingly good size and there were many interesting corners to explore and a variety of articles that could be purchased. Some were made by local crafts people and it is good to be able to support them by buying something there.
After our coffee and another chat with the interesting and friendly owner, she gave us a brochure and map of the district.
We drove off to see 'The Best of All Lookout', but you have probably already read my article about that. When we arrived at the car-park, it was only about three hundred metres to see the wonderful view. By then it was lunchtime.
We drove back and turned again into the road past The Shop. There were a few houses and then on our right we came to the Forest Café. Here, we could dine inside or outside.
Although it was winter, we wanted to enjoy the birds and the trees around us, so we chose to sit outside.
A kurrawong was already there, sitting on the rail to greet us. I have seen kurrawongs in many different parts of Australia and love them. They're not as beautiful as many of our birds, but they have such interesting calls.
Once we took a party of a schoolboys' Nature Club to look at the flora and fauna in the High Country for a week. The only trouble was, it snowed! We had told them to pack light, but some had really heavy cases and backpacks and were not amused when the coach would go no further and they had to carry them up a steep hill in Falls Creek to the Lodge. The snow was deep and soft and filled their shoes.
We could not take the boys out to see the things we had planned, but the Kurrawongs came around and we enjoyed their songs as they, and some dingoes, enjoyed our food scraps.
Kurrawongs are mostly fruit eaters and they live in what I like to call separate tribes. Each tribe has its own song, just a little different from that of other groups.
While we waited for our meal and hot chocolate drinks, some other birds came to join us.
- There was a baby Minah Bird that tried to look forlorn, but we found it could fly quite well.
- Then a Kookaburra came into a nearby bush and saw the joke and laughed mightily. Such a happy sound to enjoy, but he did not come near us.
- Next there were some Rainbow Lorikeets and a couple of them looked like juveniles, although it was winter.
- Finally we were joined by a Butcher Bird. He's not my favourite, as he loves to eat other birds' babies, but he has the most beautiful liquid song, so he's not all bad.
We Share our Hot Chocolate
Then our meal came, along with our hot chocolate. It looked delicious, but unfortunately, not just to us!
The Rainbow Lorikeets seemed to think it was especially for them and the way they approached our drinks they had obviously done this before.
Their colours were so beautiful that we let them have a share, too. After all, it was winter, so food is not as freely available as in the summer.
My Turn Now!
It was obviously so tasty that one hopped up onto the edge of the glass and especially enjoyed the creamy foam.
But that is my favourite part, too, so eventually we waved them away and enjoyed the drinks ourselves.
One Lorikeet came back and was not at all happy that there was none left. Greedy humans!
They are quite wild, but were so keen to have the drink (and some of our lunch) that I was able to gently pat one bird and feel his lovely soft feathers. Only once. Then he shied away.
What a delightful place to visit and if ever you have the opportunity to visit Springbrook do have lunch at the Café at the end of the road that leads to the forest. It is fairly basic and the nearest toilets are in the forest, but the food is excellent - as those birds well knew!