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Sunday, May 15, 2016

North Branch Track, Goomburra Section, Main Range National Park, QLD.

The North Branch Track is a Class 4, 7 km return walk that starts at the bottom of Lookout Road, just past Kurrajong Picnic Area. If arriving by car it is possible to park at the picnic area and walk across Dalrymple Creek to the trailhead or drive over the creek where you will find room for two vehicles at the start of the walk.

Kurrajong Picnic Area has picnic tables and a parking area.
The creek crossing at the start of Lookout Road
We walked from our campsite at Manna Gum. Before crossing Dalrymple Creek on foot we waited for a White-headed Pigeon to finish having a drink.

White-headed Pigeon
We really enjoyed this walk which starts in open country and ends up in lush rainforest. We counted thirteen creek crossings, however, they were all fairly shallow and easy to cross on our visit. There were some striking epiphytes along the creek.

Two of the many creek crossings along the North Branch Track

We saw lots of White-naped Honeyeaters and a variety of fungi along the track.

The White-naped Honeyeater has a distinctive red eye skin.

The track ends in a shady forest beside a creek. We sat on some rocks and enjoyed a picnic while being closely watched by a Pale-yellow Robin before returning by the same track.

Pale-yellow Robin
On our way back we encountered a juvenile Red-bellied Black Snake on the path. I was also excited to see two tiny Elf Skinks Eroticoscincus graciloides darting through the leaf litter but they were too quick for a photo. There were quite a few butterflies about.

Red-bellied Black Snake

White-headed Pigeon, Australian King Parrot, Red-browed Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren, Brown Thornbill, Bell Miner, Noisy Miner, White-naped Honeyeater, Eastern Whipbird, Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin, Grey Shrike-thrush, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Fantail, Australasian Figbird, Red-browed Finch.

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