|Peach Trees Camping Area in the late afternoon.|
|Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Some children never seem to notice it is time to leave home!|
|Wi-Fi near the amenities blocks.|
There used to be an elaborate wooden swimming platform overlooking the creek but it was severely damaged by flooding and the area was out of bounds for a long time. The remains of the old platform has now been removed and has been replaced with a simpler and hopefully hardier design. The water in Yabba Creek is black and may not appeal to everyone as a swimming spot.
|New swimming platform on Yabba Creek, Peach Trees.|
|Little Pied Cormorant, Australian Wood Duck, male (top), female (bottom).|
|Information sign at the Platypus Viewing Platform.|
|Lace Monitor (Goanna)|
I mostly sat around the campsite with my feet up and I found there was plenty to observe without venturing far. Indeed, on several occasions the wildlife came to me. There are some nice walks leading from the campground which I covered in a previous blog.
There were quite a few butterflies in the campground; mostly Lesser Wanderers and Blue Tigers. My ankle meant I was too slow to take many butterfly photos. Strangely, I did manage to get a photo of a Blue Triangle; a butterfly that became my nemesis in the past as I struggled for a long time to photograph one.
|Apparently this Eastern Grey Kangaroo believed the grass in front of my seat was better than the grass elsewhere.|
|Lesser Wanderer Danaus petilia and Blue Triangle Graphium sarpedon|
We saw an unusual looking male Regent Bowerbird. I inquired about this bird on the excellent Facebook page Australian Bird Identification and the very knowledgeable Nikolas Haass confirmed that it is a four year old sub-adult male emerging from it's immature to adult plumage. Unfortunately, it was a fair distance away and our photos are not very good but it is the first time we have seen a Regent emerging into adult plumage so we would like to record it here.
|4 year old male Regent Bowerbird|
|Male Regent Bowerbird|
|Australian Brush Turkey|
|Australian King Parrot|
Wildlife viewed on this trip: This list was impacted by my lack of mobility.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Red-legged Pademelon, Lace Monitor (goanna), Long-necked Turtle, Eastern Water Dragon, Brush-tailed Possum, Platypus, Northern Brown Bandicoot, Hare.
Butterflies: Orchard Swallowtail, Blue Triangle, Blue Tiger, Lesser Wanderer, Monarch, Common Crow. I saw several types of Whites, Yellows and Skippers but wasn’t able to get photos or get close enough to make positive ID’s. We also saw an impressive 5 to 6 cm moth on our van one night which had an orange body and fairly plain brown wings.
Bird List: Regent Bowerbird, Satin Bowerbird, Australian Brush Turkey, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Australian Wood Duck, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Red-browed Finch, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Lewin’s Honeyeater, White-napped Honeyeater, Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Magpie, Magpie-lark, Bell Miner, Noisy Miner, Black-faced Monarch, Australian King Parrot, Eastern Yellow Robin, Crimson Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella, Eastern Spinebill, Welcome Swallow, Bassian Thrush, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Whipbird, Willie Wagtail, Tawny Grassbird, Australasian Figbird, Variegated Fairy-wren.
Details for Peach Trees Campground, Jimna State Forest, QLD.
Where: 45 km north of Kilcoy. 145 km north-west of Brisbane.
Access: The road from Kilcoy climbs steadily but is quite pleasant. The last 2 or 3 kilometers into the campground are unsealed and on this trip we found it a bit corrugated.
Sites: Large grass area. No defined sites. Suitable for all rig types.
Fees: Adults $6.15. Family rates are available.
Bookings: There is free Wi-Fi available at the campground for making bookings. Book before arrival during busy times. QLD Parks and Wildlife.
Facilities: Flush toilets, non-drinking water taps, free Wi-Fi, walks, fire rings.
Prohibitions: No pets. No generators. No collecting wood. Some restrictions on smoking.