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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Koreelah National Park, NSW.

Koreelah Creek Campground
We drove to Koreelah National Park via Mount Lindsay Road and turned north into White Swamp Road. 
The sealed and unsealed sections of White Swamp Road.
Despite encountering a fair bit of rain and some thunder storms, including some pea sized hail, we really enjoyed camping at Koreelah Creek Camping Area. It is a very well maintained park and we saw the ranger every day. Although this campground can get busy on weekends and holidays it was very peaceful while we were there. Most of the camp sites are perched above the creek, however, most don't have a view of the water. Nevertheless, we loved listening to the murmuring of the water as it flowed by.

Our campsite got a little wet but our trusty tent survived the hail.
The Gorge Walking Track (800 m return, Grade 2) starts in the campground, meanders alongside the creek, past a day use area and finishes at a small waterfall that flows into Koreelah Gorge.

Koreelah Falls
Koreelah Gorge
There were a lot of large Bandicoot holes throughout the campground so we were hopeful that we would be able to identify which Bandicoot was responsible but to our surprise we didn't manage to see any at all. The rain seemed to have stirred up the frogs though and there appeared to be thousands croaking in the night. At least they proved a little easier to find than the Bandicoots.
Stony Creek Frogs Litoria wilcoxii
These fungi were thriving in the wet conditions.
We went for a night walk and didn't see any animals until, as often seems to be the way, we returned to our campsite and there was a Common Brushtail Possum checking out our site while we were away.

Common Brushtail Possum
Of course it fined up the morning we were leaving. We were glad the sun came out though because we saw a group of Cunningham's Skinks sunning themselves on some rocks. They are very large skinks, a bit smaller than Land Mullets, so you would think they would be easy to photograph but they quickly retreat into rock crevices if they notice you and it can be quite a challenge to catch them unawares. With a fair bit of stealth and patience we were finally able to get some photos of them.

Cunningham's Skink
We saw quite a few butterflies about and a good variety of birds in the campground. 
Female Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus, and Brown Ringlet Hypocysta metirius.
Crimson Rosalla
Scarlet Honeyeater and Dusky Woodswallow.

Details for Koreelah Creek Campground:
Where: In NSW just over the QLD/NSW border. About 2 hours south-west of Brisbane. 37 km north-west of Woodenbong. 
Access: 12 km north of Koreelah including a 3 km section of dirt road.
Sites: Grass and dirt sites suitable for: tent camping beside your vehicle, camper trailers and caravans. Unpowered.
Facilities: Drop toilets, fire places (BYO wood), tables. No taps or drinking water.
Prohibited: Pets, generators, smoking.
Fees and Bookings: Self-register at information sign. No bookings. No vehicle entry fee. Camping $6 per adult, $3.50 per child. 
Caution: Ticks. Near the falls it is slippery and there is a sudden drop off.

Wildlife List: Cunningham's Skink, Lace Monitor, Red-necked Wallaby, lots of bandicoot holes. Stony Creek Frogs.
Bird List: Whistling Kite, Satin Bowerbird, Grey Butcherbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Cormorant, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Australian Wood Duck, Spangled Drongo, Superb Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Red-browed Finch, Leaden Flycatcher, White-faced Heron, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Jacky Winter, Sacred Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Australian Magpie, Noisy Miner, Black-faced Monarch, Australian King Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella, Little Shrike-thrush, Grey Shrike-thrush, Welcome Swallow, Brown Thornbill, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Whipbird, Rufous Whistler, Willie Wagtail, Dusky Woodswallow. Heard Pheasant Coucal.

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