Monday, January 24, 2011

Blue Arrow Pictures

So I went back to the Blue Arrow yesterday and took some photographs... Here they are! Well some of them anyway.

So first off I came across some sort of huge lizard, can't remember it's name right now but they are fairly common in the bush up here.
I have left the pic of it at the end because I want to keep the photo large and it looks crap having a picture at the start that's massive.

Right the first pic is just of the path ways and it shows you how nice the actual walk is, there's always birds chirping and sometimes even a kingfisher drops by. But never for too long.

I'm told the snakes on this walk are pretty good and used to walkers. They seem to scramble off pretty fast. 


Good view form one of the many lookouts

This is the path! I kid you not - that's my backpack on it. Get a few snakes in there I reckon

 Another view of the walking track

My fav place on the whole walk, the crisp cool rainforest stream.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blue Arrow

Okay this was a pretty good hike, lots of stairs and no scrambling to speak of.

The hike starts off from the 'Red Arrow' track, the hub of after work fitness fanatics. So quickly move through that and you're past all those wankers abusing their bodies for the sake of looks.
Once past the Red you make a short climb ( all climbs are really steps in this walk) up to the lookout. This wasn't really that great when I was there - there was quite a number of low lying clouds about.
Now the Blue really starts, first off is a short spell of downhill and then Bang! Feels like it's straight up, and the winding steps along the ridge line just keep going on forever.
After about 20 minutes of this you come to another lookout- oh ( I forgot to mention this hike is a circuit track so I am walking clockwise) this lookout has some better views and you can even see out to some of the cays in the ocean.
This is a fairly slow climb to the summit of the mountain is approx 350 meters and is relatively easy, there is an abundance of local wild life and I did get a little scared when I came across a bloody huge snake! By a little search it most likely was the Eastern Brown Snake Picture here.

So another hour on and it's the half way point with another lookout, this one is good.
You can see a lot of the rainforest to the west and even make out patches of reef out to sea, it was great and I stayed a while.
So it's a little walk back and mostly downhill now and the absolute highlight was coming across a stream and being able to submerge myself in the crisp cool rainforest water. It was such a refreshing feeling.

So back to town and I'll be doing that walk again some time soon.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy new year!
Well I had a bloody good trip over seas for a few weeks but back now.
I can't even remember what hike I was going to write about......
So The next one will be called the 'Blue Arrow'.
It's a tough one and they say it takes about three hours to do, the reason I'm keen on this one is it's a circuit track so none of that walk for ages and go back the way you came crap.
Apparently you can see the great barrier reef from the peak of the mountain, guess I'll find out soon enough.