Our group stayed at the Lake Somerset Holiday Park at Hazeldean, which is about 10mins drive from Kilcoy. Our cabins were comfortable and had beautiful views over the Somerset Dam, which captures the water from the Stanley River. Building Somerset Dam commenced in 1935, was suspended during WW2, and was finally completed by 1959. It was built to provide more water security for Brisbane and help to mitigate floods.
|Lake Somerset: Berry|
|Yabba Rd, Jimna: Kerrie|
|White sour bush (Choretrum candollei)|
|Brown Treecreeper: Vince|
|Jacky Winter: Vince|
|Blue-faced Honeyeaters: Berry|
|Morning tea at Peach Trees: Berry|
|Double-fringed Emerald Moth: Kerrie|
|Coral Fungi: Kerrie|
|Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum atroviride)|
|Xerochrysum bracteatum: Kerrie|
|Tetramolopium vagans: Kerrie|
|Mosquito orchid: Kerrie|
|Hardenbergia violaces: Kerrie|
|Small-leaved Geranium: Kerrie|
|Woolly Pomanderris: Kerrie|
|Female Green Catbird: Kerrie|
In particular, on the Aracauria on a site some 10 metres from the ground in a dead tree where branches twined to construct a flattened platform, the male Rifle-bird was observed filling in the gaps between the twigs with vegetation he was transporting in his beak. Perhaps he was preparing for the mating season, the display platform for his wondrous dance.
|Male Paradise Rifle-bird|
|Grey kangaroo and joey: Berry|
|Female Regent Bower-bird: Berry|
Nearby is the small town of Jimna, which was established in 1922 as a forestry town. The Jimna Fire tower is 47 metres tall and was built in 1977. This heritage listed tower, which is in the process of being restored, was used by foresters to spot fires.
|Jimna Fire Tower: Berry|
|Morning tea at Bellthorpe: Kerrie|
|Waterlilies on the dam: Kerrie|
|Waterfall at Bellthorpe: Berry|
was excited to point out some rare trapdoor spiders homes in the damp banks
near the walking track. Green moss forms a handy camouflage. A Red Triangle Slug was found on the foliage and a Damselfly landed on a human's arm.
|Trapdoor spider home:Kerrie|
|Lid covered with moss: Kerrie|
|View of the mountains from lookout: Kerrie|
|Red triangle slug: Kerrie|
|Female Southern Whitetip Damselfly: Rob|
|Sawmill Conservation Park: Berry|
Thursday was spent exploring around Kilcoy. A member of the Kilcoy District Historical Society, presented a talk on the first settlers of the district. There was time then to explore the history centre and the nearby Art Gallery. Behind the gallery there is a lovely park, called Yowie Park, which winds along the Kilcoy Creek. Plants in a revegetation project included Jointed twig rush (Baumea articulata) and Grey sedge (Lepironia articulate), Midyim berry (Astromyrtus dulcis), Lomandra hystrix and Thyme honey myrtle as understory plants us while the taller plants included River Oak, Swamp Mahogany, Melaleuca viminalis and Banksia integrifolia.
|Red-browed Finch: Vince|
|Wedge-tailed Eagle: Vince|
|White-throated Gerygone: Vince|
|Dusky Woodswallow: Vince|
|Speckled Warbler: Vince|
These birds were recorded in areas of Yabba and Galeger Roads, Jimna.