Sunday Morning Walk

My husband and I used to go on so many walks before the kids were born.  We would both work in the city during the week and then find different walking trails and national parks to explore on the weekends.  It was so relaxing and really made us feel good.  One of our favourite places to visit was Brisbane Ranges National Park.

We have also been on many walks with the kids too and have such great memories and photos of each one.  Sometimes they may be a little reluctant to get up and go but once out in the fresh air and walking along tracks they are so, so happy.  

Yesterday we found a lovely little walk and had such a great time.  The moment you arrive and step out of the car you can't help but smile and feel good.  Even just seeing a few other cars parked and knowing that others are also enjoying a little escape.  Appreciating the simplicity of walking, fresh air, birds, trees, water, cliffs and peacefulness.  

I love walking on trails.


We followed a 2.9km loop which took just under an hour.  Most of the track was narrow with a lot of twists and turns which we thoroughly enjoyed.  You just don't know what is around the next bend.  Love the mystery of it all.



The track begins with a climb alongside a gorge.  As you approach the top there is a little hut which was intriguing. 


Time for a rest.

As I was carrying a backpack with water and a few other supplies I thought this was the perfect time for a little surprise.  Out came some homemade bliss balls.


View from the hut.

A little further on and we arrived at a lookout.  We had a great view of the gorge and noticed there was a little water in the stream below.

View from lookout.

The track changed so much along the way.  Most of it was narrow, sometimes sandy and quite rocky in areas too and steep.  Around the halfway mark it opened up for a while.


You can just see the trail through this area.

Signage was spot on and very easy to follow.  

Our wonderful Samson.

As we neared the end of our little adventure we spotted this purple tree.  Purple is my favourite colour.


Never know what you will find.

Being a part of nature even if just for a little while really gives you a healthy boost and leaves you feeling happy and refreshed.  It is the best way to relax and slow down.  By the time we arrived back at the car we all had big smiles and commented on just how good it was.


Waiting for the 'OK' before he can jump into the car.

On the way home we sat down for a coffee and hot chocolate.  All glowing from our walk and chatting about our plans for the rest of the day.





Then it was time to jump back into the car and head home.  Samson loves being in the car and always rests his head on the centre console between the front seats.  Yesterday was no different except he was that exhausted he was asleep almost instantly and snored all the way home.

Sleeping Beauty.

Once home he then tucked into a new bone. 
 


I really want to get back into a regular habit of walking trails.  The next track is already planned.



18 comments

  1. What a gorgeous place to walk, Kylie. I love walking trails too, being in amongst the trees. That purple tree must have been a surprise! Had a chuckle when you wrote about Samson's snoring...our Sir Steve dog snores quite loudly too. Meg:)

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    1. I think Sir Steve and Samson would be great little buddies.

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  2. There are so many beautiful places to get out and about and explore. I love walking trails. I enjoy looking at the different plants and catching sight of different birds and insects. About the only thing I don't enjoy about it is occasionally walking through cobwebs, especially if I am in the middle of saying something. Samson would have enjoyed the outing too. He looks very sweet asleep in the car.

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    1. Walking through cobwebs then sets off a 'spider dance' as I'm convinced there is one in me.

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  3. Such gorgeous photo's Kylie, that gorgeous tree reminds me of a rainbow eucalyptus. I am not sure if you get the chance to leave Brisbane often, but the walk around Queen Mary Falls at Killarney is quite stunning as well. We recently walked that one about a week ago whilst on holidays :) Linda.

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    1. The Brisbane Ranges National Park is actually here in Victoria so we are very lucky. The Queen Mary Falls walk would be lovely and something I'll keep in the memory bank next time we are up north. Being a short walk too allows time to slow down, stop and take it all in.

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  4. It looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for the photos and descriptions Kylie, I felt like I was there walking with you. That little hut is ideal for a break.

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    1. I'm looking forward to finding many more beautiful places and best part is we don't have to travel far.

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  5. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning Kylie. We washed down the house, pressure-cleaned the deck, and cleaned all the windows. Now don't you wish you would have had a day like mine, haha?! Reading your post makes me realise that I don't get out into nature nearly enough. One of the by-products of full time work at this point in time.

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    1. Now my windows could do with a good clean especially after all this wind.
      I hope you do get some time for outdoors soon.

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  6. What a beautiful walk! The trail does look narrow. I love the photos the trees and of Samson. It's fun for me to see your landscape. Carlie used to rest her head in the same spot, so content and appreciative after a hike...

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    1. Perfect spot for them to rest their heads. Being larger dogs they can stretch out a little.

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  7. I love the hut too, Kylie. Poor Samson must have been quite worn out. I am always looking on the ground for snakes when I walk in the bush so the scenery gets completely missed unfortunately.

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    1. I spend a lot of time looking down too mainly so I don't slip. Snakes are always in the back of my head too.

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  8. That little hut is utterly intriguing .... I wonder.

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    1. I agree. That's one of things I love about getting out, walking and exploring. You just don't know what you will find.

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  9. Nice walk Kylie and so wonderful to get out and back in tune with nature. I must remember to spend time looking around on my walks and not just head down, speeding along for my training. I may have to do a separate "relaxing" walk, just to enjoy the beauty of the Australian bush. Cheers Lyndie

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  10. Thoroughly enjoyed viewing your walk. We must explore our area as there's many opportunities for interesting walks around here.

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