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Leader – Julie: - Distance - 13.8k

Walkers – Julie, Werner & Vangie, Steve & Wendy, Peter & Leonie, Graham & Helen, Colin, Paul, Margaret, Ron, Joy &  Christine

2015-06-27 Burleigh-Tallebudgera_105We all met at Awoonga St, right next to the Tallebudgera Bridge for 8.30 am. We walked across the bridge, via the toilets and then out along the rock wall, near the mouth of Tallebudgera Creek. Then back across the bridge and along the creek and roads and on up some steps up to Ocean Parade. We set off down through the Tallebudgera Conservation Park on a good track that has had a lot of work done on it with new concrete steps and some new bridges.  We walked along the track to the right, up to the Fleays Wildlife Park exit to see if we could see the Dingos and we were rewarded with seeing the two dingos running around. Their enclosure has been upgraded and it sure looks a lot better now.

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We then walked along the boardwalk through the mangroves to the Fleay's Wildlife Carpark and out along the exit road. On the way Joy spotted a couple of koalas but only the last few walkers saw them as most of us had already passed them by. We had been looking out for them after Joy had mentioned seeing them last time she passed that way but then we started "walking and talking" and so missed them but Colin will have the "evidence" on his camera so you will still get to see the photos.

Some of us parted for our morning tea. Joy and a few walkers went for their cuppas at a cafe and the rest of us walked down to eat ours near the water. We saw an Egret, a Crane,  a Brahminy Kite and a Kingfisher. We met up again and after a toilet stop at the park we walked across the pedestrian bridge and along Tallebudgera Dve. We then walked in through the mangroves along the water and came out near one of the canals. We had an early lunch sitting on the logs and the bank of the creek and then walked along Tallebudgera Dve and turned left to walk along Tallebudgera Creek.

We saw some Rescue boats trying out some different props and some people out in Dragon Boats practicing. Back over the Tallebudgera Bridge and some of us left our packs in our cars and set off though the Burleigh National Park to the top lookout to see the lovely views of the mouth of the creek. Joy and Christine left us at the cars to go back to her unit to prepare for us all invading her place.

The Ocean walk is still closed and so we walked down the top track to Burleigh Hill and there were a few surfers out and quite a few people on the hill watching them. We all took our shoes/boots off outside Joy's building and carried them up in the lift with us to her unit. We found lovely views and a lovely spread laid out to greet us when we arrived at Joy's unit. We all enjoyed taking in the breathtaking views and watched as the weather cleared to show better views of Surfers Paradise. Lovely to have a chat and catch up with everyone like that after our walk and "thank you Joy for your hospitality".

We walked back through Burleigh National Park to our cars where the rain was just starting to come in. We sure timed that well. Lovely day - Julie.

 

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)