TL;DR – Today I explore the beautiful Daisy Hill Conservation Park & Koala Centre a pocket of bushland just south of Brisbane.
This week, month, and year has been a bit stressful, to say the least, so I thought I would take a moment and destress by going to one of the best-kept secrets in South-East Queensland the Daisy Hill Conservation Park & Koala Centre, just south of Brisbane in Logan City.
Daisy Hill is a pocket of bushland in the hills behind Logan City and a key conversation area for a lot of local species including to koalas. There is a day area on the southern tip with bush walks, grass to run around with, the Koala Centre, and most importantly for me some good old fashioned fire BBQs.
The first step is to find a free BBQ and set to work getting a fire ready, as it was just for me it didn’t need to be a big fire, but there is something about cooking with wood that always makes food taste that little bit better.
Once you fire is going it is time to cook and today there was only one thing on my mind and that was a big hunk of meat, so it is time for a good chunk of steak.
However, a pro tip when you are cooking any sort of food anywhere in Australia, you need to keep an eye out for the local wildlife, because if you are not careful your lunch might fly off to be someone else’s treat.
Once it is all done, and some healthy greens added for good measure, it is time to enjoy your handiwork as the fire crackles behind you and given how cold it has been in Queensland this week, this is an added bonus.
Once you have finished it is time to clean up, collect all your rubbish because at Daisy Hill you take it all with you and make sure you leave it in as good or better than when you arrived. Then after having a big lunch the best thing to do is walk a bit of it off. There are a lot of walking tracks from here, but today for me it was just a lap of the picnic area. Now if you are very lucky and it is a quiet day you might spot a visitor or two out and about.
At the end of the walk, we arrive at a very special place: the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.
I arrived just in time for one of the local rangers to give a talk about Koalas, the pressures they face, how we can help them, and also enviably the terrifying sound they make during mating season.
Alas, while it was fun, my time was at an end and I had to get home, but it was a nice day out with perfect weather and some fun koala facts to boot.
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