This is why I came here. To see this scenery. The ancient, virgin forest which is the heart of Borneo. It is simply epic. Breathtaking. Humbling. I don’t know how to describe it but I will try.
Kota Kinabalu city is very Western, large and relatively clean. There are some hints of local South East Asian culture though in the emerald lit grand mosque in the centre of town, the open kitchen eateries along the highways and the odd wandering dog.
Only an hours drive away from Byron Bay, Nightcap National Park is situated in north-eastern NSW and forms part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the largest area of subtropical rainforest in the world.
Located near Ballina, Killen Falls is an easily accessible destination that offers a lovely short walk through regenerating sub-tropical rainforest to a refreshing watering hole. Surrounded by cliffs on three sides, the cosy pool is nested in a gully of ferns and is fed by the Emigrant Creek dam shortly upstream at the aptly named Fernleigh. The bed of the pool is quite rocky so don’t forget to bring reefs sandals and if you are lucky enough you will see the resident turtles that inhabit this gem of a place.
Fancy wandering around Wandering? It is well worth the short drive 130km just south east of Perth to spend New Years here. Situated in Marradong Country in the heart of the Darling Range, surrounded by farmland with patches of remnant wandoo forest to the east and jarrah forest to the west, there is much to explore. Hoofing up the the granite outcrops should definitely be on the list of things to do to see the sweeping views over the honey washed landscape at sunset. Continue reading “Wandering”