Today was all about enjoying the facilities and in particular the walks around the lodge. Along with all the other members of the group, we were keen to see a Koala in the wild. Sadly it was not to be. They are nocturnal although they can be spotted in the day-time by the eagle-eyed who know where to look curled up in a tree asleep.
We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony listening to the numerous different birds including the Whipbird. They are all more active during the morning. Our balcony has uninterrupted views of the forest and then mountains and the sea in the distance. It is spectacular especially with the sound of the birds in the background.
We took an afternoon guided walk with the Awesome Mardi up to Bellbird lookout, which was just a viewpoint. On the way we saw the Stinging Tree. This is like a nettle only 100 times worse. The sting is quite excruciating and the pain can last for weeks. You have to pull out the little spikes which it embeds in you if you brush against it. This is done by applying a plaster and pulling it off thus extracting the spikes but not the poison which continues to be there and cause the pain. There is an aboriginal antidote (like a dock leaf) which helps.
We also saw Bigfoot a tree whose base looks like a foot and which is hollow at the bottom though still alive and well. Apparently some years ago some students from Sydney decided to see how many of them could get in the tree (in a pyramid I assume) and they managed 20. However Mardi said that with all the nasties which live in their like spiders and snakes she wouldn’t go near it! I imagine the students were well lubricated at the time.
We saw a butcher bird which is so-called as it is very aggressive to others, and some Padimelons. We also saw the nests of some Orange Trapdoor spiders and Mardi opened one of them and I got a photo of the spider inside. It is the 2nd most venomous spider and uses the trap door web to catch it’s pray. Its only predator which is immune to the poison is the giant centipede and the spider uses an escape tunnel with a cover to hide from the centipede if it comes into the nest. All incredibly clever.
In the evening after some drinks watching the sunset on the terrace and dinner we had a night walk and saw numerous Padimelons some brush tailed possums (2 females fighting over territory), a grey snake and a male and female Tawny Frog-Mouth. It seems likely that the one we saw last night was a juvenile. All very interesting.

Pommie Pete
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