March 12. At Kilkeven Junction. Forests denser. Araucaria Cunninghamii common, some imperfect spared from axe over 100 feet high. Stems of most seem slender, wave finely were exposed. Flindersia, a large broad headed dark green tree, noble aspect, also common here. A few miles farther up the track, the Araucaria Cunninghamii shows grandly on sky line above low mountain or hill ridges, towering high above all others. In dark grooves of mountains, a deep green broad domed tree, perhaps G. Bidwelli or Agathis rotonsta is well marked. Arrived Wandai after dark, could find no bed save lounge in overflowed hotel in lumber camp.
March 13. Magnificent open woods of spotted apple, and other species of Eucalyptus, with curious bushes, especially the so-called cherry with stone outside. The Agathis and Araucaria for a distance of 15 or 20 miles has been cut and hauled here for transport by rail to mils. Hired horses and buggy to take us to Nanango, 40 miles. Had grand ride, went on gallop much of way. Grand walk up mountain into Araucaria forest.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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