March 14. Start at 4:00 A.M. on stage for the terminus of another short railroad, 50 miles. Arrived about 1:00 P.M. and at 2: o’clock took train for Sydney, via Ipswich. The stage run was very interesting. Road crosses the Bunya mountains named so for the Araucaria Bidwelli forests mingled with A. Cunninghamii, the former being called Bunya by Indians and whites alike. The Bunya is the nobler species, the trees attaining 200 feet in height with broad heads which show gloriously along ridges and peaks soaring in magnificent domes above all other trees, outlined on sky. The other species nearly as high and both making good timber and yielding fine nuts. Had exciting walks in forest, enormous spiders and webs and stinging ants.
March 15. Looking back over the last excursion, the most interesting pictures are in particular, the broad continuous Eu(calyptus) forests, interrupted slightly by the Araucaria woods along mountain ridges, the vine-tangled “scrubs”, along stream sides, the Banksia thickets of low gray bushes or small trees.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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