We continued down Switch Back Road and stopped at a water point half way down.
This is where we saw our first koala - lying lazily in a gum tree as they do most of the time.
It was also the first time the holiday took a turn for the worse.
After photographing the koala I tripped and bashed my camera on the ground, damaging the lens mechanism.
It ground away a few times but I was lucky that eventually it got back to semi-working condition
but I was living on borrowed time for the rest of the holiday.
Every time I switched in on or off it would grind around a little before finding its windings.
There were a few orchids here but damaging my camera took the shine off things.
After that we went down to Anakie Gorge and Lower Stony Creek Reservoir.
Here we a colony of Nodding Greenhood Orchids, that had mostly finished flowering,
and right next to it the largest colony of Maroonhood Orchids (Pterostylis pedunculata)
that I had ever seen (not that I've seen many large colonies of them).
Being a wetter, sheltered area there was not a profussion of orchids but there was considerable bird life.
We saw several species of honey eaters including one bird we hadn't seen before that landed
on a branch half a metre in front of my mother's face.
Nobody had a camera ready and these things are usually only captured and treasured in your memories.
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