Hervey’s Range after rain

Hervey's Range waterfall
The waterfall on Hervey’s Range Road in early March

The Townsville region received quite a deluge between mid February and early March, after a dry start to what we hoped would be a good Wet. Green Path recently posted photos of the Town Common after rain, and here are some from Hervey’s Range to the West of the city.

The waterfall photo above is the first chronologically. It was taken by Steve Coleman about March 5 and shows the beautiful waterfall beside the road, halfway up the escarpment; his comment was that it hadn’t run this well for three years or more, and I can’t disagree. The others are my own, taken on a visit on March 13. By that time the waterfall was considerably reduced, although still beautiful:

Hervey's Range waterfall
The same waterfall ten days later

Hervey’s Range Road crosses Two Mile Creek a couple of miles from the crest of the range and I took a couple of photos just upstream from the bridge. The first shows it in a very typical state – a clear stream, almost narrow enough to step across, in a broad sandy bed lined by mature trees.

Hervey's Range
Two Mile Creek in mid March

My second photo, taken at the same time from a spot in the middle of the first, shows just how high the water had risen with recent rains. (Apologies for the image quality – I should have used my camera instead of my phone.) “Raging torrent” is a cliche, but I can think of no better description of what it must have been.

Hervey's Range
Two Mile Creek showing the late February flood height

People around Townsville have been quoting a couple of lines of poetry lately, and it’s not hard to see why:

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges, 
Of droughts and flooding rains.

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