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Day 8 - Smoke of the bushfire

Day 8 - Smoke of the bushfire
 
   
   
   
   
 
 

This week in South East Queensland

EARLY spring marks the beginning of the bushfire season. It is the driest time of year and the grassy undergrowth of most eucapypt forests are tinder dry. If a fire were to start, it would likely spread quickly. To reduce the risk, controlled fires are deliberately lit on calm days to clear the dangerous undergrowth. This fills the air with thick smoke often contributing to spectacular sunsets. Aboriginal people throughout Australia have been performing controlled burning for many thousands of years as part of their agriculture of the land. Although the fires are destructive in the very short term, the seeds fallen from trees scattered on the ground lay dormant not germinating until they have been burnt in a bushfire. Out of the ashes of a forest fire springs new life.

Today's trek takes me along the northern beaches of the Sunshine Coast, heading southward from Noosa Heads along the sweeping golden beach down to Point Arkwright, the second of four major headlands of the Sunshine Coast.

 
 

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03 - 09 September

 

Sunshine Coast

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26°24'S
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0 - 28m ASL

 

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