Undara provided many surprises including a range of fungi we'd never seen before. The size of the "mushroom" was larger than a dinner plate - and WMBM let me borrow his foot for a bit of perspective.
Also loved the bark on the gums - which is thick and "woolly" around the base of the trees to afford protection from fires, but disappears to reveal smooth, creamy trunks above the flame line. The layered pieces of bark made me think of ways to give texture and depth to an art quilt. The trees of the Savannah woodland are evidence of adaptation at its best - and the possibilities for Shiva rubbings are endless.
The small pink capped mushrooms (below) were found by accident - peering into the cavity of a felled tree stump. Luscious pink on a pastel stalk lying in the wood dirt. The Collins family, who created Undura from part of their large cattle station (ranch), have really gifted something exquisite that is accessible to everyone.
The dining area at Undara is framed by old railway carriages and provides a lovely quiet spot for sketching and quiet times. Kane and the staff are wonderful - great home style meals, cold beer and they provide a restful place where nothing is a problem. The kookaburras and currawong are experts at stealing food from the end of a fork, or plate - they are persisitent and patient!
Guided tours from experienced professionals, self-guided bush walks or simply resting quietly on the verandah listening to the bush - there's everything, and nothing, to do at Undara.