Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cania, and homecoming

We’re home, after more than 4,000kms of travelling. It has been a brilliant trip, but as always, there’s a deep comfort in being back in our own place.

There wasn’t much excitement in  yesterday’s trip, from Warwick in south east Queensland, to Monto in central Queensland, hence no post about it. We took the back roads and saw wonderful countryside, but paid for it in terms of bumpy, winding and steep roads. The car and Miz Lizzie both coped beautifully.

However, having missed the chance to see the nearby wonderful Cania Gorge, Dam and Lake when we passed through Monto on the way south, we scrambled to make it happen on the way home. Having parked Miz Lizzie and got her hooked up, we jumped straight back in the car as the sun started to slant towards the horizon and went like bats out of hell, arriving just in time.

If you’re interested in the geology and wildlife, the walking tracks and the many thousands of years of Aboriginal history, one of the best places for information can be found here:


I don’t want this post to simply regurgitate all that, so I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves. At the far end of the gorge is Cania Lake, now enlarged and extended into a dam. The lookout over the lake is reached by a winding road from which you get tantalising glimpses until the vista opens up at the top. We stayed until the sun started to disappear and it began to get cold… We’re definitely going back, and will stay at the campsite within the gorge so that we can explore and take on some of the walking tracks, see the caves and the Aboriginal cave paintings.

What I didn’t manage to capture entirely is the wonderful warm glow of the sandstone with the setting sun catching it. It truly seemed to be on fire at one point – sadly the best moment was too dark to make a successful photo, but I’m sure you can imagine what I mean.

Next time we go there, I’m planning to have much more daylight, and I’ll be hoping to take walking tracks which will show me the caves and paintings, as well as the outstanding natural scenery.


35 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cania, and homecoming

  1. Jule says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It’s a pity you couldn’t capture the full beauty. My suggestion is to play around with the nighttime settings if your camera has them. I’m using mine for experimenting, sometimes in daylight. And surely Miz Lizzie will be happy to carry a little tripod if needed. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I should really make a point of actually reading the very large instruction manual, but it makes me feel panicky just looking at it! I would love to have the ability to do night time photography, so perhaps it’s time to conquer my fear… Somewhere, I have a tiny tripod; I must remember to pack it!

  2. Looks like a wonderful trip. I’m looking forward to a long road trip in the middle of the year. Not sure how far we’ll get, but at least a couple thousand miles round trip. Should be fun. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Road trips are the best, but I did enjoy the week of sitting still in one place and using the caravan as a base for our onward explorations. And it’s given us ideas for our shorter 4 day weekend trips – I’ll definitely be going back to Cania Gorge!

      • I don’t love the road trip part, but we’ve learned how to do them happily enough. It’s when you get “there” and have a few days that the payoff comes. Glad you’ve had a good time!

  3. kathyreeves says:

    Kate, Thanks again for sharing your wonderful trip with us. The variety of the Australian landscape is truly wondrous!

    • katechiconi says:

      It really is, and while getting around the place takes a while because of the distances, you get to see so much. I could travel every day of the rest of my life and still not see a fraction of what’s on offer.

  4. Mary Gillette says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures and esp like the website about the park. Thanks.

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    What a fascinating post, thanks for the link, really enjoyed this especially about the aborigine art.

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s what I really want to go back for – there wasn’t time or daylight to do it on this trip, but we’ll be making a special trip there another time and I’ll be sure to have my camera along…

  6. I csn imagine the sunset… and it isn’t easy to capture. But some things are better just to see yourself. Monto, as we discussed is on The List, now Cania Gorge Dam and Lake are too. So much to see in Queensland, just next door… sort of. So happy you had a great roadtrip and are enjoying the comforts of home, until next time.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d recommend staying at the Cania Gorge Big 4 site as opposed to the other one if you can, as it’s got better facilities and is closer to the lake. Definitely worth a return visit and a day or so there to see the caves and Aboriginal art as well as the scenery.

  7. manicmumdays says:

    Gorgeous pics Kate!

  8. rutigt says:

    It looks very beautiful!!!! I can see why you want to go back there!!

  9. dayphoto says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your trip with us!!

  10. That’s quite a trip. Glad all went well and you at least got a peek at that impressive area. Mother Nature does good work. Thanks for sharing the photos and the link.

    • katechiconi says:

      She does brilliant work, and I’m glad you liked the travelogue. The quick taster of Cania Gorge told us pretty quickly that we want to go back and do it properly.

  11. tialys says:

    A belated welcome home. I am back too but have had my Mum with me if you are wondering why I dropped off the radar – I’m taking her back to the airport this afternoon so I can get back into some sort of routine tomorrow – well, as much as I ever have a routine 😉 Great photos – I haven’t read my manual either.

    • katechiconi says:

      And Welcome Home to you too! We had a truly lovely holiday, filled with sunshine, sights and fantastic food. Such a come-down to return home to the normal routine 😦

  12. I’m taking your trip backwards – not had the mental state to read much until tonight! I’ll say it now and save repeating myself: I’m so glad I get to see these places through your travels! 💚

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