To The Northward, The Country Was
Very Mountainous, And In The North-West, At A Short Distance, Phillips's
Mountain Reared Its Head.
Many shallow valleys, at present of an
earth-brown colour, led down from the range.
A large creek - which
probably collects all the waters that we had passed on the east side of
the range, and which I descended during my ride of the 3rd
February - flows down a very conspicuous valley to the eastward. I named
this creek after - Stephens, Esq., of Darling Downs; and the peak on
which I stood after - Campbell, Esq., of the same district. Both these
gentlemen had shown the greatest hospitality to me and to my party during
our stay at the Downs, before starting on the expedition. The rock of
Campbell's Peak is domitic; at the top it is of a bluish colour and very
hard, and contains very visible, though minute, crystals of felspar.
In a hollow between the two rocky protuberances on the west side of the
hill, a noble fig-tree spread its rich dark-green shady foliage; and on
the steep slopes Erythrina was frequent. I could not help contrasting the
character of this place with the moist creeks and mountain brushes of the
Bunya Bunya country near Moreton Bay, where I had been accustomed to
observe the same plant. Proceeding to the N.N.E. we passed several creeks
or watercourses, some fine open Ironbark slopes, and a sandstone range;
and, following down a watercourse, came to a creek which seemed to
originate in Phillips's Mountain.
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