With our journey quickly nearing the end, we head down the coast to Bribie. The miles pass very fast and we leave Bowen, Proserpine and Mackay behind.
The Bruce Highway has been improved in the last two years. There are many more wider sections and rest areas and stopping bays more often.
We stop for the night near Ilbilbie near Cape Palmerston NP The coral spore is in full flight so without a slight breeze and high tide it could be smelly. Surprisingly, not bities to trouble us.
Clareview is clean and tidy and camping is now allowed in several areas along the foreshore.
We join family at Tannum Sands and it is always a lovely area to come to.
Thunder, lightning and rain greet our final day on the road.
Very heavy rain stops us for a while at Miriam Vale before we continue our drive to home on this our last day of our 2014 adventure touring our Queensland.
WHAT AN ADVENTURE!
No. We couldn’t be! We are certainly not dead.
PARADISE………that where we are……………and very, very spoilt.
and Very Blessed by friends who have shared their paradise.
Very special people live in Home Hill and we have spent time at Home Hill and Cape Upstart………..
JOINING A FAMILY………TOURING IN A RESTORED CAR……..BOATING………SHELLING…….B.B.Qing……….FISHING………MEETING PEOPLE………EATING…….EATING…….EATING……..
HYDRATING………..TALKING………..LAUGHING………..PLAYING WITH A LOVELY YOUNG DOG……….AND
HAVING A FABULOUS TIME WITH SPECIAL PEOPLE UNDER A RED MOON AND GREAT WEATHER.
THANK YOU TO YOU ALL FOR SO MUCH.
Yes, it surely does fly ……….so much to do and so much to see and enjoy.
October is upon us already and we have been revisitng some of our pick spots to see what the changing season has done.
Orchids and many spring flowers have appeared really adding colour to the area. The butterflies are more evident although I can’t catch them with the camera especially the Ulysses and Bird Wing’s who dart about busily.
The days are warmer and both Lake Eacham and Lake Tinaroo are alive with people using all manner of water craft and enjoying the longer warmer days.
We say a fond “farewell” to the Tablelands and travel down the Palmerston Highway to join the Bruce (Bruise) Highway to turn south.
The recovery of the rainforest from cyclone damage is still a work in progress but Cardwell looks fresher and smiling once again.
The on shore breezes and more traffic is something quite different on the Coastal Highway. It is lovely to smell the sea air.
This trip takes 2 hours with a stop/go on The Rex Range Highway.
Lake Mitchell just south of Mount Molloy and just north of the Mareeba Wetlands is holding more water than we have seen on two previous visits in past years but only a few black swans and several magpie geese are around today.
The view toward Mossman and the northern beaches from the Lyons Lookout is very misty with sea mist and last night’s cane burn smoke hanging in the air.
From our lunch destination at Cassowary Ridge in the Port Douglas Hinterland, sadly the view over Port Douglas and The Low Isles is also very hazy. There are no cruise ships off the Port today either.
Returning to Yungaburra, we explore Mt. Molloy Craft Gallery and the Old Bakery Vintage Shop ……both are open…..yeehaa!!!!
At Biboohra, we detour a few miles to visit the manicured mango orchards of Golden Drop Mango and enjoy a little tasting of dried mango and mango wine. The cane harvesting is still in full swing in this area and the trucks are used for delivery to the Mossman Mill rail line, so the road is busier.
South of Mareeba is Granite Gorge, Nardellos Lagoon and also The Mt. Uncle Distillery all in close proximity to each other.
Mt. Uncle is beautifully presented as several features…..gardens, distillery, lagoon, banana/ mulberry orchards and Bridges Cafe’ (built from massive timber from the old original Walsh River Bridge).
We enjoy yummy food here after a hectic day exploring the northern areas. The weather has been noticeably warmer and the countryside very different from the rolling hills of the south Tablelands.
Today we are travelling around Lake Tinaroo from the south.
We leave the Gillies Highway ( to Gordonvale) just past Lake Barrine and head north to the Cathedral Fig Tree. Spectacular and Huge!
The road from here is more bull dust than dirt with huge potholes. With shadows, it becomes a real 4wd challenge.
Mobo Creek Crater is the next highlight and is very different from the many other craters we have seen so far. It is two deep holes with water running between the pools.
.The Chimneys are all that remains of what would have been a gracious old home on one of the many ” Soldiers Lots” that are in the area close to Lake Euramo. It is now a really nice picnic area. Shame it is not easily accessible.
From here you enter The Danbulla Forest Drive from where we take detours to visit some of the six NP camp areas down on the Lake edge.
Only two of these are not completed after extensive renovations. A job really well done. Except for the roads, they are nicely placed near the water with good facilities.
Kauri Creek(which has a lovely sandy bottom) back on the Forest Drive is a lovely area for a picnic and swim.
We take 3 plus hours to travel around and explore right around the Lake to the northern township of Kauri.
We finish the day’s outing with a look at the beautiful wood and many other crafts displayed at Tolga.
At Malanda, the 28th Anniversary Tablelands Garden Expo is being held and requires a look see. Hundreds of beautiful and unusual plants are displayed. Great soil available and many green thumbs growing those plants.
The day is slightly overcast so maybe a good Lumholtz’s Tree- Kangaroo spotting day!!
Malanda Falls Visitor Info and Interpretive Centre and two rainforest walks is a nearby place to start our search.
No Tree-Kanagaroos but an enjoyable and informative visit anyway.
Travelling sout east we visit Bromfields Crater and Swamp looking for brolgas (which we find just three) and then out to the Nerada Tea Plantation for our favourite pastime of eating yummies and a good cuppa. Very successful place for two reasons.
Understanding tea production ( and yes…the yummies) …..and…yep, finally…..Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo……….two of them in the wild in a nearby forest. Fascinating!
Another dream fulfilled.
Leaving Lake Eacham, we head north to Atherton and then drive south west to get an early visit to Hasties Swamp and bird hide.
All except several ducks, flocks of magpie geese and a single pelican have gone visiting for Father’s Day.
Heading up the range for about 30 minutes we arrive at Herberton, the oldest town on the Tablelands. This was a mining area and is hilly and very dry.
Having previously visited their very well presented Heritage Village and also the Spy Camera Museum we go on the Magazine Road Escape Tail and see the Mining Museum. As the day is getting hot, we have a walk around the town and visit a craft centre then drive south east to Mt. Hipipamee NP and Crater.
We enjoy our picnic lunch on the grass hoping for a visit from a Cassowary…….all to no avail, so we take a walk to the Crater and Dinner Falls. Just back to the car when a mini bus load of very noisy young tourists arrive. They are heading into the falls for a swim.
Returning to Atherton via Wongabel State Forest, we go to Hallorans Hill Lookout for a panorama of the countryside.