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... and into the Tablelands of Atherton and Ravenshoe. it is so nice to see green countryside, interesting towns, we have to check out the local Bakery in each new town.........there is just something about country bakery's and homemade pies etc......but not good for the waistline. We travelled North to Mareeba, found a great 48hr free camp, and spent 3 fulll days, exploring Cooktown, the Daintree National Park, ...
... definitely all turned round. Ed and I headed out for a rainforest walk (Rum Jum Jungle & River Walk) down to the Barron River early in the day. Before the heat set in. Nice very nice. Lots of birds and flora - many of which new to us until this visit to Australia. In the spirit of thanksgiving one of the brush turkeys we could see in the forest wandered out, crossed the trail and posed for me while I was sitting on a handy bench. Maybe looking for a handout? Brush turkey ...
... to begin activities and we headed down to the lagoon on Cairns esplanade (you can't go in the sea because of jellyfish and other nasties here so they've cleverly built a lagoon pool right next to the beach) for a relax and a well-needed tanning session. The night markets (which infact started at 2pm) were across the road so it was a no-brainer really to hit those after our chillout on the grass. We found $15 45 minute massages tucked away to one side of the hall - possibly ...
... and then
fly home as Deb (daughter in law) was about to have her baby early,
so Ian Greg and I kept going. The country was beautiful and the road
no where near as rough as it can be. There was lots of water around
still so lots of birds. Went through to St Vidgeon's ruins on a huge
lagoon the next night. The ruins aren't anything to write home about
just a couple of fibro buildings but the lagoon was spectacular. It
was really full and the camp-site ...
... historical village - some 50 buildings - and a huge number of historical equipment and machinery - each building is set up internally similar to the original - school, shops, garages etc. You can spend a day here.
We finally made it to Younaburra where we stayed the night in a motel and had a fantastic meal in the little Italian/Swiss restaurant next door
The next morning woke up to low cloud cover and rain. The visibility was down to ...