Tablelands Adventure

Trip Start Apr 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, May 1, 2010

This morning, Mom was not feeling too good, so she decided to stay in the hotel and rest for a bit as I went on exploring north Queensland.  It ended up being a good thing as the curvy roads, in and out of the car, small narrow roads would have been too much for her.  Today, I headed south west to the Tablelands.  My first stop was at the Cathedral Fig Tree.  No one there, just me and the birds chirping away in the rainforest.  The tree was gigantic and so wild, it was truly awesome.  From there I continued down this small dirt road all the way around Lake Tinaroo.  It was a great drive and along the way, I found out that pine trees can and do exist in the rainforest!!  As I got to the other side of the lake the landscape changed completely from rainforest to outback savanna.  Cool and quit sudden change!  I then continued driving south taking in the beauty of the area, rolling hills, cattle ranches.  Just beautiful.

My next "in-depth" exploration was the Waterfall circuit not too far outside Millaa Millaa.  Again, I wish I had brought my swimsuit so I could have enjoyed the falls by swimming but…..A great way to spend some time and you too should take the time to enjoy it.  Three different waterfalls, all with their own beauty but nature at its best!!  From there, I headed east towards South Johnstone and a little south to Paronella Park.  I arrived just in time to join a departing tour so why not!!  This park was created  by a man who came to Australia with nothing, became wealthy by working hard, created a park with multiple things for people to come and enjoy and in turn make him even richer!!  A good businessman but also a man who never forgot his humble beginnings.  An interesting place, with an interesting story.  The sad thing, is the buildings are all crumbling and falling apart.  He constructed the buildings in concrete using the sand from the nearby creek.  Being built in the rainforest, that was not the best idea and the cause for the current demise.  Still worth a visit.

Since I was pretty much alone on most of the roads I traveled today, I did tend to speed a little on the straight aways.  As I came around a curve, a police woman was standing in the middle of the road signaling cars to pull over (I was not the only one).  I thought, here we go again, true to myself - a speeding ticket in another foreign country!!  She asked for my license and then proceeded to tell me I had been randomly selected for a breathalyser test!!  "No worries mate" I said, "I have not had a drink in 45 years!!".

As I travelled north back towards Cairns along highway 1 and was privileged to watch a beautiful sunset as I drove.  Not much sun, but beautiful colors of blues and pinks.  A long but super day which I enjoyed tremendously.
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