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2016 Trip to Cairns

 

It’s look like we have left the south-east corner of Qld just in time to miss the cold weather.  So far, heading north we have had a few cold mornings, one in particular at Monto when there was frost all around including on top of the van, but beautiful fine days.

 

 We left home late June with our first stop at Gayndah, then Monto, Clermont and Charters Towers visiting relatives all along the way.

 

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On the farm at Gayndah.

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Sunset at Monto.

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We have passed the sign to the Bunyip Hole on the road many times - now I have finally got to see it.

 

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Tyler had grown big enough to ride his motor bike in the few days before our visit to their place at Charters Towers so there was big excitement. Of course both boys had to show off their riding skills.

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All country kids have to swing on the gates.

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When we left Charters Towers we travelled through a few showers but not enough to wash the dust off the car or caravan and had an overnight stop at the caravan park at Greenvale.  Quite a nice little caravan park with friendly operators and well priced.  Of course being country music fans we had to have a drink at the Three Rivers Hotel made famous by Stan Coster (and Slim Dusty).

 

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It was then onto Milla Milla on the Atherton Tablelands. 

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What a contrast to the dry dusty roads we had been travelling.  Everywhere you look around the landscape is so lush and green. 

 

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There is some picture postcard scenery around this area.

 

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Taken from the Milla Milla Lookout

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From Crawford's Lookout

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A Buffalo Diary herd

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Windy Hill Turbines.

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Milla Milla Falls

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Zillie Falls

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Elinjaa Falls

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Mungalli Falls

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Pepina Falls

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Malanda Falls

We did the Mamu Tree Top Walk yesterday.  This was the fourth tree top walk we have done (having previously walked the ones in Tasmania, Otway Ranges, Victoria and in Western Australia).  Surprisingly they have all been very different.

 

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The tower which we climbed - it is not for anyone even a little bit scared of heights.

We have not yet spotted a Cassowary in the wild but today we were fortunate to see a Tree Kangaroo when we visited the Nerada Tree Estates. 

 

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The Nerada Tea Planation

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Tree Kangaroo

Now for a close-up

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Tomorrow we leave Milla Milla and will probably go to the Lake Eachem Caravan Park.  We have found that most of the caravan parks in this area are fully booked this week-end – probably because of it being the last week-end of the school holidays and also the Malanda Show is on. 

 

2016 Trip to Cairns Part 2
Weeks 25, 26 & 27 (And Final)
 

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