high in the Paluma Range

Eighteen kilometres of steep and winding road (sealed thankfully) will get you to the crest of the Paluma Range (inland to the north west from Townsville). Within an hour of being there in the late afternoon, the mist rolled in.  The sounds were deadened and silence prevailed through the night. The air was cool and crisp, unlike the coast it rose above.  Walking in the forests was rewarding with birds high in the tree tops, waterfalls and fungi adorning what it could find.

During WW2 the Paluma Range provided a critical communications point for wartime operations in the Pacific.

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Girringun National Park

Located west of Ingham in North Queensland is this amazing national park.  The steep and somewhat curvy drive to the top was worth it.  Serene walks, magnificent falls and spectacular views await. Here is a glimpse.

The Wallaman Falls are Australia’s highest permanent waterfall with a 279 metre single drop. The noise of the falls breaks up what would normally be a peaceful setting!

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dunk island accommodation

This accommodation was comfortably sitting on the beach at Dunk Island looking south across to the more exclusive Bedarra Island.  Not a bad way to spend some time away from it all on a near deserted tropical island!

sunrise at mission beach

The early morning cloud lends itself to the creation of a stunning array of light as you look across to Dunk Island.

the marble face of Chillagoe

Sure, there are rocky outcrops as you drive into Chillagoe from the east.  There are fences here and there with keep out signs (always a temptation unless they say there is a big dog behind them!) but what are the hiding?

A late afternoon venture into a paddock behind one of these fences revealed these white faces crouching beneath grasses and black topped rock. One day you might see one of these faces as a sculpture in your local park.

bird watching along the Daintree River

Early morning and it’s misty rain again on the Daintree.  We venture out anyway on our small wildlife cruise, big lens (although someone will have a bigger one!) and rain gear.  Thankfully the light was good and perfect for capturing, inclusive of rain spots, a few treasures along the Daintree River.

Chillagoe charms

Tucked away a couple of hundred kilometres west of Cairns is the small town of Chillagoe.  The rainforest and the wet tropics quickly disappear and you are into dry country with lots of rocks and dust. Once a bustling smelting town, it is now much quieter.  Don’t make the mistake however of thinking because there is no hustle and bustle there is nothing to do. Quite the opposite.

Play golf, go swimming, explore the smelting history, go caving or take  a cool ale at one of the pubs.  No need to set an alarm, the galah chorus will get you up on time. You can easily check the weather before your planned activities too!

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