Posted on April 2, 2015
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.
Posted on March 30, 2015
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!
Posted on March 27, 2015
Posted on March 24, 2015
Posted on November 29, 2014
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.
Posted on November 20, 2014
Posted on November 16, 2014
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!