Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Moonrise - Googarra caravan park

Below Murray Falls

More stairs on the return walk

Happy trekers

Above the falls

Rebuilding Cardwell

Magical walk through Cardwell visitor centre

More magic

Coral Sea Memorial

23rd - 26th

There has heavy clouds and rain for the last couple of days. We were lucky enough for the clouds to disappear so we could see the moon at its largest.

Monday started as another cloudy day with the sun breaking through about lunchtime. Later in the day I walked down to the beach at Tully Heads.

Tuesday the sun is shining and we have decided to pack a picnic lunch and head to Murray Falls. Unfortunately Elaine and Blu wont be travelling with us today. Elaine has been feeling unwell the last few days.

The Murray Upper National Park is in the foothills of the Kirrama Range and is part of the wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The falls are one of the prettiest in North Queensland with water sculptured rocks and crystal clear pools. The Girramay Aboriginal people are the traditional owners. The waterfalls can be viewed from a boardwalk and viewing platform. An easy 300m return walk, we decided to do the rainforest and lookout as well- a moderate 1.8 km return walk. The walk was well signposted so we could read about the special culture of the Girramay people.We saw lots of butterflies on the walk, the variety of colours were amazing. I was puffing when we got to the top but the view over the waterfall was well worth the effort. Much easier travelling down, sure that my legs will be sore later on.

The camping ground is suitable for tents and caravans and permits are required. The road in is narrow with some gravel but if you take your time, shouldn't have any problems. After a picnic lunch near the swimming hole we drove on to Cardwell.

Following the damage from Cyclone Yasi, Cardwell is undergoing major reconstruction. We enjoyed walking through the Cardwell Rainforest and Reef exhibition at the information centre, reading about the story of Giroo Gurrill, half man half eel of the Girramay people. After afternoon tea at the bakery named Sweet Surprise we head to the Memorial commemorating the Battle of the Coral Sea between the Japanese and Allied forces during world war 2. Have had a great day but time for the 50 km drive back to the park.

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