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

The trek begins

On the side of the mountain

The track is in here somewhere

Quarantine & Walker Bays from Mt. Cook

Visitor & interpretive centre,at the gardens

Fan fern


Blue winged kookaburra

One of the original plantings of the gardens in 1886

Cook watches the sunset

So did we


24th July

The wind is blowing a gale this morning. So the plan for the day is to climb Mt Cook. Hoping we don't get blown off. Originally named Gore's mountain by Captain Cook, was changed in 1819 to Mt Cook. A walking track climbs steeply for 2km to Waymburr lookout. It has taken us an hour to get to the lookout and found it to be very windy. Brave old me had a quick look and went back down to stand on safer ground while Greg took the photos. We have decided not to climb further, not sure if my knees will be working tomorrow after climbing over rocks and slipping on leaves. This walk has taken 2 hours I was pleased to see the car and have a rest.

25th July

Still very windy and has blown most of the night, suppose to be easing off today. A much quieter walk today, a stroll around the botanic gardens with the curator giving us a very informative tour. She told us a lot about the work she was doing and about bush tucker. Cooktown Botanic Gardens is one of Australia's oldest gardens,having been established in 1878.

We took one last chance to capture a sunset, not the best but adequate.

We leave Cooktown tomorrow and are heading to the Atherton tablelands hoping it is a calmer day for travelling.

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