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

Bats in the belfry

Googarra Beach Tully Heads

On the beach

Kareeya Hydro Power Station

Tully River

Rafters at lunch

Alligators Nest swimming area

Alligators Nest picnic area

Church built 1935 among the cane fields

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Rafters Lunch

27th- 28th June.

Not much on the agenda for Thursday so we walked to Googara beach, about a 5 km easy walk from the caravan park. Then we spent the rest of the day relaxing. Tonight we spotted thousands of bats flying over us, we made sure we stayed under cover, didn't want to be pooped on, not sure where they were headed.

On Friday we traveled into the Tully Gorge, one of the wettest parts of the wet tropics.Tropical rain forests flourish in a narrow band along the coast, making it a pleasant drive except for an impatient "P" plater who was in a big hurry to who knows where, maybe he thought the gorge was going to disappear. Along the way we noticed lots of banana plantations one of the industries of Tully.

The road ends 54 km from Tully at the Kareeya hydro power station. We had a couple of stops to climb down to the gorge for a closer view of the rapids and waterfalls. A popular area for rafting crews, along the way there are lookouts to watch them come down the raging water. As always our timing was perfect when we spotted them they were on their lunch break.

We arrived back in Tully at lunchtime. We decided on pies for lunch and head out to Alligators nest a picturesque picnic area not far from Tully. No alligators here it was named after a young scouting group which use to meet in the park. The locals use the swimming hole when it is hot, at this stage it is not hot enough for them, just have to be careful of the venomous fish called bullrats it is advised to wear sandshoes into the water. This area is in cassowary territory as yet we haven't spotted one.

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