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Oct 10, 2017 - Granite Gorge, Kangaroos! and Atherton

October 10, 2017 We left the near Outback to travel south to the Atherton Tablelands. This is an area of rolling hills surrounded by a broken up mountain range. It is essentially the caldera of a series of ancient volcanos. It is home to a World Heritage rainforest as well as dairy farms and tourism opportunities. The big deal this morning was seeing kangaroos in Maremba, a town on our route to Atherton. The birder group left early on the theory that they would have a better chance to see kangaroos is they got to the golf course in the...

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Aug 29, 2016 - Through the Tablelands

Hi Everyone Well it can certainly rain up here in northern Queensland. It poured for days. On a positive note we did get all our chores in the van done! We were camped in Babinda, a nice little town nestled between two mountains, mountains we could not see as they were swathed in clouds. After the 4th straight day of rain we discovered that Babinda is awarded the Golden Gumboot most years for being the wettest town in Australia. With an average rainfall of 4-6 metres a year it is not surprising! In between the rain we took a short walk...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Oct 1, 2014 - Atherton

From Ravenshoe we headed north to Atherton and had one night at the Big 4. There was a walk behind the camp ground and Joel agreed to go with me and Charlie, however when we got the start, he changed his mind. It was only 2kms...surely he could manage it! Not impressed, I took him back to the camp (bloody whingers was being muttered under my breath). My trusty brown walking companion and I walked the 2km...okay, it was straight up the mountain...so a little man was wise in his decision!! Brown dog and I enjoyed it - and the views were...

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Pep family road trip

May 23, 2014 - Tinaroo Dam

Some friends contacted us that we met on our travels in Victoria and they are just ahead of us at Tinaroo Dam, which is where we are heading next to catch up with them. 23/05 – Nice fine weather for a bit as we pulled into Archer Creek Rest Area, 16kms out of Ravenshoe. The place filled up quite quickly again. It is beside a creek that really looks like a river and it was flowing quite fast, only stayed there overnight. Everyone we spoke to seem to be going to the Cape, so I think its going to get crowded up there. Had some drinks with a...

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Mar 16, 2014 - The uplands

We drove along the Palmerston highway, past acres and acres of sugar cane fields and their associated cane train railways, past papaya and banana plantations, stalls selling each of these, climbing higher and higher. We stopped at Ma Mu Rainforest Walk, part of the Wooroonooran National Park. It has a rainforest walk, elevated to the canopy in part and with a tower above the canopy. We spent a great hour or two wandering along the walks, not many birds, but we did see more brilliant blue butterflies, including the Ulysses. The growth was...

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off we go!

Dec 29, 2013 - Atherton Tablelands

Sunday 29th December This morning we started off by extending our stay here by another day, (as we've decided to have a look at some of this area), before heading to the Tourist Information Center where we spoke to a very helpful lady who made a few suggestions to us about what to see in the area. Got our maps and off we go. Firstly find the Mobile where we obtain discounted fuel($166.00)because we are staying in the Park,(Park as a sheet of discounts for local attractions entry fees and other things.) On the way there we noticed a sign to...

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Dec 27, 2013 - Atherton

We spoke to the staff at the Park who generously let us have a free late checkout. So started the day off by doing the self guided audio tour of the main historical sites around Charters Towers. You get a CD plus a map from the visitors center and do the tour at your own pace, the cost is only $5 with a $10 deposit on the CD and map, this was well worth it and very informative. Some of the photos were taken during this tour. Took us about 1.5 hours to do the tour. We fueled up and then headed back to to the van, I had a quick swim, while...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Malanda Falls Walks

30th July Meeting up with Elaine and Blue we enjoyed lunch at the Malanda Hotel. This Hotel was officially opened boxing day 1911. In 1976, Tom and Joan English, the son of the original licencee and owner [Paddy English] brought the hotel and are still today the current licencee. For lunch they had a deal $25 for any two mains, I had the Kiev, Greg had a seafood basket all served with chips and salad. Then to be really piggy Caz had the Eton mess & I had the overly scrummy sticky date pudding for dessert. We enjoyed looking through the...

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Jul 30, 2013 - The Tablelands

29th July, 2013. Today broke with blue sky and sunshine. Hope it lasts and we get a nice day for a change. Decided to have a walk around Atherton as we like to do in most towns we stop in. We had breakfast at a nice little bakery in the main street and then went to the Crystal Cave. The gemstones were just beautiful and there is a whole room full of amethyst which is my favourite. I had thought to buy a pair of earrings but they had everything else but. Never mind I will find something somewhere. We drove out to have a look at the Chinese...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Here, there & everywhere

29th July We have woken to a cloudy day but no rain. Had some very heavy falls during the night. The park is looking very soggy and boggy. Today we are heading to Lake Eacham. The famous crater lake has pristine clear water that is perfect for swimming and is surrounded by upland tropical rainforest. There are shady picnic areas with barbecues. The sun is out so we are going to do the 3km hike around the lake. The track is well sign posted and a lot easier than Mt Cook. While on our walk we heard lots of birds and saw one bush turkey....

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Jul 28, 2013 - Atherton and surrounds

26th July, 2013 We said goodbye to Cooktown this morning and it’s a trip back down to Mt. Carbine where we stopped again. The lady seemed a bit amazed that we remembered her name, well it was Carolyn. We left Cooktown where it was warm, if a tad windy, and arrived in Lake Eacham in the Atherton Tablelands to cold and rain. I actually had to get the trackies out of their hiding place. 27th July, 2013 More rain but we won’t let that stop us. It’s off to Yungaburra to the Markets this morning. They say they are some of the better markets here...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Lake Barrine Teahouse

Next morning we headed straight for a Teahouse that Andrew had also recommended (thanks for all your great tips!) that was by the shore of nearby Lake Barrine. There aren't any big advertising signs on the main road for the place, only a modest national park sign with a spoon and fork symbol. So we wondered if we were heading down the right lane. But after entering the place, we were in no doubt at all! Lake Barrine Teahouse is beautifully sited, with walls of windows and verandahs overlooking the huge lake. You feel as though you are in...

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