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Aug 27, 2016 - Atherton Tableland

Today was a lovely sunny day so I went for a drive around the Atherton Tableland which is a really diverse area. It had a high rainfall & warm climate so their main products are tea, coffee, bananas & sugar but they also grow melons, mangoes & all kinds of nuts from peanuts to macadamias. There are also a surprising number of dairy farms & of course, large pockets of rainforest. I checked out some of the local markets, found some beautiful waterfalls & magnificent views almost to the coast.

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Aug 23, 2016 - Granite Gorge

This place is amazing. Most of the land used to be a tobacco plantation but as that industry wound down, the owners decided to take advantage of the stunning landscape on their doorstep & have set up the Granite Gorge Nature Park complete with a full-service caravan park. There's several walking trails among the staggering landscape of gigantic, weird-shaped boulders, some the size of houses. A creek runs though it all with a weir which has created a lovely swimming area - free of crocodiles, I'm told but it's still not on my agenda. I went...

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Aug 22, 2016 - Cooktown to Granite Gorge (Mareeba)

An easy drive & we got here before lunch. I heard about this place from people I talked to in Cooktown & it sounded intriguing. It’s only 12 km from Mareeba, so quite convenient & the landscape is amazing. A comfortable caravan park with good facilities & the bonus is that they have a single rate of $16 a night – stay a week & get the 7th night free so it’s only $96 for the week, a real bargain. There’s all kinds of wildlife here including a colony of rare Mareeba rock wallabies which are so tame that you almost have to kick them off the...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Day 33 - 36 / Mareeba

Finally, we moved on to Mareeba. After finding everywhere so easy to get into we are now finding that it is peak season and parks are straining at the seams. We had 2 camps in mind here but, fortunately we rang ahead because one had no vacancies at all and the other had no powered sites and since it also has no showers and we wanted at least 4 nights we decided we'd better go to the "backpackers" CP in town. It had some adverse comments on Wiki Camps App and our first impressions weren't great but so far it's been good. We have a nice site...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Ringers Rest - outside Mareeba

One of the many great things about the trip has been the people we meet along the way. Everyone we meet at the camp grounds share their tips and great spots to camp. We have been using the Camps 6 book mainly as our guide as it lists all the budget camping spots and provides the Hema maps. Early on in the trip, a fellow traveller put us on the Wiki camps Ipad application - so we have also been using this in conjunction with the book. It is a great application as you can see the comments made by other travellers, and a rough guide on...

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Pep family road trip

Oct 13, 2012 - Stay at Mareeba Jabiru Safari Lodge

The past two days/nights were spent in the Mareeba Wetlands Reserve, at the Jabiru Safari Lodge. Operated by the Wildlife conservancy of Tropical Queensland, the Reserve and the Lodge create an all-inclusive nature experience, one hour from Cairns, QLD. Our lodging was in one of the deluxe African-style tented safari cabins. Upon arriving, we were immediately greeted by many Emu, which came to wake us up every morning. Our hosts were Liz and Neil. We had previously met them, earlier this year at the San Diego Birding Festival. We won one...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Atherton Update 1

We have now been in Atherton for 2 weeks and we have not been disappointed with what the tableland region offers! With the arrival and setting up on thursday, friday was our first day for job hunting! As always we try the local area for upholstery but no go in Atherton itself. Ben put in a application for the local IGA - maybe his skills gained in Paraburdoo will help, but at the moment they are fully staffed. Though it is the nicest IGA we have seen with lots of european goods! Saturday morning we headed 15 minutes down the road to...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Mareeba

Mareeba – 31 October to 1 November (1 night) The 264km return drive from Cooktown to Mareeba went off without a hitch. Mareeba is situated 1718km NW of Brisbane and has a population of about 8400. The history of the place dates back from the early settlement of the Europeans in the area, headed by John Atherton in 1877. Since the establishment of this settlement, Mareeba turned into a well known coach stop for Cobb & Co on the road from Port Douglas to Herberton. The town eventually became even busier when the railway was established in...

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Living the Dream

Jun 27, 2010 - Mareeba

Stopped here one night as we can't get into Lake Placid till Monday... we have done the "coffee works' and the Mango winery which will save us having to come back this way from Lake Placid. Bought Coffee, tea & chocolate... http://www.coffeeworks.com.au/ http://www.goldendrop.com.au/ Stayed at the Riverside Caravan Park, full of permanent residents who if one interprets the threatening signs in the amenities block don't pay their rent on time and will incur a $5 daily penalty. Strangley threatening for the only van park I have visited run...

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Watsons on the road

Jul 23, 2009 - Mareeba

MAREEBA: 23rd July. This morning we left Einasleigh and headed north over a winding, often corrugated dirt road. The scenery was again open woodland with abundant grasses and large mobs of cattle, often seen crossing the road or just lounging around on it. In less than an hour we had reached the Gulf Developmental Road (The Savannah Way) again, east of Georgetown, our next stop being the small town of Mount Surprise, a centre for gem fossicking with quantities of topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm and aquamarine to be found. Mount...

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Apr 5, 2009 - Mareeba

Click the small pictures above to enlarge MAREEBA Sunday, 5th April, packed and ready to go, left the farm at 7am headed for our first overnight stay in Townsville. Arrived at the Woodlands Big 4 Caravan Park just before 1pm. Set up the van, unpacked everything from the car and except for what we put in the van, filled our ensuite bathroom to capacity with the contents of our Landcruiser Station Wagon including our 80 litre freezer that is filled to capacity ready for our trip across the country. Conditions were crowded in the caravan but...

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Oct 31, 2007 - TableLands

Despres de Cooktown, hem baixat cap a les Tablelands. Una zona completament diferent, molt verda, plena de llacs, i cascades, i moltes rutes per caminar. Avui hem fet dos en uno, i hem pogut veure els Walabis, cosins germans dels canguros, i els propis canguros, aquesta vegada vius!!

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