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Oct 11, 2017 - Platypus, Water Dragons, Waterfalls and lots of nature

October 11, 2017- This was an intense nature day. We were joined by Jonathan Munro, a noted naturalist in this area. This guy knew everything about the flora and fauna around here. We got an early start with a bus to YungaBurra to take us to view platypus. We walked around a stream known to have platypus. You have to see them early in the morning because they are mostly nocturnal. We started at the Allumbah Pocket on a walking path designed for viewing the little stream where the platypus live. We walked the stream, crossed a suspension...

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Dec 30, 2013 - Lake Tinaroo Loop

Monday 30th December. Up earlier and washing done and on the road by 9am. We have decided to do a loop around man made Lake Tinaroo, which is there due to the Tinaroo Falls Dam on the Barron River. It is 15 kilometres long and has shoreline of 209 kilometres, 545 square kilometres catchment area and storage capacity of 407,000 megalitres. First stop Curtin Fig Tree, this is a tree that has a seed land on a host tree's canopy and then drops its roots to the ground, eventually killing the host tree and becoming its own entity, this specimen...

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Nov 1, 2013 - Birds and Roos in the dry west of the tablelands

Birds and Roos in the dry west of the tablelands Before breakfast we made a successful (4th time is a charm) at the small grove known to contain Lumholtz's Tree-Kangaroos. After breakfast we made our way west to bird and look at birds, mammals and plants in the drier western portion of the tablelands. It is fascinating to see the various biomes and ecotome types: their plants, birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. We have noticed that there are areas where much of the rainforest has been removed for agriculture. This has created fragmented...

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Oct 31, 2013 - Birds, mammals, reptiles galore

Birds, mammals, reptiles galore Dave was up at 5:15am to see if the male Victoria's Riflebird would be doing its mating display. Yes, he (the bird) performed right on cue...circling his wings over his back, then rocking his wings side to side, slapping his wings loudly, and then encircling the female with his wings and mating with her. The first goal of the day was to find Platypus. We were successful right away, with views of at least three individuals swimming in the muddy water. How awesome to see these very odd creatures. After...

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Oct 30, 2013 - A very large bird to start the day, some small mammals to end the day!

A very large bird to start the day, some small mammals to end the day! Our guide Jonathan Munro picked us up at 6:45am at our Cairns hotel and we were off to try for the Cassowary at Etty Beach, south of Cairns. It took some time scouting the beach and the nearby area, but daddy Cassowary and his two large chicks were spotted from the road back from the beach in a local's yard. This is the second "biggest" bird in the world after the Ostrich. The Emu is taller but not as heavy. We then made our way toward the Atherton Tablelands,...

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Sep 7, 2011 - Goodbye Yungaburra

Well we have spent the past month at Yungaburra at Kay and Johns Myers home over looking Lake Tinaroo, time has gone really fast but it has been nice to have a base for more that 2 days! We have helping out around the house, doing gardening which i have loved!, the hippies are blooming every where up here (Brett you would love it!) and i wonder if mine are at home, do i still have a garden at home!. Ive have to use all my strength not to bye plants especially the bromelides up here are so cheap and so many colours but i have been good. We...

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Gormans Getaway

May 12, 2009 - Young in Yungaburra

Young in Yungaburra 10th May 2009 The car rental depot is closed on a Sunday so we have instructions on how to access the keys via a night safe. All goes well until we try and start the car, with no luck, until we depress the clutch and off she goes! Then we do a bit of “essential provisions” shopping and set off into the mist that is the Atherton Tablelands. Lunch is taken Al Fresco at Lake Tinaroo as the local restaurant is fully booked – Mother’s Day here – though we don’t see any signs of life to indicate it! Then we arrive at The...

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Toughs Travels

Mar 21, 2009 - Atherton Tablelands

Our last day here we decided to tour the Atherton Tablelands (including the heritage rainforest ) .You drive down the coast and then up over the mountains to the rolling hills beyond. We had a pit stop at a "Hungry Jack" with a Burger King Logo and the Steak and Shake interior. Our drive started with a pleasant drive through a shady forest where we saw a huge gnarled trunk tree that looked as though it was a prop in the Lord of the Rings. Then we proceeded to a steep assent through a very winding road (think road to Hana). Greg kept hugging...

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