We started Tuesday morning with 15 minutes of Yoga stretches and both hoped we might continue the practise each day, though I have to confess that although we’ve missed a few days, we have certainly made up for exercise with plenty of walking.
Late Tuesday morning after lots of lovely chit-chat under the shade of the caravan awning, we thought we’d better get cracking and do a bit of sight-seeing. We headed up past Port Douglas to Mossman and out to Mossman Gorge. I had not been there before and the walk along the path through the Gorge was beautiful, with shady, lush green vegetation and excellent views.
Kuranda station is beautiful, adorned with hanging baskets and plants everywhere. We wandered the markets at Kuranda and I fell in love with a beautiful acoustic string instrument called a Dulcimer. Similar to a Ukelele but with a much deeper sound. Our journey back to Cairns was via the Skyrail, giving us a very different perspective with fantastic views over the tree tops of the forest, including a stop on the way down and a walk along another lush rainforest track. A very enjoyable day out!
The next few days were spent on the Atherton Tablelands. After leaving Paronella we headed up the Palmerston Highway, stopping to enjoy the Ma-Mu Skywalk along the way. The walk through the lush rainforest was cool and quiet and the viewing Tower at the end of the 1 kilometre walk involved climbing 100 steps to the top. The view from the top was certainly worth the climb, taking in views of Mount Bartle Frere (Queensland’s highest mountain) and Bellenden Ker as well as the Barron River. We continued on to Millaa Millaa and set up camp, spending the afternoon visiting the spectacular Zillie, Elinjaa and Millaa Millaa waterfalls as well as Mungalli Falls.
Our last day on the Tablelands was spent ticking lots of boxes. We did a little shopping in Atherton, enjoyed lunch at the Tolga Woodworks admiring some magnificent sculptures. The talent of some of the artists and what they can create from a piece of timber is so inspiring. From Tolga we headed out past Kairi to view the very low Lake Tinaroo; apparently the water level is not as bad as it was six months ago.
We’re looking forward to prawns and barramundi and some great sunsets in Karumba which no doubt I’ll tell you about next week – but until then…..
It’s "Hoo Roo from me and see ya later from Her"…….
Val & Meredith ‘the smelly and skinny roadtrippers’ (aka Thelma & Louise – but without Brad Pitt or a Clifftop ending) Phew!