To The Tablelands

Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
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Trip End Jul 31, 2006


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Friday, July 21, 2006

On to Yungaburra and inland to the Atherton Tablelands.

We had rain all the way along isolated roads. No views to be had due to the rain, but still lovely. We stopped in Mareeba for the Coffee Works, a tourist trap with good coffee nonetheless.

From there, we took a little sidetrip to the wetlands, off the beaten path along a dirty country road. Once we got there, we decided the price was not worth it considering the time we'd have to spare. We stopped at Granite Gorge, a lovely place where you can hand-feed rock wallabies-cute but skittish little things.

We wandered around the granite boulders and would have wandered further-except that the rocks were slippery and not too safe for taking Kellen. The ranger kept birds next to her cabin, so we got to see some cool birds galah, lorikeets, and parrots -and, since she was a birder, she showed us where the locals hung out, and we got to see a tawny frogmouth in the wild (we had seen one at Farmdale.) Pretty cool.  The entire place would be great for camping-swimming holes, wood fires-lovely.

We finally made it to Yungaburra-a blink-and-you're-out kind of town. We were staying at the Curtain Fig Motel, a great little place with hotel amenities. The owner was nice enough to let us use the washing machine for free-we had loads to do at that point.

Then dinner across the street and finally to bed.
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