Met up with Rosemary and Irwyn, who had already been away a few weeks of a 2 month trip, at Paronella Park after lunch on Friday the 12th. Did a tour of the grounds and then had dinner at the Mena Creek Hotel. After dinner did the night tour of Paronella.
After a morning walk around Paronella the 4 of us set off to do the rainforest walk at the Mamu Skywalk. After the skywalk we said our "hooroo's" and "seeyalaters" and went our separate ways again, with Lynn and I heading for the Birdwatcher's Cabin at Kuranda.
The cabin was really good with plenty of rainforest and wildlife, unfortunately they told us they were selling this property and moving a little further south to a new place with another cabin, when we were leaving. During the 2 days (3 nights) we were here we went down to Cairns to have a look around as well as going for a drive to Port Douglas via the northern beaches. Lynn also went on the Skyrail down to Cairns, I was the taxi.
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|These 4 days.|
|The 2300D locomotive pulling the "Inlander" passenger train service between|
Townsville and Mt.Isa. This loco was one of eighteen 2400 class locos that were
rebuilt as class 2300 locos between 1997 and 2002.
|Qld, beautiful one day ............ |
Looking south to Hinchinbrook Island from Cardwell.
|Looking north from Cardwell.|
|Paronella Park, with Irwyn and Rosemary, and William our French guide.|
|A female orb-spider, possibly Nephila plumipes or N. pilipes.|
|I should have bought the fishing rod.|
|Looking up through the corridor of Kauri Pines.|
|Paronella Park on the night walk.|
|The resident eel keeps guard under the foot bridge.|
|A colony of Spectacled Flying-fox's live in the grounds.|
|The original house.|
|Irwyn's new accommadation on wheels.|
|A cane train taking another load to the sugar mill.|
|They named the walkway after our eldest son.|
|Fruit of (what I think is) a Narrow-leaved Climbing Pandan (Freycinetia excelsa).|
|Irwyn went with Lynn to the top of the tower.|
|View from the top of the tower at the Mamu Rainforest Walkway.|
|Rosemary and I made sure someone could go for help if the tower fell over.|
|Photographing the Red-backed Wrens after the walk.|
|Our accommodation for 3 nights in the Birdwatchers Cabin, Kuranda.|
|The female Cassowary walked beneath our cabin in the mornings.|
|Ever get that feeling that you are being watched. Cassowary at Birdwatchers Cabin.|
|Strangler Fig tree at Kuranda Village.|
|Art in the footpath, Kuranda.|
|Lynn to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway down to Smithfield (Cairns). |
Crossing the Barron River.
|Looking towards Kewarra and Trinity Beaches.|
|The Kennedy Highway to Cairns.|
|Cairns is behind Mount Whitfield.|
|Here she comes.|
|The 'beach' at Cairns. |
The clouds make it look cold, but check out what people are wearing.
|Lunch on the esplanade.|
|They added some sand to make it look good for the tourists.................|
|.................but it's the mud flats that attracts the birds.|
|Getting a birdseye view.|
|Nice if you can afford it.|
|$50 million's worth of 'Vibrant Curiosity'.|
|James B was also there.|
|The mangroves grow tall here.|
|It was cooler up at Kuranda than down in Cairns. |
|Tourists in the mist. |
Passengers hop off the train to have a look at Barron Falls on their way to Kuranda.
|The walkway to Barron Falls.|
A night walk around the backyard in the rain.
|Stony-creek Frog: males (top) female (below)|
|Went for a walk in the rainforest at night.|
|No owls or possums, just a spider on my night walk.......................|
|....................and some spiky Lawyer Vine or Wait-A-While (plus another spider).|
|The wind was blowing up a surf at Clifton Beach.|
|Who wants to go for a swim? |
'Marine Stingers May Be Present In These Waters'
' Crocodiles May Be Present In These Waters'.
|Looking north from Clifton Beach.|
|Coconuts growing on the beach.|
|It was very windy at Port Douglas. Looks a little ordinary on a overcast day.|
Some of the birds seen during this time.
|(top left, clockwise) Red-backed Wren, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Emerald Dove, Fairy Gerygone and Metalic Starling.|
|(top left, clockwise) Southern Cassowary, Whimbrel, (I'm going with) Sacred Kingfisher, |
Peaceful Dove and Far Eastern Curlew.
|(top left, clockwise) Gull-billed Tern, Eastern Reef Egret (dark form), Red-capped Dotterel |
and Black-winged Stilts with a Silver Gull.
|(top left, clockwise) Comb-crested Jacana, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Macleay's Honeyeater, |
Papuan Frogmouth and Bush Stone-curlew.
Cameras: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Sony DSC-W690.