When we drove here on Thursday we passed a sign to a big wetlands and I was disappointed we didn’t stop but when you’re on your way to a new campsite the tendency is to get there and set up as soon as possible. I was sure the wetlands were at Tully so this morning we drove back down the Bruce Highway looking for them without any luck. Apparently they’re at Ingham! We went into Tully town centre and I’m glad we did. There was an excellent “diorama” showing how cane was transported years ago and that display was in front of the Sugar Mill where you could see the long train of cage wagons disappearing into the plant. The chimneys were continually puffing out clouds of steam and scenting the town.
Across the road was the “Big Gumboot”. Tully has the highest recorded rainfall of any Australia town but rather than bemoan the fact they celebrate it. The rain brings prosperity through the crops that can be grown, wonderful natural features like waterfalls, lush rainforest, abundant wildlife and the visitors they all bring.
Tables were set up along the main street and people were selling a range of products from fresh fruit and vegetables to crocheted rugs, hand towels etc. It was a market really but not in a concentrated spot.
We bought “prize winning pies” for lunch then drove back to Mission Beach and went for a walk through a corridor of rainforest which runs between the road and the beach. The walk was from Mission Beach to the jetty at Bingle Bay. By the time we reached there we were ready for an icecream but there was only the jetty there, no town at all. We retraced our steps and rewarded ourselves with Mango Smoothies, probably the last ones we’ll have for a long,long time.
One of the coconuts found on the beach.
Staghorns growing on a dead tree.
Mangroves on the Cutten Bros Walk to Clump Point Jetty.
Hibiscus, I think.
A place to sit and recharge.
Orange-footed Scrub Fowl
The Big Gumboot, Tully
Model of old cane carting
Cane train entering the Sugar Mill, Tully
The ghostly apparition that appeared on the path.
Apparently it got down to 8 deg. last night, now that’s not what we expected up here! Today was fine and left the Caravan Park to get some photos of the Banana Palms but on the way saw the sign to the Licuala Track. We walked the full length last time and didn’t see a single Cassowary so we figured just walking the Fan Palm Walk and the Children’s Walk we’d probably have as much luck. Once again there were telltale droppings but no other signs of them but there was a fake nest at the end of the Children’s Walk. Luckily there was a “Big Cassowary” at Wongalinga so at least I have a photo of that one.
We drove back into Mission Beach and went to use the “Free WiFi” at the pub where of course we bought lunch, a wonderful Prawn Salad. The prices were very reasonable.
Last time we were here we stayed at Dunk Island View Caravan Park so we checked that out and did a couple of other walks. All the infrastructure on Dunk Island was destroyed by cyclone Yasi and hasn’t been rebuilt but the water taxi still takes self sufficient day visitors over there. Looking at the Caravan Park we thought maybe we should have tried to get in there again, the Hideaway Holiday Village we’re staying in hasn’t moved with the times as far as car, caravan, camper etc sizes go and getting into the sites is difficult for everyone. We don’t have enough room to open all the car doors nor the back door to access the fridge but it’s the most expensive site we’ve had, $47 a night. Fortunately the area is just beautiful, so many spots could be used on a travel brochure for a tropical paradise.
With so many people trying to avoid the cold down south we’ve been warned to book ahead, we’ll be here again tomorrow night but then intend to go to Ravenshoe. There is apparently a good Park there run by local volunteers and we’re hoping we’ll be able to get a site
Not crab sand art this time -someone’s World.
Delicious Prawn Salad lunch
The big Cassowary
Just a little protection!
Part of a stunning glass mosaic by Deanna Conti, at Wongalinga