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9 June Sunday to 13 June Thursday

rain 24 °C
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Wow 5 nights camped in the Atherton Tablelands. Feels like home to us now. We have left no stone unturned in the Atherton Tablelands. Lake Eacham is a crater lake. We walked the 3 kilometres around this beautiful lake through lush rainforest and giant trees. We also swam in its crystal clear waters. Who would have thought we would be swimming in the middle of winter?

We also walked the 5 kilometer perimeter of its sister crater lake,Lake Barrine. It has 5 kilometres of beautiful lush rainforest and giant trees around its perimeter.

Yungaburra is home to the Giant Curtain Fig tree and has a boardwalk all around its base. It is a sight to see indeed.

Sherrie’s muddy bottom photo was taken on a platypus hunt. We saw a platypus on our creek walk but didn’t get our cameras out in time. Once again too excited. It’s been raining on and off here for the 5 days here and the track was very muddy. Poor Sherrie. Covered in mud.

On one of our rainy days we explored the three major water falls here. Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls and I will have to check the name of the last one. Sorry forget now. All beautiful though.

The highlight of our stay here was Granite Gorge. It was a pretty serious walk though. Leaping over giant boulders and fast flowing streams. Only for the fit, this walk. We loved the rock wallabies. We felt compelled to wear our camp hats in order to blend in. They certainly were not shy animals and constantly hopped around our feet.

Our campsite here was the best. Small and quiet. Used the camp kitchen here a lot to cook our food and socialise. Last night we had a 6 handed game of Euchre over a couple of wines. Nice way to end the day. With a laugh. The park owner here feeds all the wild ducks. He has a beautiful pond here. Love the big turkey that terrorizes our campsite and the KIA every time we try and leave. He absolutely will not move from the front of our car each time we leave for the day. The more I toot the horn the more he gobbles. So funny.

We even managed to watch THE VOICE here. Big excitement for us. The lovely park owners told us we could sneak into one of the empty cabins and watch it in style. So we poured ourselves a Bacardi and off we trotted. People are so nice in the country.

We always cook our own food and pack a picnic lunch everyday. We have a great routine. We did however sneak in for a lovely pub lunch at Tolga on one of the wet days. Seafood baskets and a cider each. Yum.

The Atherton tablelands are magnificent. Undulating plains and rolling green hills. We have taken loads of video footage on our drives here, as each corner we turn we are just in awe of its beauty. Time to push on though. Cherelle, Ellen, Fiona, Bruce and Tanya await us at our next destination. Stay tuned to see where we end up…..

Posted by buttermenthol 02:29 Archived in Australia

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