Our Wee Journey – More North Queensland


Today we took the shortish drive in to the town of Atherton.  We went there just to grab some supplies and have a look around.  This didn’t take too long as we found there was not much there to interest us.  On the way there however we did spot a strawberry farm and as we returned made a b-line for it and we both grabbed an ice cream each which were delicious.  While out and about we drove on to the little town of Yungaburra to fuel up and were really surprised by the place.  It had a fantastic original hotel which looks as if it was new.  It also had a bucks do going on and outside was pretty noisy as the revellers partied whilst boarding their bus to the next watering hole.  The town also had a Platypus viewing bridge over the river and as usual we never seen even one of them.  The town also has a board walk in to a Forrest and in there is an amazing curtain Fig tree.  This thing is huge and very very old, it was well worth the walk.

Next up we went to the Innot hot springs.  These are free although you could book in to a fancy spa type place if wanted.  We didn’t bother and instead headed in to the free part.  When they say “Hot Springs” they are not kidding.  It would be quite easy to scold yourself just walking in.  Luckily for us there were several people warning us of the correct way to get in to avoid the boiling parts.  Having navigated to a safe spot we dropped in to the warm part to enjoy a bit of r and r as if we needed it.  There was a story where a mother had walked to the springs then proceeded to drop her child in without feeling the heat first and so the poor little one had their feet scolded, yep, you can’t fix stupid.

We then visited a few of the famous waterfalls around the area.  Each one outdoing the other in its own particular way.  One of them we visited a guy had crashed his drone in to and it sat on a big rock with your man trying to work out a way to rescue it.

Sad to say we had to leave Bonadio Farm as we need to make tracks to get up to Cooktown and Cape York b4 school holiday madness takes over.

So Sunday morning just before ten we headed out having said “see you later” to our bus mates who will stay on for a few more days.

Saturday night we had watched an epic game of AFL Geelong v Melbourne with a last quarter collapse by Geelong Cats who had the game wrapped up or it looked that way till the last 30 seconds when they snatched a loss from the jaws of victory.

An interesting drive today as we will drive to Cairns via Kuranda, a place we visited 27 years ago whilst on holiday when we still resided in Scotland.

We did quite a bit of touring up there including the Kuranda train, the sky rail and not to forget my mental fart where I talked myself in to doing a bungee jump.

This time however we will just take the extremely winding road south in to Cairns.  The driving is semi scary as we can feel the electronic brakes of the caravan pinching on and off.  This of course is a good thing as we don’t want it pushing the car down or off the hill as we descend.  

The road is only about 15k and we complete it effortlessly and make our way through Cairns to the Big4 Cairns Coconut resort.  

We are staying here primarily to have the Land Cruiser serviced and add new all terrain BFG KAo2 tyres fitted.  Driving in you can see immediately that the place is very good and looks spotlessly clean.  We booked online and have a grass and slab combination in a good spot away from the screaming pillows which there are two of.

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