Atherton

Next stop is Atherton for their two day golf festival. We free camp just north of the town for the duration of the visit. There is another one day golf competition at Millaa Millaa which we travel to from Atherton. Siobhan did very well at Millaa Millaa winning the overall ladies comp and also getting a nearest the pin prize. She also achieved fourth place overall at the much larger Atherton comp. We had a hitch hiker on the van – a beautiful small green frog – released back into the wild to live to fight another day.

 

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The Curtain Fig Tree

Just outside Yungaburra is the Curtain Fig. This is a strangler fig. Normally these figs germinate on top of another tree and try to grow roots into the ground. Once this important step is accomplished, the fig will grow vigorously, finally kill the hosting tree and then grow on independently. In this case, the hosting tree tilted towards the next one; the fig also grows around that one. Its curtain of aerial roots drops 15 metres (49 ft) (49 feet (15 m)) to the ground.

A Unique Animal

We have experienced many wonderful things on our journeys across Australia – places, views, animals, people – but there are still a few that we would like to cross off our list.

The duck billed platypus was near the top of that list and we hit the jackpot today at Peterson Creek in Yungaburra. A delight to just sit there and watch this small and private creature just going about its daily business of foraging for food.

Avenue Of Honour

The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour at Lake Tinaroo is a living memorial dedicated to the memory of all who served in the fight against terror in Afghanistan and to those brave and selfless Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom and liberty.

The Avenue symbolises the final journey home of the fallen, and preserves forever the gratitude and respect the nation bestows on all those to whom we owe a debt… that can never be repaid.

The Avenue follows the path of fallen Commando Ben Chuck’s Gun Carriage, July 1st 2010, and symbolises the ‘final journey home’ of the Fallen.

A plaque representing each fallen soldier is placed on an ‘Honour Board’ in close proximity to the Memorial. The landscape surrounds give visitors the opportunity to pause and reflect and a place to pay their respects. The emphasis of the Avenue is directed to the living, natural, free, open aspects of the trees, stunning location, pristine water views and the enhancement of the existing picturesque environment.

Mareeba

Mareeba is the first of our long series of golf tournaments as we head (slowly) back down south and towards home. We find a fantastic camping spot about 5 Kms north of the town on a farming property called ‘Birds on Barron’. We camp here for 8 days. We are visited daily by a friendly emu, three dogs, two horses and a miscellany of native bird life.

WE HAVE OUR OWN NATIONAL PARK !! Davies Creek is a National Park just north of Mareeba with an impressive waterfall and a scenic walk along the creek.

Cairns is just a day trip away – we have been there quite a few times before but it is still worth a trip.