Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The final Chapter!

One day we decided to go for a drive up on the Tablelands. We called into the Visitor Information Centre at Mareeba and found it also incorporated a Heritage Museum...it was just amazing! If you ever get the opportunity, it's well worth the visit.

From Mareeba, we then drove to Mt Molloy, Port Douglas and Mossman. Of course no visit to Mossman is complete without going to the Mossman Gorge. It was raining while there, but so appropriate for such a lush rainforest area. There were people swimming in the icy cold waterhole.

Leaving Cairns, we headed to Mt Surprise and the Undara Lava Tubes. We camped at Bedrock Village Caravan Park, owned and operated by Joe and Jo. The built the park themselves, a mighty effort, especially when you see the rocks they had to deal with. We toured Kilkani Crater and some of the Undara Lave Tubes with Jess, a Savannah Guide from Bedrock Village.

The walk up and around Kilkani Crater is 2.5km and you get the most amazing views. She is over 900m above sea level.

This insignificant little bump on the horizon is Undara, the volcano that spewed forth and created the geological wonder of the lava tubes.

Inside, the colours were incredible and never cease to astound visitors. Two colonies of microbats live down there.

We would only too happily go back to Mt Surprise and take a full day tour of the lava tubes.

Finally we headed home through Charters Towers and Clermont. We arrived home to lush green paddocks after over 5 inches of rain in September...with more forecast for October.

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